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A warmup painting from this morning, before jumping into the thick of things.
A stone from a recent beach excursion, now with 110% more mermaid.
It's Friday (insert: flinging of imaginary confetti)! Hope your week was swell. I made this pattern eons ago (for a Spoonflower challenge) and forgot about it until I was rifling through files this afternoon. Speaking of which, some French Press sounds splendid about now...
The comic project my sister, Emily, and I have been collaborating on is ready to go. We're excited to share Alfred
-- we've had a blast working on this and hope you like it, too. You can read weekly updates every Monday over here
The back story? Over the holidays a coffeeshop conversation ended up evolving into Emily's idea for a comic. Many months, several late nights and a couple weekends later, we're ready to go. Alfred
is equal parts sci-fi, fantasy and mystery, with a healthy dose of Maine thrown in. And let's not forget, lots and lots
of salt water.
It's Friday -- jazz hands!
And I've just finished restocking my Etsy shop
-- there's a few new prints over there, including this woodland maid.
I made a whirlwind trip down to Texas the other weekend to visit family. It was the perfect antidote to the most brutal winter I can remember.
Needless to say, my camera is filled to capacity with pictures of flora, fauna, nieces and nephew. And all I want to draw are succulents and cacti (ergo, the pattern at the top of this post).
Thanks for the creative shot in the arm, Lone Star State. I owe you one.
I'm working on final book art right now, so life largely consists of paint, pencils, pixels, coffee and copious amounts of podcasts. But I did manage to carve out a bit of time yesterday to paint a pot of flowers. And in light of that, I'm inclined to say that all's right with the world.
That moment when you realize your top knot needs its own postal code...
And, two bits of nice news:
*If you're in the Netherlands, I have a bit of lettering in this issue of Flow Weekly
*Some of my embroidered postcards are in the newest issue of Hoop-la
Current likes and/or loves:
* Fabric printing.
*Above freezing temperatures. High five, Mother Nature.
A sketch of the 11th Doctor, because I finally worked my way through all the David Tennant (SOB! WAIL!) episodes of "Dr Who."
Something I painted last month, then decided to turn into a repeat. Because I
want need a skirt covered in mushrooms.
Things I'm listening to while working on book edits. Got Spotify? You can listen here
Here and there this month. I was going to say that I wouldn't miss February a bit, as it's been the most miserably long and snowy winter that I can remember. But then I thought of this show at the Lamont Gallery
, coffee at Book & Bar
and new ideas/fresh inspiration.
So I guess the shortest month wasn't a total wash-out after all.
This week's agenda: finishing up a book cover that I can't show (yet), but a painting that I can show (now).
* I've caught the weaving bug (seemingly, like half the internet). This tutorial
is a terrific jumping off point.
* The film Haute Cuisine
is delightful. But be forewarned, it'll make you ravenously hungry.
I've been working on this in fits and spurts since December and am inclined to believe it's somewhere near finished at present. Watercolor, graphite, colored pencil, wash tape and general photoshoppery.
Happy (almost) Valentine's Day. Here's a PDF printable, perfect for classmates, coworkers and/or your top-secret crush. Enjoy!
Free for personal, classroom and library use only, please. Abigail Halpin, © 2015.
Happy New Year! Here's the view from the window by my drafting table this morning. That river's looking mighty cold today.
So Christmas was lovely and New Year's was great -- here's hoping yours was, as well. I visited with family, ate large quantities of baked goods and enjoyed all of the goodwill and cheer. But now, I'm back in the studio, raring to go. I'm working on a new picture book and sketches are keeping me busy. Aside from that, I've been mulling over New Year's resolutions. So here's what I'm going to push up my sleeves and give a go:
* I'm collaborating with my sister on an online comic that we're hoping to share some time this Spring. She's writing, I'm illustrating and we're both pretty darn excited about this. More on that later.
* I want to sew and knit more of what I wear on a daily basis. A party dress with a paper wasp print? Made it. 1920's bathing suit? Done that. But the kind of shirt I'd wear 'till the cows come home? Nope. And in keeping with that goal, I've got my eye on Grainline Studio's Archer pattern
and Colette Patterns jersey Moneta dress
* Take a class or two. I've been thinking of an etching class maybe and I'm trying to find a cake baking one as well.
And besides that, there's vague plans of travel, sit-ups and 25 books that I want to read. So here's to 2015. Insert lots of noisemaker noise-making and clinking of glasses.
A little warmup sketch. She's dressed exactly
like I want to be right now, in the middle of this arctic blast.
I started reading Kristin Lavrandsdatter
last week, hence, the elf maiden above.
A fat quarter turned out to be enough for a detachable Peter Pan collar. And now I feel like I'm ready to go out and solve a mystery or two myself. Move over, Nancy Drew.
Since our last transmission:
* Blizzards and book sketches have had me in mole mode as of late. Ergo, there's been many cups of this tea
* I'm completely obsessed with Natural Companions
, by Ken Druse. I've been using it for reference material -- it's a goldmine of botanical images.
* Anyone else watching the absolutely delightful Grantchester
* And I'm planning a craft night, tentatively for March, at my studio. Local (i.e, Seacoast New Hampshire/Southern Maine) and interested? Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
and I'll keep you in the loop!
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Snowed-in again and a brutal case of cabin fever has me ready to climb the walls. So what's a girl to do? Re-design her website
, that's what. I've added a few new pieces, updated the book list and dusted off the pixels in general.