Thanks for Saying Hello!

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to my opening of “say hello to my little friends” on Friday at Cafe Estelle. It was great catching up with old and new friends and having such a wonderful team of support. You guys are the best. I look forward to many more shows in the future and hope you’ll continue to follow my growth and strange, spastic facial expressions along the way.

The silly faces rub off on good friends when you’re around each other enough…

Thanks so much to Bob and Marshall at Cafe Estelle for being so supportive and asking me to do a second installment of “say hello to my little friends.” Also, a huge thanks to Pete for helping me out during the past few months when I was overwhelmed with a ginormous to-do list and he was willing to put aside anything to assist (and thank you for supplying all of the alcohol). Thanks to my mom and dad for hauling their arses all the way out here from Delaware just to show me they care. You are too good to me (especially since I’m making my brother take care of you guys when you’re in diapers since he’s the oldest! (just kidding…ish)). Thanks to Pete’s family for coming out, you guys are my favorite second family evah. And last but not least, thanks to all of my friends who came out to show your support, it meant a lot, especially since it was arctic outside. For those who couldn’t make it, thanks for your sweet messages…I missed you and saved you some delicious Costco sammiches and peppermint bark.

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Say Hello to my new Farmyard Friends

Much was accomplished this weekend in terms of my Cafe Estelle show! Hoping to knock a few more pieces out this week, so be sure to comment with critter requests if you have them! I hope you like the new pieces:

The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck

Colored pencils and marker on wood
12.5×8.5×1
D-d-d-danger, watch behind you—there’s a McDuck out to find you.

The Dead Milkmen

Colored pencils and marker on wood
14.5x10x1
That’ll teach them to go cow tipping.

To do:

  • Make cow illustration
  • Make chicken illustration
  • Make sheep illustration
  • Make cat illustration
  • Make duck illustration
  • Make owl illustration
  • Make fox illustration
  • Finish ink drawings on children’s school desk
  • Paint children’s school desk
  • Order “say hello to my little friends” custom wall decal
  • Order number pins for labeling work
  • Create and print title/price list
  • Set up printer and scanner at home
  • Scan new pieces and add to website and Etsy
  • Order prints of any pieces that are not in stock
  • Order more chipboard backing and plastic sleeves for prints
  • Print labels for buttons and pocket mirrors
  • Package buttons and pocket mirrors
  • Design and print postcards to promote the show
  • Redesign business cards and order them, pronto!
  • Pick up food and beer for the opening on Friday, December 3rd

School desk makeover, check!

Progress is well underway for my upcoming Cafe Estelle art opening on Friday, December 3rd from 6 to 9pm. I have finished drawing and painting the school desk which will have my prints, button packs and pocket mirrors for sale inside. Next up: create as many originals as possible within the next 10 days. Please RSVP if you plan on attending the opening so I can figure out a rough estimate of how much grub and drinks to bring!

Here’s my updated to-do-list (eep!):

  • Make cow illustration
  • Make chicken illustration
  • Make duck illustration
  • Make owl illustration
  • Finish ink drawings on children’s school desk
  • Paint children’s school desk
  • Order “say hello to my little friends” custom wall decal
  • Order number pins for labeling work
  • Create and print title/price list
  • Set up printer and scanner at home
  • Scan new pieces and add to website and Etsy
  • Order prints of any pieces that are not in stock
  • Order more chipboard backing and plastic sleeves for prints
  • Print labels for buttons and pocket mirrors
  • Package buttons and pocket mirrors
  • Design and print postcards to promote the show
  • Redesign business cards and order them, pronto!
  • Pick up food and beer for the opening on Friday, December 3rd

say hello to my little friends (one last time)

My goat illustration (bottom right) recently got some Etsy front page love, which always makes me flail with delight! I am looking forward to creating some new pieces to expand the “say hello to my little friends” series even further. The exhibition is currently on display at the Philadelphia International Airport in Terminal B. If all goes according to plan the show will be making a reappearance at Cafe Estelle, my favorite brunch spot in Philadelphia, from December through January.

I will be adding a few farmyard friends to the mix—a cow, duck, and chicken…basically the animals that are on the menu at the cafe (don’t judge me, I realize it’s fairly morbid!). I’ve been working on painting and decorating a children’s school desk that will hold my prints and other items for sale at the show, which has been a lot of fun but very time consuming. I’ll be sure to post a few photos soon to show you a bit of the process, but to give you a visual, it involves me watching Hoarders marathons and my arse going numb from drawing at a desk that is meant for 6-year-olds. I’ll be sure to keep you posted, but for now please mark Friday, December 3rd on your calendar if you’d like to check out my critters for their final show since I will be starting my new dream series come the new year.

Any last-minute critters you’d like to request be a part of the “say hello to my little friends” series of exotic pet drawings?