Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Porcelain paintings - Collaboration with Monika Diamantopoulou

I met an extraordinary porcelain artist on Etsy named Monika Diamantopoulou.  She lives in Greece and hand makes lovely porcelain creations ranging from earrings to espresso cups.  We bonded over our love of art and animals (black cats to be exact, as she was caring for two rescue kittens as seen below and I have a neighborhood cat of a similar "squeezable" cuteness who has stolen my heart).  Monika says she couldn't have done it without the help of her daughter Marianna, as baby kitties are quite a handful!

Porcelain painting projects developed as did our friendship (and the kittens grew).  I laugh every time I see the "Buns with Guns" drawings on her many masterpieces as they are both delicate and tough (just like her white porcelain).


Monika fires the art print to adhere the image of my paintings and drawings permanently into the glaze.  She also creates the sterling silver findings and puts together the coordinating hand-dyed necklace cords.

 And the kittens are growing up so fast, as our collaborations are expanding!

Want to see more?  Click on our shop links below:

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Baby bunny gets a make-over

Notice anything different about the bunny on the right?  I couldn't resist adding something.  
Baby girl bunnies love dolls and halberds.

Baby girl bunnies love dolls and halberds - 1 in series
acrylic on canvas sheet
9"x 12", 2011

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Bunny paintings are becoming PLUSHIES

In my most recent collaboration, FeltBetterPlushery (aka Crystal) is working away on little bunny plushies modeled after my paintings!  Here is just the beginning, check back for the next installment and a chance to keep one of your very own bunny plushies and paintings!

Crystal stays motivated with her favorite quote from Star Wars "Try not. Do or do not, there is no try." And if you're curious about Crystal's extraordinary finished creations, here's just a peek:

Philbert the Fizzgig

Friday, 1 July 2011


OH my goodness, I have gotten tumblr-ized!                   

Art School Grad has convinced me that I should get involved with as many online networking sites as possible including deviantARTzazzleEtsy (of course), Twitter, and Facebook... not to mention youTubeLinkedIn, and the millions of art sites out there.                                                                      

Does anyone else wonder just how they can juggle so many sites including their own personal website?!

So here are a few tips I'm making for myself (and for everyone who can benefit):

1) link everything (Twitter and Facebook often allow apps that post automatically to their status updates)

2) include buttons/badges on everything (I love my little hyperlinks)

3) test out which sites get the most traffic and focus on those

4) embed html code (or widgets) of your top sites onto your less-visited sites so that if someone does frequent it, they'll see that you're posting away on a different place and go there too

5) take a break and make more art (man my fingers are cramping, hah... I'm going to take my own advice)!

Monday, 23 May 2011


Several collaborations are in the works and will be posted shortly!

Here is the latest collaboration with Art School Grad.
click on the link above to read more about it

Wabbits with Weapons & Buns with Guns (part II)

Don't let their big eyes and adorable dresses fool you, these are some bad a** buns!

Wabbits with Weapons 6

Buns with Guns 6

original drawings in graphite on handmade paper from South India, size approx 4" x 6"

Monday, 25 April 2011

Wabbits with Weapons (part I)

when bunnies go bad... they get medieval weapons.

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original drawings in graphite on handmade paper from South India, size approx 4" x 6"

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Virtual Galleries, Art Contests, ARTicle submissions, and Art Critiques!

Shameless self-promotion FOR YOU!  I've decided there just aren't enough resources to help the emerging artist (as I myself have looked), so I'm going to make them for us:

TWO Virtual Galleries for YOUR ART now at the bottom of both my blogs, this one AND Art School Grad.  Going until the end of the month, then I'll refresh them!

ART CONTESTS monthly: click here to submit to April's THEME challenge to possibly win an interview and feature and online promotion.

ARTicle SUBMISSIONS: want to write an article for the Art School Grad blog?  Click here to submit (must be a member - all are welcome to apply)

CRITIQUES: want some honest feedback on your in-progress or finished work?  Click here to post and comment!

Hope this gives everyone a platform for more exposure!

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Collaboration with floatingwoo (Chris Davies)

Despite the huge distance between us (I'm in England while Chris is on the west coast of the US), we have managed a wild collaboration project!  I call it "Cloud bunny."

blank sculpture by floatingwoo

painting process by brienna

acrylic painting on sculpture
approx 4.75" high x 2.5" wide x 4.75" long

these little sculptures are traveling the world
curious about Floatingwoo?
want to see Amber's collaboration?

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

some very BAD bunnies

Buns with Guns

so ya think little bunnies are cute and cuddly, do ya?  Do YA?  Well, think again...

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original drawings in graphite on handmade paper from South India, size approx 4" x 6"

Next series:  Wabbits with Weapons

Watch out...

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Art School Grad

With such a small percentage of recent grads actually making a living as artists, it's critical to not give up! As a former college art instructor and a current freelance artist, I thought why not reach out to other emerging artists. Let's share our real life experiences, the things you can't learn in school.

Brand Spank'n New Team, come on over and join the discussion: Art School Grad
or post a comment here!

See some of the inspirational collections of Professional Fine Artists:
Welcome to my Imagination
Color me with Awesomeness
Blue Sexiness


Friday, 1 April 2011

The creation of Fire Tree

sketching            -           adding basic shapes and colors            -          values

adding details such as smoke and smaller matches in the distance


Fire tree
acrylic on canvas sheet
23.5" x 19.5", 2011

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