Friday, June 26, 2015

Winter and summer

I'm rather fond of pink and coral lately. This week I continue working on Holiday 2015 stuff as well as continuing my pattern design quest, so what we get is snowdrifts and lemonade.
Gift tags from my Holiday 2015 collection
Summer & citrus pattern on Spoonflower

Monday, June 22, 2015

Christmas in June

I mentioned earlier that I was going to try to get some Christmas cards done early this year, and so here are a couple more. The snowball fight is adapted from an earlier sketchbook, found here. Happy Holidays! Stay tuned for more...

Kitty snowball fight greeting card for Christmas 2015
Christmas wrapping paper 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Floor of the forest

Here's my latest spoonflower contest design. And the theme is... hedgehogs! I once wished to have a pet hedgehog, but found it was against the law in my locale, alas!

Lords and ladies of the forest floor

Hedghogs, frogs & chipmunks, etc. in Umber

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Wash, rinse, repeat

Hairstyles of the 40s, the finished painting. I'm nothing if not an obsessor over the minutiae of life...

Hairstyles of the 40s | Stephanie Birdsong

The sketchbook version

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Books I read in New York pt.2

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I finally get around to making a larger illustration out of this little piece I did in my journal last year celebrating the joys of reading.

Books I read during New York summers

Sketchbook. Me and Trixie and a good book. NYC

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

This week's Spoonflower design: sandcastles

I made this painted spot pattern back in May to use in a soon-to-be abandoned crustacean-themed plate design I was working on. Let's try it again here, integrated with sketches of some memories of summer days at Nag's Head, Myrtle Beach & Virginia Beach. Maybe I should have included a bologna sandwich on wonder bread, since I have this weirdly vivid memory of carrying one such delicacy, wrapped neatly in wax paper, down to the beach at Nag's Head when I was a kid.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Crows and squirrels hanging out together

I walk around my suburban neighborhood a lot, and am always amused by the sight of the local squirrels and crows communing together on the lawns, picking over some mysterious bit of nut, garbage, or fallen fruit. I did this two ways, also. May has been a month of indecision.

Over at my Etsy shop, I'm having a 20% off sale until May 26th. Just use the code MEMORIAL at checkout. Happy Memorial Day weekend!

It's harvest time

Lawn pals

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

This week's pattern design: mermaids

Another week, another design challenge from Spoonflower. I did two versions of this one for good measure. Summer must be coming, because there's that yellow daisy swim cap again.

Seafarers, version 1

Seafarers unite! Spoonflower fabric design

Friday, May 15, 2015

Another family portrait

I've been hard at work completing a portrait for the Malevris family in Toronto, who enjoy their frequent jaunts to the Gulf Coast of Florida. Thanks to Dawnita, who was a true pleasure to work with. May the postal gods protect it on its way to Canada!

Malevris family vacation
Here's the rough version in my sketchbook

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