Tuesday, May 28, 2013

New Site

Right Iris has moved!  To display the what I'm currently producing in a cleaner way, I chose to make a website.  However, in the future I may use my blog to post where I get inspiration.  

Take a look! 

Sunday, May 12, 2013


This is a story 40 years in the making.

June 9, 1973 - 2013


With turquoise, southern-inspired bridesmaids dresses, and ivory-brimmed hats, my mother and father held a military-style wedding only three days after my dad's graduation from the Naval Academy in 1973.

The wedding style was inspired by fashions of the time, 
and the photography was shot by a friend from the fire department.  

                          (His photography experience came from taking pictures of the arson cases....)

                                                               My father was dressed in all white,

and the cake was cut with a sword.

It will be 40 years on June 9th that my parents have been married, and I see that their relationship is now more than ever founded in partnership, respect, and love.

Happy Mother's day to you, Mom, and happy 40th Anniversary to you both.  
I'll post a few pictures on the actual day (you gotta see that sword...) as well as what I have planned for my dad's Anniversary/Father's Day gift. 


PS: Happy Mother's Day to mamas out there, whatever form that love comes in.

We literally could not be here without you...

Monday, May 6, 2013

The Book

Exciting news!  
Right Iris has joined facebook!  

More exciting news!
When the page reaches 200 'likes,' I will randomly generate a winner for a free 8x10 portrait!
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Friday, May 3, 2013

Friends and Portraits and Portraits of Friends

I always enjoy behind the scenes.  
In movies, tv shows, books, anything.  
That's more fun to me than usually what I'm even doing.

So for you, some behind the scenes art.
Two of my friends.

drawing pencil portrait boy and girl kissing

drawing pencil portrait boy and girl kissing

drawing pencil portrait boy and girl kissing

drawing pencil portrait boy and girl kissing

A graduation gift from the girl to the boy.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Words for Life; Words for Death

flower color drawingI have a friend who's great at quotes.  

She always seems to find the right one that says things just the right way.  

I think that's a cool skill to have.
"I speak of love that comes to mind:
The moon is faithful, although blind;
She moves in though she cannot speak.
Perfect care has made her bleak.
I never dreamed the sea so deep,
The earth so dark; so long my sleep,
I have become another child.
I wake to see the world go wild."

-Allen Ginsberg, An Eastern Ballad

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Dove Real Beauty Sketches

A simply technique to show a powerful concept.  Absolutely love this clip. 

Here's some self-portraits I've done of myself: 

self-portrait art

self-portrait art
self-portrait art

self-portrait art
This was the title picture of my other blog.  That I accidentally deleted.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Art in Bloom

Milwaukee Art Museum art in bloom

Art is in bloom at the Milwaukee Art Museum!  I went with my master gardener Mother to get the professional opinion, but personally I was enjoying my ignorant bliss as I skipped through the art and flower exhibits.  (Not really, skinny white ladies EVERYWHERE)

Milwaukee Art Museum art in bloom

Milwaukee Art Museum art in bloom

Milwaukee Art Museum art in bloom

I hope you all haven't drowned out there!