Monday, May 31, 2010

dinara likes smudgy!

here is a blurry smudgy after my own heart! this was created by dinara is a link to more of her great AWESOME work. thanks, dinara!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

branden vondrak likes smudgy!

branden vondrak turned blurry smudgy into an angry cloud! he just recently graduated and is such an incredible talent already...check out blog "vonblog" and his website "brandenvondrak" . he even made a blog for his awesome cat...(here).

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Friday, May 28, 2010

deborah edwards likes smudgy!

LOVE this blurry smudgy creation by deborah edwards...check out her site "modern boom" and you'll see more of her awesome modern style.

Thursday, May 27, 2010


I think I might try to animate this in "nate, will you help me animate this?"

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

michael robertson likes blurry smudgy!

I know...brilliant, right? this is from michael robertson (he is a rock star in bloggerland + so creative + funny I can't stand it) ... check out his blog "samba for rats" ...

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

alex savakis likes smudgy too!

blurry smudgy is taking over the world!!! this creation is from alex savakis ... check out his sites ...

Lettercult "G"

"Lettercult" has all of the letter "G" postings up...I submitted two cuz I'm lousy at self editing...I let Brian pick which one to feature...

Monday, May 24, 2010

more smudgy art!

nate likes to play with blurry smudgy too!!!! his is G R E A T ... !!!!! anyone else want to play? just send me your e-mail and I'll send you the bitmap tiff and you can e-mail me back a jpg. or png. of your image and I will post + link to your blog. FUN!

they draw and cook

my latest posting on "theydrawandcook" ... I must say, it is VERY easy + VERY tasty ... I have also added apple pieces + used red pepper flakes instead of jalapeno.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

one year!

what!!! I just realized that TODAY is the one year anniversary of my first blog posting! thank you thank you thank you to all of you that visit the blog + follow the manic expresssive. and thanks for taking the time to leave comments. (and i should also thank my family cuz i often forget about that thing known as dinner when i get all mesmerized by the digital world)...hmmm.

illustration friday topic-"early"

those baby birds outside our bedroom window sure get up awfully early...c'mon mama bird, feed 'em already! please.


still intrigued by this blurry smudge...

Saturday, May 22, 2010

queen bee

another use of the blurry smudge tiff. great. now i'm addicted to a blurry smudge bitmap.

Friday, May 21, 2010

blurry smudge

I scanned this black blurry puffball smudge-y texture then proceeded to spend 10 minutes turning it into other things...just a fun, quick little exercise...

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


I spruced up the art for this recipe that I posted awhile ago and added it to www.theydrawandcook....

Monday, May 17, 2010


back from nyc...73 + sunny all weekend. surtex/stationary was great. met helen dardik!!! saw so many awesome exhibits in the chelsea galleries. plus, anthro has the new maira kalman book out.

Friday, May 14, 2010


rushing to the airport ... headed to nyc for the surtex/stationary show ... YAY! and unlike my little lady in the "fearless" posting I wear less elevated shoes for running around. and I am happy to have found this brand, "alegria". lots of crazy colors and patterns. someday I'm gonna buy the yellow boots...

Thursday, May 13, 2010

illustration friday topic-"fearless"

...some women are fearless in their shoe choice...(and I fearlessly spent 8 1/2 minutes creating this)


I'm re-visiting and re-coloring stuff I did awhile back...

Monday, May 10, 2010


some leftover patterns from a project i blasted thru this!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

upcoming stationary/surtex show in nyc

next weekend is the stationary/surtex show in nyc...nate + I are most certainly going cuz this was us two years ago having waaaaaaaay lots of fun there. (I think we scooted over to the international contemporary furniture show cuz they were serving beer and playing dance music)...we work so hard. really we do.

Friday, May 7, 2010


I've been finding all of these random images in this folder labeled "misc." ... I think the real versions are somewhere in my studio ... in a box ... in a cupboard ... behind cans of spray mount + gel medium ...

Thursday, May 6, 2010

more wall decor

I never met a Paper Magic assignment I didn't like! more wall decor in Target. I luv the cheesy rainbow gradient!!!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

wall decor

I just found out that my alphabet wall decor is selling in Target! I loved this project...thanks Paper Magic for asking me to play. I'll post the other one I designed tomorrow...

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


I'm finding all these watercolors I did once upon a time...and if I'm remembering correctly I did sell them.


found this little sketch in a folder labeled "misc." ... that's about as organized as I get!

Monday, May 3, 2010

floral pattern

I created this pattern a few years ago and no matter how many variations I made no one ever wanted it! hA! moving on ... I've got at least 25 files started of new ideas, patterns + images. my computer desktop is not a pretty site. neither is my studio...but it is inspiring in it's messiness.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

new web postings

nate + I posted new things on our website for the month of May...some you've already seen here on the blog...but some are brand new....and how can it be May already???