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1. 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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2. "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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3. 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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4. 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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5. Huzzah!

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6. 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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7. 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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8. 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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9. People and Plants

 
A sketchbook page from this week.

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10. 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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11. 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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12. Jenny Lee

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

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13. 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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14. 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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15. Through the Bracken



I've been raking out the garden lately. There are green things on my mind.

And I've been putting some more prints and things up in my shop. Free worldwide shipping for today, so there's that bit of good news for your Wednesday.

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16. Rusalka

 
 A quick color study from last week.

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17. A-Tisket, A-Tasket - Treat Bag Pattern


Here's some springtime stitching for you: a rabbit-ish treat bag pattern. Tips, tricks and the pattern, after the jump.




The treat bag is a fun, quick project. For supplies, you'll need felt (about a 12" by 12" square), 1 skein of embroidery threat and a button. If you're unfamiliar with transferring embroidery patterns to felt, this tutorial is terrific and the method I like best.


And don't forget the chocolate!

For personal and classroom use only, please.

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18. Merrymeeting Bay

 
I wanted to needed to doodle something fussy and mysterious this afternoon. This was the end result.

 nd over on the Little Crooked Cottage, I'm sharing my favorite childhood book.

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19. Poppies, Patterns and Pillows


I'm ignoring the snow, choosing to paint poppies instead. I tried growing Icelandic poppies last year and it was a spectacular failure, but I'm going to give it another go this year.

 

So in the meantime, I'm making prints (and pillows) while I wait for the real thing.

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20. Hasten, Spring

 

One last sketch before I head off to the weekend.

I'm planning to watch this.
Read that.
And fingers crossed, cook this.

And you?

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21. Saint Patrick's Day

 
 Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

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22. Interconnectivity


Here's an end-of-day Dirk Gently sketch because, well, why not.

And happy Spring! It looks impossibly wintry still out of doors, but at least the calendar is at odds with the weather. We'll just politely ignore the fact that I'm wearing snow-boots and had to push some hideously slushy precipitation off my windshield this morning.

Speaking of green things, remember the fig tree? Well, it's rallied marvelously (see specimen below) -- take that, physopella fici.


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23. It's the Same Old Song

Things in heavy rotation here in the studio, this week and last. If you have Spotify, you can listen here

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24. The Bibliophile


A detail of something I'm working on for fun at the moment.

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25. The Snowdrop

I finished this in January, then placed her under a stack of books to press, promptly forgetting about her existence. That is, until today, when rifling through a pile of books she popped out. And seeing that the river is racing and the mercury in the thermometer is creeping doggedly upwards, I'd say today's as appropriate a day as any to unearth a missing springtime maiden.

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