A friend a while back once said to me that if I made a coloring book, she would buy it. Well, I’ll do you one better… Introducing Long Blue Straw’s own Watercoloring Pages. I did the drawing, now you do all the fun.
Sold as a kit: Package includes 8 individual sheets each with a separate drawing, all printed on Arches Natural White 90 lb (185 gsm) watercolor paper; Scholastic Short Handle Red Sable Round Brushes (sizes 4, 2, 3/0); and Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolor Pan Set (12 colors.) All to get you started on your own watercolor journey. Click Here! for the kit.
Or Click Here! for just the pages. My first series, so excited.
Hoping these will be a success so I can have an excuse to do more. (wink, wink)
What a wonderful weekend! This year, I had the honor of being the The Great Wellsville Balloon Rally artist. It was an unforgettable experience. I loved walking around my hometown, seeing my art everywhere, (on posters, t-shirts, the balloon rally truck) having people stop me and tell me it’s the best poster they’ve seen in a while… I felt a little like a celebrity. My 15 minutes of small town fame was so much fun and it’s a weekend I will always hold close to my heart.
Strolling around town, I was able to stop in at all my favorite shops and, in my own way, help the local economy. I got to enjoy all the flavors of Wellsville that I miss so dearly and see family and friends, new and old. I had that warm fuzzy feeling of nostalgia and got to share it with the ones I love… Elvis and his dog even made an appearance. I have to say, my hometown never looked better.
My children, after many years of attending this event, finally got to experience a hot air balloon ride. If you’ve never been, there is nothing quite like it. They flew low, dipped the basket in the river, floated over the pink house and it’s surrounding neighborhood and eventually landed, funny enough, in the McDonald’s drive thru. Breakfast anyone? With all their cousins chasing the balloon, yelling and waving to them. I’m sure it’s something they will never forget.
I did have to drag three teenagers out of bed at 5:30am. But they promise me it was well worth it.
The culmination of such a wonderful weekend was made even more memorable by a surprise 50th Anniversary Party for my parents. With all their children and their children’s children, and a few surprise out of town relatives, everyone I’m related to was actually under one roof. Food, drink and cake was enjoyed over toasts and a tearjerker video compilation of their lives to date. It was absolutely perfect.
We Hetzel’s may be a small, but we are mighty! Watch out world, the next generation is upon you.
I have been so busy lately, so busy—but that’s good, right? I honestly can’t believe it’s almost July! Where does the time go? Maybe I should start planning for Christmas before that sneaks up on me too (he he)… Anyway, back to art… I just love the colors in this illustration of the ever popular Kendall Jenner that I did for Face Factory Paris. And, I have video! Time-lapse of the making of Kendall is on my YouTube Channel. Check it out here!
I went to update my blog yesterday and it, well, kind of imploded. Argh! Not what I wanted to deal with on a Thursday. But it gave me the opportunity to revisit the old and make it new again. So, my site has a new, beautiful, streamlined look. New mail chimp integration. A new contact form. It’s pretty. it’s simple. I like it… Voila! Lemonade.
During the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Global Drug Policy (April 19-21, 2016) The Museum Of Drug Policy, a popup cultural hub that includes an immersive art experience and special live programming, took a look at the impact of current drug policies on populations around the world. The Museum occupied space on Park Avenue for these three days. Through art, conversations and experiential events, the Museum showcased that the moment is now for drug policy reform and that damage caused by the war on drugs is evident across the world.
I had the great honor of being included among the artists that exhibited. My Execution Portrait Series, sponsored by Open Society Foundations, profiled 5 individuals who have been executed because of drug use or distribution. Their stories are heartbreaking and while working on these individuals I couldn’t help but become a bit emotional. My goal was to bring them a voice.
Above is my portrait of Zahara Bahrami.
Andrew Chan and Brian Chambers.
Martin Anderson and Myuran Sukumaran.
Some pictures from the installation.
My portrait of Zahara Bahrami appeared on the Save the Date for the Event. And was even featured on a Jumbotron in Times Square (can you stand it!).
I was even commended by Andrew Cuomo, the Governor of New York.
Yeah, baby. Smiling, smiling… I have grown up around hot air balloons. My hometown is famous for them. The Great Wellsville Balloon Rally takes place in my hometown every summer. Seeing them fly overhead hoping they would land in your yard was my inspiration. And when they did, you could help puff out the air from the enormous array of colors right in front of you that you’re actually touching. What could be more glorious for the child in us all?
The Rally has always promoted the event with the most beautiful posters. Year after year, waiting to see what this years would be… For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be THAT ARTIST. I know those posters played a small roll in me wanting to pursue art. Well, my friends, I’m thrilled to announce that this year I was chosen as the Balloon Rally artist! Yay Me!! Above are my poster design options. (I am a graphic artist by day, that’s how I pay the bills, so I threw my talents in for good measure.)
And the winning poster is:
Not the one I would have chosen, but I couldn’t be happier! I can’t wait to be there this summer and see the town a glow with my art! Poster, t-shirts, a trailer wrap! Oh, my… Can’t contain my excitement! Wellsville, here I come!!