Red Bull Cooler for Creative Block

September 02, 2016

Red Bull Cooler for Creative Block Hey, horoscope! You can’t read nothin’.

I’m a slightly superstitious lady and look for signs everywhere. Day-in and day-out, I am trying to find some hidden message in the world around me or in my dreams. This tendency can be amusing,… more

Primary Election Playlist

June 14, 2016

Primary Election Playlist Taking that turning lemons into sweet, sweet lemonade game to the extreme.

2016 on it’s own has been rough, but add in the primary election season that led us into it and will eventually bring us near its end, the year so far has been almost unbearable.… more

Hueniverse

May 14, 2016

Hueniverse Hueniverse: a colorful artistic exploration through and an homage to the world of hip hop song and lyric.

This was the second duo show featuring Tony Krol and myself, but our first at The Bricks. Hueniverse was meant to be a colorful artistic exploration through and an homage to the world of hip… more

Moleskine Mailer Project

January 09, 2016

Moleskine Mailer Project 100+ Moleskine Postals at Tempus Projects

Tempus Projects selected 100+ artists to fill pocket-sized Moleskine Postal Notebooks.
For those who are unfamiliar, the Moleskine Postal Notebook, is an 8-page, roughly 5x7 inch hybrid of sketchbook, journal and… more

Carving the Elfmas Watermelon

December 02, 2015

Carving the Elfmas Watermelon I may have created a new yearly tradition.

As usual, I had grand plans for Halloween. In my head, I can always get everything done. In real life, I can never accomplish all the things that seem so doable in my mind. Typically,… more

The Sawyerfresh holiday playlist

December 01, 2015

The Sawyerfresh holiday playlist One way I keep my spirits high during the holidays.

Like many others, I get a little down in the dumps around the holidays. To keep myself from getting beat down by the negatives I associate with this time of year, I focus on the… more

They will offer you…

November 07, 2015

They will offer you… New piece for 23 Deck Salute at The Bricks.

Full title of this piece is They will offer you deceit and pull at every strand of your kindness, but true grace will never die.

Pardon the seemingly negative tone of this piece. Although the… more

Philly of Bust

September 25, 2015

Philly of Bust Was a bust, thanks to The Pope.

There was an East Coast/New England trip scheduled for me without my input or knowledge. It was to be a whirlwind trip from DC, to Philly, to Cape Cod, then Boston and NY via plane,… more

CL Best of the Bay Award

September 25, 2015

CL Best of the Bay Award It’s not all about winning.

Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay issue is kind of a big deal to people in these parts. When BOTB season opens up, everyone is all “vote for us” on every social media platform. I… more

Polar Cup

September 22, 2015

Polar Cup What’s on my mind when there’s a “feels like” 100+ outside.

During the painting of the Tampa Heights mural, Florida was super hot. If it wasn’t raining, the “feels like” temperature was steady around 104 on most days. Up against a brick wall, next to… more

La Segunda by Name…

September 21, 2015

La Segunda by Name… Honoring my Ybor roots.

Ybor City holds tons of history, memories and traditions for me. It is where my family settled down when they arrived from Cuba. My mother was born there. Ybor is where I first started… more

Devil Crab

September 20, 2015

Devil Crab A Sawyerfresh tribute to a Tampa culinary creation.

One afternoon, about 3 years ago, I had a memorable encounter with the famous Ybor Devil Crab. During one of my usual Saturday morning meet-up at La Tropicana, I challenged a cast of of… more

Tampa Heights mural

September 18, 2015

Tampa Heights mural Where Sawyer florals and Krol text unite.

Our aim for this project was to create an image that honored the history of the area, but had a modern feel. Being a Tampa native and Tampa Heights resident, I was extremely excited to… more

Meet Carl

July 30, 2015

Meet Carl He is a human, not a problem.

Stating that he is human seems to be an obvious point to make, that is if you have a heart and some compassion.

Carl has been in the neighborhood longer than any other resident… more

World on a String

July 27, 2015

World on a String Puppetry exhibit at Florida CraftArt

I have had a fascination with puppets since elementary school. First, there was an in-school wayang kulit (Indonesian shadow puppet) presentation that sparked interest in the art. Shortly after that, I took a trip… more

Dobhar chu

July 21, 2015

Dobhar chu New piece for Black Tides.

For Black Tides, each artist was asked to give their own visual interpretations of aquatic myth and legend. Being a lover of mythology, folklore and cryptozoology, I was thrilled to be invited to… more

Got 99 problems

July 18, 2015

Got 99 problems but stressing over a stolen bike ain’t one.

Growing up, I never really wanted things. Christmas would come around and it made me feel strange. The only thing I remember having a want for was a bike, but I don’t think I ever… more

Largest Skeleton Museum in the country

July 11, 2015

Largest Skeleton Museum in the country and it’s right here in Florida.

Back in January, I came across a news blip about a skeleton museum coming to Orlando. The news came as part of a promotion for a new Orlando tourist attraction of magnificent scale…The Eye.… more

Amping up Meteor Watching Day

June 30, 2015

Amping up Meteor Watching Day with some planet watching.

All things space related kind of freak me out. Don’t get me wrong, I find topics like space, time and the universe highly intriguing. I’ve spent a good number of evenings having discussions on such… more

My First Custom Domino Table

June 18, 2015

My First Custom Domino Table Finally getting to build stuff.

I play dominoes regularly. Almost every family function, at least 1 game is played. I have 6 sets, including 2 mini sets to carry in my purse. Yes, I carry a set around in case… more

Rescuing Burt Reynolds

June 02, 2015

Rescuing Burt Reynolds Late night dog rescue with a happy ending.

What started out as a quick, late-night trip to the corner store turned into an intense animal rescue.

Down the street and over the bridge we went. As we reached the bottom of the bridge,… more

Flower Days of May

June 01, 2015

Flower Days of May April showers bring May flowers, for sure.

Flower Days of May was my second attempt at social media as a creative outlet. This time, participants had to photograph and post flowers they see. Again, the aim was to find the beauty around… more

Coral Castle

May 30, 2015

Coral Castle The place gets a little more weird when The Ghost Child appears.

Visiting old-time Florida attractions is one of my favorite activities. Coral Castle has all the trappings of a classic Florida tourist stop. It’s quirky, it has an interesting and mysterious back-story and it’s in… more

Backwoods BMX Adventure

May 25, 2015

Backwoods BMX Adventure A surefire way to get bruises in unexpected places.

My typical bike ride is a city ride, but I am always game for a woodland adventure. The last time I went “off-roading”, it was 90+ degrees, the trails were made of loose sand AND… more

World Museum Day 2015

May 18, 2015

World Museum Day 2015 A visit to the Tampa Museum of Art to check out some Rockwell.

Norman Rockell, when I used to think of him, I would think of idealized suburban culture. I would think of happy families and freckle faced kids,Christmas gatherings and baseball games. The term “All-American” would… more

Zoominations at Lowry Park Zoo

May 10, 2015

Zoominations at Lowry Park Zoo Completely beat my expectations.

A couple of months ago, I saw an advertisement for a Chinese lantern display coming to our zoo. In my head, I imagined a cheesed-out Asian-inspired party on weekends, full of decently constructed paper… more

National Train Day 2015

May 09, 2015

National Train Day 2015 Second year and officially a tradition in my life.

Another year, another National Train Day in one of Tampa’s prettiest little buildings.

A perk of celebrating Train Day in Tampa is that our train station is absolutely beautiful. Now, I am a… more

An evening of art and lucha

May 05, 2015

An evening of art and lucha The only time I’ve ever gone out on Cinco de Mayo and it was good, really good.

Cinco de Mayo, one of the few holidays who’s festivities I am not typically eager to participate in. It’s in there with Valentine’s Day and is much like St. Patrick’s Day except there’s neither emphasis… more

Tampa Gets a Downtown Carnival

May 02, 2015

Tampa Gets a Downtown Carnival and I get pretty pumped!

I walk or ride the Tampa Riverwalk a few times a week. I am also a fan of celebrations. So, when I heard that the city was celebrating the new additions to the Riverwalk… more

May Day 2015

May 01, 2015

May Day 2015 Some flowers and good cheer. Making simple and sweet cool again.

I first learned of May Day back in 2008, during my first year of teaching. The holiday has been around for WAY longer, but fizzled out of tradition before I was even born. I… more

Honesty Day 2015

April 30, 2015

Honesty Day 2015 Making Connections: Sometimes you need to feed your soul, not your ego.

“Making connections”, a phrase I have heard many times in my life. It’s a phrase that makes me cringe a bit, not because it’s a bad thing, but because of how people choose to define… more

Cicada

April 25, 2015

Cicada New piece for Garden Art Party.

Going into the Garden Art Party, I had anticipated creating a floral piece, but was asked to create a featured piece inspired by an insect instead. That totally threw my brain for a loop.… more

La Segunda Central Anniversary

April 23, 2015

La Segunda Central Anniversary 100 years in Tampa, just over a third of that in my life.

There are few local businesses that can boast 100 years of history in a city. La Segunda Central can and all it takes is a step inside to understand why. Their interior has been… more

Sugar Sand Festival 2015

April 17, 2015

Sugar Sand Festival 2015 Fairy tales in the sand.

Last year was my first time at the Sugar Sand Festival in Clearwater and I was impressed, so I added it to my list of must-do annual festivals. In 2014, I attended… more

Two years down

April 15, 2015

Two years down There is never anything typical in this union.

I’m not one for fancy dinners and wine, expensive gifts, obligatory flowers or cliche romantic gestures…or whatever nonsense it is that gets ladies all gushy these days. Luckily, Mr. Tony learned that quickly. Because… more

He was the Walrus

April 12, 2015

He was the Walrus A pretty obscure number based on a long running pop culture conspiracy.

Sometimes my pieces get the blankest of blank stares. Maybe it’s because I’m not very cool, maybe it’s because my soul is in a different time or maybe it’s because I find strange things interesting,… more

Festa Italiana 2015

April 12, 2015

Festa Italiana 2015 My stomach has waited a year for this.

I began attending the annual Festa Italiana about 8 or so years ago. I’m not of Italian descent and I had never really been a fan of Italian food, but I had a friend… more

Sulfur

April 11, 2015

Sulfur My element for Elements art show.

When I start a new piece, I usually do a bit of brainstorming, note taking, reference image searching and research on the subject. One of the favorite parts of that portion of my creative process… more

Reunited with The Dookster

April 10, 2015

Reunited with The Dookster One more day and he would have gone feral.

Wonton, Little Won, Stinky Pete, Mr. Moo,The Dookster. No, that isn’t a list of all of my pets, it is a list (not a comprehensive one) of the names I have for my single kitten.… more

Mini dominoes in my mailbox

April 09, 2015

Mini dominoes in my mailbox From NY, with love.

I am a believer that small gestures of kindness can have a big impact, especially if the timing is right. Today was just another reminder of how true that is.

Over the past week… more

Tampa Water Bike Adventure

March 29, 2015

Tampa Water Bike Adventure One of the best views of the city.

Not too long ago, I noticed a Tampa Water Bike Co. had set up shop downtown. I like bikes, I enjoy water and I love Tampa, I couldn’t think of a drawback or reason… more

St. Patrick’s Day 2015

March 14, 2015

St. Patrick’s Day 2015 Another lovely River O’ Green in Tampa.

St. Patrick’s Day is such an anomaly in my festive world. I’m not Irish and I don’t drink. By all accounts one wouldn’t think I’d be such a fan of the holiday. It has two… more

Celebrating the month of Fabhueary

March 01, 2015

Celebrating the month of Fabhueary Not a typo, I just love color.

I like to encourage people to be creative in whatever way possible. Some say they just aren’t creative and leave it at that. Some just say they don’t have time, then others have the “I’m… more

Strawberry Festival 2015

February 28, 2015

Strawberry Festival 2015 A lesson in determination and looking on the bright side.

What do you do when Florida gives you a ton of fresh strawberries and an equal amount of rain? You round up your closest crew of adventurers and put on your best shit kickers. Then… more

Hiking at Weeki Wachee Nature Preserve

February 15, 2015

Hiking at Weeki Wachee Nature Preserve A hero’s tale.

In the land of Florida, there is a village known as Weeki Wachee. This is an enchanted village, where waters run crystal clear and stay cool even when the air temperatures are ungodly high.… more

Celebrating Kite Flying Day 2015

January 11, 2015

Celebrating Kite Flying Day 2015 with an adorable mini-kite, of course.

Today, I missed the big Uttarayan celebration and all the kite flying joy that came with it. Rather than being discouraged about not being able to take part, I made the best of the… more

Cemetery walks

January 07, 2015

Cemetery walks Putting things into perspective, but not in the way you’d think.

Cemeteries are favorite places for taking daytime, mind-clearing strolls. Specifically the older cemeteries with dates from the 1800’s-mid 1900’s. Although the function is the same as any other cemetery, the age makes a difference. Gravestones… more

Burning away the negativity

January 01, 2015

Burning away the negativity and making room for more positive.

2014, it’s been a year. I made some wonderful memories this year, but have also formed some not-so-hot ones…to say the least. I’ve always known that without experiencing the bad, a person cannot appreciate the… more

Bonding over bricks.

December 28, 2014

Bonding over bricks. LEGO bricks, that is.

I’m a pretty lucky gal, for various reasons. One huge reason, I didn’t end up with a guy who’s idea of a relaxing evening is one at the bar, or sitting around playing shoot ‘em… more

How to decorate for Elfmas

December 25, 2014

How to decorate for Elfmas Make most of it yourself.

Elves make things, so when decorating for Elfmas, it is custom to create many of the decorations yourself. As stated in the Introduction to Elfmas, those who aren’t “crafty” can still participate. It’s more… more

Introduction to Elfmas

December 24, 2014

Introduction to Elfmas Bringing thoughtfulness and creativity to the holidays.

I have always celebrated Christmas, merely because it was tradition. When I say Christmas, I’m referring to the holiday with the toys, the tree, elves and Santa. I am not referring to the religious holiday.… more

Don’t Lose Your Dinosaur

December 23, 2014

Don’t Lose Your Dinosaur Another Step Brothers inspired commission.

Back in October, I completed a 2 painting Step Brothers set as a birthday commission. This month, I had another birthday/Step Brothers commission, minus the Ferrell stress.

This piece was based on what is… more

A Batch of Art Gifts

December 22, 2014

A Batch of Art Gifts Because I like giving meaningful things.

I pretty lucky to have a talent that people appreciate. Although it makes gift giving much more time consuming for me than it would be for most, it is in a way, easier. I can’t… more

Lord and Lady of the Rings

December 18, 2014

Lord and Lady of the Rings Custom movie poster inspired anniversary gift.

As an artist, it is always gratifying to create works of my own mind that stems from my own thoughts and feelings. Then there is the flip-side of art making that is equally as pleasing,… more

Boat loads of strength and focus

November 11, 2014

Boat loads of strength and focus Jammed into a little panel…

This may be a smaller piece for me, but it one that I am definitely connected to. It was made to evoke ideas of strength, focus, and in a less obvious way, good fortune. more

Enter Bernie the Bunny

November 07, 2014

Enter Bernie the Bunny The unexpected new addition to the family.

Animals, my allergies may not love them, but I do. Today, the universe blessed our household with another animal friend.

As I sat working in my studio, I looked at the time and noticed… more

Talk about design…

November 05, 2014

Talk about design… This building is amazing, even after almost 90 years.

Carousel No. 4 was the kick-off of Tampa Design Week 2014. In my opinion, it couldn’t have started in a more fitting venue.

A few months back, I wrote a post after walking… more

A Halloween Month for the Books

November 01, 2014

A Halloween Month for the Books 31 days filled with holiday spirit.

When people talk about spreading “the holiday spirit”, they typically refer to Christmas spirit. I get it, the whole good will and cheer bit. Why on Earth people only say that for a holiday instead… more

Going old-school for Halloween

October 31, 2014

Going old-school for Halloween Set a personal record for costume making.

I don’t recall wearing completely store-bought Halloween costumes growing up. Sure, pieces may have been purchased, but the bulk of each costume was usually homemade. I may have had one at some point, but it… more

What the world needs now

October 30, 2014

What the world needs now is ska, more ska!

In high school, I was at a punk or ska show almost every weekend. Then, my body decided it was going to develop a crazy allergy to cigarette smoke. I had always gotten a scratchy… more

Step Brothers Double Portrait Commission

October 24, 2014

Step Brothers Double Portrait Commission Facing my fears, or at least some discomforts.

I have a good friend that has been collecting my work for a few years now. Usually the purchases happen like this…

I take part in a show, she loves a piece, then someone else… more

Vodyanoy

October 23, 2014

Vodyanoy My creature for BlueLucy Ybor’s Creature Feature.

For the Creature Feature exhibit at BlueLucy Ybor, 21 artists were asked to select a mythical creature to portray in a piece of artwork. For me, the choice wasn’t easy, as the list was full… more

Reuniting with G and Eggs

October 20, 2014

Reuniting with G and Eggs for a treck through the longest corn maze ever.

G and Eggs, two awesome ladies that I credit with keeping me sane through the 2011-2012 school year. The last time I saw them together was over a year ago, but today the trifecta of… more

Representing my city…

October 18, 2014

Representing my city… with a little Tampa themed postcard action.

Everyone that knows me knows that I have hometown pride. So, helping out with creating a Tampa themed postcard was pretty cool.

I handled the drawings, while the color and text were added later. As… more

Looks like October is also Craft Month

October 12, 2014

Looks like October is also Craft Month Well, just for me anyways.

With October starting, I knew I’d be busting out some of my crafting skills for costumes. So far, I haven’t done much costuming, but have been doing many more crafts than usual.

It started… more

Why I am the way I am

October 11, 2014

Why I am the way I am I guess there is truth to apples not falling too far from the tree.

I’ll admit, I know I’m a little different than most. I embrace it and love that about myself. I’ve always played by my own rules, even as a little kid. Now that I’m a “grown-up”,… more

Resurrecting the art of fort building.

September 20, 2014

Resurrecting the art of fort building. Teaching the youth how to use their imagination.

This morning, I was explaining to a child how kids played without smartphones and video games, without fancy toys and television. I was explaining using imagination and to that I got, “Well, when I play… more

5 Little Portraits

September 19, 2014

5 Little Portraits Sitting on the web.

This was a fun batch of portraits. Five small portraits for the profile portion of the Raynor Group website. Hand-drawn images were chosen for the page to give it a unique, artistic vibe. Thanks… more

R-E-S-P-E-C-T (DAY)

September 18, 2014

R-E-S-P-E-C-T (DAY) This is what it means to me.

Today is Respect Day, so here’s my take on it…

Respect is central in my world and is a huge factor in how I function. It is the cornerstone of any relationship I establish, whether… more

Ride, Sawyer, Ride…

September 13, 2014

Ride, Sawyer, Ride… upon your victory ship. The SS Victory, that is.

That big ship that sits behind the aquarium, it has a name and it is The SS American Victory Mariners Museum. Fact, I like to explore my hometown like a tourist. This big ship… more

Holy moley, a green anole.

September 10, 2014

Holy moley, a green anole. So happy they’re still around.

The Green Anole, a lizard familiar to anyone that grew up in the south. These little green cuties were everywhere when I was a kid. I remember spending a good chunk of my afternoons trying… more

BlueLucy on Studio 10

September 04, 2014

BlueLucy on Studio 10 and I was graciously invited to join.

BlueLucy was invited to Studio 10 for a live television interview to talk about the Toons exhibit at the Ybor City gallery. To my surprise, I was asked to join in on the interview.

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Serendipity with sparkly eyes…

September 02, 2014

Serendipity with sparkly eyes… and black fur.

It has been established and noted many times throughout my posts that I am into signs, luck and symbols. Well, tonight I got what I took as a double sign of good fortune.

I… more

You can polish a turd.

August 27, 2014

You can polish a turd. Well, the receptacle at least.

They say you can’t polish a turd. I guess that’s true, depending on what definition of turd one is using. An actual piece of feces, that would just be messy and impossible (depending on… more

When Life Gives You Lemons

August 20, 2014

When Life Gives You Lemons You celebrate Lemonade Day.

Today was Lemonade Day, and as with any other holiday, I celebrated. I am a huge fan of the drink. My first job was making lemonade at Muscle Beach. It’s been about 14 years since… more

Test Run of Cultured Labels

August 18, 2014

Test Run of Cultured Labels …for cultured cashew cheeze.

A month or so ago, I was asked to help design labels for organic cashew cheeze. The desired inspiration was Morocco, India and Southern Spain. Given the locales of inspiration and the prevalence of Islamic… more

Growing Tampa

August 16, 2014

Growing Tampa New Water Works Park opening near Downtown Tampa.

This week, the long awaited Water Works Park and Ulele restaurant opened. The plot of land that the park and restaurant now occupy had been unused and unloved for as long as I can remember.… more

Greetings are even better in green.

August 10, 2014

Greetings are even better in green. Especially when they are from awesome people.

I have always held the idea that it isn’t how many times you “hang out” with a person that dictates the type of friends you are. It is how you spend the time with a… more

Astro Jetson

August 09, 2014

Astro Jetson A Sawyerfresh take on a classic cartoon character.

The second show at BlueLucy Ybor is just around the corner and I just wrapped up my piece. For the Toons show, 53 artists are creating works based on selected cartoons.

I chose The… more

My turn to search for treasure.

August 06, 2014

My turn to search for treasure. Round 3 of hospital treasure hunting.

I have treasure hiding duty for the past to rounds, but today, Jennyburg seemed to think I should to the searching. The clues were given and I was a bit concerned about what finding the… more