Thursday, November 18, 2010


Got my craft on last night and finished a pair of gloves I've been working on for the 'Dward. I stitched "L" and "R" on them instead of his initials so they are nicely hand-me-down-able as well as educational. :)

He thought they were great for waving "bu-bye".

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Rickshaw Theatre

This is an image I made for Hunter Barnes of Imagine the Word. He is starting up an awesome ministry. The world's first Rickshaw Theatre! He will be working with a young group of actors spreading the Word of God through theatre! You can learn more about this awesome ministry at: or

Monday, October 4, 2010


One of Edward's first words after Mama, Dada and Cat was "Chicken" it comes out more like "Chi-en" or "Chi-ee" but we can forgive his 17 month old enunciation. This is a little painting of a chicken I did yesterday. It's graphite and guache in my moleskin sketchbook. It's kinda silly, but I like it, and so does Edward. :)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Little Erik and his Dad

The one down side to working on a large project that is to be published is that it's not kosher to publish the illustrations on your blog until the project is complete and in print.

I am currently working on a second book of poems by the infamous Erik Korhel. Local artist and author of My Tooth Fell in My Soup. It's been really fun so far and I am excited about how things are turning out. We hope to have it ready to print by January 2011.

In the mean time, I apologise for the lack of new work. As a peace offering I am posting this lovely little sketch of little Erik and his Dad.


Thursday, September 16, 2010


This past weekend was spent visiting some family in Idaho. One member of which is my three-year old niece, Olivia. A sweet little hurricane. I had the chance to do a little caricature of her before we left. She didn't hold still for even a moment of the 15-20 minutes I worked on this, but I think it may have captured a little something of her personality if not entirely her likeness.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Edward's First Watercolor

Yesterday I let my son Edward try his hand at watercolor painting for the first time.
He's 16 months old.

Barnes and Noble Bookfair

Just letting you know about an upcoming book event at the Downtown Seattle Barnes and Noble. Saturday, September 25th at 4p.m. Featuring a local dance troup's performance of "My Tooth Fell in My Soup and other poems" by Erik Korhel. The books will also be on sale, illustrated by none other than myself, Celia Baker! :) Erik will be there to personally sign your copy. So come on out, it should be fun!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

More lovelies from painting class...

Having a busy little 15 month old doesn't leave much time to just sit and paint. So the two day painting class I took last weekend was a marvelous opportunity for me to really immerse myself in something. Sadly, I didn't finish either of the two large paintings I started during our two 5 hour sessions. But here are a few little things I did while waiting for one thing or another, paint drying, project lecture, coffee break, etc.
This is our teacher,
Jacqueline DeGavia

I also did a quick little portrait of her daughter, Anne.

Finally, I did a portrait of my Grandma, who hosted the class.

I’m really very pleased with it. Perhaps not so much how it looks aesthetically, (although I am rather pleased with that as well) but more because of what it means to me as a record of a place and time and a relationship. As long as I can remember, I have memories of painting with my Grandma. She has always been generous with her time and creativity. She taught me how to sew, china paint, make dolls and even let me try my hand at making lamp shades, finishing my shade after I lost interest halfway through. She has encouraged me in every artistic endeavor I have ever taken on. To me, this portrait reminds me of the hundreds of hours spent with grandma, painting, eating, listening to music and talking about life, God and art, and to me, that is a precious thing. I love you Grandma.

Happy Little Trees

I can't paint imaginary trees without thinking of good old Bob. I'm not really an advocate of formulaic landscape paining. But every so often it can be kinda nice to embrace the inner Bob Ross and paint a couple happy little trees.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Let me count the reasons why....

I love watercolor. I love it’s simplicity. I love it’s transparent luminosity. It’s just so beautiful and mysterious.

When mixing colors, especially if one or more of the pigments are made from natural substances (as opposed to synthetic dyes), the colors will partially separate as the binding medium sinks into the paper and evaporates. You can’t control a lot of this process. By experimentation you can have a good idea what the colors will do when mixed and applied in a certain way, but it’s like a chemical reaction. You wind it up, let it go, and the end result is a splendid surprise!

Over the weekend I took a watercolor class, below are a few selected swatches that I found particularly pleasing and exemplary of what I’m talking about. You’ll see a lot of cerulean blue, yellow and violets (made by mixing cad red or crimson with the cerulean), I think I was just in a mood and loving those colors together. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Memory Walk Spaghetti Feed!

Spaghetti Feed!
Benefitting the 2010 Memory Walk

Friday, August 20th 2010 @ 6p.m.

If you would like to receive an official invitation please e-mail me with your address and we'll get one out to you!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Memory Walk 2010

Once again little Edward and I are going to be walking to support the fight against Alzheimer's disease. My Grandpa, Edward's Great Grandpa, is currently living with this horrible disease and everyone in our family is feeling the effects.

I am writing this note to ask for your support. I know that in this time of economic stress it may not be possible to donate to the cause. If you cannot give, or even if you can, I hope that you will remember us in your prayers.

As a part of our fund raising mission this year, our team "Memory to the Max"(current members, my mom, Edward and I) will be putting on a spaghetti feed in late August. If you would like to be invited to this event please respond with your address so that I can send you an invitation! If you know my mom, you KNOW the food will be good! Hope to see you there! :)

Thank you so much for your time and generosity, and thank you especially to those who gave and prayed for us last year!

You can follow this link to donate:

Below are a few pictures of Mom, Edward and I at last year's walk.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Party Animals

A few years ago for Christmas I had made a set of magnets for my family, but just recently my brother's magnet from that original set was discovered by a particularly naughty puppy. So for his birthday this year I decided to make him a set all his own.

Saturday, July 3, 2010


I did this silly little illustration for a community blog I am involved in with a few of my fellow Cornish alumni buddies. You can view our illustrative endeavors at

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Cheech and Chewbaka

I did this sweet little commission piece this past week. I had a lot of fun on it.

Monday, May 31, 2010

New Skills

Last week I learned a new skill: recovering furniture. Sadly, I didn't have the foresight to take "before" pictures, but here are the "after". :)