Art by Erika Taguchi-Newton

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Huladollsquidgirl Ukulele

Just in time for next week's Palm Beach Art & Music Festival, I finished painting my favorite tentacled cutie on the uke. Done in acrylics, she is one of a kind. I hope someone will fall in love and take her home. If not, no biggie - I'll be happy to keep her for myself. I'm still learning "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" anyways.

(UPDATE: Submitting this for Illustration Friday theme - "Spent." A bit of a stretch, but here it goes... The girl needs a break! She is "spent" from too much hula dancing.)

Huladollsquidgirl Ukelele

Huladollsquidgirl Ukelele (Close-up)

Friday, October 29, 2010

Christmas Cards

These cards are available now at my Etsy store!
Christmas Card: Reindeer & ElfChristmas Card: Christmas Sprite

Saturday, October 16, 2010


I got an opportunity to actually have my very own display wall at DEKKA, a hip fashion/art gallery on Fashion Row in Hallandale, Florida. I have original pieces and framed prints hanging there. Please stop by and check it out if you are local (closed Sundays).
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Friday, October 15, 2010

Our booth at Stitch Rock 2010

Lina and I had an awesome time at Stitch Rock, and can't wait til Art Rock in May, another awesome event that will be put on by Amazing Amanda (Linton).

Stitch Rock 2010 - MeStitch Rock 2010 - Lina

Stitch Rock 2010 - Our booth

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Halloween at Howley's and Water-soluble Oils

(UPDATE: Illustration Friday Submission - "Spooky")

Too busy with commissions and shows, I didn't get a chance to enter a piece for Bear & Bird's annual Halloween group art show. I got to check it out last week and it's fantastic, making me more upset at myself. But I managed to crank out some neat pieces for Howley's monthly art show.



Are these creepy girls ghosts of murdered victims? Or are they lunatics posing with their choice of deadly weapons? These 4x4 paintings are my first attempt with water-soluble oils. I think I like! Not as yummy as normal oils, they are quite fun to play with. Because they are a bit costly, I used acrylics for underpainting. It also made it faster to dry. I didn't use any medium with these, just water. I'm sure that also contributed to faster drying time. Without the medium, it had an almost matted, gouache-like look to them.

I read that I can varnish with regular varnish intended for oils, so I used Re-touchable Varnish. That did the trick of making it look like real oil painting. I made a mistake of being too impatient of the second one and varnished too early, and it started streaking. I should have let it dry overnight like the first one which took the varnish beautifully.

Next experiment I'll be using the medium - linseed oil.

Opening night for Howley's show is this Tuesday. Come by and say "Boo!"

Howley's HalloweenShow-Front

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Palm Beach Art & Music Festival

Still grinning from a great time at Stitch Rock, I'm excited to announce that I will have a booth at the 1st Annual Palm Beach Art & Music Festival.