Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Going to Die

On a morning walk I found this soggy bit hiding on the sidewalk beside the Telegraph Medical Center in Berkeley. A titillating excerpt... I'm struck by how voyeuristic it feels to find something handwritten all ripped up to pieces like this, left to be forgotten.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Inktober All Stars 2014

One ink drawing per day for 31 days of October. Another successful year! Instead of creating small drawings at home and trapping them in a sketchbook, this time around I drew directly onto art postcards (which I hoard in a box) and freed my original drawings into the world via Facebook post: Each day I'd post my #inktober piece with the directions that the first person to LIKE the drawing, SHARE the drawing and MESSAGE me her address would receive the drawing by mail. 'Tis always better to share than to hoard. Here are some highlights:

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Art Day on the Farm

My husband's sister lives on a dream farm of her own making, a hobbyist's dream come true with chickens, hilly vistas, and a fully stocked pottery studio. Among other talents and superpowers (saponification, cracker-making, and knitting, to name a scant few) she is an accomplished ceramicist whose work is featured all over our house. She hosted an "Art Day" at her place where I sat on the porch to sketch those gorgeous hills, and then we played around with transferring my linework onto her cups. See our results below, and scroll all the way down to see my sketches on paper. Enjoy!

Huge handleless mug! I drink from this every morning.

I made this pattern with the looped edge of a ceramic tool.

The potter's signature stamp
Looks like I still have a little decaf left...
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Handicapped Parking

I was riding my bike out of the 
Berkeley Bowl West parking lot when 
a red scrap of paper under my wheel
caught my eye. 
Much to the oncoming driver's chagrin
I made a sharp u-turn and picked it up
to find this note addressed simply to 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Baby Shower Guest Book

This adorable piece was requested by a friend to use as a guest book for her sister's upcoming baby shower. It was inspired by the work of Stacy and Mark of Etsy's www.sayanythingdesign.com, though by the end ended up looking quite different as I put my own spin on it.
The finished product. I can't wait to see this in a frame!
This was the initial sketch.
I estimated the space needed for the balloons, to gauge placement of baby.
Here's a closeup of the sleeping baby illustration. Completely original Lauren drawing.
I used these tiny egg carton squares to elevate the baby from the page.
My friend punched these colorful dots from paint samples! Baby shower guests will sign these.
Hand lettered baby name
I am so happy with the final product! What a great way to welcome a tiny new human :-)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Oakland Layers: Process

After a lifetime in the Bay Area a dear high school friend of mine relocated to New York to pursue his calling at the New School's Graduate School of Journalism. His gentle charisma and inquiring mind leave the world changed in his wake, in both large and subtle ways, and I am proud to know him and support him as he moves toward making even bigger waves. He commissioned me to make an Oakland-centered art piece to take with him to his new (hopefully temporary) home.

Here are some of the process photos... Stay tuned for final product photos.

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Preliminary design sketches
More preliminary design sketches
Cutting a window for color wash
Hmm.... how does the Fox theatre look against red?
How about green?
And the winner is BLUE!
Then I added the Oakland tree, as requested.
All internal elements together
"Dress rehearsal" of internal elements before final touches, glass cleaning, and frame closure.