Crab Keev


I turned my sweet lil niece Keev Keev into a bottom dweller. No real concept, just adorable. Mixture of pencil, photography, and some Photoshop collaging (is that a word?) Adding to my collection of lil critters. I can’t show the others here due to familial differences so I’ll be starting a new collection with new muses. Since I don’t have children I have to borrow my brothers’.


How to Cut Anything Out in Photoshop

A great tutorial from Spoon Graphics if you are struggling to get your images cut out. Nothing is more frustrating than spending countless hours cutting out images only to still see the fringe! If you are a novice photo editor start at the beginning. If you’ve been around the block and back skip to 7:20 to learn more about the Refine Tool and getting rid of that fringe!

How to Cut Anything Out in Photoshop

Muerte a los flamencos

I collaborate with my boyfriend’s brother Cris on a lot of artwork, which is tons of fun, but I recently moved on to another Kirkwood. The lovely Cat is a talented artist herself, and while she certainly doesn’t need me, I sure did enjoy making this piece.

The background is an image of the Arizona desert that I took while trekking about last year. The sky is actually shot from an airplane, probably on my way to Arizona. Doesn’t it look upside down? It will now. The wildebeest and the ostrich are pictures I took at some nature preserve here in Texas (while I was with Cat). Flamingos are from SeaWorld (again, while with Cat, and don’t go there!). The leaves are from my backyard. The dead roses are from my sweet Mom (they were alive when she gave them to me). The basket, rope, and body of the girl, ripped off manipulation from I don’t remember. Annnnnnnnd, the head of the girl is the wicked cool drawing by Cat. It’s a pen and ink drawing that I filled in with Photoshop. There you have it, another Butler/Kirkwood collaboration.


Potomac Attack

Another image using a Cris Kirkwood watercolor painting (with permission and enthusiasm of course). So a couple months back my Mom and her husband wanted to take my niece and myself on a lunch cruise. I cringed at the idea of course but begrudgingly went along to not hurt her feelings. It wasn’t cheap by the way. Needless to say it was rather tortuous but I loved being in the company that I was in and some good did come of it. For instance, the cherry blossoms. I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen a cherry blossom tree or just didn’t notice one before but I did on this day and thankfully snapped some shots on my iPhone while cruising down the Potomac. Naturally, when I capture anything of beauty, I have to add something ridiculous, meaningless, and goofy to make it well rounded enough for me to enjoy tomorrow. So that’s exactly what I did. I “spruced” it up.


Some New Art

I’m not very good at blogging, I think it’s because it’s like talking to yourself while doing the laundry. Anyway, here’s some new stuff that I’ve done. One I created using one of Cris Kirkwood’s little water color paintings like I tend to do. I’ll get around to showing more of those because they are pretty bitchin’. The other I used a pencil drawing that I made the other day while lounging around with my dog. It’s actually a drawing of a screenshot of a video of my nephew using the distort feature in Photo Booth on the Mac. I was pretty amused with the result and had to use it in a  composite. I call it Bagel Boy. Only a few will understand why.

Bagel Boy


An unnamed art piece

Another piece I did using some of Cris Kirkwood’s water color paintings and my photography. I’ve been staring at this thing for days trying to decide if it is complete. I couldn’t decide but there’s no rules out there saying I can’t come back and tweak it whenever I want so I’ll leave it at that…….for now.