vegetarian with a sweet tooth

I’ve been a vegetarian for the past 6 months and have really had no qualms about my decision.  Sure, sometimes it can be a bit lonely when your friends roast a giant pig over a hand-built pit, but I don’t really mind.  I make this sort of stuff instead and everyone seems to be okay with it:

I’ve also realized that it’s not really meat I miss eating – it’s the sauces that accompany it.  I need to figure out some sort of dish that will be complimented well with some KC BBQ sauce.  I miss that stuff.  Dousing an ear of corn in some North Carolina sauce just isn’t quite the same.


no, not dead

Not dead, but extremely busy.  Between working full time, training for a triathlon part-time and hangin’ out in my spare time, I don’t get a lot of sleep.

So… highlights? For brevity’s sake, three updates and a picture.

1.  Brown Paper Bag is doing well, and the response is better than I expected. Blogging is hard work!  I’m constantly trying to keep it fresh and think of new stuff.  Connecting with people across the world is cool too.

2.  One of my best buddies, Laura, came to visit me in Baltimore last week.  We spent four days hanging out and on Saturday night saw Hot Chip. One of the best concert’s I’d seen in a while.  This starts a crazy amount of shows I’m seeing in May/June.  In order (after Hot Chip): Yeasayer, Beach House, Wye Oak, The National, The New Pornographers/the Dodos.

3.  I got accepted to an artist residency in Vermont.  In September, I’m going to spend a couple of weeks in rural Vermont and make some art, listen to artists and writers and generally do arty stuff.  Yoga studio on campus.  Very exciting.   A little concerned about getting all my stuff on a plane, but I’ll figure it out.

And finally, the photograph.  What I’m working on.  Due May 10.  A race against time.



A quick scan of what I’ve sorta been working on.

I was in NY last weekend and obviously didn’t get much work done.  I did see a great paper show at the Museum of Art and Design, met up with Jen Collins (whom I met through Brown Paper Bag!) and hung around Red Hook in my friend’s wonderful new apartment.

computer work

Sorry for the no-show post on Friday.  Last week I was in a blogging slump (probably brought on by an unproductive weekend), but I am back!

This past week I was working on some freelance stuff, including this illustration for LittleBig Magazine:

I also did a little work for Brown Paper Bag.  Images to link back to BPB!  I still have one more image to create:

This weekend’s weather was gorgeous.  I enjoyed a thick slice of the outdoors on Sunday by running in the park and playing softball with my friends that afternoon.  So wonderful!

productive week(end)

Happy Monday, yaaa’ll.  I hope that your Valentine’s Day was a nice one (mine included a pit-beef sandwich at a restaurant next to a strip club).

With the blizzard last week, I was given ample time to work on my pursuits and as a result was fairly productive.   Here is the (for now) finished version of the guy you had seen last week.  I have been really interested in embroidery and did a little line work on top of the paper cage for some added visual interest.

I also did this quick little piece for the Indypendant, a newspaper based in New York City.  There was a quick sketch/final turnaround time.  It’s always a different change of pace to work on something that you know will be printed on newsprint.  You have to bump up the contrast.  The piece I was illustration for was about a Palestinian poet named Mahmoud Darwish, mostly focusing on his poem Mural.  You should look up some excerpts from the poem.  It’s really very pretty.

Brown Paper Bag has launched!  I’m going to start posting TODAY!  Check it out for different artists and other works on paper, as well as good vibes.

over a blizzard

Unless you were living under a rock this weekend, you probably saw the massive amounts of snow that the MD/DC area received.  It was a doozy, let me tell you.  The final count was around 26inches and left me confined to my apartment Friday through Sunday.

Since I was home (and no one lives in my neighborhood anymore, boo hoo!),  I worked nearly the entire weekend on art related stuff.  It was nice.  I was productive.  Two things:

The beginning of a God Bless the Tigers piece, for a band called the All Outs.  They are local to Oakland!

Another illustration for the Aimee Bender story, End of the Line.  You know about the little man? That’s him.

One week until the launch of Brown Paper Bag!

over the sickly weekend

If you look at the post below, you can see the fruits of my labor this weekend.  I finished that piece on Saturday night.  Since that time,  I’ve been working on my other blog.  It’s not up yet, but here’s a sneak peak.  My affinity for brown paper bags has led me to name it that, Brown Paper Bag.  The blogs will focus on works on paper, but as you can see I’m not going to limit myself to just that.

There isn’t too much left to do besides figure out the format of the blog, mess around with the links/font and WRITE in it!  I’m really excited.  Stayed tuned.  Coming to you February 15.

This weekend I also got siiiiick.  We’re talking aches and pains, sore throat, coughing.  Lots of coughing.  Most of last night was spent coughing.  Today I am sneezing and am pained every time.   I have been popping tons of throat drops and taking lots of vitamin C.