Monthly Archives: July 2012

Newsprint Skin

Here’s a little preview of something I am working on! She’s also a fun experiment in re-using materials to create a cool aesthetic. Gotta love watercolor and newspaper font… Now you try!

“Newsprint Skin”


Reuse Art

When thinking about doing art, we sometimes get caught up in the need to have ‘the right stuff.’ Since it’s the weekend, take this project idea and run with it- make something artistic with recycled materials. Even if it’s not mantle-worthy, you will have had an hour or two of fun!

Need a few ideas?

Corrugated cardboard. I just used this on my Taylor Gourmet piece and it is so fun. You can use a straight edge razor and just cut the top layer off, using the texture below to make some pretty amazing shapes and shaded values.

Newspaper. Try watercoloring or drawing on left over Washington Posts. The text below will add an interesting layer of dimension.

Re- purposed wood. I will be heading to a store this weekend to look for old doors, tiles and cupboards to paint on as a unique take on the typical stretched canvas. Without much preparation, you have a whole set of textures to begin your next masterpiece!

Anything else you can think of- it’s not just fun, but it will actually build up your creative muscle (all while being green)!

Blank Canvas Day!

Happy Independence Week! I love the themes of freedom and liberty. The world is rich with quotes and people who model the importance and value of freedom. It costs something- it takes a lot to choose freedom; and I am so thankful and inspired by those in my life that do.

SPACIOUS is giving us the opportunity to have a few hours of freedom from the mundane, art-less parts of our lives. Come join us for a “Blank Canvas Day,” back by popular demand, on July 21st! The event sold out last time, so if you want to feel the paint on your hands and stretch your creative-selves with friends, be sure to sign up asap!

Bonus: you get a tasty lunch from Rebecca Hook of Food and Fete in the deal- you really can’t go wrong here!

I hope I see you there!!



New installation!

Check this out! It’s the great merging of local businesses- restauranteurs and artists! Taylor Gourmet vetted local artists and selected 15 of us to participate in a crowd-source mural project as the centerpiece for their new Dupont store which opened yesterday. Last week the soft opening included the artists, architects, owners, DJ’s, bloggers and friends to celebrate the 5th Taylor Gourmet and check out their newest aesthetic touch.
Each artist received a piece of an image of Love Park in Philly to recreate on their own panel using their style, medium, etc. to comprise the full picture of the beloved park. It was a smashing success and really fun to do! Completed, the entire mural has become a 9×12 foot homage to Philly and got a few local artists spinning ideas and taking part in this great model of synergy. I hope that DC continues to involve diverse artists in the aesthetic of our city. As much as I love all of our cement and the European style we’ve got going on, I think it’s time for a little something more…

Detail of my panel

My completed panel on mesonite, featuring corrugated cardboard, charcoal, pencil, stickers, and acrylics.







Take a look at a couple of notes on the opening and go check out Taylor Gourmet on 19th and M St. for yourself!