Monday, April 21, 2014

around the world

 photo wholesale3_zps621a484c.jpg some of my prints are now available in limited quantities at these shops around the world, so save on shipping costs, take a weekend walk through town and support a local business if you live in any of these cities!

Friday, April 11, 2014

until now

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last fall i contributed these illustrations to accompany daniel kraines' essay "le canard" in the inaugural issue of until now, a magazine about coming of age created by alex citrin, who is working on an MFA in illustration practice at my alma mater, the maryland institute college of art in baltimore. i'm so impressed with the way this beautiful issue came together, and am happy to see quite a few familiar names among the 42 contributing writers and artists. you can now find copies at mcnally jackson in SoHo and atomic books in baltimore, but the list of stockists is sure to expand in the coming weeks as the magazine is officially released.
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

a summing up

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this is "a summing up" - the final story in mrs. dalloway's party - which is actually about two guests in the garden, but having adapted some of the scenery from the text ("...since the chinese lanterns seemed hung red and green fruit in the depths of an enchanted forest..."), it made more sense to illustrate mr. and mrs. d. bidding goodbye to their departing guests instead.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

flow magazine

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a small feature in the really interesting dutch magazine flow, including a brief description of my love for "door de schoon-heid van het alledaagse" (the beauty of the everyday) and a tiny vellum envelope filled with cards printed with my illustrations on the front and various inspirational quotes on the back:

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

summertime sadness

 photo bryksenkova-tender-night3_zps50a3963a.jpg “there was a hint in the air that the earth was hurrying on toward other weather; the lush midsummer moment outside of time was already over.” (f. scott fitzgerald, tender is the night)

even though i know i'm going to be the first to complain of the heat when it comes, i still find myself longing for warm summer evenings of eating and drinking alfresco and delving back into fitzgerald's sad and shimmering summer on the french riviera. for now i just keep listening to lana del rey for some semblance of that mood while i wait patiently until i can shed my winter layers.

Monday, March 31, 2014

la fiesta de la señora dalloway

mrs. dalloway in bond street by yelena bryksenkova i'm so excited to share this project because it's the most creatively fulfilling thing i've ever done: a special edition of mrs. dalloway's party (a collection of short stories that virginia woolf wrote in the early 1920s, and which became the groundwork for her 1925 novel mrs. dalloway) for random house mondadori. the book, which comes out in spain this thursday, has a fully illustrated dust jacket and seven interior illustrations, one for each story (such as "mrs. dalloway in bond street," above).

i enjoyed every aspect of illustrating this book, especially the research. it also holds special meaning for me because it's a companion piece to the mondadori edition of a room of one's own (seen here), illustrated by my best friend becca stadtlander. more details to follow as soon as i get my hands on a copy!

Friday, March 28, 2014

pitchouguina AW 14/15

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i contributed some prints to the beautiful new AW 14/15 collection by pitchouguina, a london-based fashion label with russian and polish roots. the new collection premiered at london fashion week in february and will make an appearance at aurora fashion week in my hometown of st. petersburg, russia (april 9-11th).

fashion: PITCHOUGUINA ( / photo: simone lezzi & antonio putini @ cameraworks london / hair: michal bielecki @ warsaw creatives / make up: aneta kostrzewa @ I-like photo / model: daria @ wondermodels / assisting: emanuele copioli


Monday, March 24, 2014

under the egg

 photo underegg_blog1_zpse9676162.jpg also out this week is under the egg by laura marx fitzgerald, published by dial books for young readers (penguin group). on saturday i went to a middle grade authors panel at books of wonder, a beautiful children's bookstore in new york city, to meet laura and hear her speak about her debut novel. aaron starmer was also on the panel; it's pure coincidence that i illustrated the covers of two of the three featured books, and it was pretty cool to see this as soon as i entered the store:
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special thanks to executive editor nancy conescu and art director greg stadnyk for this opportunity!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

the riverman

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i illustrated the covers of two new middle grade novels, both of which came out on march 18th. the first is the riverman, the first book in a trilogy by aaron starmer, published by FSG books for young readers:
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i was lucky enough to attend the launch party - which took place on a hudson river cruise! - where i met the author and the friendly people at macmillan publishing group. designer beth clark and i are already starting work on the cover for the second book in the trilogy, which will be published next spring. 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

paperless post: drawing room confessions

my hand drawn interview with paperless post is on the company's blog today, as part of the newly launched collection of e-cards in collaboration with red cap cards. you can now send a card by any of the red cap artists digitally (with a matching virtual envelope). drawing room confessions

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

enormous tiny art show no. 15

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my third time in portsmouth was the best yet. as my bus left snowy new hampshire behind, i recalled the previous twenty-four hours in one happy blur: people pouring in and out of the gallery, a sparkling evening with new friends, the clear night sky, a good night's sleep, the best breakfast on earth, conversations with friendly strangers and just the hearty, fresh-aired new england-ness of it all. i left feeling happy and inspired, my spring wound enough to get me through the remainder of winter with courage and good cheer. so many warm thanks to deb, allie and michael! five tiny paintings are available for sale in person at nahcotta gallery as well as online

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

ready for portsmouth

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the final painting for the enormous tiny art show. and here they all are, with frames in the vintage sable finish from the always reliable, salt lake city-based signed & numbered:

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the mats, which have circular windows, overlap the edge of the paintings and fit into the frame with such satisfying perfection that i can barely stand it. like a puzzle seamlessly coming together - amazing, amazing!

Monday, January 20, 2014

house of pomegranates

 photo bryksenkova_etas15_2_zps83ceaeef.jpg another couple of simple still lifes for the enormous tiny art show. between paintings i've been reading haruki murakami's what i talk about when i talk about running, and you know, as simple as it is, and even though i'm not a runner, i can relate: "all i do is keep on running in my own cozy, homemade void, my own nostalgic silence. and this is a pretty wonderful thing. no matter what anybody else says.” nice, huh? and with that, back into my little void i go, to finish up the last painting in this series (again, closer views are available here).

Sunday, January 19, 2014

recent acquisitions

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my souvenir of choice when i travel abroad is children's books by authors and illustrators native to that country; in addition to the beautiful illustration, typography and design of the books, i just enjoy the look of other languages, especially if the type is hand drawn. here are some of the latest additions to my collection, clockwise from top:

jon klassen's i want my hat back (not foreign, but a prized possession); grautardalls saga, a collection of icelandic tales illustrated by sigurborg stefánsdóttir, which i picked up in reykjavík a couple of years ago; from montréal: french canadian papa, maman, nos livres et moi by danielle marcotte, illustrated by josée bisaillon; aino pervik's paula aabits, illustrated by piret raud (found in tallinn); jukka itkonen's krokotiili hikoaa, illustrated by matti pikkujämsä (from helsinki); and the only book on this list which i purchased online (after much coveting) is the exquisite à quoi penses-tu? written and illustrated by laurent moreau.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

still life

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two more round painted still lifes for the enormous tiny art show (you can find a closer view on my website). there is also a new interview with me on amelia's magazine, which is getting ready for an exciting website relaunch featuring contributing illustrator portfolios and a shop!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

morning tea

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another enormous tiny art show is coming up next month! i am submitting six round miniature paintings (4 inches across), which will be on view at nahcotta gallery (110 congress st, portsmouth, NH 03801) february 7th - march 2nd. and of course i'll be at the opening reception on february 7th, 5-8 pm.

Friday, January 10, 2014

betty magazine + happy new year

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a couple of my illustrations are printed alongside olivia gagan's short essay "a room of one's own" in the current issue of beautiful british magazine betty.

the last few weeks were spent at home in ohio reading books and binge watching "the vampire diaries" while shoveling endless sweets into my mouth, but now i've made my way back to my desk, where several long term projects are slowly materializing. i'm working with some brilliant clients and i can't wait to share my new work in the coming months. happy new year!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

etsy holiday news

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thanks to everyone for all of the holiday orders from my shop! with your help i've been able to invest in a bigger, better printer, which means larger scale prints will be available in the new year!

i am one average-sized but nimble elf working all by my lonesome to process, print and package your orders and trek them through the snow and bitter cold to the post office as quickly as i can, but at this point, due to the holiday rush and inclement weather here in the northeastern united states, i cannot guarantee international orders' arrival by christmas (although USPS has been doing a stellar job getting my packages even as far as australia within one week!) all open orders have now been shipped, and my shop will remain open through the holidays, but only greeting cards will be available, starting tuesday, december 17th.

Monday, December 2, 2013

ENDED: cyber monday

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use this code at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase in my shop. promotion ends tonight at midnight EST. this promotion is now over; many thanks to those who participated!

Monday, November 11, 2013

anna karenina

a pretend book cover for anna karenina. this novel took me several years to begin and only six days to finish: i read laying on my bed, curled up in an armchair, sitting on the floor, in cafés, at the library, on a park bench, first thing in the morning and well into the night; "the next couple hundred pages" became my reward for a couple hours' work. sometimes a book means so much to me that i cannot even talk about it; all i can say is that i'll carry it with me forever (not literally of course, it's a brick of a book).

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

cheapside hoard

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a couple of illustrations for amelia gregory's review of the cheapside hoard exhibition at the museum of london, dedicated to the contents of a buried wooden box discovered by workmen under a london building site in 1912: a collection of more than 400 pieces of elizabethan and jacobean (16th-17th c.) jewelry. the hoard, which is being displayed together for the first time in more than 100 years, will be on view through april 2014.

Monday, November 4, 2013

the elephant house

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this weekend b and i drove to cape cod to make one of our longtime dreams come true: we visited the home (now museum) of one of our favorite illustrators - and personal hero - edward gorey.  photo gorey3_zpsc6c1d7ad.jpg
prolific artist, obsessive collector, voracious reader and TV-watcher, compulsive mail order catalog shopper, avid ballet patron, wearer of fur coats with white chuck taylors, playwright, puppeteer, cat hoarder and part-time recluse with a small group of well-loved friends, the man himself was as fascinating as his work.
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i'm grateful to have been able to explore "the elephant house," which has been preserved with care and special respect for his sense of humor. this year marks the 50th anniversary of the vinegar works and many of the original drawings are on display, but the exhibitions change - a good reason to return to the museum every once in a while, although if i lived on the cape i'd probably be a regular.

Sunday, November 3, 2013


a portrait of my best friend becca stadtlander in her home, with ronnie. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

the FAF

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thanks to everyone who came out to the fall arts festival in woodbury, new jersey and stopped to chat and purchase some prints and cards, and to all of the little girls who requested cat drawings! it was a fun weekend with great weather and delicious cheesesteaks, followed by a week of driving through all six new england states and québec, unbelievably beautiful this time of year.

Saturday, October 19, 2013


i watched roger vadim's 1968 space romp "barbarella: queen of the galaxy," which explained where duran duran got their name and inspired me to try my own interpretation of barbarella's appearance, using digital collage. for most of the "textures," i used hubble space telescope photographs from NASA's royalty free image gallery.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

the FAF

 photo map_zpsda0d5c27.jpg this weekend i'll have a booth at the fall arts festival in woodbury, new jersey (just outside of philadelphia), where i'll drawing live and selling prints, original paintings, greeting cards and other small things with the assistance of a little helper elf (my mom). the festival will take place on saturday 11 am - 6 pm and sunday 12 - 4 pm.

afterwards we're setting off on a week-long road trip through new england (newport, portsmouth, portland, burlington, stowe, hanover, amherst and the berkshires), stopping in montréal for two days along the way!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

a home in tibet

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a new book cover for tsering wangmo dhompa's a home in tibet for penguin books india (calligraphy by joy gosney, jacket design by pallavi agarwala).

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

london fashion week SS14

LFW_SS14_2 it's london fashion week, and i'm a contributing illustrator for amelia's magazine again, like in the old days! i've been experimenting with digital collage quite a bit due to the quick turnaround, as well as the multitude of shiny textiles - which i simply don't know how to replicate with watercolor - appearing in a lot of the shows. so far i've illustrated amelia's reviews of ekaterina kukhareva, bernard chandran, holly fulton and orla kiely, as well as maria papadimitriou's review of lug von siga.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

red cap feature + nahcotta news

 photo studio_blog4_zps9d6b8a46.jpg red cap cards shines their artist spotlight on me and my work in a new interview, wherein i reveal my secondary career choice (if the whole illustration thing didn't work out)!

hundreds of people trickled in and out of nahcotta gallery at last friday's opening. portsmouth was alive and magical in the cool evening air, even more charming than it was in february. three paintings are still up for sale.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

rainy day

 photo ETA_framed_blog_zps9560511f.jpg all six paintings from this series are now available for sale online at nahcotta gallery. my frames were handmade by signed & numbered in salt lake city, utah.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

enormous tiny art show no.14

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six new paintings are framed and ready to go to new hampshire for the enormous tiny art show no.14! the opening reception is on september 6th, 5-8 pm. i'll be there along with b, who is also in the show this time and with such beautiful work, inspired by japanese woodblock prints. nahcotta gallery, 110 congress st, portsmouth, NH 03801.

Friday, August 23, 2013


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Sunday, August 18, 2013


a few images from my greeting cards, like this self-satisfied unicorn, are also available as 6"x8" prints in my shop.

Friday, August 16, 2013

red cap cards

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my red cap cards are here! the collection will officially debut this weekend at the NY NOW gift show, but the cards are already available in my shop. each card is 4.25" x 5.5" in size, blank inside, printed with soy inks on 60% tree free recycled paper (which gives them a nice, cozy quality), and comes with a matching off-white envelope.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

dancing with myself

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you know, just a late night dance party for one. i really held my breath over those miniature dalida and bardot faces! tiny painting requires too much time and concentration to make a process video, but i hope an animated gif is close enough. i'll try to break it down into more stages next time, but you get the idea:
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