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New fashion and home decor print collection

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19mock23mockI’ve done fashion prints and home decor prints for clients before and have always loved it. Recently I decided to do a whole new collection of watercolor prints specifically with fashion in mind or home decor. As I illustrate/design I’m thinking of dresses and cushions and wallpaper. The prints range from abstract and loose designs to more geometric and even some florals and conversationals made it into the mix. I often work in monochromatic colors, this time I tried using multiple colors and contrasting colors and even some black. I have done over 100 new prints and I’m still rolling. Here’s just a small sampling of them if you’d like to peek after the jump… [click to continue…]

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Helen Frankenthaler

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tumblr_ljvbkbXuyZ1qhjo77o1_1280I’ve been thinking about Helen Frankenthaler lately, an American abstract expressionist painter, if you’re not familiar. She’s most famous for Color Field painting characterized by large fields of flat, solid color spread across the canvas creating areas of unbroken surface. I am so taken with her colors and the gesture of her brush strokes and as you can see below, her hand strokes. Frankenthaler often painted onto unprimed canvas with oil paints diluted with turpentine allowing for the colors to soak directly into the canvas, creating a translucent effect resembling watercolor.

I love this quote that can be applied to the practice of creating art or simply living life:

“You have to know how to use the accident, how to recognise it, how to control it, and ways to eliminate it so that the whole surface looks felt and born all at once.” -Helen Frankenthaler Helen-Frankenthaler-Gagosian

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Start Now! The Creativity Journal by Kate Neckel

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Good morning, happy Monday.

I’m excited to share my friend Kate Neckel‘s book with you. I went the launch party at STORY last week and everyone was just raving about the book. You should get it stat. There have been so many articles lately about adult coloring books and prompted journals but Kate’s book may be the most playful and fun of the lot.

Kate’s book is like having an art coach with a comforting hand on your shoulder, tell you to “go for it and express yourself”. I have the feeling that people will be compelled to write, draw and let their feelings loose on the page and with a new twinkle in their eye and way of looking at life and the world around them.

I’ve known Kate for years now through our sites and coffee dates at Grumpy’s where she has recently illustrated totes and mugs. Kate has created drawings for books, magazines, bands, walls all around the world and more.

Start Now! The Creativity Journal, is her first book, the first of many I’d say. Take a look at her book vid. here.

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Salvaged paper paintings

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Client work has been piling up leaving me with little time for daily drawings and even posting stuff here. Still, I crave those little free moments to fool around. I really love working on salvaged paper. It feels somehow imbued with a history and story. Even if it’s a simple receipt, decrepit book page or packing slip…it’s a relic of someone’s life and someone’s time. I have a nice collection of papers to use and they somehow feel more special and valuable because of the meaning attached so I don’t use them all the time. Here are some recent drawings I’ve shared on Instagram. Follow me if you’d like to see more. I’ll try to post more frequently!

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Seventeen Magazine: September illustrations

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Check out my latest illustrations for the September issue of Seventeen Magazine. I love working with them. The stories are so fun and they’re into lively color and letting me do my thing!
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