Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Once Upon A Time: K8 Art to overtake Ukraine


I was recently asked to be one of the founding artists at the new Museum of Fairytales in Kyiv, Ukraine. Keep your eyes peeled for the special artwork in the works for them, pix to follow...

After I agreed to partner with them on this project, the director said : "Your name will also be immortalized in the museum." Which is super cool, cuz I was getting bored with my status as a regular mortal...


Friday, December 16, 2011

Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up

I have been keeping it under wraps until the boring contracty details were complete. Now that all the I's have been dotted, I am very excited to share that these two of my little fun pieces will be set decor in the upcoming film 'Arthur Newman, Golf Pro' starring Colin Firth & Emily Blunt!

Look for them on the big screen in the bedroom of Colin Firth's fictional son! (Prints are available in my online print store so you can dress your fictional and or nonfictional son's bedroom too.)

I'm praying for a slow close up, but preparing for edit-room floor. However, just the thought of Foxy Firth acting near my art is thrill enough for me...

Monday, November 28, 2011

OWL-ter Egos

A client gave me one of the most fun requests this holiday season: give each member of her family an OWL-ter ego in a 9x12 fine art painting and prepare the image to be used on their Christmas card!

Here is the result and I think it turned out pretty cool. In case you were wondering, the one daughter is showing off her jazz-hands... or in this case jazz-wings.


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Black & White Christmas

The holiday shopping season kick-off is always bustling, which explains my online lag.

I have two local live holiday shows going on RIGHT NOW, one @ Lansing Art Gallery, and one @ Grove Street Co-op. These are my last exhibitions until spring, so don't miss out!

In the project hopper there will be lots of new illustration things to peek at very soon.

So right now my world revolves around drawing up a storm and chasing my sassy almost-2 year old! Hopefully I'll be able to fit in a few bites of turkey...

Happy Thanksgiving, I hope you have an abundance of blessings to be thankful for! And don't forget to shop local this holiday shopping season.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Smart Art: WRAC Love at Michigan State

I recently helped pretty-up a smarty pants wall of the WRAC department (Writing, Rhetoric, & American Cultures) at MSU.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Holiday Shop at the Co-op

Want to shop local this holiday season? This Sunday from 12-5 the Grove Gallery Co-op kicks off their holiday sale! Michigan-based artists will be featuring their wares... Including me!

Many of my 'fun art' pieces will be available for immediate purchase at this awesome arty spot located at Albert and Grove in East Lansing (around the corner from Harper's Brew Pub.)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Don't Look Now, There's a Monkey on Your Back... er Front

Over a year ago, I joined a Facebook Group/online community dedicated to preserving the 'Upper Peninsula Snow Monkeys' (that's the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for the non-Michigander). These snow monkeys, much like the leprechaun, big foot or Nessie, are typically only visible to the truest believers.

After joining this group, more specifically called 'Save the Upper Peninsula Snow Monkeys' they held an online t-shirt logo contest.

I entered, I won and today I received my major award: a free-shirt tee-shirt!

You too can join their F.B. group, and contact them directly about buying your own monkey shirt. Because if there is one thing you can never have enough of, it's monkey shirts!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Dog Portrait Month

Fido deserves to be frozen in time. Let me freeze him with my art supplies!

2.5 x 3.5 - $20
5 x 7 - $50
8 x 10 - $100
9 x 12 - $120

Sunday, October 30, 2011

November Artist of the Month: Arts Council of Greater Lansing

Check out my feature on the Arts Council web site for November's artist of the month: HERE.

I've since lost a few inches of hair, but my art remains the same...

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Art & Animals: The Perfect Combination

What's better than art with animals in it? Art created BY animals! Check it out, animals from Potter Park Zoo are having an art show! And I was a the lucky girl who was able to make the poster for them.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Rhinolicious



I've always had a love for the mighty rhinoceros. In 5th grade my teacher read Rudyard Kippling's 'Just So Story' to us about a rhino with cake crumbs itching his skin. It always stuck in my brain, and I carried it there right into adult-hood.

When I met my big-beefy husband, he would always make me scratch his back and I told him he was the rhino from that story. It became an inside joke for us and I would get him little rhino-themed gifts from different trips I took. At some point I need to get a print of Albrecht Dürer's
Rhinoceros for our house.

So you can imagine how thrilled I was to be assigned the task of designing Potter Park Zoo's new rhinoceros exhibit signs! And after learning more about the two amazing rhinos who will be living there, I became even more excited.

Welcome to Potter Park Zoo Doppsee and Jello, you have a great big rhino-sized fan in me.

(Here are pix from the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the zoo.)

The Bus is Headed Home


"Wheels on the Bus" a 9 x 12 original is driving to it's new home in Virginia. Farewell friend!

Even though the original has been adopted, you can still pick up a print through my online store.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Fine Art Originals & Prints NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

K8 Cosgrove Fine Art can be yours and you don't even have to leave your computer! I mean, at some point you SHOULD leave your computer, your grandmother always says it can't be good for your eyes. And for God's sake correct your posture! Look at you, all hunched over and squinting!

As I was saying, original fine art is now available online: HERE.
And for those who want a specific size or prefer a little canvas on their walls, customized fine art reproductions
are available online: HERE.



Saturday, October 1, 2011

Scrappy Sketches

Now available, preliminary sketches!!

This tiny French bulldog is simple and literally rough around the edges... But wouldn't he look rad in a big crazy frame?! I say YES!

You can adopt him right SOLD!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Owl Be in the Tree

As part of Isy Mekler's Bar Mitzvah project, I was asked to paint a tree.
That little giving tree will then be auctioned off, benefiting the Reach Out and Read organization. Learn more about his project now.

Here's hoping my owl-infested creation fetches a big price for this worthy cause. Good luck tree! And good luck Isy!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Lucky Larry, Lucky You

"Lucky Larry the Dragon", according to my family, is Pete the Dragon's lucky Chinese cousin...

And he's not the only lucky one, this is a rare opportunity to purchase a 5 x 7 original of my work on eBay. So bid on Lucky Larry SOLD!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Don't worry, be Foxy

This week's ACEO:
(Homage to) Fantastic Mr. Fox
"These apples look fake, but at least they have stars on them." ~Wes Anderson

Bid SOLD!

*ACEO: Art Collectibles Editions Originals a highly addictive form of miniature art..

Monday, September 12, 2011

Out of the Woods

More collageee good times...

"Out of the Woods"

11 x 14 $250.
SOLD!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Sold! To the lady in the back with all the cash...

K8 art will be part of the Burcham Hills Foundation art auction on Friday, September 9. If you love art & old people, and I know you do, you should come and bid on it!

In all seriousness, Burcham Hills is a wonderful facility that cares for the elderly in our community. (Including my mother-in-law when she was out of the hospital, but not ready to return home.) Learn more about Burcham Hills now.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

New Collage Piece: "Keeping In"


New collage piece on glass:
"Keeping In" 23 x 39 inches $600

Thursday, August 25, 2011

ANOTHER ACEO: Hipster Rabbit



This week's ACEO:
He likes things, but only ironically. You & I will never be this cool.

Bid now!

*ACEO: Art Collectibles Editions Originals a highly addictive form of miniature art...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

ACEO: Cat in an Argyle Sweater


This week's ACEO:
Argyle isn't just for preppies any more...

Bid now!

*ACEO: Art Collectibles Editions Originals a highly addictive form of miniature art...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

ACEO of the Week: Dragon Love Continues...

This week's ACEO:
"Dragon Mom"...Tiger Moms don't compare...


Bid now!

*ACEO: Art Collectibles Editions Originals a highly addictive form of miniature art...



Wednesday, August 10, 2011

ACEO of the Week

This week's ACEO:
"Lucky Dragon"...don't take chances, carry him in your pocket.


Bid now!

*ACEO: Art Collectibles Editions Originals a highly addictive form of miniature art...



Tuesday, August 2, 2011

ACEO of the WEEK: Italian Owl

This week's ACEO:
"Italian Owl"...owls in Italy don't fly, they ride Vespas.


Bid now!

*ACEO: Art Collectibles Editions Originals a highly addictive form of miniature art...

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Giving Tree: A Bar Mitzvah Project

Shel Silverstein is one of my heroes. I adopted his 'Put something silly in the world that ain't been there before' as a personal motto, especially when it comes to creating art.

Isy Mekler, a young man about to turn 13 (and have his Bar Mitzvah,) has also been inspired by Mr. Silverstein. As part of his Bar Mitzvah project he is asking artists to decorate trees that will be sold in support of the charity 'Reach Out and Read.' He also plans to volunteer with Reach Out and Read by reading to Boston-area children in Spanish and English.

Mekler said [of his project] "I am about to turn 13 and this year I have been inspired to give more of myself. I am hoping that this will become contagious."

When Isy emailed, asking if I would be one of the artists for this very cool project, I immediately said yes! Stay tuned for pix of my finished tree. Once I figure out what I want to do with it...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

ACEO of the WEEK: First Cat In Space

This week's ACEO:
"First Cat In Space"


Bid now!

*ACEO: Art Collectibles Editions Originals a highly addictive form of miniature art...

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Medieval Times

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Summer of Art

I had a blast teaching a self-portrait summer workshop at Lansing Art Gallery for a group of 15 local kids. They were as hilarious as they were talented and hardworking. They even burned some extra energy by finishing my LAG Animal ArtVenture grant show community mural, just in time before the exhibition ends next week. I'm so impressed with these amazing kids! Check out some pix from their 'end of class exhibition.'

























Monday, June 13, 2011

ACEO of the Week: Tricycle Three, Two Cats n Me


This week's ACEO:
"Tricycle Three, Two Cats n Me"


Bid now!

*ACEO: Art Collectibles Editions Originals a highly addictive form of miniature art...

Thursday, June 9, 2011

ACEO of the Week: Pirates are EVERYWHERE

This week's ACEO "Pirates are EVERYWHERE"
Bid now!

*ACEO: Art Collectibles Editions Originals a highly addictive form of miniature art...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

ACEO of the Week: Riding the Chicago Owl

This week's ACEO "Riding the Chicago Owl" is inspired by the Chicago L. Chicago being one of my all-time favorite cities. And public transportation... well, once I watched a dude O.D. on the L... He was literally foaming at the mouth. Good times.

Bid now!

*ACEO: Art Collectibles Editions Originals a highly addictive form of miniature art...

Monday, May 9, 2011

Monday, May 2, 2011

Just Like Candy: New Samples




Here's a sneak peek at a few 'tween-friendly' sample illustrations for Story Book Arts.

I really like how they turned out. I must still have an inner-tween lurking deep inside (even tho I can't stand that word...)