Sunday, January 31, 2016

My Blog Has Moved!

Check out for current blog posts. This blog site will remain where it is but anything new will be on that site. The new site also has all my old posts. The new site has my full portfolio and much more! I would love if you would come visit me there!

If you are Steven Tyler or know him there is a contact form for inquires about new album artwork.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

May Your Holidays Be Creative & Bright!

Towards the end of each year I find myself looking back and being cynical on what (or lack there of) I have accomplished over the past year. I often feel like I have spent the whole year creating nonstop with nothing truly exceptional to show for it. I, like so many others, look for external validation that my art is meaningful. I question if I will ever create something that will go viral or if I am moving forward in my career.

It is moment like this that I rely on those cheesy old-fashioned inspirational quotes to get me through.

"Never stop doing your best just because someone doesn't give you credit."

No matter what I always, always, always put my whole heart and soul into everything I create. I take great pride in doing my best in everything I create.

"Your work is a gift."

I truly believe that I was put on this earth to create beautiful things to make the world a better place. It is my God given talent to share my gift with others.

"Fake it till you make it."

Even when I don't feel like I have anything beautiful to offer I keep going. I want to be the best so I am going to act like the best.

I'll leave you with this holiday gift. My mother sent me a drawing I did when I was 4 years old. I thought it was adorable. 

Well I decided that my childhood genius deserved an encore! Not only did I predict 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' but I also decided to draw as many Rudolf's as I please!

Happy holidays to everyone who has taken time to support my art. I have some new an exciting ideas coming for 2016 that I can't wait to share with you!

By the way "Fake it till you make it" is my favorite Steven Tyler quote!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Cheshire Cat Fan Art Submission

I threw my mad hat in the ring for the Alice in Wonderland fan art contest by Disney. There is a chance to have your artwork printed in the movie's soundtrack booklet.

This is the final submission.

Here is a closeup shot.

Here is a shot showing how I staged it with the blue metallic scrapbook paper background.

Maybe this is the first step to doing album artwork for Steven Tyler?

Friday, November 27, 2015

30% Off Your Entire Crazy Cat Lady Katie Purchase!

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Unlike Steven Tyler, this deal won't be around forever! Visit and win the holidays!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Rockin' Event Review: CLUE presented by Wicked Witches Cabaret

I took in my first burlesque show in the Twin Cities on November 20th, 2015 at the Mixed Blood Theatre to a sold out audience. I am a big fan of classic burlesque, vintage fashion, and aerialists so CLUE presented by the Wicked Wenches Cabaret seemed like the perfect show for me to take the plunge! The show featured new performers all the way up to experienced teachers. This burlesque variety show took cue from events that happened during the murder mystery. One by one the performers were featured when their character highlighted in the murder plot.

What made this how visually different from other burlesque performances was the quantity of performers on stage at all times. The entire cast was mostly on the stage when the performers were highlighted.

There was something for everyone with classic burlesque, drag, pole dancing, a variety of aerialists both male and female, and more. 

My favorite performers of the night were those using aerial silks. I wonder if Steven Tyler has ever tried that with one of his scarves?

Saturday, November 7, 2015


#Inktober this year was quite challenging. Not only did I actually lose my sketchbook at one point, but the discipline of drawing everyday was in competition with a million other things in my life. So better late than never. I am just finishing the 31 day drawing challenge today and that is OK. The point is to better myself as an artist. And I did. By forcing myself to come up with 31 different creations I have pushed through times of no ideas, mistakes, drawings not going as planned, and sticking to a goal. I also came up with a wonderful teacup series that I am in love with! All because I had to come up with an idea. Because of that something new, beautiful, and completely original cam out of me. So here is 31 drawings completed in 31+ days.

Do you think Steven Tyler got where he was without working ever day at being a better musician?

Monday, November 2, 2015

Rockin' Event Review: 13 Gears Steampunk Event

13 Gears is an eclectic steampunk event held annually in Minneapolis, MN. The even included vendors, amazing outfits, tea dueling, games, music, a coloring contest and other curiosities. The event was held on October 24th, 2015 and brought together the most hardcore steampunk enthusiasts and looky-loos.

There was truly something for everyone. The attention to detail in the handcrafted products was far beyond anything you see and a typical craft show. Many items for purchase had a steampunk aesthetic but could be used and worn everyday. The craftsman could talk about each piece they created and most could do custom work on request.

There wasn't a shortage of other entertainment. The live music was a real treat featuring some artists that fit the genre. Also, some of the booths had games and curiosities to partake in. There was a both with an electric hand stability game. You had to move a metal wand down a metal track without the two touching, and you could hear the buzzer repeatedly going off because this was no easy task. One booth had me put a marshmallow dipped in liquid nitrogen in my mouth! That was quite the adventure!

There was a coloring contest with age brackets for children, teens, and adults. I happened to win the adult category. I take my coloring seriously! A week later I received a beautifully intricate pocket watch in the mail for my efforts. It was just lovely.

Out of all the shenanigans to partake in, my favorite would have to be the Tea Dueling. I had never heard of Tea Dueling before, but as it turns out, it has quite the following. The competition has very specific rules on timing and technique and the most experienced players knew all the tricks. You must dip a Chessman cookie into a cup of tea and then hold it up and get the complete cookie in your moth before it crumbles. The opponent who waits the longest to get the cookie in their mouth wins. It was far more entertaining than you would imagine!

I highly recommend you check out 13 Gears next year. You won't be disappointed! Just like Steven Tyler, those who love steampunk know how to entertain!