Moving on…

June 23, 2016 by admin

I’m lazy about updating and instagram just makes it so much easier. Hope to see you there @studioemilymiles

The Majestic Leprecorn

June 7, 2015 by admin

You know you’ve got a gem of a friend when they ask you the important questions. Questions like, “Hey Em, what would a leprecorn look like?”.

That’s right, a leprecorn. A magical combination of leprechaun and unicorn. I drew a pretty poor sketch in response. The concept deserved better.

Well, for his birthday, this friend got a better leprecorn. This is one of the first projects that made me laugh while making it.

Take a moment to appreciate the majesty. Wow.

Patron Saint of wine, scissors, and self-inflicted injury

April 9, 2015 by admin

It becomes more and more apparent that the work I enjoy making most is inspired by friends and family. My best friend requested a drawing to go along with two other drawings produced by her two other dear friends. This was awfully fun to make, especially riffing on the saint imagery I spent such a lot of time looking at during art history classes and days in Europe.

The Life of the Mind

March 28, 2015 by admin

This is the first painting-for-paintings-sake that I have completed since the wee one was born! It has taken me a helluva long time, mostly because it is one of the few pieces I have made where I had no specific end goal in mind. Each layer was made without having any idea what was coming next. So, I would make a layer, then put it aside for months at a time while my subconscious ruminated on it (that’s a fancy way of saying it took me ages to decide what to do next). As is my way, I would often criticize myself for taking so long to finish it, but now that it’s done, I miss working on it. Time to start something else, I guess….

Steller’s Jay

March 1, 2015 by admin

Another bird for my co-op newsletter. This Steller’s Jay was done in pencil crayon and pastel on construction paper.

Cute Robot

January 17, 2015 by admin

My 4-year old niece-in-law asked for an elusive “cute robot with baby” on her Christmas list this past year. Mom was stumped and I was swamped. Luckily, I managed to make her a cute robot doll with baby for her birthday in January. Mama-bot has been named “Aneka” by the happy recipient!

House Finch

October 24, 2014 by admin

Another bird project for my co-op newsletter, which helps to keep me doing a little drawing and painting now and then…

Upwardly mobile

August 9, 2014 by admin

Decided to build a mobile for my wee one, and it is surprisingly challenging! Now that it’s done, we both think it’s fun to watch it move gently about above his crib, though his reaction involves decidedly more emphatic pointing and ah-ah-ah’s than mine. Figured a weather theme was good for a city that spends so much time talking about it.


June 28, 2014 by admin

Our little boy is a year old now, well on his way to toddlerhood! It’s been a year of adjustment, intense emotion, learning, and practice – for all of us, and in (mostly) wonderful ways.

My personal art practice has taken a back seat to many other things, but I committed to writing and drawing about a local bird for each issue of our co-op building newsletter. It’s a small way I can actually make something, besides snacks, once in a while. For this issue, I chose the European Starling. A bird that gets very little love, but is actually beautiful on closer inspection. I also quite enjoy their mechanical, wind-up-bird whirrs, buzzes, and chirps.

Here they are, done on scratchboard with watercolour.

6 months

January 5, 2014 by admin

Since my last post, our lovely baby boy has been born and learned to smile, laugh, roll, sit, and many of the other intricacies of being in this world. My days have been full of joy, boredom, frustration, worry, love, and laundry.

He’s a very attached little man, our boy, so I’ve managed to make a couple knitted baby hats and a drawing for a new regular birding feature in our co-op building newsletter.

Not much, but I’m just fine with that for now!

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