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I spent the past weekend on Star Island
for Gatsby on the Isles
. A 1920's themed shindig, it's a real delight full of top notch company, sharp dressing and hot jazz. I didn't get as many photos as I would have liked, but here's a few snaps that I did manage. The top two are of the Oceanic Hotel (as well as a few revelers) and the bottom is Sunday's sunrise.
A hat tip to the fictitious island of St. Honoré (because I just finished reading A Caribbean Mystery
I'm knee-deep in summer-ing at the moment. There's been the requisite swimming, some mighty fine cold brew
and nights spent reading late, as it's too hot to sleep (not that I'm complaining, mind you).
In addition to things of a seasonal nature, there's been plenty of experimenting going on. I'm finishing up some stickers (see above), working on pins and making assorted things for the shop and fall Open Studios. I'm getting ready to burn a screen, hopefully to print up some tea towels (fingers crossed). And I'm sketching new things, playing with different media, using some downtime to stretch myself creatively.
So all in all? I give Summer a solid five stars.
A new print I finished up today. It's watercolor, pencil, collage and a bit of digital tweaking.
* We've got loads and loads of new pages over on the ongoing "Alfred
" comic, in case you missed it this past spring.
obsessed with this book about artist Eric Ravilious
Urns and ferns. Say that five times fast.
I'd painted up some odds and ends for a new pattern, then got a bee in my bonnet to turn it into a plate design. I was in Texas last weekend and my head is full of new palettes, places and plants. Case in point, above. See also, below.
I turned this...
I've almost finished sewing up some infinity scarves and should have them in the shop by end of this week. They're made of a rather delicious organic cotton knit and truth be told, I am having an awfully hard time not keeping one for myself. The muggy temperatures, however, are dissuading me from any such theft (rest assured).
This and that in my sketchbook. It's been awhile since I've drawn purely for fun, so yesterday called for coffee
out and some time to doodle. I have all sorts of ideas I want to tackle in the next few weeks, now that my deadlines have eased up. Topping that list, paradoxically, is taking some time to recharge my batteries, in the interest of introspection and experimentation. And in keeping with that, I'm hoping to update this space more frequently while the time allows. Huzzah for Summer!
Since our last transmission:
* I've finished artwork for Finding Wild
, by Megan Wagner Lloyd. Coming out Summer 2016, it's been a delight to illustrate. I can't wait to share more in the coming months about this book.
* I have a backlog of prints as well as some scarfs that'll be winging their way into my Etsy shop throughout the month.
* Aside from that, I'm attempting to root a Bird of Paradise cutting, binging on episodes of Agatha Raisin
and itching to sew the Dottie Angel frock pattern
* And a belated Happy Canada Day and an early Happy July 4th!
I'm in the middle of The Man Who Was Thursday
at the moment and couldn't resist a quick sketch of Lucian Gregory and Professor de Worms (shudder).
The view from these parts and the spaces in between. Things are green, growing and good.
* I've been taking an etching class Monday nights at Chases's Garage
and just finished up this week. I absolutely loved the course and the instructor was terrific. Stepping aside from a computer monitor and getting inky hands was just what the doctor ordered. Also, running prints is a major bicep workout. Win-win!
Something from earlier in the spring, back when green, growing things seemed as farfetched as mushroom gathering maidens.
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.
Current likes and/or loves:
* Fabric printing.
*Above freezing temperatures. High five, Mother Nature.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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