Earlier this year I joined Art Licensing Show.com. Art Licensing Show brings art licensors (like me!) and licensees (companies/manufacturers who want to license art) together on a secure and private website to share and view portfolios. It’s like visiting a virtual trade show any day of the year! This allows me to regularly connect with art directors and let them access my portfolio. In this biz it’s all about hard work, timing, a bit of talent, and having your work in the right place at the right time. So if you happen to be an art/creative director or manufacturer and you’d like to get a free account, you can sign up here and mention my name to see my portfolio once you’re approved. The extra bonus is that there’s a really supportive and positive community at Art Licensing Show.com and I’m happy to be a part of them.
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!
After a brief hiatus here on the blog I wanted to come back and share some of the work I've been doing over the past few months. The summertime brings a shift in my work schedule with my kids home from school so I used the time to explore new materials and mediums. Now that the school year is back in full swing and we're staring down the barrel at 2017 I'm working hard to get some new products into my shop! You'll see new tea towel calendars, stationery, desk calendars, and art prints. I hope to share those soon! And of course I'm always trying to add fun new work to my portfolio! In the meantime I hope you enjoy my show & tell!
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!