Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Sports Wine

Ding wine is done. I've been working with Sports Wine for over 3 years and here are the first bottles that actually have wine in them. This is a major accomplishment for our team of many. Good job everyone. Now lets see how the wine tastes. Thanks to Josh for taking the wine pictures www.lacunha.com

Monday, November 24, 2008

Mood Board

Concept: A house of Play where Chocolate concoctions are discovered-sophisticated not stodgy, passionate not professional, adult not kid.

Images collected from: www.lacunha.com, www.istockphoto.com, www.nhmargaritaman.com, www.fda.gov, www.interviewchatter.com, www.nhm.ac.uk, www.home-jewelry-business-tips.com

Tee Shirt Design

This is a Tee Shirt Design I made for a local Singer Songwriter's CD Release Party. She wanted a tattoo style design with the name of the album on the front and her web site on the back. I had a lot of fun with this job. Maybe I should design tattoos for a living.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Christmas Party Illustration

This is an illustration for my company Christmas Party. I created this image in Illustrator. It will be published in our Monthly Newsletter "The Messenger"

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Snacks n' Treats Giftware Tear Sheets

This is one of my favorite licensing lines. I have been working a lot on this line lately and just came out with some new designs for Halloween. Spooky!

Havin' a Ball Giftware Tear Sheets

Here are my latest "Havin' a Ball" tare sheets, this is one of my licensing lines.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Poster Project

Here is a poster project that I compleated last night. It is for a Local Singer songwriter. I hand drew this image and then brought it into Illustrator and photoshop to color it. I had fun with this project and it's always interesting to me how art and music relate.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Greeting Card Mentor Meeting

Today I met with Cheryl Phelps about the direction of my greeting card designs. I have decided to do a mailing campaign for 2009 and try to sell some of the designs I have been working on for over two years. I recently created a new set of Halloween Designs for my licensing line called Snacks & Treats.

Friday, October 10, 2008

UCSF Art Show

Monday's art show was a huge success. My friends, coworkers, and even one of my teachers were in attendance. A full house and live music provided a wonderful atmosphere for the sale of my first Plein Air Piece. The lucky owner of an Alisha Wilson original is pictured above. I am currently looking for my next show.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Last Day of Summer

This painting makes me think about life and compromise. As you grow you learn who you are. I never thought I didn't know who I was, until I started learning who I really was. Learning what I need to be happy and most of all learning that I deserve to be happy. Learning to keep your eyes open to what is really happening around you and not to live in a fantasy of what could happen if only. . . If something isn't working then change.


Change the poem, change the line,
change the meaning, change the rhyme,
change the outcome change the plan,
change the mood, change the man.

Change your looks, change your smile,
change your going, stay awhile,
change your past, change your time,
change your future, stay be mine.

-william greer

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Art Show Monday October 6th

I will be showing three of my plein air peices at this show.

I hope you can all make it!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Camping Plein Air Painting


I went camping last weekend and it was so much fun! Josh caught 4 fish, and I did a painting. You can see a picture of the painting about half way done underneath the finished piece. This is the first Plein Air painting I've done since the Art Show, so it's been a few weeks. I got into another art show. It will be on October 6th . I'll give more details later.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Blue Tooth Drawing

I drew this Bluetooth drawing for Gladstone's in house newsletter. It is a black and white publication with spot color. This issues color is 2602 C.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Heart Walk Tee Shirt Design

This is my Tee shirt Design for the Gladstone Heart Walk Team. I made this design by taking a picture of my friend Kenny's smelly shoes, and photoshopping them so they looked clean (a lot of work). Then I Photoshopped the laces into a heart shape (I wish I had just taken a picture of the laces in this shape but Kenny took his shoes home). Next I colored the laces red, and using live trace in illustrator I turned this masterpiece into vector art. Last I added the text and sent off my entry. Every year Gladstone has a tee shirt design contest. I won last year so I'm trying again for win number two. Wish me luck!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Jovica Veljovic

Tonight I went to a slide lecture by Jovica Veljovic, calligrapher, printmaker, teacher and word-renowned type designer, from Hamburg, Germany. I found his calligraphic fonts to be beautiful. I was inspired by some of the hand printed letter forms I saw. This talk opened my eyes to how in depth Font design is, and how much work goes into designing a font.

Focus Magazine

The Gladstone Communications Department just finished an Issue of the FOCUS Magazine. This issue was produced with a very different process then the previous issues. I think the new process lets more of the department see the intermediate steps and be a part of the outcome. Over all this has improved the work flow in our department. I designed the cover for this issue and much of the contenent. I really enjoy creating magazine layout.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Meeting With Sports Wine CEO

I had dinner with one of my long time clients Evans Arnold last night. He was in town from Massachuttes for a few days. We ate at the Cliff House, the food was good and the restaurant was really cool. Evans showed me many things including samples of some of the work I had done for him, pictures of a humming bird nest (which is about as big as a piece of sushi), and pictures of $80,000 carved and painted wood birds that his dad made. In the background of this picture there is a POS that moves and displays the linticular image that appear on the wine bottles. Very fun night Thanks Evans!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

I updated my website!

I am so excited right now! I updated my website by my self tonight. I changed my index page and updated my friends page
Check it out to see if you are my friend. More changes to come, stay tuned. . . ‹

Monday, August 18, 2008

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Art Show and Apres

We had our art show on August 9th. Thanks to everyone that came. We had a really great turn out. It was really fun and really tiring. I've forgotten how much work it is to put on a show. Throw a car accident and a framing mishap into the mix and it makes for a very crazy time. I'm going to keep painting Plein Air but I feel less pressure to create work. I'm also going to be turning my focus on my greeting card illustrations for a while. I was working a lot on Greeting cards until I joined the Plein Air club, which was a nice distraction. I meet with my Mentor Cheryl Phelps (gift ware industry master) in October. I have a lot of work to do before then. I had nothing to do tonight, no framing, no freelance work, no gatherings to go to. It was weird, and the calm was almost nerve racking. I was thinking "what should I be doing" all night. It's hard to go go go and then stop it's like your body and mind still want to go, but there is no where to go.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Plein Air Art Show

Here is the info for my Art show. I hope you can all make it!!!

Painting on the Roof with Tony

Tony and I painted on the roof of Art Explosion today. It is so much fun to paint up there although it's a little scary to get up there. Tony had to go surfing today so I only had an hour to paint this (I usually take 3 hours). It was interesting to paint so fast and sloppy but it loosened me up a little. Good Times


Eight of us went to Tahoe and had a blast. On Saturday we went to the beach and it was a fantastic day. The weather was perfect and I was surrounded by 7 close friends. I did this painting on the beach, I took a few breaks to jump in the water.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Dolores Park

I went Painting at Dolores Park Last Sunday. The air was thick with smoke due to all of the wild fires. The atmosphere effected my painting.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Santa Barbara Vacation

I went to Santa Barbara for 5 Days to visit my cousin Timmy. I did 2 paintings on my visit and I think they are the worlds best souvenirs. I went Frisbee golfing for the first time in my life and I loved it. I can't wait to find somewhere I can go in the Bay area. Timmy and I also golfed 18 holes at the Glen Annie Golf course: http://www.glenanniegolf.com/main/ it was Beautiful! We also went out for amazing sushi where Tim accidentally ordered a LARGE Saki instead of a large beer, oh well I guess we can't let this go to waste. We went out to some really fun bars, and ate leftover Chicken Parm, good job Timmy. We also made a milkshake out of Ben & Jerry's half baked (my fav). It was an awesome vacation, and much needed.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

4th Plein Air Meeting

Sunday was really hot. I sat near the fairy building and painted the bay bridge. What a contrast in weather compared to last week. I did this entire painting in blue and green. At the last moment I added a splash of red.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Third Plein Air Meeting

Today was the third Plein Air meeting we met in Outer Richmond (near the ocean) it was windy and cold. I painted from 10 am to 1 pm. It seems to take me 3 hours to finish a painting.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Plein Air Club

Tony and Alisha Painting at the Second Plein Air Meeting

Alisha's Watercolor Painting of Carnaval

Plein Air- adj:
Of or being a style of painting produced out of doors in natural light.

I joined a Plein Air club last week and it is AWESOME! A group of painters meet every week at the same spot and paint the day away. I haven't painted Plein Air for about 4 years. The last PA Painting I did was in Boston. 

We are going to have a Plein Air art show on August 9th in San Francsico. I will keep you posted on the details.

Power Point 2007

On May 19th and 20th I took 8 Sections of PowerPoint 2007 classes. I took these classes at Learnit.com. They were really informative classes and  I will use this information a lot. I make powerpoint slides for Scientists at Gladstone (my fulltime job), as well as my own freelance  clients. PowerPoint 2007 has advanced a lot. The template designs that you can choose from look more professional then they have in the past. 
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