Paintings in Progress

A few weeks ago I decided (again) to paint over some older pieces that at re-looking seem unfinished and/or not in a direction I'm currently following. A big part of it is also letting go of some preciousness that I often ascribe to past (and current) work. It is something I am constantly battling but getting better at. Not just in assessing old work, but more importantly in the process of painting. To be daring and run that red stripe over your favorite part of the piece and in the end make everything look completely different from where it started. Most of the time, it is better you made that decision but sometimes the process of finding what works seems to go on forever, until it is time to just paint over it. For me, the decision making process can take a lot of time if I'm feeling particularly thoughtful or insecure but sometimes it is just natural and easy. These last few weeks I've been feeling the former (hence this posting) most likely due to a break from regular painting for a few months.

Two of the five paintings I overpainted. I did these in 2006 and were my favorite from the bunch. The paint is pretty thin and although I liked the shapes and the cleanliness of the line seemed premature at another look.

Two of the five paintings I overpainted. I did these in 2006 and were my favorite from the bunch. The paint is pretty thin and although I liked the shapes and the cleanliness of the line seemed premature at another look.

New smaller pieces in various stages:

Before beginning these smaller pieces, I started my last 30"x30" canvas I purchased back in March. I didn't have any clear ideas of how it was going to be except that I wanted to start with green. I actually started it with a semi realistic image of ivy which seemed to represent the green density I had in my head.

I didn't like how controlled I needed to be to paint the ivy and it sat for a long while about like this. Finally, I resigned the fact I wasn't going to do ivy and started tentatively painting over the leaves and gradually got bolder.

After a turn and more color it is looking like a completely different painting. It is at this stage that the composition becomes more defined and I start to get more careful and controlled. I stopped working on the smaller pieces today because I felt I was getting too tight and on the edge of overworking. And now this larger piece I feel is verging on the same. So I'm letting these sit awhile so I have more time to look and ponder and come up with my next move.


The Improving Clothing Line

Since about February of 2014, I have been working with my partner Jonas to develop a unique silhouette for my clothing line. As you may know, this line used to consist of hand painted tees and dresses I obtained from American Apparel. Most women out there recognize American Apparel's lack of flattering and wearable styles. I was constantly coming up against these limitations of fit inadequacies, and general disappointment at how my designs appeared on a primarily athletic and casual aesthetic. I really started to cut back the quantity of new designs I was making between 2011-2013 and started focusing on textile design which lead me to offering scarves and collaborate on original prints for Jonas' line Meet Me Here.

Triangle Stripe pattern I created for the MMH Fall 2013 line.

Triangle Stripe pattern I created for the MMH Fall 2013 line.

Although this new direction was exciting and a more satisfying medium for my art, I still dreamed of expanding the clothing line.  Jonas and I had been talking about collaborating on a piece for years, and it all started to align. We made a few samples, hired a fit model, sourced the fabric and ordered labels. Seven versions and five months later, we feel satisfied.


Like anything, the deeper you go, the more you discover how much work is ahead. I look forward to presenting you with more styles and an authentic direction this line is going. But for now, here is the style now officially available at Velouria in three oversized sizes.

"The Blank Canvas" Oversized Organic Linen Tunic; $168 at Velouria

"The Blank Canvas" Oversized Organic Linen Tunic; $168 at Velouria

Inspiration: Diana Vreeland

Over the weekend I watched the documentary, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel. I felt the need to take notes, as the film was filled with continuous truths and inspiration. The importance she puts on extra-ordinary, transformation, originality, using weaknesses as strengths, and empowerment through style was just what I needed as I've been wading through my own goals, purpose of my own work, and image I put forth. Later, Jonas and I Googled her name to confirm suspicions that she was a Libra (yep!), and discovered a site of Diane Vreeland quotes. Here are some of my favorites:

“There’s only one thing in life, and that’s the continual renewal of inspiration.”

“I think when you’re young you should be a lot with yourself and your sufferings. Then one day you get out where the sun shines and the rain rains and the snow snows and it all comes together.”

“Where Chanel came from in France is anyone’s guess. She said one thing one day and another thing the next. She was a peasant—and a genius. Peasants and geniuses are the only people who count and she was both.”

“Vogue always did stand for people’s lives. I mean, a new dress doesn’t get you anywhere; it’s the life you’re living in the dress, and the sort of life you had lived before, and what you will do in it later."

“I think part of my success as an editor came from never worrying about a fact, a cause, an atmosphere. It was me—projecting to the public. That was my job. I think I always had a perfectly clear view of what was possible for the public. Give ‘em what they never knew they wanted.”

To be contented—that’s for the cows.”

“One thing I hold against Americans is that they have no flair for the rain. They seem unsettled by it; it’s against them: they take it as an assault, an inconvenience! But rain is so wonderfully cleansing, so refreshing, so calming...”

“Lighting is everything in a color.”

“Black is the hardest color in the world to get right—except for gray...”

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Oregon Sand Dunes at the Coast

Had a nice visit over the weekend with a bunch of family. My parents rented a house for dinners and gathering after adventures. Those of us not staying at the house had a room at a close by hotel with ocean views from every room. We all enjoyed the sights, each other and some incredible weather.



I'll be thinning my line of hand painted tees over the next few weeks. No more made to order designs, only listing whats in stock with limited sizes and styles. Still will be offering seconds bundles as well as my "tee" of the month club.

If you aren't already familiar, the "tee" of the month club mails out to you 1-2 items valuing between $20-$60 dollars every month for either 3 or 6 months, depending on your subscription. Hence the "tee" in quotes: sometimes you might get a scarf, or some tea towels, or a hand painted tee. It is also a rather specialized subscription that may vary from person to person, sometimes each person gets something different and you may specify that you would not like to receive clothing at all!

MUA: Chantal Ortega; Hair: Ana Cheadle; Model: Caitlin Horn; Photography: Alexandra Wallace

MUA: Chantal Ortega; Hair: Ana Cheadle; Model: Caitlin Horn; Photography: Alexandra Wallace

Items generally ship around the 20th of the month. This month for women, the Coral Shapes Hand Painted Organic Tee, and for men the Natural Shapes Organic Tee! Join the club.