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1. Days and Weeks

I started working on a 2015 calendar this week and here's the current month in bloom. Also: how are there only three months left to the year?

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2. Garden's End

More patterns being painted at the moment.

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3. Appledore Island

Something small I painted this week because I needed to draw the sea. She's going up on Etsy come Monday, but for now she's set aside to dry and dream.

And happy weekend-ing!

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4. Chelidonium

I'm a seasonal curmudgeon, wincing whenever the praises of autumn are sung too early (read: August). I like fall as much as the next person. But I like summer too, even the scraggly, overgrown bits that are everywhere right now. So I'm forgoing pumpkin-flavored everything to soak up the last of the season (read: swimming, flip flops, open windows at night and the end of the blackberries).

And speaking of summer, one thing I've been working on over the course of the past few weeks is painting a New England wildflower a day. I'm hoping to make a print when I've finished up, so let's see how long the blooms last. And while we're on the topic of prints, I just popped "The Bibliophiles" into the shop this afternoon.

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5. The Red Shoes

Things I would wear if fit, money and the time-space continuum weren't such a buzzkill.

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6. Green Leaves

Something I started for fun recently. It's big (well, for me) measuring 30 inches high and I'm having the time of my life painting vines and leaves and every green thing I can think of.

And I just posted an about/FAQ page on the sidebar. There's information about illustrating digitally, commissions and other assorted items. If there's a specific question I didn't cover, just let me know and I'll try to pop it in there. Hope this helps!

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7. "The Ghost is Me"

 Listening to this made me draw that.

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8. Maine Mountains

Sorry for the slow updates. It's been busy here at the moment with work and I'm also trying my darndest to soak up every last bit of Summer. Here's a pattern I drew a few weeks back, inspired by childhood's spent camping up in Northern Maine. I miss listening to loon cries and campfires more than you can possibly imagine.

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9. Yodelayheehoo


Something I drew for this week's Spoonflower challenge, "Hiking." This week's theme uses a specified color palette that's pretty far removed from anything I'd typically choose. That said, I actually liked dealing with color constraints and enjoyed the challenge.

Full disclosure: I would totally wear a pair of shorts like the below alpine maid is wearing. Mmm hmm.

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10. Hot Ginger and Dynamite

I attended the Roaring Twenties Lawn Party at the Crane Estate this past weekend (you can see photos here and here). In light of that, drawing a flapper seemed apropos today.

And the subject line means I have to link to this. I remember watching that episode as a teenager, then proceeding to beg my piano teacher if she could track down said sheet music. Spice Girls? Pft. This was my high school jam.

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11. Prints, Plus Pokey

A new pattern I painted last week, inspired by the tangle of vegetation outside. Summer, you done good.
Other A+ summer highlights: seeing Pokey LaFarge live. Because it's not everyday you get to see a band that sports fedoras and ties while bringing down the house.

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12. Did Somebody Call a Doctor?

I vowed it would never happen, but I ended up getting sucked into "Dr. Who." Oh well, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em, so here's the Tenth Doctor. Allons-y!

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13. "I have measured out my life with coffee spoons"

For our final project for Make Art That Sells Bootcamp, we were given the assignment to make a piece of art featuring our favorite beverage. Drawing something coffee themed was a no brainer for me, but it took me awhile to figure out a plan of attack. At the end of the day, my love of coffee isn't rooted in taste per se, but rather emotion. For me, coffee is family get togethers, working in cafes and cups of Dunkin's before heading out on a road trip. Like T.S Eliot said, "I have measured out my life with coffee spoons." And this inspired me to draw the above, mindful of the way all those mugs of piping hot liquid have bound together so many disparate life events.

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14. Summerific

Since our last transmission:

*All I want to do is paint green things, as evidenced by the random sketchbook page.

*July 4th visitors were delightful (and were adept at unearthing birds' nests).

*I saw the Shaker exhibit at the Farnsworth for my birthday and it was beyond words. The Farnsworth is a terrific museum (and the Wyeth Center is my favorite space). Speaking of favorite places/spaces, if you find yourself in Rockland, Maine anytime in the near future, in the name of all that is good, please go to hello hello Books/Rock City Cafe. You can thank me later.


Other summer things?

*I made dandelion wine and lived to tell the tale. I used a recipe from this local cookbook, but these directions are pretty close. And if you're wondering what it tastes like, to quote Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine, "I'm a fire-eater! Whoosh!"

*A baby blanket finished for a brand spankin' new niece.

*Fireworks. Because, the 4th. And summer.

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15. Summer Reading List - Download

If you're looking to keep track of your literary adventures this summer, I've drawn a reading list that will satisfy just that purpose. You can find the PDF download below -- it's free for all personal, library and classroom usage. Happy reading!

 © Abigail Halpin 2014

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16. Huzzah!

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17. St. John's Eve

I'm in the midst of final art right now, but sticking my head in to say howdy.

And here's a sketchbook snippet from this week.

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18. Terrariums

A test swatch of the terrarium themed fabric I designed a few weeks back just came in the mail. I'm 110% certain I need to sew a skirt from said fabric, pronto.

And if you're local, I have two pieces in Here by the Sea: Contemporary Art of the Piscataqua at the Sarah Orne Jewett House in South Berwick. It's a terrific lineup of artists, so be sure to check it out.

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19. Typecast

A Peter Pan sketch I did the other day, pencil and watercolor and watercolor pencil and whatever-else-was-close-at-hand. I think I need to do Captain Hook now, post haste.

And if you're attending the New England Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators conference this weekend, I'll be there on Sunday. I'm doing a workshop on lettering for illustrators, "Just My Type." ¡viva la typography!

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20. Mr. Cochin B. Bantam

I didn't just need to draw a chicken in a suit today, I had to draw a chicken in a suit today.

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21. Jenny Lee

A quick sketch of Nurse Jenny Lee before I sneak off early to enjoy the afternoon sunshine (shhh…)

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22. Flora and Turtle

I keep drawing things and then forgetting to post them here (sigh). Here's a black and white piece I finished a couple weeks back, inspired by my all time favorite children's book, The Westing Game. Pencil, ink, wash and assorted digital tweaks.

Happy weekend!

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23. The Quince Tree

I picked some quince branches the other day -- this pattern was a forgone conclusion as soon as I plunked the flowers next to my drafting table.

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24. People and Plants

A sketchbook page from this week.

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25. Hey, Hey

Messing around in my sketchbook with some pencils and watercolor. And sorry it's been rather quiet here. I'm in the middle of working on this book and things are busy and full at the moment.

Happy Weekend!

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