Finals Week

December 15, 2016


It’s finals week, this is my last project due for 3D Design class. It’s a form and function project. I made a Dumbo-themed mousetrap vehicle. It was almost too heavy, so since half the grade is based on the “function” part, I had to ditch Dumbo’s front legs at the last minute. Projects are due tomorrow, so hopefully I will get video of my Dumbo “flying.”


Great Books – Overheard at SCBWI OC

October 3, 2016

I had a great time at SCBWI OC Agents Day, held at CSU Fullerton on Oct 1st. Here’s a list of must-read book titles that the various speakers talked about, in no particular order:

The Witches – Roald Dahl

Penguin Problems – Jory JOhn

Dragon Was Terrible – Kelly Depucchio

Babies Ruin Everything – Matthew Swanson

Pax – Sara Pennypacker

Wolf Hollow – Lauren Wolk

Gertie’s Leap to Greatness – Kate Beasley

The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman

The Forgetting – Sharon Cameron

Coraline – Neil Gaiman

Rook – Sharon Cameron

I, Fly – Bridget Heos

No Tooting at Tea – Alastair Heim

Doll Bones – Holly Black

Forget Me Not Summer – Howland

Mr. Particular – Jason Kirschner

Utility Box

August 11, 2016

We finished our public art project over the weekend – painting the utility box in front of the middle school. It came out well! Lots of positive feedback from the community, too, which is always nice. It was hard to paint in the heat of the summer, but it was still fun.

Public Art – Heatwave!

July 23, 2016


We got a nice start before the heatwave hit. The volunteers started with the underpainting on all four sides of the box. Some elements are bigger than they were on the paper design – oh well. I think it will work out fine.

Only a couple of minor problems to an otherwise smooth start. (1) There was more graffiti that I expected, but on closer examination, I realized that the “graffiti” was all math equations. So I suppose in the grand scheme of things, it’s not a big concern; (2) The utility box is stainless steel, which gets really hot in the sun and paint has a hard time sticking to it. Fortunately, I found a nice primer that worked well. Ordinarily, I would have used gesso, but it did not go onto the steel nicely at all; and (3) We had a heatwave. A big, hot, miserable heatwave that is still going on. It’s impossible to paint when it is so, so hot. We’re all waiting out the weather to be something more reasonable. In the meantime, the box looks very nice, but unfinished. Hopefully, we’ll regroup and get back on track next week.




New Public Art Project

July 12, 2016


Here’s a sneak preview of the utility box design that our little team of Girl Scouts, GS alumni and friends put together for our community public art project.We just got approval on the design and work will begin this weekend. Titled “Day and Night in the Island in the Hills,” the piece will depict our native vegetation and some of the native animals one might see in our community. The design was done by kids and young adults, with some minor mods made by me to make it fit into the Open Space committee’s expectations. I think it’s going to look great when it is all done!


February 1, 2016

Thank you to everyone who entered my Goodreads Giveaway! Books are in the post today!


Surfboard Art

August 10, 2015

surfboard done

I recently finished painting a surfboard using Molotow paint markers. It came out pretty nice, except for a couple of minor catastrophes, like where the bird pooped on it and the paint came off, or where the paint crazed when I sprayed glossy varnish. You can’t see the crazing from a distance, thank goodness.

Probably the best advice that I was given, and that I used on this board, was to “draw through.” Drawing through helps keep things believable.¬†You can see it on the top arm of the octopus, where the arm goes up off the board and then comes back into view further down to the left. I drew out the whole arm onto my working drawing, and when I transfered the design onto the surfboard, I drew the unseen part of the arm onto the backside of the board.

octo working v2

Draw through – note how the upper arm is completely sketched out to show how long and how curved it needs to be when it comes back into view on the board.

Paint markers work really well on a surfboard – very easy to use and fun. I may do another one sometime.