Friday, June 28, 2013

The Little Golden Years

I'm so happy I've been getting a chance to participate in some fabulous gallery shows. This one is at the Bear and Bird Gallery, curated by the ever so talented Heidi Kenney of My Paper Crane. Wow! I'm honored to be part of this show called The Little Golden Years.

This is the perfect show for me as all the artists get to pick a little Golden Book as an inspiration and go from there. I picked The Country Mouse and the City Mouse. I think I'm obsessed with drawing city life, and yes, more transportation! Just when I think I can't draw one more car, I draw, well, more cars.

Check out this awesome postcard for the show!

The Little Golden Years
curated by Heidi Kenney
June 28-August 10, 2013
at Bear and Bird Boutique + Gallery
Opening Night Reception
Friday, June 28th from 7-10pm

See and Buy online

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Highlights Hello Magazine

This is a piece I did for Highlights Hello Magazine. It is their new magazine geared towards babies. I got this assignment when my daughter was about 3 months old, so it was special to do something for her age group.

Here she is now, almost a year later, enjoying the magazine.

Even more special:  We are inside envelope in which the magazine came in. :-) She was so little then, she is almost 1 year and a half now!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Make Art That Sells

Things are quite busy here and I've once again neglected my blog! I've been in learning mode, taking the Lilla Rogers' Make Art That Sells e-course. I've been looking to spread my wings into other industries for a while now, and I just couldn't pass up on this course when I found out about it. I also realized I haven't taken a class in ages! It was nice getting class assignments where I can explore my style without worrying about producing for a client. Here are some of the images I've been working on for the past few weeks.

Week 1: Bolt Fabric- I've had a very short stint working in a childrenswear company long ago. I didn't enjoy it then and went into children's publishing, but now going back to it and doing it my way makes a huge difference. I also got the "ah-ha moment" I was looking for in week 1! I'm pretty sure I want to do more of this now.

Week 2: Home Decor- We had to design plates with a seed/pod theme.  Yikes! Realized I haven't really designed anything on a circle before, so something as simple as that can be new and exciting. I had a difficult time with this one, as designing something for "grown-ups" trips me up. I'm happy with this design as a first try, even though I didn't follow the assignment exactly. Oops. I really wanted to put my birdie with the glasses on there!

Week 3: Children's Books- My home turf! I'm currently in this week at the moment and this is from the mini exercise we have to do each week. Snails! I don't think I've explored Snails as a character on this level before so once again, very inspiring. I'm having fun! I'll come back and post the final piece for the assignment later.

That's it for now! Cluck cluck!