Things have been as busy as my bees are outside. That's right--I got bees! My bee-mentor Cheryl and I removed a colony of bees that had moved into a cable box in the backyard of a husband/metalsmith and a wife/watercolor instructor. We scooped the bees into a box and brought them to my backyard, where they have been happily buzzing for a few weeks now.
We placed the hive right outside the living room window. Dave and I love to stand and watch the little bees coming and going from the hive, bringing nectar and pollen for the colony. I am hoping they establish in the hive well and make a lot of wax for me to use for encaustic paintings (and a lot of honey for me to share with everyone I know).
Sun and Moon Roeswood
These are truly two of the most giving, supportive, and creative individuals I know. Throughout college Royce was creating board games, writing/directing/starring in plays, writing novels, and illustrating a hilarious daily webcomic. Makena designed and made her clothing, choreographed thoughtful dance pieces and full-length shows, and created endless crafty solutions for our townhouse.
Makena and I lived together for a year, and while my flatmate family was so loving and supportive, it was not a good year for me in any other sense of life (understatement of what it felt like at the time). Along with our other roomies Spencer and Katiana, Makena pulled me through some of the lowest, most depressing points of my college years with her unending positivity and wisdom, and she has given me far more grace and forgiveness than I deserve. Royce took me on a handful of weird and uncannily enjoyable walk-ventures, suspended me in a state of inspiration with his words, ideas, and acting, and made me laugh in every media known to man.
Once they finally started dating, it was obvious that this was a relationship of fierce devotion and undying support of each other.
The spirit of Makena and Royce's union is perfectly captured in this description of their wedding bands, made by Touch Wood Rings:
Makena's ring has a wide band of Golden Koa to represent the sunshine that Royce brings into her life. To her, he will always come first. Royce's ring has a wide band of Greyed Maple to represent the moon and it's change and balance that Makena shares with him. She is the most important person in his life. Each ring has two bands (one of each color) to show that Royce and Makena will always be together, supporting and complementing each other. We enjoy that they are made of a beautiful and renewable resource. Thank you planet!
Makena and Royce also combined their last names--"Roesch" and "Wood" into "Roeswood," so I incorporated a rose and wood texture into the design as well.
I start out a new design one of two ways: either I start with a straight-pen drawing of the design chock-full of definition, detail, and texture, or I begin noodling on the computer. I find that when creating images with substantial beauty of content (like this one) I need to start more organically that fiddling with the clean, exacting lines of the computer. My hands work far more quickly at drawing with a pen than they do with my laptop. For designs that are more text-driven I tend to start straight on the computer.
If my initial draft is a pen sketch it usually means that the final product is going to be pretty fanciful. YES! I like that. After finishing my pen sketch, I turn on the computer, build out the simplest shapes in illustrator, add what worked from the pen drawing, and subtract what seems unnecessary. This is my favorite way to create new designs as it brings such a whimsical personality to the end image.
Brian Ernst: Give Until It's Gone
Dave recorded bass and some piano on the album as well (because he is super talented). You can listen to a few of the tracks on Brian's site.
Westport Innovations Logo Redesign
Also, I painted this dresser.
I grabbed this ugly free dresser from the curb at the same place I picked up the chairs I used to make my settee. I hated it, but behind those two doors in the left were three beautiful wooden drawers that I couldn't pass up. You can't tell from the photo but the legs on this thing are super cool. I took out the drawers and painted it with exterior paint. Now we have a spot to store pots and birdseed.
And I made these logos.
The shop's "Southern Plantation meets Art Deco" got me all kinds of excited. The logo process went by fast, and the final design is a clean, iconic monogram in a vintage typeface.
One of the logos that was left on the cutting room floor was a bit of Art Deco inspired work based on the shape of a hexagon. I was quite fond of it, so after the Cove found its look I decided to use the leftover logo to brand my growing apiary, "The Bees of Tootles & Nibs" (every artist/designer/beekeeper needs a cute label for her honey after all). The design will be used for stickers on candles, honey, lotion, mead, and other bee-related things that I make to give as gifts.