Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Howl

The gray wolf signs (written by Payal Ravani, designed by me) at Potter Park Zoo are now hanging.Why not support the best little zoo in the world with your attendance and check them out in person!

Oh, and tell the wolves I said 'Howl.'  They'll know what that means...

Kid-friendly Art: Masking Tape Forrest

Masking tape gently applied in shape (don't press too hard so you can peel it off later)
Add your favorite child.
Drown it in color, especially along the edges of the shape.
CAREFULLY peel off the tape (extending tape off the page helps.)

FINISHED!  We cut them into 3 and framed them each.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Happy Ugly Sweater Season!

A festive penguin encounter
Putting the final tweaks on this year's holiday card for Potter Park Zoo

And those penguins are a judgmental group...

Wishing you a festive sweatery hot cocoa-ish holiday season!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

New Book Alert

Gather 'Round has completed publication of the 'My Bible Storybook' and other materials that I illustrated for them.  It was pretty exciting to receive my hardcopy samples in the mail last week! Your copy is now available for purchase on their web site.

I'm also so happy to announce that I'm currently working on a second book project for them right now; it will be available sometime next summer.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Art Show Almost Hare

"The Hare"
Please join me for an arty opening reception on Sunday, November 4th from 1 to 4:30 ish at Gallery 1212 in Old Town . Free refreshments will be served; exhibition is family-friendly.

For those that cannot attend the kickoff, my 'fun art' will be exhibiting for the entire month of November, so you have plenty of time to stop by!
**Gallery: 1212 Turner St., Lansing , 48906

Monday, October 22, 2012

Christmas Card for Early Birds

I've decided to release a few new designs for Christmas & holiday cards this year.  The first one is now available for those early birds that like to get a jump on their greetings.  So pick up one or a pack of several 'Mini Nativity' right now!

~Peace

Monday, October 8, 2012

New Art for November

Pumping out more art for my upcoming holiday shows.  If you are unable to see them live, many will be available for print online as soon as RIGHT NOW!


Friday, October 5, 2012

Happy Plaidurday!

Today is The International Celebration of Plaid... Are you getting plaidy with it?!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

REACH for the Rhino

I played a very very tiny role in this amazing new rhino sculpture now living at Potter Park Zoo. It was created by a group of dedicated teenagers and a couple professional creatives through the organization called REACH.

Hopefully you will be able to visit the zoo and see it with your own eyeballs; the kids & their mentors did such an incredible job.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Can I Keep Him? Yes You Can!

"Can I Keep Him?" a brand-spanking-new piece is now available as a print.  OR Michigan friends can see the original at Gallery 1212 this November.  More details to come!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Crocogator

The horrible Crocogator will be slithering around my November show.  But if you can't wait until then to invite him back to your place, pick up a print from my online store today!

Friday, September 14, 2012

New Print Alert

Visit my 'fun art' portfolio to check out the new prints now released for purchase.

"Camping with Foxes" is one of the new reproductions that you can take home today! Or today-ish... Since it takes the Internet fairies a few days to print, frame and ship...

Sunday, August 26, 2012

ACEO of the Week: The Groupie

"The Groupie" It's not a real band unless you have the undying love of at least one fan... Bid now!


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Friday, August 17, 2012

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Fun DIY Project: Prayer Flags

 My daughter and I have been a little crankypants this summer.  I decided we should work on a fun art project to snap us out of it.  That's when I ran across this DIY prayer flags project.

I've been aware of Buddhist prayer flags, hippie dwellings on college campuses commonly fly them...  But I didn't really understand their significance. Until I found this explanation: "Prayer flags are not just pretty pieces of colored cloth with funny writing on them. The ancient Buddhist prayers, mantras and powerful symbols displayed on them produce a spiritual vibration that is activated and carried by the wind across the countryside. All beings that are touched by the wind are uplifted and a little happier."

I thought it was such a beautiful concept, and just the project we were looking for! I am planning to eventually move our prayer flags out into the backyard, but decided to spend some time with them in the living room first.  Maybe a breeze from an open window can shake a little positivity loose inside our house.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Iphone covers, notebooks, tote bags, oh MY!

My merchandise store has been updated with tons of new K8 Art designs and products!   From Ipad cases to laptop skins; Iphone covers to notebooks.  If you have to protect your Kindle or your Nook, why not do it in the artiest way possible?!  


Then you can toss all your newly decorated electronics into a cute, earth-friendly K8 Art tote bag...  



Friday, July 13, 2012

Earth Art: My Very 1st Veggies

I've always grown flowers, but this year I decided to forgo the pretty and try my green(ish) thumbs at edibles. Here are my first tomatoes and second harvest of jalapenos.

In other pots:
basil, cilantro, zucchini, strawberries, bell peppers, habanero peppers, spearmint, cucumber, lavandar and lettuce.

The heat made my spinach bolt and my green beans shrivel... But everything else is holding strong!


Friday, July 6, 2012

ACEO of the Week: Animal Calisthenics


This week's ACEO:


Animal calisthenics



Keep your girlish figure with vigorous exercise.
Bid now!

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Friday, June 29, 2012

ACEO of the Week: U, Me & Everyone We Know


This week's ACEO:
You, Me, and Everyone We Know
We are all uniquely strange.  
Bid now!

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Nursery Art: So Raven



Black Birds don't always sing in the dead of night... Sometimes they ride Vespas in the sunshine.  5 x 7 nursery commission.

This piece has also been released as a print, so you can take home your own raven too!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Indian Takeout

The print of the week is 'American Owl in India.' Through the magic of digital reproduction, you can pick your size, pick your shape, even pick your frame.

So take this elephant home and don't forget to get one for your elephant loving friends!


Monday, June 4, 2012

Tea Party

High school student Sydney Gardella made this incredible tea pot with her own bare hands for a school project.


The assignment was to create a design inspired by another artist.  It sort of made my year to find out that the elephant & owl were inspired by my art on the k8 art & illustr8 web site. 


I am so impressed with what a beautiful job Sydney did on her project, and I hope that she continues to explore art making!  And while she's at it, she should probably just go to art school, graduate and work as a professional artist... 

Monday, May 28, 2012

Garden Art: DIY Succulent Planters


Like many internet geeks, I've been obsessing over Pinterest and all the delicious ideas it shares.  One of my favorites so far has to be DIY concrete planters.  It's been the perfect spring hobby for me, although I've been neglecting my drawing, and leaving a trail of concrete dust everywhere I go...

Here are pix of my favorites.

So go ahead and make your own!  The only tips I would offer: 1. don't forget to poke a hole in the bottom of your planter to avoid root rot.  2. Stick to molding with cardboard boxes and flexible plastics, I attempted to make a couple in a rigid metal box & hard plastic box, neither of which survived.  Good luck!!



Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Giving Tree continues to grow


My tree is second from the left.  
I was one of the artists who painted a tree for Isy Mekler's Reach Out and Read fundraiser.  
The trees are now being displayed at the Danforth Museum in Framingham until August 17th.

If you are in the Boston area, please stop by for a visit! 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

History Repeats Itself





Putting together some historical illustrations for my agent & subsequently my portfolio.  Here's George...  I think he has flava.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Monkeys & Billboards

My Potter Park zoo monkeys will be invading electronic billboards across the capital city of Michigan...
They prefer adult beverages to bananas; and want you to come hang out at the upcoming Wine & Stein! Visit Potter Park Zoo's website for more info... Must be 21+ to attend this event.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

More from K8 Illustr8



Another peek at an up-coming project... It's graphically delicious.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Canvas Your House & Your Neighborhood

Want some art, but you have a tricky size requirement or you're feeling more budget conscious? Consider K8Art reproductions! Customize your piece by choosing canvas or a fancy-pants frame...

The art is constantly changing, so don't miss out on your favorite! Shop now.


Monday, April 9, 2012

ACEO of the Week: A Song For the Owls

This week's ACEO:
A Song For the Owls
No one ever dedicates their songs to the owls. Until now...
Bid now!

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Fine Art Show: THIS SUNDAY

A rare exhibit of K8 Cosgrove collage fine art will be hanging at Okemos Public Library. Please join us for an opening reception THIS SUNDAY from 2-4 in the back exhibition room. *Refreshments will be served.

4321 Okemos Road
Okemos, Michigan 48864

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Raised by Raccoons

Friday, March 9, 2012

Vote For My Idea on Quirky

I woke up with an invention idea in my head and decided to submit it to Quirky. And since you and I are good friends, bowling on Thursday nights kinda friends, I would really appreciate it if you voted for my idea. Check it out/vote now!
Thanks buddy, you're the best!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

ACEO of the Week: American Owl in Paris

This week's ACEO:
American Owl in Paris
It's that time of year when I'm itching for travel. Since I have no travel plans on the horizon, I have to let my little owl explore the world for me.
Bid now!

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Monday, February 27, 2012

A is for Artist

My cousin chose me to be the subject for her school project. She came over to my house for a live interview about what it's like to be an artist. Then she made a timeline of my life (fortunately the 'death' spot was left blank...), along with a poster board & beautiful hand-drawn portrait of me.

It was a huge honor! I think I'm still blushing...

Monday, February 20, 2012

Billboards on TV

The local news channel featured a story about our art billboards! Check it out.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

K8 Art: BillBoard Baggin'... Yes that was a stupid Hobbit pun


It's always been a sort of narcissistic dream of mine to have my artwork take over a billboard... Today the Arts Council helped make me a very happy narcissist.

ACGL employee Chad & I were there for the unveiling of my sign, and it was SO exciting to watch it unfold. Literally. It also made me grateful that I'm not the guy who has to climb up that high and hang it - YIKES!

Thanks Arts Council and Adams Outdoor Advertising!!


My sweet mom hurried over after her dentist appointment to take a few snapshots too.

Friday, February 10, 2012

ACEO of the Week: Foxes in Soxes

This week's ACEO:
Foxes in Soxes
Inspired by all the wonderful socks for sale at 'Little Mismatched Socks.' Because their socks put the fun in funky. Yeah, I just said that...

Bid now!


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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Nursery Art: Elegance & Elephants


A K8 Art & Illustr8 elephant was recently purchased by a proud aunt for her new nephew and his lovely nursery.

Elephants are admired for their intelligence, so hopefully this elephanty-inspired room will help nurture one smart baby.