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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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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.

heide's egg hatches hearts

Monica Loos

my in-laws came for a visit just before christmas this year and, indeed, a nice time was had by all. the boys get spoiled rotten, so they love that, and we only stock the "good stuff" at the bar, so that's not too shabby either. my mother-in-law, better known as Omi, has been purging stuff from her home in TX and thus always has some items to delivery to us whenever they visit via road trip. this was one of those trips. along with other items she brought, was a beautifully hand-painted egg, strung and ready to hang on the tree.

heide's egg

pretty, right? hairline fracture and all. even more pretty knowing that she painted it herself 20+ years ago. so crafty, that Omi. around christmas, i was in the process of designing a few valentine's day leaning cards. i wanted to incorporate the egg design into a card, with omi's permission, of course. always a fan of little strings of light, i swapped out a bulb shape with hearts and used different sides of the egg image as fill.

heides hearts on a line

voila! filling a shape with a drawing or pattern is a good way to incorporate kid's art - especially young kids in their abstract modernist periods - neatly into your home.

i'm here. that's the first step.

Monica Loos

i design social stationery for letterpress and flat print - as well as other delights. i have a small business that i launched several years ago just after getting married and just before the birth of my first babe. i have loads of projects for my business and for my home. they are all in my head and in my trusty notebook. realistically, i don't know how often i'll post, but 'tis my plan. 'tis my plan. stay tuned....