Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Lately: Getting back to handwork

Lately, I've been creating work for some fantastic corporate clients and expanding my art skills. In the coming year, I'd like to go back to my past and remember the things I loved. Pen on paper. Pretty writing. Dramatic brushstrokes. I'm interested to see where this exploration will take my work.

I've been enjoying the work of people like Lindsey Jaroscak. You can see more of her work like below, here.

And Patrick Laurent. His etsy shop is here.

So I've started creating some hand lettered art of my own. We'll see how far this goes. It's exciting to learn new things and hone old skills.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Messterpiece turned Masterpiece

My kids are in art camp this week and are learning all kind of fun and messy ways to make art. The concept of taking a mistake and turning it into something beautiful must be making sense to them. Jake told me yesterday that I can't make him redo any of his work anymore because there aren't any mistakes in art. Not sure this applies to math homework, but whatever.

Creating art and just being creative is a great break from the average day. When you look at mistakes as opportunities for creativity, you find freedom in just being where you are. Sometimes that's broken and beautiful. Weak but made strong. Fallen, humbled but comforted.

Here a few pieces I painted in an art class at A Place to Land studio. Thanks Andrea for the inspiration! You can find the print in for purchase in my shop, here.

Friday, July 4, 2014


My parents are moving out of my childhood home. As a result, I'm getting those last few things that I never took with me. It's interesting looking at all my old artwork, some of which is very juvenile. I do like remembering how well I could draw when I practiced daily. Here are a few of my first layouts. I think they were for illustration class and graphic design I.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Frozen Inspired Birthday

In case you somehow haven't been living on this planet, the movie Frozen swept away the hearts of many little girls last fall. I created this cute chevron party to complement the paper products for the movie. Every little girl needs their favorite princess on a dinner plate. Anyway, it was fun.

Invitation (sans Anna and Olaf that I don't have the rights to sell).

Circle banner

Food cards and party circles

Game and activity signs

We drew our own Olaf for "Pin the nose on the Olaf."

Treats for girls and boys.

We were really limited on decorating at this venue, but the kids still had fun.

Do you want to build a snowman?

Pin the nose on the Olaf.

Happy Birthday, Bethany!