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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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365 Days in My Kitchen: 224 + 225 + 226 + 227

Monica Loos

365_224 Batman Ice Pack

When a metal camel falls on your back, you go running to the freezer for this guy.

birdie \\ monica loos


My kitchen this weekend was a small propane stove on a picnic table camp-side. I traveled with some water-soluble ink blocks I was recently gifted. Easier to travel with than my tube water colors.

watermelon \\ monica loos


It was HOT on our camping trip up in Sonoma County. Watermelon was soooooo good.

radish \\ monica loos

Pink Radish on Gingham

Last day of camping trip...

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

from the sketch book: drawing blind

Monica Loos

yesterday, i stumbled upon a sketch book from a uc berkeley extension drawing class i took in my pre-family days and am so happy i did! i had forgotten about the countless number of "blind" contour drawings i'd made! this is such a fun way to train yourself to draw what your eye is seeing and not what your brain is telling you you're seeing. that brain does sometimes get in my way. how to (and i encourage you to): after picking your subject, pick a starting point on your object and corresponding spot on your paper (ex: top of lamp, top of paper). put your pen on the spot. you will not look at the paper again until you are done with the drawing - no peeking! with your eye you will slowly follow along the edges of your subject, moving your pen on the paper in sync. when you're finishing eyeing and drawing the object, you're done and you make look at your paper. how did it work out?

here are some of the drawings from my sketch book:


1. chandelere   2. floor lamp   3. windsurfer   4. lockers  5. nested pans   6. fruit on cutting board   7. camera   8. dad

add as little or as much detail as you like. as you get the feel for it, you are sure to be pleased with the results. i wouldn't mind printing a series of these and framing them for a wall display. i'll post a photo if i do.

give it the old college try!