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San Francisco, CA


Monica Loos

art / design / paper goods

selling original art, art prints and paper goods based on paintings and designs made my monica in san francisco, california.

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little bits from my studio, my home, my life, and my brain

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100 Day Project

Monica Loos

1/100 Easter Sunday by monica loos

I've had great debates inside my head about participating in this 100 day challenge along with a great many creatives, as I am already knee deep in my own 365 day kitchen challenge + work + family + life, BUT I decided to dive in. In part, I've had this idea for how to experiment in the abstract, as I've done little to no work in that area, and what better way than with a community of people trying new things.

The challenge is organized by Elle Luna and The Great Discontent (read more here) and they invite anyone and everyone to participate and share their 100 days, each day.

For my project, I will depict, in great abstraction, what I (or possibly a family member) wore the prior day. I predict much blue and gray. I'm making it "easy" on myself by making it mixed media - ie whatever materials are nearby. I predict much blue and gray. I'll post the outcome daily on Instagram. Follow me there if it sounds fun! I'll have some updates on my blog as well.

Day 1: Yesterday was Easter, thus my very floral, not so typical-of-me, top. The chill in the air called for a sweater and I wore this with dark jeans and black shoes...

Here we go!  #100daysofworeit

Today's Inspiration: Edible Flowers

Monica Loos

edible flowers photo by monica loos A peek at the inspiration for today's daily kitchen illustration. The tiny green bug hiding in one of the flowers is camera shy.

I've taken a photograph of each of my subjects in my so-far 157 days of making a daily illustration, which serve a few purposes. First, I can see a history of the actual vs painted item and that's just fun. Second, it is MUCH easier for me to draw a subject that has already been 2-dimensionalized (not a word!) through the flat image. And, third, it is sometimes night when I get down to painting, so a brightly-lit reference is very helpful.

365 DAYS IN MY KITCHEN: 123 + 124 + 125

Monica Loos

365_123 Coffee Beans




Box of Matches

I am officially just over the 1/3 mark of my "365 Days in My Kitchen" series. When I started, my sister-in-law asked me if I was worried about running out of things. Nah...I said. Now, I'm not so confident. Despite these three illustrations, I think produce will be my saving grace.