I have been working on a series of large paintings of warrior goddess-type women in elaborate costumes. I will post the finished paintings soon, but in the meantime, here are some sneak peeks:
Back in September, we taught a watercolor workshop at the Woodbridge Town Library. It was a lot of fun and everyone who attended created a beautiful and unique piece of artwork.
Here I am, explaining how to paint trees:
Complimenting a student's use of vivid color:
All in all, I think it was a success!
Here are some pictures from a live drawing brainstorming event I did at Pepsico a few months ago. It was so much fun! And of course I completely forgot to post the pictures until now.
A friend commissioned this portrait of her husband, Trevor, wearing an Imperial Russian Army officer uniform. I am pretty pleased with how it came out! Oil on board, 16x20.
I have been fiddling around for a while with ideas for a new personal logo. Everything was coming out pretty boring and generic so I decided to make it more personal and draw influence from my two favorite things: Russian folk art and fairy tales. I looked at illuminated manuscript images such as the ones below, because they reminded me of the illuminated first letter of a chapter in old story books:
I also looked at objects painted with Khokhloma (which I have all over my house). Khokhloma is a wood painting technique, where floral and sometimes animal patterns are painted on a black background with red, green, and gold. Khokhloma is usually painted on wooden objects, especially tableware.
I also drew influence from gothic lettering, because I like their fancy scroll look. Anyway, this is what I came up with. The V was especially challenging because a regular V shape that we are all used to just did not look good in a square, so I had to use the gothic version with a straight side. I will probably tweak it some more later but for now I am pretty content with it:
Some color versions. The first one is in the traditional Russian Khokhloma colors and the second two are some variations.
I recently had the pleasure of redesigning the Breathing Room Yoga Center logo. I went for a classic, clean look with this one. The heart that is the B represents love, trees, life, breathing, lungs, etc.
Here are some other variations of the logo:
The "Breathe" version, which is on the new t-shirts sold at the yoga center, is one of my favorites. If you are in the New Haven area, go take a class at Breathing Room! You will feel refreshed and rejuvenated, I guarantee it.
Click here to view the latest Miya's Sushi menus, written by Bun Lai, and designed by me! They are available in PDF format.
These illustrations will be in the new Miya's Sushi menus, which are coming out this week. I was going for a quirky/fairytale kind of look to go with the fun and eccentric contents of the menu. This menu is better than ever before, with an extensive selection of dishes, new and old. If you are in the New Haven area, be sure to stop by Miya's and have a meal of the most amazing sushi you will ever taste!