Saber-tooth tiger

Illustration

sabertooth

saber-tooth tiger

I traveled to Chicago recently, and spent the better part of a day at the Field Museum. There was a kiosk display of the saber-tooth tiger skull compared to herbivores and modern-day house cats. I am still in awe of the power just in the fossilized skull – let alone the power it would have had covered in muscle and driven by instinct and hunger.

ink on handmade paper

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Not a Do Nothing Bitch

Illustration

ronda

Ronda Rousey is the first and current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, and used the phrase “Don’t Be a Do Nothing Bitch” to raise funds and awareness for those with body image issues. To quote Ronda and popsugar.com:

“Ronda could not possibly care less about what you think of her “masculine” body, and she’s confident as hell, as she should be. “There’s not a single muscle on my body that isn’t for a purpose, because I’m not a do-nothing b*tch.”

The campaign is over, but the message remains loud and clear.

Challenged!

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kenji_final

Earlier this Fall, I had a conversation with a fellow artist and friend about how I wanted to do something “BIG”, but didn’t know where or how to start. We talked about how I love large pieces of art because they envelop the viewer. I was eager to try different painting styles too, but was continuously letting fear of the unknown (and of failure) have the upper hand, and squelch my ambition.

My friend then said he would challenge me. That by Christmas of this year, I had to create something “BIG”. At least 3×4 and in a style I usually don’t use. This inspired me, so off I went to plan and sketch and eventually paint and produce this piece. It is inspired by a burlesque dancer my husband and I saw a few months ago. The piece is acrylic and ink on canvas and is the required 3×4.

Thank you to my friend for the push. I love the piece and I am excited to use this style again in another upcoming project!