But first, a word about that painting you've seen bits of in so many of my garment photos! (And yes, yes, I know it's best to show clothes against a plainer backdrop--but that is currently the only spot in my apartment with (a) natural light and (b) enough room to get full-length shots.) Here it is in full:
The painting was a wedding gift from my friend Cindy Procious, an amazing portrait painter, cartoonist and caricaturist now based out of Tennessee. She conspired before our September 2007 wedding with photographer extraordinaire Márta Fodor (who has been my BFF since we were 11 and was "Woman of Honor" at my wedding). Márta had taken this photo of us as part of a fun series of publicity shots for our cartoon collection book tour:
Márta is also an expert in framing artwork, so she had it framed for us in a beautiful dark wood with hand-cut joints.
Awesomest wedding present ever, huh? And now you know the real source--I didn't want you to give me credit for it, as I got some messages assuming I did it myself!
My style tends to be much more cartoony--I usually draw directly into the computer with a Wacom digital tablet. The last time I actually touched real paint and paintbrush was in 2008 when Masheka and I collaborated on a gigantic mural (with help from my mother, brother and sister-in-law) for the Detroit Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts. Here are some shots of the initial painting process, before we added the shadows and detailing:
But... Masheka and I are both terrified of heights. Being up on the scaffold actually made me cry... so my mother had to get up there and paint the very top for us. (Is there nothing she can't do?!) And thus ended any thoughts of further freelance mural painting.
And with that, back to our regularly scheduled sewing blogging...