Thursday, December 30, 2010

Recent DIY Projects!

I've been in a DIY craze. After my creative spurt I must say I feel rejuvenated and reenergized - ready to start the year anew! Wanted to share some of the DIY projects that I've made over the past few months. Each has brought me or others great joy and I hope that spirit continues through the new year!

Sold my Record Art at a local art fair in the fall
It is currently being sold @ a great eco store called REcologie!

I decoupaged a styrofoam mannequin head with great tissue, as a birthday gift for a good friend of mine!

cute cut tee-scarf
( a perfect way to make use of an old tee shirt!)

Fun Solid Tee- Scarf

A new wardrobe of earrings from the Past 2 day's earrings extravaganza!
(new DIY magazine paper earrings )- the beauties on the bottom right are my good friend Liz's!
(also some old charms/jewelry pieces that i turned into cute earrings!)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

A Painted Hero...

My advanced illustration class was given an assignment to illustrate an image from Photographer, Joe McNally's book; Faces of Ground Zero: Portraits of the Heroes of September 11, 2001; in order to commemorate the rescue workers of 9/11. I was immediately drawn to Melissa Van Wijk. Her expression and appearance stood out amongst the others. The project was challenging because I needed to convey all of the emotions that she experienced during the rescue efforts. Check out the images below of Joe McNally's Original Photograph as well as my drawings and paintings throughout the process. My finished painting will be in the 'Young Artists on the Rise' show at the Mamaroneck Artist's Guild in Larchmont, New York on Thursday, January 6, 2011- Friday, January 21. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, January 13th from 5-7pm. Don't MIS It!

Photograph by Joe McNally
Melissa van Wijk
Choreographer and Red Cross Volunteer, Disaster Services
Van Wijk worked at aid areas that distributed food and offered showers and beds to workers. "The first day I was there 20 hours, then I took a nap and went back. That's what everybody did. It was chaotic. Everything that didn't fit into someone else's job fell to us."

Pencil Sketch


"An Angel Among Us"
Painted Acrylic Portrait!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Inspiring Images!

I am often inspired by the work of my friends... be it an instrument they play, a show they preform in, or an image they create. Piper Martz, an award winning photographer, has a unique ability to capture a moment and captivate her audience. I was lucky enough to model for her with some friends on a recent photo shoot; the wild, windy, and wet day certainly did not stop us from having a great time and Piper taking some intriguing images. Check the victorian masked images out on her blog @
To see more of her work check out her site @
Some of my favorites of Piper's photos are below!

Margo Isadora