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1. Ella Incognito


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


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2. She Sells Seashells

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

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3. 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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4. 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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5. 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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6. 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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7. 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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8. 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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9. 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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10. 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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11. A Prickly Situtation

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12. 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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13. Écoutez!

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

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14. 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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15. 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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16. 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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17. 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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18. 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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19. Decemberings



Navigating that space between the end of one year and the beginning of the next.

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20. Two Thousand and Fifteen

 
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. 
 

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21. Winter Wear

 
A little warmup sketch. She's dressed exactly like I want to be right now, in the middle of this arctic blast.

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22. The Elf Maiden

 
I started reading Kristin Lavrandsdatter last week, hence, the elf maiden above.

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23. Moonglow Mystery, Redux

 

This past fall, I'd painted some mysterious figures on a moonlight mission. I ended up turning it into a pattern, then promptly forgot about it until I spotted a two for one deal on fat quarters on Spoonflower. Exclamation point!

 
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.

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24. 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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25. 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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