Art in the Garden

On July 29th I’ll be participating in a local event called Art in the Garden in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.

This is the 16th annual Art in the Garden (AITG) event, and is the sole fundraiser for the Ballard P-Patch.
The event includes live music, food trucks, beer/wine garden, silent auction, kids activities, and most importantly artists displaying and selling their art. It is a very fun, family friendly, community event in the Ballard P-Patch. It typically attracts between 700-900 people.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Art in the Garden – Saturday, July 29 11 – 5

There are P-Patches throughout Seattle. If you are interested in learning more here is the Seattle Community Gardens official website:

Coffee and Cigarettes

I’ve been working on a series of buddhas engaging in activities that to most don’t seem very buddha-like. But, as I touched upon in a previous post I enjoy the irony of what a buddha (or any person that is seemingly revered) is expected to be and how they are a human animal, like the rest of us. I chose a buddha, but you could “insert authority/revered person here.”
Here is the second of the series. I’m working on the third today and will soon share what the next buddha is up to 🙂



Quick drawing I did earlier inspired by St. Patrick’s Day and Spring, in general. Happy Paddie’s Day!

Fun Facts:
I was named Kathleen because I was born 3 days after St. Patrick’s Day which was sort of a big deal in NYC. I am 1/8th Irish (my father is 1/4 Irish and 3/4 Italian).

Evening Coffee v.2

I painted this (above) monk/buddha having an evening cup of coffee about 2 years ago. It’s humanizing to see a monk drinking coffee or having a cigarette (something I’ll be drawing as well) because those in seemingly high places are, well…only human, too.

This second version (below) is in ink. I’m waiting on a supply of additional colors in order to finish this piece. I’ll share once it’s done though.

Working with What Ya Got

Lately I’ve been inspired to draw more, but have had difficulty deciding what to draw. Literally, sitting there – in my car, doing dishes, petting the dog, on the couch – staring into space wondering what to draw. I could name a million things I don’t want to draw because those concepts don’t resonate with me.

So, while flipping through several of my sketchbooks and pads (something I often do for inspiration) I decided to take my fails and work them into something I could at least live with. Haha. I came across a sketch I did last year of a fish with a girl sorta hugging it. I liked the face of the fish, but really hated how the girl was coming out – totally agreed with my past self on why I moved on from this drawing. I really liked the fish, though. There was something about how it was playfully looking over its shoulder that worked for me.

Here is the finished product after the overhaul. It is also the first time I drew a male character which I may do more often now.