Thursday, November 22, 2007

Resin jewelry boxes

Happy Thanksgiving!

New products from Pacific Trading are out and they were well worth the wait. There's 5 resin boxes, a pewter box, a waterglobe and 3 mirrors. The round ones are little jewelry boxes (those are just the lids). I have added some of them to my site in time for the holidays - Figurines and Collectables

There's also a few sets of Christmas/Yule cards in my Etsy Shop.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Magic Pumpkin ACEO

Here's another picture that I drew this weekend,


Still working on more paintings of course:)

I started reading Saimain's first book: The Rover's Cripple this weekend. I've had it for a couple years but it kept getting put on the bottom of the huge stack of books that need to be read. I was hooked right away, which is great because I've had a hard time getting into books lately.

Last night I made apple pie and watched Mansfield Park and really enjoyed it, compared to the last Austen I'd seen (Persusion, which bored me)

Fallcon is this weekend. I don't think I have anything comic related to sell right now so I may have to put a mini book together or reprint something last minute. I've been working on putting a book together by Anime Detour (but that's in March and not going to get done any earlier), and have redrawn an entire chapter and inked 8 pages this week.

My dad is speaking at the Minneapolis Central Library Saturday as part of a Thoreau Society Conference. I'll be at Fallcon so I can't go.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


Summersea from Etsy tagged me. So I have to post 6 random things about myself:

1. Everything in my living room is red and green (but no it doesn't look Christmasy at all since they are not bright colors).

2. I'm a huge procrastinator. What do you think I'm doing now?

3. I love gyouza/potstickers (Japanese/Chinese dumplings). I usually buy them frozen but I have tried making homemade gyouza twice this year. They were good, only both times I have messed up when it came to freezing them. The first time they stuck together and the 2nd time I tried putting plastic wrap between layers but they still freeze together. So next time I will freeze them all on a pan before putting them in a container.

here is the recipe:, but they are also good with spinach instead of cabbage.

4. I have a weak spot for costumes. The only problem is it takes me ages to finish them or I buy them and I am just not in the mood to alter them when they don't fit. So I have 1 costume and another skirt which will probably sit for months until I decide to finish them.

5. I've been watching Stargate SG1 almost every night for a couple months and now I'm on season 5.

6. I have a HUGE tea collection. Im not kidding. It covers half a kitchen cabinet and several tins on the back of the stove.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Maple kistune aceo

For auction here

Oops, I forgot to change the title on the auction :(

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Heian Lady aceo

heian lady

10th century Japanese court lady wearing a 12 layered Junihitoe costume.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Persephone work in progress

This is picture I'm hoping to finish for show at The Eye of Horus

Friday, June 29, 2007

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Aquamarine, Golden and green green grass

These weren't all finished today of course but I'm posting them together.

The next gemstone ACEO Aquamarine is up for auction now.

The paintings I mentioned in previous posts, Golden being the one related to my comic. She is for sale on my site. You can see the full picture there.

And the commission with the John Howe inspired grass, Full size

Monday, June 25, 2007

painting grass

For other painters out there. You may have to be certifiably nuts want to try it, but there's a couple nice write ups on how to paint grass like John-Howe,

John's explaination, and a nice visual tutorial someone made from it.

I get the urge to do it every once in awhile. I do not really follow the tutorial since I hate masking fluid. It's fun and aggravating at the same time, but really satisfying when done right. This time it's not a commission, but the grass is the most complicated thing in the picture.

Sunday, June 24, 2007


I was thinking I should perhaps write something more interesting here if I'm going to be linking the same things from my website after the new design.

Since I have been a little bored with art lately. I am gathering inspirations for new art and making list of ideas. My sketchbooks are full of more interesting things which I never get around to instead of fairies. I've gotten all my pre-raphaelite poetry books together now in case I want to illustrate something. My problem is I usually feel like doing the easy thing instead and narrative work isn't easy but it's more fullfilling. There more Japanese stories, fairy tale heroines, furries and dragons I should be doing.

I've always wanted to publish a comic or graphic novel and lately I came up with another idea (which now makes 2) and did some character sketches. I don't know if it will go anywhere since I don't feel like writing a script for it right now. The idea has to ferment in my mind for a long time before all the little scenes in between will fill themselves in. So instead I went back to my online comic this week after almost a year. A few pages were finished and now I'm back to scripting. Since I have all these characters I thought I should be painting them too. The pictures may not mean as much to everyone else but as long as they are pretty I won't matter. I've finished one and will scan it today or tommorow.

Apparently it's Fairy Day today. I didn't even notice until someone else mentioned it. I googled it and found this, which is a shop I painted a logo for a few years ago.

Friday, June 15, 2007

The Hidden Self

8x10 watercolor.

Sometimes things are not always what they seem on the outside.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007


8x10 watercolor

I've been working on this for a while in between commissions. Kitty based on Freya of course:) She's good at looking evil.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Northeast Johnstock

I will be at Northeast Johnstock, Sat May 19 and 20th on Johnson Steet in North Minneaspolis between 28th and 29th Ave.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Sunset Warrior ACEO


Many elf boys were drawn at Anime Central:)

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Sapphire ACEO

(click image for auction)

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Site update - New products

I'm thrilled to annouce beautiful new resin figurines of Crescent Moon and Fairy Friends are available for pre order. They will ship the beginning of May. Order soon to insure availability! Click here to see larger photos and ordering information.

New prints
ACEO prints:
Autumn Frost

Open Editions:
Purple Moon 8x10
Labyrinth Fairy 8x10 and 5x7
Overlook 8x10

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Blue Butterflies ACEO

Click to go to auction


Originally uploaded by uminomamori.

My artwork on the cover of In Light Times from Jan and Feb and in Pentacle this month. Pentacle had only been in b&w previously, so it's great to see some art in color!

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Finally a new ACEO is on the way. I think I drew "Jade" 3 times before I gave up. I will have to leave her until sometime later. I find sometimes it works better to just draw before deciding what the picture is.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Convention Art Show List

March 16-18 - Coast Con Biloxi, MS
March 23-25 - Aggiecon College Station, TX
March 23-25 - Midsouthcon Memphis, TN
March 23-25 - Anime Detour Bloomington, MN *attending*
April 6-8 - Sakura Con Seattle, WA
April 13-15 - Oddcon Madison, WI
April 13-15 - Willycon Wayne State College, NE
April 20-22 - Eeriecon Niagra Falls, NY
April 20-22 - No Brand Con Eau Claire, WI - possibly. I'm not sure if it's worth going again.
May 11-13 - Leprecon Mesa AZ
May 11-13 - Anime Central Rosemont, IL *attending*
May 18-20 - Mobicon Mobile, AL
May 25-27 - Marcon Columbus, OH

Thursday, February 22, 2007


I was sick all last weekend, but finally felt well enough to get some art done by Tuesday. So, I got something done even with the kitty begging me to entertain her all day yesterday. I was constantly tossing mousies.

There are some new prints (Labyrinth Fairy, Purple Moon, and some ACEOs) in my Etsy shop. For local people, prints and cards are now available at Evenstar Books in St Paul.

Overlook - 8.5x11 watercolor. Click for prints.

Thursday, January 25, 2007


2.5x3.5 inch watercolor

aceo Ruby

Monday, January 22, 2007

Friday, January 12, 2007

Purple Moon

8.5x12 watercolor. Click for auction.

Friday, January 05, 2007

I have one commission and an 8x10 fairy painting on the drawing board and am in the midst of reading a manuscript in preparation for the painting the cover of Mercury Brightman: The First Sign.