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1. July

 
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!

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2. The Man Who Was Thursday

 
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).
 

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3. Honour

 

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4. Highways and Byways

 
 
 

The view from these parts and the spaces in between. Things are green, growing and good.

Assorted Things:

* 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!

* Ne Quittez Pas is well-worth the watch.

* The library at Phillips Exeter is 110% a good idea for a visit.

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5. The Mushroom Gatherers


Something from earlier in the spring, back when green, growing things seemed as farfetched as mushroom gathering maidens.

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6. Ella Incognito


A warmup painting from this morning, before jumping into the thick of things.


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7. She Sells Seashells

 
A stone from a recent beach excursion, now with 110% more mermaid.

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8. Cream + Sugar

 

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...

Happy weekends!

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9. Alfred

 

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.

Enjoy!

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10. Gathering


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.

Happy Weekend!

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11. The Lonestar State



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.

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12. Blooming

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.


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13. Scribble, scribble, scratch

 

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 magazine.

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14. Ink (and mermaids)

 

Current likes and/or loves:

* Fabric printing.
* Elderflower cordial
*This kickstarter project being run by Andy Warhol's family.
*Above freezing temperatures. High five, Mother Nature.

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15. Fish Fingers and Custard


A sketch of the 11th Doctor, because I finally worked my way through all the David Tennant  (SOB! WAIL!) episodes of "Dr Who."

Geronimo!

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16. A Prickly Situtation

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17. Mushrooming


Something I painted last month, then decided to turn into a repeat. Because I want need a skirt covered in mushrooms.

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18. Écoutez!

 
Things I'm listening to while working on book edits. Got Spotify? You can listen here.

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19. Snow and Sundry Other Things

 
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 abigail@theodesign.com and I'll keep you in the loop!

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20. Green + New

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.

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21. Valentine's Printable

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.

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22. Finals Week


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.

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23. Weekending



What's what:

* 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.

* Lost and Found: The Search for Harry and Edna is my favorite corner of the Internet at the moment.

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24. If/Then

 
This week's agenda: finishing up a book cover that I can't show (yet), but a painting that I can show (now).

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25. Goodbye, February




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.

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