Time to Shine

My friend Susan requested a new piece of art for her birthday on February 12. She sent me some ideas and I chose to replicate this painting by Etsy seller Mincing Mockingbird.

I painted this using acrylics on a 5×5″ block of wood. After the paint dried, I tacked the strips of text in place with a glue stick and clear-coated the entire block.

Now I just need to make one for myself…

Can you relate?

Watercolor Florals

I recently took a three-session watercolor painting class at CREATE Arts Center with my boyfriend Marc and our friend Matt. The class was led by Sulay Khin, a very talented watercolorist and alumna of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). The lessons were pretty advanced but we had a good time. I also liked that the class was affordable.

My only suggestion would be to spend less time on the initial drawings so we can get right down to painting. We sketched our flowers from real-life artificial ones, which is a lot more challenging than drawing or tracing from a photo. Just my thoughts!

How to Bathe Your Dragon

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Blackbeard the Bearded Dragon has some stuck shed and was instructed by his veterinarian to get a good scrub. I used lukewarm distilled water with a few drops of Shed-Ease and a baby toothbrush to help him out.

If you know why my screen transitions are square when my video is rectangular, please do let me know.

Spanish-English Insect Guide

I am very pleased to share this Spanish-English insect guide that I collaborated on with Crossroads Community Food Network. Based in Takoma Park, Maryland, Crossroads strengthens our local food system by providing resources to those who grow, prepare, and eat fresh produce (i.e. all humans ever).

This bilingual guidebook provides important safety information about the management of pest insects, as well as an overview of beneficial insects. My favorite quality of this book is that it will help facilitate effective communication between English- and Spanish-speakers who work in agriculture. I love opening the lines of communication!

It was satisfying to learn in detail about the various pests and beneficial insects as I created the page layouts and illustrations. In the acknowledgments, you will see a gamut of talented people who contributed their agricultural expertise to this book. As an avid gardener, I was grateful for the chance to absorb their knowledge. The final product was printed in a practical fashion with a spiral binding and waterproof cover–it is meant to be out in the field with you!

Designing projects that have a positive social impact is very meaningful to me. I hope that this book will help strengthen working relationships and build inclusivity for farmers all over Maryland.

I want to thank Crossroads for hiring me to help create such a unique and worthwhile book. If you visit their weekly farmer’s market, be sure to pick up a copy.

Flip through the digital copy above, or download a PDF version.