A little summer fruit.
"When any barrier falls in America, for anyone, it clears the way for everyone."
Truth: I am afraid of the ocean... Unreasonably so. Jaws is to blame.
It hasn't stopped me from loving buoys though!
I just realized that I never shared my finished booth banner from Surtex. This piece is huge...
It is 7 feet tall!
I have added a few more states to my Summer State Project.
I like to challenge myself to make quick little pieces of art specifically for Instagram.
Oftentimes they're inspired by a song but it really could be anything.
I never know if I should post them to my portfolio or not since they're just a quick fun exercise.
It's like posting sketchbook pages.
What do you think? Yay or Nay to posting these fun and fast instagram pieces in my portfolio?
Nevada: Home to the Mountain Bluebird, Sagebrush and the Single-Leaf Pinyon. #summerstateproject
I can't tell you how thrilled I am to be featured as an alumni success ‘spotlight’ on the Make Art That Sells website! I have said this a million times and I say it again in the interview but the MATS courses have totally changed my life. If you're considering taking one of Lilla's classes... Do it!
Here's a funny story, this interview was published while I was at Surtex (thanks to these courses) and I missed it until now!
Each season every member of my collective, Finch + Foxglove, make a new finch image. Here's my summer finch. She's a Gold Finch. I think she's a pretty bird.
My son and I are doing a summer project together. We came upon a book of US state facts and thought it would be fun to illustrate the state birds, flowers and trees.
I'm super excited to see where this takes us!
I have always had a fondness for tarot cards. I love how each card is packed with symbols and meaning, I wanted mine to be no different. I chose swans since they mate for life and I surrounded them with specific flowers chosen for their meaning: Daisies for attachment, hundred leaved roses for sincere love, lily of the valley for sensitiveness, gentian for gratitude, geranium for sincerity, pansies as the messenger of love and pink flowers to symbolize hope. Plus there's a little looped boarder that signifies eternity.
My mailbox is overflowing with Surtex supplies! Yay!! We'll be at Booth 543 :)
May is peony season. My favorite.
Happy May indeed!
Here in Oakland we have this strange phenomenon of these tall bikes. They're essentially two bike frames welded together to create a double high bike. I have only seen people riding them, never stopping or getting off. I have no idea how that would work. I'm both annoyed and fascinated with them.
What's the deal, Oakland?!
A winning new pattern ;)
I was inspired by Nat King Cole's rendition of Nature Boy. So good.
Sweet dreams winter, see you next year.
I was introduced to the Ruth B song, "Lost Boy" about two weeks ago and it has been on repeat in my head ever since. It was the perfect thing to listen to while I finished up this project.
"Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, Wendy Darling,
Even Captain Hook—
You are my perfect story book
Neverland, I love you so,
You are now my home sweet home
Forever a lost boy at last"
I rounded out this collection with some ceramics and wood pieces. I looked to the water that surrounds Neverland to find the inspiration for the ceramic pieces. The bowl has directions to Neverland written inside, in case you have forgotten... Second star to the right and straight on 'til morning. Plus, I couldn't resist a porcelain paper boat night light.
Wendy Darling has a pet wolf in Neverland. When she comes back to the island, he finds her and they run into each other's arms and after that he remains by her side. I liked the idea of having her wolf as a nightstand to be a child's constant companion while they sleep.
All in all I really loved designing this collection, I'd definitely like to do more :)
And that's all, folks!