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

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Pink G'rilla

Playing around with paper and scribbles.

Look, it's a pink grrrilla

Woodshop pattern for Father's Day

This week's Spoonflower contest is "Wood Shop." They do think of the darnedest things, don't they? But hey, I like wood as much as the next person, and I can powersaw with the best of 'em. Sometimes.

Maybe I can make a Dad's Day card outta this one.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Leftover ideas

Ever look in the fridge to find a bunch of old ideas nearing their expiration date? Here's a journal page I never got around to posting. Leftovers get no respect!

Leftover ideas

Monday, April 27, 2015

Of spaceships and seagulls

Here's a poster I designed for Lilla Rogers Assignment Bootcamp. Had a bunch o' fun working on this.
Art gathering by the sea

Saturday, April 18, 2015

What's the buzz?

Neglecting my painting terribly, I forge on with the pattern design attempts. Here's another. I tried to keep it a bit simpler this time. The theme is bees, which, owing to their contributions to the beauty and bounty of planet earth, I adore. MuWaH!

Polly Pollinator & good Queen Beatrice

Friday, April 10, 2015

Islands theme contest on Spoonflower

I didn't think I'd have time to design anything for the next Spoonflower contest because I had a deadline for something else that day, but then couldn't resist. I really enjoy working on these, and get so excited about learning new things.


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Pattern obsession

Happy April Fool's day! I've been seeing patterns in my head lately. . . so I decided to challenge myself to create 10 — count 'em, 10 — fabric designs to add to my portfolio. To assist in that goal, I'm going to start doing some of the theme contests on Spoonflower, the custom fabric website. Coincidentally, just as I was mulling over this concept of mid-century air travel, I noticed that this week's contest was flying machines. Perfect.

Long and hard I worked, struggling to figure out a repeat on this one, and finished just under the wire for the entry deadline last night. Whew.

Jetsetter pattern

There was a plan to include one of the old-style airline meals, but it was getting jam-packed...

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