As you can probably guess from the name of my company and the ever-present pet portraits on this blog, animals are very close to my heart. Recently I had the opportunity to photograph the feline residents at Humane Society Silicon Valley’s Milpitas location, which of course is exactly my kind of volunteer work (fun fact: all the cats I’ve owned have been adopted from the Humane Society). Fortunately, the majority of cats I photographed at the beginning of this month have found homes! I’m always extremely grateful to live in an area where abandoned and stray animals often find homes easily (the shelters in this area are primarily no-kill, due to a total lack of overpopulation at the facilities). Of course, some pets are always going to have a harder time finding a human. One example? Toffee and Mocha, a bonded (adult) pair who will only be adopted out together. Sweet, calm, eager for affection, and adorably cuddly with each other, this is a pair of very charming Siamese kitties.
A little more info about this pair: both healthy, spayed adult females; Toffee is approximately 4 years old, and Mocha is about 2; Toffee is spunkier, and Mocha is quiet and observant, but both are playful and ready to love their new human! If you live in the Bay Area and that sounds good to you (and how could it not?) please consider heading to HSSV in Milpitas to meet Toffee & Mocha, as well as the rest of the friendly residents at this shelter! (Psst: they have a big room full of kittens. You don’t want to miss out on kittens, right?)
I thought it might be fine to set up my camera while I painted today so that I could create a timelapse video of me working. In case you’ve ever wondered, it looks a lot like this:
Of course if you were actually looking over my shoulder, this would appear much more boring, because this video is just over 10x faster than the time it took me to create the painting (44 minutes and 53 seconds, compared to this 41 second video).
A couple of weeks ago Josh came to visit for a week between school terms, and we went up to Fort Funston for a day to watch the dogs. It’s one of the few dog-friendly beaches in the area, and once you get there you’ll have no doubts about that. There were packs of all different breeds running around — my version of heaven. There are also some hard-to-miss pipes and cement foundations along the shoreline, but this being San Francisco, the visitors have found a uniquely delightful way to make even this industrial corner match the surrounding beaches:
I spotted three instances of dog art along this graffiti wall, but I didn’t realize I should be looking for it until we had already passed a large section of the cement. Next time I’m there, you can find me scouring that area for more k9 artwork.
I know–I’ve taken my sweet time getting this painting into print form and up for sale. Now that Shark Week 2014 has come and gone, I figured I’d better get moving: shark week fans may be feeling a little empty, and 30 Rock fans will just appreciate this reminder of Tracy Jordan’s #1 life tip!
I’ve lost count of how many times people have asked about purchasing this painting as a print, so order away my friends!
Been eyeing anything on Great.ly lately? Good timing, because they are offering free shipping this week! Check out boutiques curated by Design Crush, Glitter Guide, the Jealous Curator and others to shop my prints!
Introducing more new products on Etsy! I’ve made some additions to my collection of southwestern floral pieces–the most popular line in my shop now includes two postcards perfect for sending a friend a quick, informal note. You can purchase a set of five in either “Hello.” or “So, how’ve you been?” via Etsy!
My southwestern inspired floral collection of prints and stationery has always been my most popular line, and the thank you cards in particular have received some attention lately (much to my delight). Blogshop asked me to provide sets of the note cards for their Los Angeles workshop gift bags. Designlovefest was the first design blog I read, before I even started my own career in art and design, so Bri Emery including my work in the Blogshop goodie bags was a pretty exciting milestone. Even better, Style Me Pretty Living published a behind-the-scenes feature on LA Blogshop along with a photo of the gift bag contents. With all the love for my floral stationery floating around the internet these days, it seemed like it was time to add to the family with some new flowery cards!
With my work calming down–at least a little–this weekend, I managed to squeeze in some relaxation time. Hello, Fringe marathons, evening runs, and watercolor supplies. Grocery stores really sell apples short, as a fruit, and a quick glance at the produce section would leave you with no idea how beautiful apples can be. There are hundreds of varieties, all with different flavors and even colors–for instance, some apples are pink inside like the ones I’m painting. Some are dark red. Why isn’t Trader Joe’s stocking prettier apples? I can’t be the only one who makes food choices based on aesthetics.