Calvin vs. Bob Ross

December 27, 2016 § Leave a comment

Calvin gives a very passionate analysis of Bob Ross’s technique, or why I switched to digital.


New Work: Radio Tacoma

December 11, 2016 § Leave a comment

Artwork for Radio Tacoma, KTAH, 101.9 FM.

Artwork for Radio Tacoma, KTAH, 101.9 FM.


Here’s the latest visual art I produced for Radio Tacoma, a new community radio station working to get on the air by June 2017.

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Thank you!

May 29, 2016 § Leave a comment

Thank you to those who have liked my art enough to add it to a little one’s nursery, to their own wardrobe, and to anything really by purchasing a sticker or other customized items such as skirts, scarves, pants, and notebooks.

New work coming your way soon!


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Literally, New Gear.

January 4, 2016 § Leave a comment

New Work available at No Mine! Studios Redbubble Shop.


“Gear.” Gray. Sticker. Digital Illustration. S. Skaar.


“Gear.” Gray. T-shirt. Digital Illustration. S. Skaar.


“Gear.” Black. T-shirt. Digital Illustration. S. Skaar.


“Gear.” Black on White. Totebag. Digital Illustration. S. Skaar.


“Gear.” Black. Sticker. Digital Illustration. S. Skaar.

More color combos coming soon.



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Happy New Year.

December 31, 2015 § Leave a comment

2015 was jam-packed, and did not progress at all as I predicted it would. I ran for office on a well-developed social justice platform with $150, went to Africa, learned some Swahili and Nyakusa, watched my daughter’s language and social skills blossom, made new friends, developed my shop, started the wheels turning for a new media platform, stood up for myself and others, recently began looking at new career opportunities, was made Second Vice-Chair of the City of Tacoma Human Rights Commission, and am finishing the year with pneumonia and maybe malaria, too. I’m finding lessons even in the setbacks. For example, it probably shouldn’t take fluid in the lungs to make me take a break, but it seems like I have to learn this lesson every year.

I have been inspired by many friends whose work improves communities around the globe. In addition to illustrations of dinosaurs and a flailing Moped Guy, I plan to tell somewhat more serious stories in the coming year through writing and podcasting. I’ll share links as new projects are completed. As always, if you would like to collaborate, drop me a line at nominestudios [at] hotmail [dot] com.

Thank you for your support. Best wishes to you and your loved ones for a Happy New Year. Make 2016 count.



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Artist with daughter, Isobel. 2015. Tacoma.

Save Dough on Shipping!

December 16, 2015 § Leave a comment

Today is the last day to guarantee arrival by 12/24 via Standard Shipping (within the US) from the No Mine! Studios Redbubble shop. The Holiday Express shipping deadline in 12/19. A variety of last minute gifts are available here. Check it out, and support an indie artist this holiday season!
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Crafty Like That

December 14, 2015 § Leave a comment

For a long time, I let the imaginary divide between “real art” and “craft” steer me away from fabric arts and into painting. While I enjoy painting a lot, I’m ashamed at how old I was before realizing how inherently sexist this classification is.

The work that other artists have mastered for the sake of beautifying their homes and the lives of their families is no less challenging or “real”. I underestimated how hard it was as a new mother, and dove headfirst into sewing projects. Between grad school and a new child, I didn’t have the time or energy to master the basic steps before tackling her first Halloween costume. As Trick-or-Treaters arrived at the door, I was still trying to attach a furry green tail to the back of an unlined vest, disappointed that I wasn’t capable of doing more.

Izzy's first Halloween costume. I'm sorry, kid.

Izzy’s first Halloween costume. I’m sorry, kid.

After I graduated and no longer could depend on daycare to help out, the demands of cleaning up after a 15-month-old, cooking everything from scratch, and freaking out over typical childhood injuries pushed my artistic practice in a digital direction. {It’s a lot harder for a kid to hurt themselves using the items in Photoshop than any of the items typically found in an artist studio. My head hurts at the memory of all the aerosol I used to make “real art.”}

Thinking back on the amount of spraypaint used for this half-finished piece, I now get why I didn't finish it.

Thinking back on the amount of spraypaint used for this half-finished piece, I now get why I didn’t finish it.

By focusing on making art for public consumption versus private enjoyment, we can often lose sight of taking on even more challenging tasks. Pleasing the ever-changing tastes of a three-year-old is an excellent multi-purpose exercise: speed, flexibility, creativity, and humor come back into the artistic practice, and can only improve future projects.

With the goal of once again working for my favorite client, I picked up the needle and thread yesterday. I drew out patterns on felt, solicited input, and made something that arguably could have been bought in the cat section at Pet Smart for 1/20th of the cost in terms of labor and supplies.


Despite its shortcomings, Isobel received it happily. She watched me while I worked to see what goes into making projects from scratch. The process is just as important as the product. I’m starting smaller and building my skills up again in a new medium, and my daughter is learning that we all have to start somewhere.

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