Color Schemes · Prattling · Visual Art

Relaxing art work

Working in theatre and event services I always kind of thrive under stress and pressure. Problem solving in a pinch is one of my favorites and swooping in and saving the day is kind of a nice feeling. This week had a LOT of things going on for a big university event and even more things go wrong providing plenty of challenges. Physically, that gets demanding even if you like those situations. (And to be clear I don’t like it when things go wrong but I like to think I’m pretty good at problem solving when it does.)

To alleviate some of the mental and physical fatigue I like to have a piece of artwork to work on when I need a few minutes of not thinking about work. I love writing but it’s easier for work thoughts to sneak in.

So without further adieu here is my piece of artwork for this hectic week.

The lighting isn’t the greatest but hopefully the colors come through. They are my favorite colors and we’re very soothing to work with. Just what I needed!

I love the text of the wood that shows through and the mixture of media was a lot of fun.

I’ve titled this The Rain Tree.

Enjoy and have a restful, restorative productive weekend!

I’m cleaning my house!

Visual Art

I believe in doodles

I have a hard time paying attention at meetings unless my hand is moving. I’ve known this about myself since middle school. It’s why all my biology and history notes were surrounded by swirls and lines.

I think doing one thing can help you expand your mind in other ways. For me it helps me focus on the words being spoken.

Color Schemes · Inspiration

Color Scheme for this week…

This week is busy at work as well as at home so I want some rich invigorating colors to keep me energized. Obviously, this sort of thing is personal and subjective to each person but deep dark colors help me feel bold and powerful–and of course purple is my power color. Set against the deep blue it makes me feel like taking on the world!

The food looks yummy too! Food and Wine is my FAVORITE magazine for food photography–gorgeous stuff!

I hope you all have a splendid week!

Ricotta and Roasted Grape Crostini 
Color Schemes · Inspiration · Prattling

Color Inspiration: misty morning

It is a rainy misty morning today and I wanted to share some color schemes that always come to mind on these sort of days. Cool, mysterious, dark, melancholy, misty, morose, glittering–are all words that come to mind in the rain. These colors soothe. These colors make me think of magic and tall mountains that need scaling to fulfill a quest–of deep forests where tendrils of fog wrap around ancient trunks.

ZJ Colour Palette 301 #colourpalette #colourinspiration
The vibrant teal offsets the grays and hints at the pop of springtime that comes with the rain. New life is growing nourished by the drops. 



Sea Fare - Cool, calm color palette from Better Homes & Gardens (August 2014).
The colors of fog and mist that wrap through the trees in the drizzle. 


karen margolis, 8 layers of maps + watercolor


The hint of purple in the violets and crocus peaking their heads up drinking in the water. Spring is creeping in drop by drop as the rain falls.


Goals! · Visual Art

India inks and new art projects!

Hello all!

So I have some exciting news to share, but first I want to share how excited I am about some new art supplies I’ve gotten!

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I saw these on Amazon, and my first thought was “Wow, I love the font on these packages!” Second thought was “OOh, I bet these are more saturated than watercolors so I can use them without totally wrinkling the paper!”

That being said I added them to my Christmas wishlist, and voila–in-laws were amazing and got them for me! Alas, life was busy, and remained busy until last week when I finally took a moment to say, “By golly, I’m going to get my inks out, organize them and see what they look like on paper!” And that is just what I did, and they are beautiful and gorgeously saturated colors. I haven’t worked yet with layering but I hope to soon!

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NOW, for the exciting new art project: I’m am going to start designing and producing small quantities of stationery!  As much as I love using and hoarding stationery it just makes sense–I also think my quirky colorful style will lend itself to this, so we will see!

I am taking it slow and really researching how I want to go about this and create an actual business plan before I just jump into making art. Right now I have a name: Lunarkat Paper Co. and a vague idea on what I want the logo to look like! Haha! I’ll obviously update more once I have some really concrete things in place!


Visual Art

A wee little fishy

I’ve been experimenting a little with my visual arts with doing some mixed media pieces on wood. I really enjoy how the texture of the wood underneath plays with the different media I use.

This is obviously a work in progress and the picture doesn’t do the colors justice. I’ll try to get a better shot once I am finished with this little guy!


Watercolor back ground, micron pens, colored pencil. 


Pen is for scale–I love how teeny this guy is! 
Inspiration · She's Crafty!

#woodworking My Husband Builds Things!

My husband is an amazing wood worker!

His attention to detail and artistic eye constantly amaze me with the things he creates. Whether it is as seemingly mundane as some shelves for our craft shows or as brilliantly designed as the birdhouses and swords and shields it is always well thought out.  He is patient in his design and execution where I am much more of a fly by my pants sort of painter–we do have to work hard to coexist with our different outlooks on crafting but in the end we mesh pretty well!

If you want to see him in action please check out his YouTube Channel! Even if you aren’t a woodworker yourself it is pretty entertaining!

I hope you have a great weekend! Woohoo!

Did I mention my husband ALSO does amazing paint jobs?! Because he does–that is all painters tape!