Paper Crane Fight!

January 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’m not entirely sure who won.


1. 2. 3!

September 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

Here we go!

Since I didn’t share as much of the “in progress” bits as usual, here is a brief summary:


September 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Coming along . . .

One Little, Two Little, Three Little Ugly Birds . . .

September 1, 2011 § 3 Comments

This is becoming a small-ish painting. It currently looks more like this:

One of my friends back home was attempting to rush paint some matryoshka doll artwork for me because she’s awesome, but wasn’t able to finish before I actually visited. Anyway, I was kind of enamored with her elaborate designs & was like, ” I wanna try!”

But of course, my drawing style differs greatly from this friend of mine so I kind of put the want aside for a while thinking it would be far too complicated & time consuming & something I would botch up. Then there was one day when I was doodling pictures of penguins in my journal which of course morphed into ugly birds. & Then there were many ugly birds of various sizes & you can see how things went from there! Anyway, this one has been so fun to work on that I’ve been working quite slowly. I almost never want it to be finished!


May 15, 2011 § 4 Comments

Whew! I finally feel okay about showing you the completed diptych! I have been finding myself settling into the way I like to make things. More & more I want everything to look crafted, handmade, not professional. I want to share the way I see things in my head, not necessarily how they are or even how they can be.

So the hand I left relatively realistic. The courage it takes to let go of things is by no means light or distant. It is difficult. I decided to make the balloons incredibly unrealistic. What happens to every worry or every heartbreak that we let go of is a mystery, it is entirely imagination. I wanted my “imagination” canvas to be colorful, childlike, and made with love. I wanted it to be whimsical even though I am pretty tired of the word whimsical. I wanted the imagination aspect to be so light that the balloons literally lifted from the canvas, so I gave them that texture.

These two together are part painting, part craft project. While I am already thinking of a zillion ways my execution could have been better, I like the idea & the path these little projects seem to be taking.

Leave it Be & Walk Away

May 12, 2011 § 2 Comments

Okay, enough of this hand! I am forcing myself to just knock it off already. Moving on to the balloons . . .


May 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

Sometimes when I’m painting things, I tend to get really hung up on making a zillion layers with just very subtle changes in colors. Combining this with the fact that I really like drawing hands means I have spent way more time on this for how not close to being done it is. Haven’t even started the other canvas!

Where Am I?

You are currently browsing entries tagged with drips at Ugly Bird.