Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a true homebody. I love to be at home, to decorate a home, and to take care of a home (although my housekeeping lacks a certain level of enthusiasm). And I find that surrounding my home with things that have meaning to me or that I really enjoy makes my home “fit” me. Which is why I’ve been looking to expand my work into markets like home decor and tabletop. It requires me to think about design and art in a slightly different way but I’m looking forward to creating more art for the home and coming up with product concepts. Here’s a peek at a recent collection I call Citrus Bloom. While warm summer days have just left the building around these parts, these designs make me look forward to next summer.
Welcome to my new website, come on in! I know, it's not terribly different, but I recently made the switch over to Squarespace so I'm still in the process of learning how it works, tidying up, and making some decisions on the look and feel of my website. But it's been really fun and I enjoy the Squarespace platform (so easy!).
While you're here, have a look at my Portfolio page, which I hope to update more often. Speaking of, I thought I'd share a few new things I've been working on. I really have to hit the new year running because Blueprint will be here before I know it!
I've decided that my motto for 2017 is "A Year to Bloom." I've been working hard and learning all I can the past few years and I really hope to put it all into action this year, which is exciting and terrifying. Terrixcited? Let's make that a word. Thanks for joining me on my journey!
We're turning the page to spring here in Minnesota and a little on the early side at that! March is typically still very wintery here but we've had some warm sunny days, my tulips and daffodils are starting to peek out, and I've traded in tall boots for flats! (My true measure of the changing seasons is my choice of footwear) I'm finding that the emerging spring is really helping my work too. I'd been in a bit of a funk since the holidays and not feeling particularly motivated. But lately I've become more productive and what's even better, I'm really liking what's been coming out of my studio. I know that might seem odd because I'm the one making it, but often I find I'm completely surprised by what shows up! I thought it would be a good day to share some of the newest work from my portfolio. I hope the new spring season is bringing you a refreshing change of pace and some inspiration!
This collection was created for my daughter Olivia who (rather inexplicably) loves Paris. I'd bring her there in a heartbeat if I could but in the meantime I made her this art print for her bedroom which has, of course, a Paris theme.
Then I continued with this theme and did one for London as well because that's my favorite international city after spending a semester there in college (WAY back when).
Spring can't arrive without me thinking ahead to my garden! I'm getting really excited to start planting again and this pattern was inspired by a spring garden which is really one of my favorites. It's not all flashy tomatoes and zucchini the size of a Buick, but it's delicate greens, sprouting herbs, pink radishes, and snap pea blooms.
This color palette was inspired by my latest Better Homes and Gardens magazine and their color palette of the year. I just can't stop drawing poppies. Such a happy flower.
And finally, another project for my #52Greetings challenge. I'm going to be practicing some hand lettering in the next few weeks. Happy Spring!
If you know me at all you know how much I love gardening. I never had much of a green thumb when I was younger (in fact I still can't keep a plant alive indoors! Go figure.) but when we started making plans to move into our home over ten years ago (my first real house with a yard) I got the itch to garden. In my characteristic obsessive way I immersed myself in gardening books and blogs and tried to learn every little thing I could about gardening. Of course anyone who gardens knows that you can only really learn how to garden by doing it (like most things I suppose). Planting, growing, failing, succeeding, it's a constant cycle when you're nurturing plants. I can't even tell you how many things I've learned from gardening: patience, tenaciousness, humility. And I love the cyclical nature of gardening too. I appreciate spring in a whole new way since I started gardening.
My husband says I draw a lot of vegetables in the spring/summer and I suppose he's right. They're on my mind! I have a lot of perennial flower beds and shrubs, but my little kitchen garden has a special place in my heart. I never thought I would grow vegetables - I had zero interest in it but I changed my mind when I saw all these pictures of beautiful kitchen gardens or potagers (a garden near the house that grows everything for your table, from flowers and herbs to fruit and vegetables). Our little garden has herbs, flowers (zinnias are my favorites), and veggies: lettuce, snap peas, beans, squash, carrots, tomatoes, eggplant, and whatever else we decide to throw in there. Nearby we have rhubarb and a strawberry and raspberry patch. My kids usually take over the center raised bed. One year it was a rainbow garden, last summer they planted a salsa garden. I try to only grow what I know we can realistically eat because I'm not a canner/preserver. The thought of canning hundreds of pounds of tomatoes in late August gives me the sweats. But I love that little garden, it's kind of magical. And a whole lot of work. And sometimes I swear a bit when something's been eaten by a critter or plants mysteriously up and die. But still . . . magical.
All this to say I get a lot of inspiration from my gardens because I love drawing flowers and food. I have a few new pieces of work to share with you that come straight from my garden inspiration. The first features veggies from the farmer's market (or garden).
This next collection was inspired by the June issue of Better Homes and Gardens, a magazine I've subscribed to for years. I often find color palettes and images that inspire new designs. Sometimes I just sit with the latest issue and sketch whatever I'm interested in as I turn the pages. This design also features peonies, which are one of my all-time favorites and I have several of them blooming in my yard as I write this.
Finally, because summer has arrived, a little summer inspired lemonade design, originally for a Spoonflower contest and a chance to practice more hand lettering which I'm trying to do more of. I hope you enjoy whatever happens to be blooming near you!