No. / 35

Social Media Universe

Dresses

Hi there. I haven’t been as active on my site as I’d originally planned. So starting tonight, I’m going to try to post at least once a week. I’ve been too busy posting nearly every day on my Instagram account. And by the way, I LOVE Instagram! Thank you to all my supporters! From the bottom of my heart – every follow, like and comment means the world to me! I didn’t realize how exposed or insecure I’d feel every time I post an illustration out into the social media universe. I wasn’t sure if people would like my illustrations or even take the time to leave a comment or even start to follow my work. I’m always blown away by the response because I just didn’t expect it. I’m truly grateful by all the love and encouragement as that emboldens me to continue to pursue my dreams.

Social media and a very supportive husband are helping me achieve my goals and dreams. The only drawback to social media is the maintenance for each account. I opened my first FB account last year. I know. I may be one of the last few on earth to finally open an account. The only reason why it took me so long is because I know my very obsessive personality very well and I just wasn’t ready to get hooked on FB. But here I am today deep in the social media hemisphere.

As much as I love being in the social media universe, it’s never a good sign when my 3 year old hands me the phone every morning. Ugh. I’m so embarrassed to write that my little boys knew how much I used to be on the phone. I’d always tell myself that this was my work now and I absolutely needed to be on the phone for my new career. True. But not all the time. Especially when my little ones were around! So I’ve been testing my new plan to not go online while I’m with my children. I usually post right before I’m with the kids, which means that I post and I turn off the phone. So I apologize to my supporters that leave the sweetest and most encouraging comments on my IG account if I don’t respond for days or even a week. I’m trying to be a good example to my children. Oh parenthood. Anyway, thank you again for your support! Eeks! Can’t stop thanking!

Here’s an illustration inspired by one of my favorite emojis. This one is wearing Valentino. I wish I illustrated her hair in a bun with flowers. Love how this emoji expresses celebration! It’s definitely one of my faves and the next red dress dancer is definitely getting flowers in her hair. I dedicated this emoji to my mom for her birthday but I think she may have just liked the illustration and didn’t read the caption! As my little one says, “oh boy!”

xox

 

 

No. / 23

Flower Swoon

Family Style

This is my first bridal portrait of my sister on her Valentine’s Wedding Day back in 2009 at the Hotel Bel Air.  The ceremony was touching and beautiful and the reception was glamourous.  This illustration started out as a mistake when the paper started to rip on her cheek because I was trying so hard to make the blush look natural.  I recovered quickly and was inspired by Barney Saltzberg’s Beautiful Oops!.  I made the oops into a BEAUTIFUL OOPS!  I think I got a little too excited with the Liquid Gems from Liquitex or widely known as puffy paint.  But I love the texture and the sparkle these lovely little bottles provide!  Now who loves a little sparkle?  Or a lot?  I prefer a lot!

Please see my daily works in progress on my tumblr site to see what I’m working on!  Thank you!

No. / 17

Lego Love

Bags

This past week, Max (4), Dashiell (22 months) and my nephew Thompson (4) have been obsessed with all things Lego.  It’s been a fun-filled week but extremely stressful when Dashiell’s chubby little hands can’t put the hair back on Emmet, Max can’t find his Red Ninjago or Thompson wants the Golden Ninjago.  Tears have been shed, hair pulled and bodies pushed.  Plus, I’m not sure how many more times I can listen to “Everything is Awesome,” in the car.  These tiny legos are probably too advanced for our little ones, but they insist on playing with them and it’s put me on an emotion roller coaster.  But Alas!  I found my own lego heaven in this eye bag that caught my eye on Eva Chen’s instagram feed.  My three little musketeers probably wouldn’t appreciate the design, quality and craftsmanship of this Alex Black Widow “LOVE” Bag as much as I would, but I knew this bag had to be the one to illustrate.  Now that I’m embedded in Lego Universe, these three boys have been looking like lego characters themselves!  And for their lego character debut I’d dress them in the cutest comfy/dressy clothes for boys from Bang Bang Copenhagen.  For their bright orange shoes: would Adidas x Raf Simons ‘Stan Smith’ collaboration for little boys’ sneakers be available one day?  No need to wait, when I can illustrate them now! Despite all the fighting between these little ones, I know that between them there is enough love to last a lifetime.  Or at least until next week… eeks!

No. / 15

When you wish upon a star

Family Style

After a Super Bowl win, a reporter always asks a winning football player what he’s going to do now.  The winner happily declares, “I’m going to Disneyland!”  That’s my reply when people ask me what I’m going to do for my birthday.  Except, I want to go to Disneyland every week.  In fact, I took our boys to the happiest place on earth three times in one week during the summer, thanks to our handy annual passes.  Recently, my brother-in-law, Chris, sent me this article in the NY times and I felt comforted by the fact that I’m not alone for my love, or some would say obsession for Disneyland.  This month, there are two birthdays in my family that I’d love to celebrate at Disneyland.  Unfortunately, they’re far away in the east coast.  My sister’s birthday is today!  (Happy Birthday Kris!)  And my nephew’s birthday was this past Saturday.  (Happy Belated Thompson!)  So in honor of their birthdays, I illustrated a family portrait of them in Mickey and Minnie Mouse ears.  I drew Kris in a Stella McCartney top with a ruffled collar and gold polka dots.  Chris is in an Alexander McQueen cardigan with breton inspired stripes and cutie pie Thompson in an Egg striped long sleeve tee.  I think they’re ready for a dandy day at D-Land!  Also, is anyone else moved to tears when they watch this sing along of When You Wish Upon A Star besides me?  Anyway, I’m wishing upon a star tonight that my sister and her family have a beautiful day today in NYC.

No. / 10

Chef Me

Family Style

I hope when Max is older he’ll like to cook. He recently declared during dinner, “I want to be the chef!”  He then proceeded to get up from the table, open the fridge door and announce that he was going to make us dinner.  Maybe he just didn’t like what I made.  Hmm.  I never thought of it that way until just right now.  Anyhoo, I wasn’t sure how he would react if I bought him this apron and glove set by Odette Williams.  But when he saw this illustration, Max happily declared, “Chef Me!”  I think the set would be a wise investment for our family.