Philodendron with flowers

Wild split-leaf philodendron flowering in central Mexico

Monstera deliciosa or philodendron pertusumare is a tropical vine native to Mexico and Central America. It has large, glossy dark green leaves distinctive for their lovely pattern of oval holes and deep long cuts from the edges. They grow under the canopy in subtropical and tropical climates in both rainforests and those areas that are only seasonally wet and also go through a dry season. For all these reasons they have long been a popular … >> read more

Red and blue radiating mandala

Mandala from sarong textile

This image was created by photographing a loosely woven sarong with a kaleidoscope filter. The woven threads flow seamlessly into each other giving an overall effect that what is pictured was woven into this form. This photograph is a study for the mandala project.  

Carved wood bird and face mask from Mexico

Barking Up the Wrong Tree blog of science and expert backed methods of happiness

It’s September. Are you feeling the rush of fall productivity, or is the vibe more like panic, your summertime relaxation an already shockingly distant memory? Enter Eric Barker’s timely post, This Is How To Be Productive Without Being Miserable: 8 Proven Secrets. If part of your ongoing life work is a direct effort to tweak your “settings”, from simple vows to work smarter not harder and all the way to running neuro-linguistic and other reprogramming … >> read more

Happy Sleepy, a stuffed toy made by Magda Wojtyra, posed with matching plants with pink dots on the leaves.

Polka dot plant, Hypoestes phyllostachya

A patch of the wonderful though intrusive polka dot plant, Hypoestes phyllostachya, grows in a shady bit of jungle at the edge of a garden in Cuernavaca, Mexico. The plant has distinctive coloring with bright pink dots on its smooth, glossy, dark green leaves. This Happy Sleepy was a perfect match.

Making of Dick’s good summer

Art inspiration is everywhere and sometimes in other art. This portrait of Richard here – friends call him Dick – was inspired by the Mona Lisa’s smile. Actually, Marc used the painting as an underlay to his pen and ink drawing during the digital collage stage. Can you see it? Take a look at the image below, with the linework removed. The background of the poster is also from the Mona Lisa. Coincidentally, news reports … >> read more

Striped textile sculpture spinning on a striped background.

Happy Sleepy Striped Orange textile sculpture gif animations

These animated gifs show a Happy Sleepy sculpture in progress. The fabric has been cut, sewn, and stuffed, and the last step, the eyes, are next. In the meantime, the photographic opportunity of the pure form and remaining fabric irresistible. The color is day-glo orange and impossible to photograph, especially because the cotton fabric is very smooth and lustrous. In the late afternoon sun in our studio, the colors simply glow. The fabric was purchased … >> read more

This is the sunbats having a snooze cropping.

New batch of Happy Sleepy Array art toys

[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1458184506431{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1458184529550{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1458184570366{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1458182648737{margin-top: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Happy Sleepy Array had been made before and recently I used up all the rest of the fabric and made a set of sextuplets to join the original. See how the eyes are not lined up? That’s because each one is hand embroidered after the piece is completely finished in each way. The eyes come last. Sometimes, as in … >> read more

Colorful geometric print being printed and rolled by a large format banner printer.

Large format printers birthing Crystal King billboards

What a thrill to get these photos from our awesome printer, 905 Printing, of the Crystal King banners still in the giant printer! These are for the Crystal Kings Blazing competition winning entry for the Artist Project 2016 Front Entrance Installation. Our prints are 11 feet wide and 35 to 50 feet long. The printer can do banners up to 16 feet! Hm, a detail to remember, brain gears spinning…! A big thank-you to our … >> read more