See you at Blue Print!

In just a few short days I leave for New York to exhibit at Blue Print Show #2 from May 21-23. I hope to see you there! If you're going to be in NY for the spring trade shows you can find details about Blue Print here (including information about the venue - we're just a block away from Surtex), you can register to attend (it's free!), and if you'd like to visit the Pencil Parade booth to see me you can make an appointment here (or just stop by!). Here's a quick preview of the portfolio book I'll have with me but there's a lot more work available to see at the show!

Pick up a little takeaway postcard from my booth at Blue Print. Pencil Parade will also have some goodies on hand in our booth and Blue Print offers each attendee a little swag bag too. 

Pick up a little takeaway postcard from my booth at Blue Print. Pencil Parade will also have some goodies on hand in our booth and Blue Print offers each attendee a little swag bag too. 

In the Kitchen

In preparation for Blueprint next month I've been adding a lot of new work to my portfolio and I noticed that I've done a number of kitchen and food related designs lately. I thought I'd share a few here!

Dutch Kitchen collection

Dutch Kitchen collection

I do like to cook and bake and I have kind of an obsession with kitchen gadgets and dishes. When we moved into our house we had an embarrassing amount of kitchen cabinets and I've managed to fill them all! An hour in a Crate & Barrel, Williams Sonoma, or little kitchen speciality shop is time well spent in my book!

Citrus design mocked up on a tea towel.

Citrus design mocked up on a tea towel.

Cup of Tea Collection

Cup of Tea Collection

All this to say, how cool would it be to have my art on some kitchen products? Pretty damn cool. 

What's Cooking Collection

What's Cooking Collection

Print & Pattern Nature

Last week I received my copy of the new Print and Pattern Nature book by Bowie Style (Marie Perkins). And there I am on page 128! 

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I've been a long time fan of the beloved Print and Pattern blog that Marie curates and I've collected all the other editions of her books. So when I saw that she was accepting submissions for a new book (with the theme of Nature), I eagerly sent her some pieces. I was completely surprised and elated to find out that I'd been selected to be included. My family can attest to the happy dance lap I did around the kitchen. Marie was terribly sweet and wonderful to work with too. The book has been long in coming (I first heard about being selected back in September 2015) so it was really exciting to see it completed and to hold it in my hands.

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I'm completely honored to be alongside some of my design heroes. The book is simply beautiful and if you enjoy print, pattern, surface design, and illustration, you'll find endless inspiration inside the pages of this book. It's available, of course, on Amazon. Published by Laurence King Publishing.

Bunches of bouquets in the shop!

I was having a hard time getting into my groove on Monday so I went back to some flowers I'd painted the week before and started "arranging" them in Photoshop. I actually love arranging flowers in real life (I get that from my Grandma Virginia) and it turns out arranging them digitally is almost as much fun - and they last FOREVER! 

Then I did a couple more! And then I put them in my shop because I really like them and someone else might too.

I suppose one down side is they don't smell as nice as real flowers. I'll just have to wait for spring and summer for that.