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1. Digital Drawing on Photographs

Allium artwork

I have a little more to share about our trip to France, but for now, here’s a little artwork.

On a recent flight from Boston to Charlotte, I took a break from reading and started fiddling around with an app (Adobe Ideas), drawing on some of my photographs. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen some of these before, both pre and post-drawing.

Floral Arrangement

Fun, eh? Have a favorite?

Floral Artwork

Just finished watching the BBC adaptation of Dickens’ Bleak House. Really enjoyed it. Currently reading Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth (it’s the memoir upon which the show is based). Now watching Bletchley Circle. I seem to be in a BBC/ British kind of mood.

For more posts about  my artwork and others’, click here.

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2. drink in the garden

As usual I was having trouble deciding on a direction for my final assignment. I ended up dedicating this picture to a good friend who taught me how to make a mean margarita.

This is set in her lovely garden surrounded by her flowers.
Check out the amazing work of my fellow students here in the gallery

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3. Watercolour: Painted Flowers

I am going to have to apologise in advance as blogging is going to be a bit erratic in the next couple of months, as I'm dashing around clearing things up and packing. Yes, packing. More on that later ... Meanwhile, here's a little paint doodle I did a few months ago that I've finally cleaned up and created a pattern with:




And here's the original sketch:




I left all the painted imperfections in this time. I normally photoshop them out, but I liked them here, it's oddly childlike and simple but sweet. Well, that's my opinion ... what do you think?

Wishing you wonderful days of sunshine and all things good. Cheers.


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4. fragile flowers

and a field of flowers this time....
watercolor and collage
maybe this is my new approach to Illustration Friday, usually I spend most of the time trying to decide on an image :)
Have a nice day friends!

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5. IF: Fragile

I've been working on a series of flowers in watercolor and collage that fit perfectly in this weeks theme over at Illustration Friday.


Can you tell I'm having fun with these?

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6. the fourth (and final) kokeshi....

Aoi Kokeshi
©the enchanted easel 2014

meet little Aoi, all decked out in brilliant blues! accompanied by some lanterns and plum blossoms, she is the final kokeshi in a series of four.

she is FOR SALE as a PRINT here:

also, all four PRINTS are FOR SALE as a set found here:

four kokeshi series
©the enchanted easel 2014

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7. Painting, collaging, gardening, and sketching

I had a lot of deadlines lately, so I haven't been able to show many sketches of late. I'm also busy writing, which doesn't make for pretty pictures either. Sorry :) Here's my little dog friend as a consolation prize.

To recover my mojo, I signed up for an online painting class by Mati Rose McDonough. It's been so fun and the perfect excuse to just play. Here's one of the paintings I've been working on this week.

Small detail of a work in progress.

And here's some pics from my garden. Happy summer!

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8. Pattern Design: Pop Flowers Collection

I'm still working on different colourways for my Into the Woods collection, but meanwhile, here's another new mini-collection that I've designed for spring and summer. It's wonderfully bright and cheerful, with lots of flowers that pop, and coordinating little florettes (well, that's what I call them) and stripes of curvy leaves ... wonderful for outdoor parties and get-togethers in the sunshine.





I've already placed in onto tons of lovely goodies for the home, kitchen, and on gift boxes and matching cards and wrapping paper. Click here for a peek at a Pop Flowers table setting, and on the links below to pop over to the stores where it's on a whole range of sweet products:

Pop Flowers Collection by Floating Lemons for Zazzle

Pop Flowers pink at Society6

Pop Flowers blue at Society6


Have fun and enjoy a wonderful week. Cheers.

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9. Adding the flowers was the most fun

Here's a flowery park scene. This is from a fun reading flyer that hopefully will be seen in libraries all across the nation this summer.

The really fun part was adding the flowers, which was the last step.

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10. Flowers

Illustration by Ellen Beier
From a CLICK magazine story, "Flowers on the Rooftop," about a family settling into a sod house on the prairie long ago ...

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11. Watering Flowers

This is an illustration as a promotional piece. I love patterns, and flowers. I am excited for the people in the nice summer areas, ours are hot here  in Florida. So, enjoy your summer.

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12. Garden Helper

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13. It's Spring in TX ...

and the wildflowers are everywhere.
Digital collage by Susan Swan

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14. lots of flowers in CHEERS FOR A DOZEN EARS

CHEERS FOR A DOZEN EARS written by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky,
illustrated by Susan Swan

I love working in digital cut paper, but even more so when flowers are the subject.

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15. Abuelita by Steven James Petruccio

I had a good time creating these characters...a grandmother and her grand-daughter in the garden.

Watercolor painting
Steven James Petruccio

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16. "Flower Power!" by Terri Murphy

Power is harnessed when you're in tune with nature!

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17. Spring Flowers

Here's another image from my newest book Cringle, Crackle, Crack, due for release in the US through Holiday House later this year (I think!)

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18. May Flowers -

Book cover for Feiwel & Friends Wind Dancers series,  "Magic Horses --or Not?"
Watercolor on paper. Painted by Tara Larsen Chang

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19. Freebie Friday!

New addition to the blog!


I’ve been obsessing over creating cute little clip arts lately. Mostly ’cause I never have any handy when someone asks me to make invitations, birthday cards, etc. In doing so I thought I’d share a free downloadable file to you every friday. Here’s this weeks download:


click here to download


I thought this would also be the perfect time to announce
I have a new store on Etsy!

Beautifique Digital is where you can find all sorts of digital downloadable goodies.
It’s a little bare right now, but come visit me often. More updates on the way!



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20. Geometric Grid Sketches and Typography

Still working on sketches for my e-course, The Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design Module 4 ... I did some doodles and sketches with geometric, floral, and typography themes in mind.

I'm not sure if the final results below would be considered strictly geometric but hey, I drew grids and shapes and then got carried away filling them up. There are florals there too, so perhaps I managed to work on two of the themes at one go. Oh, and some typography too ...


Grid sketches 1 by Floating Lemons

Grid sketches 2 by Floating Lemons


The second one is still unfinished. I 'work' on it whenever I have time, i.e. when I'm uploading designs onto stores. I used to have a dodopad in high school, and used to colour it in with magic markers, does anyone remember those? These grid doodles reminded me of that, and the whole exercise is teaching me tons about colour, and is fun to boot.

I did some typographical sketches with a holiday theme:



I love playing with text design. And some of you may know that this year I've decided to do a monthly design based on "I Choose ..." as a positive affirmation, that I make available as a free printable to the subscribers of the Floating Lemons Newsletter. It's a hugely wonderful experiment in typography for myself, and these are the ones I've come up with so far, for January till April:


I Choose poster typography by Floating Lemons


They count as typographical exercises, wouldn't you say? Next month I'll be doing "I Choose Courage", as I'm going through huge changes in my life that require a large amount of deep breathing, and I'll be plunging into a different life and lifestyle. Scary, but also very exciting. I'm thoroughly enjoying the text designs and the affirmations that are emerging, and hope to do a calendar with them at the end of the year.

Meanwhile, I'll be away for two weeks as of next week. I shall try to blog as much as possible, but as it's my dad's 80th birthday that we're celebrating, I may not be able to do that, so forgive me in advance. I'll be posting up at the facebook page, so follow me there if you want a peek at my updates, and to see photographs of whatever inspiring bits I pick up from the United Kingdom and Istanbul (yay).

Meanwhile, have a fantastic week and don't forget to experiment joyfully. Cheers.


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21. collage garden

Playing with watercolors and collage. I like some of the shapes and textures I ended up with, and the color scheme is different for me.

Have a nice weekend friends!

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22. bon appetit

Good morning! Just checking in to show some signs of life.
 Spring is well underway in this part of the world, as long as you have no pollen allergies, the south is the time to be right now.
Above you can see my plate design for a course assignment. I was working with cut paper for this one, and it ended up having a bit of a folksy feel to it. That's one thing that I'm realizing is actually pretty consistent in my work (you probably could have told me that, it's pretty obvious once you start paying attention).
 I'm having fun playing with different materials; this week watercolor is the queen. What's your favorite medium?

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23. A Crown of Flowers

I remember happy hours spent tying the stems of clover flowers into a chain. Looking forward to picnic weather!

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24. April showers bring May FLOWERS!

The Prairie That Nature Built by Marybeth Lorbiecki, illustrated by Cathy Morrison
Here's my contribution to May's theme of FLOWERS. Thanks to June for this month's inspiration. This illustration is from The Prairie That Nature Built, coming out this fall. You can see more illustrations from this book and others on my Studio With A View blog.

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25. "Flowers" - David Opie

This is from my app "Let's go, Murray!"

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