Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Happy Summer

Wow, that was fast! Spring is gone and summer is happening! I guess I got so into the wonderfully defrosted world I forgot to check in with the virtual one. Ah well. Here's a tiny fraction of what I've been up to while not keeping up with this blog.

You remember my studio assistants--Pan and Chibi, right? Well, I started a series of lifestyle drawings featuring my furry little friends. The images feature Pan and Chibi swimming, gardening, dancing, and advocating for equal rights. Love and pride!!! The original works are done in sharpie which I love for fun, spontaneous drawing. I've taken the first six and made them into greeting cards. You can purchase them through my etsy shop--Sidewalk167.

love and pride cat greeting cards by ssStephG from Sidewalk167 on etsy

Hope you're having a great summer!
Love and sunlight,

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Happy Spring!

It's spring now. 


Tree sap is running and the days are noticeably longer. Before long, sugar shacks will be serving pancakes and snowbirds will be back at the bird feeders. However... right now, there is a blanket of snow still covering everything and it is dampening my enthusiasm.

Just a couple of weeks ago, I went on a road trip to Florida. It was so nice being in perfect weather. We swam in the pool, watched gators and cranes by the pond, played bocci, and drove around in a golf cart. Then we drove home and were greeted our first day back by a big, squalling snow storm.


To pass time during the road trip, I sketched. Mostly I sketched flowers. Since returning, I've been turning my sketches into patterns and designs. So even if the garden is covered by snow, I still have spring flowers to look at!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Digital Cat Monday Is Not Entirely Digital!

What do you get when you cross a spider, a cephalopod, and a cat?

This drawing I started with watercolor marker on paper. Then I scanned it and finished it up in photoshop. This was a nice change from what I've mostly been doing which is start to finish digital. Before I started making illustrations, 99% of the art I made was nonobjective and focused heavily on the physical materials used. Mixing various materials, allowing their particular physicality to remain while integrating it well enough to create a harmonious whole is something I've always enjoyed. That's what I was working toward here. I feel pretty good about the results. I was also trying to find a balance between cute and weird. That was a fun challenge. Both Pan and Chibi gave this the stamp of approval so I'll likely be making more illustrations in this direction.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

10 Things I Say to My Cat

I have two cats. They're still kittens technically. Pan is six months and Chibi is five. Even though we've only known each other for less than half a year, we've grown very close. I talk to my cats a lot. And they talk back. Well, not usually in words. They speak in actions. I mean, Pan squeaks a lot, and recently, Chibi has started squeaking a tiny bit. He seems to be learning from Pan. Most people are surprised to find that Pan is a black cat and Chibi is Siamese, since, as everyone has knows, Siamese cats talk a lot. Well, Chibi is the exception that proves the rule. He's practically mute. Anyway, this is a list of things I say to Chibi because there is just so much that needs to be said to Chibi as of late. He's going through a phase. It's sort of exhausting, too, seeing how I've misplaced both my voice and my ability to sleep. Also, it is by no means representative of the top ten things I say to him, although a few of these I do say with far more frequency than you might expect.

Now then, in no particular order:

1. Stop climbing the curtain.
2. No you can't have my granola. You have food in your bowl.
3. Hey. Off the counter. Now.
1. Please quit climbing the curtain.
4. Get out of the cupboard.
5. Stop eating that plant.
6. Please get out of the dryer. You're not even wet.
1. Down from the curtain.
7. May I have that sock back? Where's your jingle mouse?
8. No you can't get in the drawer. I'm closing it.
1. OMG get down from that curtain.
9. Is bath water really that delicious?
10. I don't think you want to get in. Please stay on the side of the tub, okay? Please?
1. Would you PLEASE get down from that almighty frickety fracking curtain?!!


I hope you don't feel cheated out of the two minutes it took you to read this and scan the accompanying photos of terrible quality. If you do, well maybe next time you'll use better judgment. I mean read the title for Pete's sake. Ain't no false advertising there. What did you expect? I only wrote this because I was literally (not figuratively) up all night with insomnia and felt I needed a way to focus my thoughts so they didn't spiral out of control and turn me into a sobbing, raging puddle on the floor. And look. I did it. Go me. Still holding it together by a thread. Oh no wait. That's cat fur.


Monday, January 23, 2017

Digital Cat Monday: OmniCat


If there is an almighty being, I bet it's a cat. If you're a cat person, maybe you agree. If you're not a cat person, why are you here? Really, I'm curious. You can let me know in the comments. Or keep up the silent stalking. That's cool, too. 
I haven't figured that one out yet--the why am I here thing. I met someone once who claimed she had the answer, but then refused to share it. That just made me figure she's chosen her own purpose for being--to annoy others. Well, whatever.