painting: Juice

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Greetings, fair netizens! I have a painting today. It’s not a huge deal, probably more practice than anything. I still like it, though. Blue and orange is a nice and energetic color combination.

I took some step-by-step pictures as I worked. It’s acrylic paint on canvas. Sorry I don’t remember the measurements off the top of my head. It’s 11″ tall or 12″ tall, I think. And that’s all I have to say about that.






Pinterest as Artistic Reference

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Have you noticed my slight redesign on the blog? I’ve been meaning to update some parts of it for a while. Now those things are done, except for my portfolio. I’m still gathering various parts of that.

I now have a Contact page, so if anyone wishes to email me, well, there it is. I also updated the Shop page with a few new links. I have more coming up in the next couple of months, so stay tuned!!

On to the Pinterest thing.

If you know me in real life, you’re probably aware of my slight Pinterest obsession. It’s a delightful and giant vortex in which much of my time is lost, but it also has its practical uses.

If you don’t know what Pinterest is yet, I shall offer brief explanation. There are a bunch (as in endless) pictures that link to things like recipes or outfits or photographs, pretty much anything you can think of. Users sort these pictures/links into folders called “boards”, so that they may be accessed at a later time, if they so desire. When you do this, you’re also sharing with people who follow you, but that’s beside the point.

Pinterest offers a wealth of information and is actually useful when the energy is channeled in a certain direction. Let us examine this and how it relates to art.

I have several boards that I use for artistic purposes. My favorite is probably my color combination board. I LOVE colors, how some of them work together and some of them clash. Whenever I’m working on an art project and I’m not sure what to do with the colors, I browse my color collection.

color board

I also do a lot with flowers in my illustrations, so I also have a garden board. There’s other stuff in there, like statues and such, but I use this one primarily to look for flowers.


My graphic design board has some great examples of design that I find appealing for whatever reason. That one is more for inspiration than anything else.

graphic design

That’s another thing Pinterest is fantastic for – inspiration. It’s a stream of endless art. If I have an idea kicking around in my head and it isn’t quite enough to stand on its own, I jump on Pinterest and see what makes the creative neurons connect a little more effectively.

art gallery


I also have a concept art board. I haven’t done much with that one yet. It’s there for study purposes.

concept art

I’ve seen typography boards, artist model boards, product packaging boards, etc, just about anything you might want to learn about, especially if it relates to arts and/or crafts, is probably on Pinterest.

And thus, I justify my obsession.

Want to lurk on my page? Here’s the link –

Various Updates and a Cartoon Owl

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Hey there! I haven’t posted here in a while, and thought I would drop in. I have been busy, busy, busy, mostly with setting up the Cafepress shop, which looks pretty awesome, even if I do say so myself.

The only complaint I have about Cafepress is how much some of their products cost. Some prices are okay but other prices? Not so much. If I decided to buy anything through them, I would definitely wait for a good discount code. They have some kind of promo going on pretty much all of the time.

Once I finish setting up, I’ll post a link here. I estimate that I should finish in April. In an effort to keep myself focused, I’m abstaining from drawing anything new until that’s finished, except for sketches because those don’t count.

I’m thinking of switching up the branding a little, too. AvinaLeo has been about art inspired by nature, but I sometimes find that theme too restrictive. I don’t like restrictions. What if I want to draw a car? Actually, I do want to draw a car. That’s not exactly natural subject matter. I want to draw all the things.

Also on the agenda for this summer is a new art book/catalog. I’m going to put all sorts of pictures in there and stuff from each art shop I’ve set up. There will probably be some workshop pics and a cat picture or two because I find my pets adorable. The book will be digital and free, of course.

What else? Oh yeah, I almost forgot. I’ve been posting on the Snapdragon Magazine blog I set up last year. The posts are mostly fashion inspiration and occasionally decor. I put together some of the sets. Other sets are ones that I choose and share. It’s a fun time.

Here’s the link for that:

And now, just because, here is a picture of an owl that I drew on my phone.


all new stuff

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Hey-o! How are things? Good? I’m happy to announce that I now have some designs on Society6. It’s a lovely website where many talented people sell their designs in forms such as framed prints, t-shirts, bags, cards, etc and so on and so forth.

I put together a collection (a small collection) of new illustrations. I know I usually do the one illustration per blog post thing, but I decided to do it differently this time. Variety is the spice of life, yes?

These are mostly black and white with only splashes of color thrown in. I would call them a little dark and mysterious.

The pics are just a few of the selections available. More drawings and such are in the store itself, so be sure to pop on over and check it out!

Oh, and if you decide you would like a signed 8 x 10 print of any of the new illustrations, those are now available at AvinaLeo at Etsy.

skull and poppies

garden view tank and bag

Night Totem

Deadly Nightshade

spring redux


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I did this in the Sketchbook Pro ipad app. It’s just a thing.

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illustration: skulls and poppies

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What is up, my fellow netizens? It’s snowy ’round these parts.


I’m not all too fond of snow. However, it does give me an excuse to stay inside and work.

This is an illustration I’ve been working on for the last few days. We have skulls. We have poppies.

skulls and poppies mini

I wanted the poppies to have a feel close to old-timey botanical illustrations. They don’t have that level of detail, of course, and I’ve taken some artistic license with the placement and shape of the leaves, etc.

pattern: China Butterfly

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I haven’t posted a pattern in a while, which doesn’t mean I haven’t been creating them. Here’s one of the new ones I’ve been working on.

This pattern is called China Butterfly, after the dishes, not the country. The butterfly itself is from my illustration Butterfly Collection.

One thing I like about vector illustrations is that, when I save them in the right format, I can go back in and move parts of it around or grab components of them to use in new pieces. There is no having to redraw that particular thing, unless I just really want to. I can also switch up the color scheme.

So, we have the old butterfly in new surroundings and I like the way it turned out. Here’s a single.

china butterfly

And here’s a sample of it in pattern form.

china butterfly sample

I have named them all “George”.

This lovely pattern is available on a variety of items. Good times.
Shop China Butterfly