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Friday, October 7, 2011

Whoa... Update?

Sorry I neglect this blog so much! But a lot has happened!

In September I moved to Oakland and am living with one of my best friends in the whole world, we've known each other since 7th grade! I sadly left my Gallery Director position and drove out here with my buddy Leyland and my dog Tripp! So far it's been very exciting!

Currently I am working freelance as well as taking commissioned portraits of pets! You can order one on my Etsy Shop or email me at { }

Aren't they beautiful!!!

Anyway you can always stay up to date with my daily activities here at my blog Sparrow & Urchin. I also posted the pictures from my drive out west to Cali.

I'm also now obsessed with Instagram! My username is sparrow_urchin

Currently I'm in the middle of possibly redesigning my website, making only one blog (Sparrow & Urchin) encompass both art and life, and also starting a custom print, card, invite shop. So lot's in the works right now!!! Oh and I got a tattoo!

Be sure to check back often, and get a pet portrait! They make great gifts!!


Sunday, June 12, 2011

A Little Help From My Friends

So I may have mentioned I was also in a group art show in town... So here you guys are...

"A Little Help from my Friends"

My Junior year in college ('07) I experimented with painting on linen and incorporating embroidery and multiple layers of canvas... My most successful piece was this one, "Rebbecca Rolfe Learns to Sew"

Anyway with all the turmoil of my life I've decided to got back to that experiment. I have a great fondness for sewing and embroidery and am excited to start this again.

This piece I painted the girl on the main canvas and the hand and birds on a separate canvas, then cut those out and embroidered them onto the main. I made the mistake though of using Cotton Duck Canvas instead of Linen... and may I say that was near impossible... I wasn't able to do all the embroidery that I wanted.

The idea of this piece goes along with what has been happening with me lately. That sometimes you have to start sewing yourself back together, making yourself presentable and feeling good, and while you do that you have to allow your friends to help give you the tools in order to pull yourself together.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Upcoming Show

I'm doing a piece for Kill Taupe's second installment of Meth & Hot Dogs! It will be at the Lift Gallery in Royal Oak on April 30th. Here's the artist line up.

I have an idea of what I want to do but I need to finish the sketches. Also there are a few other things that are going to start too! I'm very excited!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

New Etsy Items Preview

So I just updated my prints on Etsy, and let me say they are perfect Holiday gifts :) I'm also going to be posting in the next couple weeks the return of the Owl Stuffed animals.

As well as starting in December I will be starting to take custom orders for Ring Pillows and listing a few I've made. Just in time for wedding planning.

If you have any questions, want to pre-order or order customs, please email me at

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

New Prints on Etsy

Hey you guys! I finally have updated that silly thing called Etsy! So go get some art for your walls!

I have framing available for all my 8x10" prints, and for my 12x16" screen print. If interested just email me (

Also be on the look out this coming month for new screen prints, and the return of my owl stuffed animals! Don't know what they are? Well you can see one here >> and here >>

So be on the lookout!


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

How to make a tunic

I did a guest post on a friends style blog, Alyson is Neat, and showed how to make a Grecian Tunic. And I did a little illustration with it. I think it's art related enough so I thought I throw it up on this here art blog. Here it is and the final product:

Here are the instructions I wrote:

So here's what you need to create this tunic, it only took a couple hours and can be dressed up and is still comfy enough to sit around the house. For my fabric I used a remnant I had bought from a fabric store, it's a silk crepe so it would be really flowy. I only needed about a yard.

To start I first measured how big I wanted the tunic, I wanted it about to my elbows and at least 27" long (the zippers length), after I cut out two rectangles which with my measurements were 40 inches wide by 30 inches long. I cut one rectangle in half for the back and sewed on the zipper. Then I faced the two rectangles face to face and sewed the top leaving about 12 inches in the middle open for my head (important). Then sewed the sides leaving again about 12 inches open at the top for my arms (that's important too!). After that I turned the shirt right side out and figured out where I wanted my waist and cut slits on the front and back for a belt or sash... And voila! You have a homemade Grecian tunic. I hope my instructions were understandable :D

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Some pieces from my Show

These are a couple watercolors I did for the show. I haven't used watercolor since freshman year but it was fun to experiment... I think next I'm going to try out pastels next, I love them freshman year.

Sorry these aren't very good pictures, they aren't scans just quick shots. I'll get better images.
Yeah so there you go...

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

A little from Work

Here's just some cute pictures from my work. This is Sherri and I, she was my awesome intern from State who is majoring in interior design. She helped me re-hang the front room and was so great to have around. I miss her so much.
That was the day she said my legs look antique... hahaha cause they were so white. Oh we had such great times running around the Design Center and trying to sit and try all the chairs. I called it "Goldielocksing"