Brrrds Chillin in Chicago

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BrrrdsChillin

Oh, snow!

It snowed again. A whopping 3 inches. With all the reports raving about the WINTER STORM HEADING FOR CHICAGO, I mildly pondered if I should have shopped for the groceries I’ve been neglecting to go get for the past week, before the snow comes. But then I fell asleep.

I happened to have experienced the Snowpocalypse of 2011 when I’d been living in Chicago for just 4 months at the time. I had just gotten a new job, and even though every place was closed, somehow my mind tried to convince me, “Where is your dedication to your job?! You still have to show up!” So when I couldn’t access my car or public transportation to get to work, I tried calling the store (no one picked up) and I panicked my way through the day, hoping I won’t get fired. By the next day I had to work, most of the streets have been cleaned and, of course, it was just a regular day. I found out that the day of the Snowpocalypse, the store was closed because no employees could make it in. And there was no one at the store to take calls for people calling off work! Duh. I’d been panicking for no reason.

Ah, those were the good, old, anxiety-ridden days. Since identifying as an introvert and reading a little here and there about introversion, I learned that anxiety is just a part of the personality. Well, no wonder, since introversion is looked upon as a weakness! A weakness deemed by who? Extroverts? SOME extroverts? Introphobes?

Whatever. Introverts know themselves better than anyone else does.ย  Some things are not worth getting worked up about. Most introverts are chill and stay true-blue, like these Brrrds of a feather who chill together ๐Ÿ™‚

Glow

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Glow

What better day to reveal this new piece than Valentine’s Day. It may have been labeled as a Hallmark holiday, but to me, it’s a day that celebrates love & passions.

I created this in watercolor & ink and it’s 20×30 inches, largest I’ve painted so far. I even changed the title a few times, deciding to stick with “Glow,” because it rhymes with the word ‘go’. A big painting with a little reminder that you are the light at the end of the tunnel.

You may have heard the quotes, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” And, “The light at the end of the tunnel.” And then, Aerosmith said, “There’s something wrong with the world today, the light bulb is getting dim.”

Imagine that we, the humanity as a whole, are that light bulb. Each one of us is a little ball of energy contributing to the brightness. Each one wants something to happen.

But hoping, wishing, waiting, talking, and thinking about what we want doesn’t make anything happen. Any change that we want to happen begins within ourselves first. The only way the light bulb can be brighter is if each one of us becomes a little brighter. It’s a lifelong process.

The best part of all is that you get to decide what all of this means and you get to decide what works for you.

Season’s Greetings! A (gross) greeting card for you.

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(But that’s snot how you’re supposed to deck the halls.)

For the past few years, I’ve created a holiday card for you to print and share. This year is no different. Just a little gross.

‘Tis the season to take extra good care of yourself to stay clear of colds or the flu. But if you still really like sharing gross stuff with your family and friends, “Gross Greeting” is available as an easy DIY greeting card:

http://razorberries.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/GrossGreeting_Card.pdf

Instructions:
1. Print
2. Cut & fold
3. Write a message
4. Try really hard to make sure that the only type of grossness you might be giving to your loved ones this season is just in the form of this card.

Too busy for DIY?
You can get these cards already made. Order them at RedBubble. Discount of 30% on every order of 16+ cards:
http://www.redbubble.com/people/razorberries/works/9672052-gross-greeting?p=greeting-card

I hope your holidays are happy and healthy!

Hugging Trees Vs. Pushing Paper

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“Carry” for Illustration Friday

 

It’s sometimes a little conflicting to me that I love nature and trees, and I paint on paper.

(Paper comes from chopped down trees. But you knew that, right?)

Well, I actually have a thing for paper, too, like a lot of artists. Its texture, the grain, the way pigment rests on it or becomes absorbed into it… I’ll stop there before this turns into a porn novel.

Paper has always carried my work in some way. And it just so happens that I work at a print center for my day job. That’s where I print a lot of stuff on paper. It’s also where a lot of paper get wasted. A lot. Of paper.

Last weekend there, I worked on a job that had me print 500 packets that consisted of a total of 28,000 sheets of paper. It was for a big conference for a company. With today’s technology, why they couldn’t do this digitally (like email, website, or hand out a PDF on a flash drive), I have no clue. This kind of thing happens at a lot of places.

I’m just going to assume that as you read this, those 500 people have either recycled the paper. Or hung it up on their wall and are admiring its texture, the grain, the toner glistening in the light…

 

 

Kleptoctopus attacks your screen

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At the suggestion of my sister that there should be more wallpapers of my work, here’s a new one – The Attack of the Kleptoctopus, featuring Ms. Jessie Bunnie, of course. Yay!

Choose your screen size: 1600×1200 | 1280×1024 | 1024×768 | 1024×600 – and right click on the image, and select “Set as Desktop Background” or something along those lines.

This is Ashleigh

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Ashleigh is a rare gem that I met on the train while heading to Galesburg, IL to visit my mom a few days ago.

Majority of the time I either sit on the train alone or next to someone who insists on pretending that I don’t exist. If a conversation takes place, it seldom ventures beyond a topic like the weather. And after my many failed attempts, I end up with my earphones on for the rest of the trip.

(I like learning about people but sometimes I end up sitting next to a dude who asks inappropriate questions or makes inappropriate comments. That’s when I look for a different seat or am definitely scrambling for my earphones!)

But this trip began very differently when Ashleigh sat down next to me. Our conversation began about the meowing we heard somewhere in the train car, because we were convinced that someone was smuggling a cat inside their baggage. We continued to talk nearly the entire trip. After a range of topics like theater, music, work, travel, dreams, and life in general. Eventually, the train got to Galesburg and I had to go.

We never did find out if there was actually a cat somewhere on board.

True-Blue

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These are a few more photos from the shoot I did of my friend Jessica a few weeks ago. I’ve been experimenting with blending watercolor washes onto photos and I’m really liking the effect.

Jessica is really fun to work with because she’s also a photographer herself, so she knows what photographers look for while she’s modeling. Check her out on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram as luvbunnie_j, for her work.

The Attack of the Kleptoctopus

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Really happy with how this piece came out. It combines my two loves, photography and illustration. My initial concept idea for this had nothing to with evil octopi trying to steal rainbow umbrellas, but that’s an upcoming blog post ๐Ÿ™‚

Big thank you to Jessica (who is great model, talented photographer, and my good friend) for putting together her gorgeous look and being a part of this project. Fighting an evil octopus and walking in heels on rocks is a lot harder than it looks!

RedBubble!

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Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of getting together with Martin Hosking, Laurie Briggs, and Peter Tomassi from RedBubble, along with some of the Chicago RedBubble artists. RedBubble is the main website which produces and sell my prints along with thousands of other artists.

And, they came bearing RedBubble swag with my work on it:

Currently, I don’t have any t-shirts on the site, but “Every Bone” looks great on a shirt so I may have to add the t-shirt option there soon.

RedBubble does great work on the products. In addition, their brand colors and their new RB logo naturally fit just right with Razorberries. Awesome coincidence.

After our get together, I went home feeling energized with new ideas. Or, to put it more accurately, my brain was doing the happy dance.

This is Lindsay

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I met Lindsay while walking on the beach one morning. She was sitting on the edge of a dock, playing her guitar when I walked up and asked to photograph her.

She instantly recognized my camera, which was a Nikon D40x at that time, and mentioned she has one just like it and loves photography but doesn’t know much about it.

Likewise, I told her that I love music and have tried to learn to play the guitar many times, but never could quite get it down.