New season, new work!

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!

paris-collection

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.

tower-bridge-collection

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-garden

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.

spring-garden-tote

poppy-orange

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.

hope

And finally, another project for my #52Greetings challenge. I'm going to be practicing some hand lettering in the next few weeks. Happy Spring!

Spring Inspiration

One of my favorite shops in the Minneapolis area is Bachman's, a home and garden store with a great gift section. Bachman's is my go-to place when I'm spending my kids' college savings on plants for my garden and it's a fantastic place for eye candy, color and trend inspiration, and "market research" (I love calling it that). In the past couple weeks I got some great spring inspiration courtesy of Bachman's that I thought I would share - come along, it's field trip time! Every year the downtown Minneapolis Macy's partners with Bachman's for a spring flower show. Focused around a central theme, it includes elaborate horticultural displays and as both an artist and a gardener I just loved it. This year the display was called Art in Bloom and it used movements in fine art to influence the displays. There was a Cubist garden, a Modern garden, Abstract, Surrealist, and Impressionist garden among others. Sometimes the plants had been arranged in a grid formation, other times they were placed in a scattered, free-flowing way. Color themes went from mostly white to a kalediscope of bright colors and included a lot of my favorite spring flowers and shrubs: tulips, hyacinths, peonies, ranunculus, and azaleas. Unforunately since it's an indoor event my photos aren't the greatest but there were some fun color palettes.

About a week later I went to the Bachman's Spring Idea House. The original Bachman's store sits on a property adjacent to the old Bachman's family home and now they completely re-decorate the home every season and open it to visitors. They always have such great ideas and use unique materials - it always makes me want to come home and re-decorate my own house top to bottom. My impulse control is not so good. The color palette this season was mostly in pink, green, and cream in the main living area. There were a lot of botanical influences, geometric terrariums, moss, and aged wood. I love the rainboots filled with flowers (that's already inspired a new illustration I'm working on) and that awesome shower curtain. There was an upstairs bedroom with a bicycle theme that my 11 year-old daughter would drool over. The store itself was filled with even more colorful displays like the table setting on the lower right in shades of turquoise, coral, and yellow.

With the gardening season right around the corner I'm sure I'll be back at Bachman's soon and I always find inspiration there…and a plant…and another plant…and maybe one more plant...