Friday, January 28, 2011

Coming back to it


This is the 3rd snow day in row, days 1&2 other than my hardcore shoveling I was pretty lazy, so today is day 3 and conveniently also Friday (Studio Day). Its time to get to work, put the charcoal to the page.Sometimes before moving forwards you gotta go backwards. Started these drawings in December and left them in the painting stage - got sidetracked in this and that. Now its time to go back to them so I can move forward. One is a multi-figure drawing (I'm so going to hate myself for this one later) and the other a fire and landscape drawing. I dunno if this is gonna get me in trouble but I gotta get on with my life and my work.

burning bright

Later in the day...

silent stares


Thursday, January 27, 2011


windhorse flags
Well, I'm sad to say tonight's art opening and jazz night at the Radisson has been canceled due to the snow. (not my decision and a bit of a bummer)
But I'll find out in the next week or so as to the rescheduled date and let you all know. Thank you for all your support and kind words.
As I was shoveling again today I was thinking of my homeboy Thoreau :

"Do not depend on the putty. Drive a nail home and clinch it so faithfully that you can wake up in the night and think of your work with satisfaction, - a work at which you would not be ashamed to invoke the Muse... Every nail driven should be as another rivet in the machine of the universe, you carrying on the work."

good words for everything we set out to do be it shoveling, art, or working with the children.

Hope everyone is safely enjoying their snow days :)


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sneak Peek!

sneak peek!

Swing on by for a sweet night on Thursday!
(details in the post below)


Friday, January 21, 2011

Short notice!

Hey friends!
I just realize that forgot to announce on here that I'm in a show at the Radisson Hotel in Cross Keys, Bmore Hon! We have a reception THIS THURSDAY! (yeah, sorry about the last minute notice...)

Station North features the work of Baltimore artists Daniel Stuelpnagel, James Singewald, Karly Fae Hansen, and Matt Muirhead on the walls of the Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys. Please join us on Jan. 27th 2011 for Happy Hour 6-9pm, Jazz 6-9pm, and Meet the Artists 7-9pm. directions...

It'd be nice to see you there.

desk area

In other news I'm back to dabbling in some sumi ink. This seems to be a common winter thing for me, no?

sumi koi dog post

Oh, and look out for a print sale coming to the Etsy shop in Feb! Details coming soon and I'll be restocking the shop full of prints...


Saturday, January 8, 2011

Karly Fae Hansen's Nomination | Baker Artist Awards

I've been adding more to my nomination...

Karly Fae Hansen's Nomination | Baker Artist Awards

Fellow artists you have 7 more days to put up your nomination ! Just do it.


Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Years!


Wishing you a happy new year, may it be filled with abundance, enlightenment, harmony, and peace!


...and onwards to new projects!

clean studio!


Handmade Holiday II

Year two of a handmade Holiday did not go as smoothly as year one. I somehow felt like I had more time to get everything ready last year, but really I just did not give myself enough time this year.


It probably didn't help that I chose a labor intensive project - making my own sets of prayer flags...

Windhorse prayer flag roll

These flags were made with blood, sweat, tears, frustrations, and very good intentions. Seeing them done really fills with a sense of pride; they were worth the struggle.


They were hand torn from yards of muslin and hand dyed in buckets in the basement -and may or may not have contributed to the staining of my mother’s clothes dryer. Meanwhile the Windhorse was hand drawn and hand carved, and the laundered flags were ironed. Then the stamp was printed by hand on each flag. Lastly they were sewn by hand and strung. This long handmade process makes each flag unique.

print detail

The Windhorse is a symbol of an uplifting life force or energy of basic goodness or buddhanature and wakefulness. Printed on fluttering flags it carries our wishes with the speed of wind and the strength of a horse. On the back of the Windhorse are three wish fulfilling jewels of enlightenment bringing peace, wealth, and harmony. I drew the Windhorse in the style of a Dala Horse, which is a Scandinavian stylized horse – usually in carved wooden toy form- a joyful symbol of some of my own Nordic roots.


These flags should be hung outside so that the wind and natural elements will spread your good thoughts, fortunes, and prayers. Ideally they are hung on a windy day, but any day is a good day as long as it done with a clear and open heart. The natural elements will eventually take their toll on the flags and this is to reminds us of the impermanence of life. You can replace them with new ones and burn the old ones or let nature run its full course.

print happy

...and there was my annual card, which was also a bit more time intensive than planned.

2010 new years card

there were sketchbooks
homemade sketchbooks
for kids

and grownups too.
homemade sketchbooks homemade sketchbooks

There were other little trinkets and tokens that I never got to photograph before wrapping them up. But that about sums up the holidays.