Patch Game

 

I just added an iron-on patch to the shop.  I am so excited about these!  The shock illustration translated beautifully.  I think that it would make a unique addition to any patch collection!  I am hoping to be able to add more designs soon.  I want to see how well these do.  Click on over and check it out and spread the word.

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I  just added a small collection of illustrated butterfly wings to the etsy shop. The wings are placed on antique envelopes dating back to the 1940's.  I think that the fresh illustrations compliment the aged paper so nicely.   While both subjects are delicate, they each stand the test of time in such a unique way. I was hunting around the Internet reading about butterfly symbolism and found a quote that fits the collection -

"Even in death, their mounted beauty can remain intact for centuries." R. Gagliardi

Visit them here.

Planet Prick

 

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I wanted to share an ongoing project that I have been working on. It's part art journal, part self-help, and part proof that it's all real. This past July, my 83-year old grandmother underwent major emergency surgery. From there, she had many other serious complications, including both a stroke as well as another major surgery. She spent the summer and fall being shuttled back and forth between the hospital and a skilled nursing facility. Finally - with the help of home health care - she is back home.

My grandmother has lived with my family for 11 years now. Up until July, she had been very independent (with the only thing she was unable to do was drive). In a way, we were roommates. I was never her caregiver… more just a chauffeur to and from her regular health checkups. That whole 11 years, I knew that we were lucky. Unfortunately, the comfort in that knowledge never led me to prepare or research the what-ifs. What if my grandmother needs more care at some point? What if something happens and I’m forced to make major decisions? Hindsight being 20/20, instead of focusing on all the what-ifs, I decided to live in the moment, really study it.

The days, weeks, and months spent at the hospital/rehab provided a real learning experience. I realized that the best way to handle (or at least get through) the situation was to simply allow it to happen. Learn from it and record it. So far, my record of this experience has turned into an observation/identification journal. The hospital (and medical world in general) is like another planet. I’ve had to learn its language and culture… and I’ve been able to illustrate my entire trip. They've become real post cards from an alien planet...

I have recorded each journal entry on Instagram. Go and click through and say hello - Planet Prick

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Old Movies

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It's been a summer of old movies. We introduced Mia to film noir and Alfred Hitchcock. She is smitten with Hitchcock. We even got to catch Rear Window on the big screen. That was fantastic! With all the eye candy served up by each film, my drawings have revealed a bit of our summer. I don't believe I have ever seen someone strike a match on their shoe in person. 

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I have been wanting to dig into an antique photo album that I found at a local antique shop.  The lining paper is perfect to draw on. It took me a while to decide what to do with it. I realized that Instagram has become such fun source of inspiration. I follow wonderful folks who share some amazing little moments of their day. I also especially love the throwbacks. Those seem to be not only comical but incredibly sentimental. I figured that I'd try my hand at illustrating some of my favorite photos. I think that the photo album fits perfectly with the illustrations. I'm already having a lot of fun with the project and have completed three so far. The illustrations above are inspired by a few of my favorites -@marissadigirolamo - @michaelmcdowell - @sheilaforde 

follow along @rikkiannevk 

 

Colors

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Spring is near and I can't wait. I recently found an old autograph book full of colorful, blank pages. I am having so much fun drawing and partnering the colors with the boldness of the sharpie. The illustrations are inspired by antique photos that I picked up at a favorite antique shop. I like the mixture of faded color, old familiar poses, and fresh ink. Speaking of fresh, I am excited for the new season and want to spruce up the website. I'll be doing that very soon! 

For you

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Sharing a couple of custom pieces that I completed over the holidays. It's always such an honor to draw something that a client holds dear. It's also a lot of fun to work with clients and get to see what snapshot or memory they'd like me to try my hand at. I have a listing for custom work in my etsy shop. Click on over and check it out. I also moved a lot of prints (including the Vonnegut pieces) over there. You can also contact me through my correspondence page if you have a unique piece in mind.

Crafty

My daughter and I have been trying out a lot of crafty projects. I thought that I would share our favorites so far. Most are DIY's found on Pinterest. Pinterest is a favorite resource along with sites like Made By Joel and The Kid Should See This.  I can't tell you how much I treasure this kind of time spent with my girl. I have tried to always have something handmade waiting in the wings.  At the very least, I hope that she learns little things that she can forever keep in her pocket.  

Snapshots of our projects -  

Originals

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Just listed original drawings in the shop. I am excited to offer a large collection. I will be adding more in the days to come. Click over to the shop and check them out. Free shipping until Valentine's Day if you find one that you fancy.

dance break

dance break!  Packing orders and just enjoying the light in the art room today.  Sharing one of the best remixes that I have ever heard.  Enjoy

#girlspopup

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A few select prints of mine are available to purchase at the Ban.do girls pop up. If you live in LA, dropping by is a must. I hear that they are having a big shindig tomorrow.  I wish that I could see it in person! I am truly honored to be included in the event. Jen Gotch is an inspiration and such a brilliantly creative and hilarious person. Her Instagram is a daily source of happy.  Follow the pop up fun on Instagram #girlspopup

Photo via Jen Gotch

Photo via Jen Gotch

Vonnegut prints

"the nation of two my Helga and I had-it's territory, the territory we defended so jealously, didn't go much beyond the bounds of our great double bed.  Flat, tufted, springy little country, with my Helga and me for mountains." Vonnegut

"the nation of two my Helga and I had-it's territory, the territory we defended so jealously, didn't go much beyond the bounds of our great double bed.  Flat, tufted, springy little country, with my Helga and me for mountains." Vonnegut

Spent the day rearranging my artwork both at home and online.  Listed quite a few Vonnegut prints that have been out of stock.  Click on over and check them out.

what a pair

Spent the morning photographing fresh prints for the shop.  I have been having fun playing with pairs.  Some of my older drawings have been given new life by way of a partner.  I have a few more to photograph but should have a nice collection available by the end of the week.