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Nova Scotia + ICON9

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Good Morning World.

It feels so nice to be back in Nashville in my studio. Finally a time to focus, digest, and settle into new projects. This past month, I was able to travel home to Michigan, drive to Nova Scotia, do a little camping with friends, and then attend ICON9 in Austin, TX. It's been a whirlwind, but as the dust settles, I'm finding little inspirations that I've subconsciously collected along the way making their way into my sketches for future work. 

The Sunset Hike in Cape Breton

The Sunset Hike in Cape Breton

The Boreal Forest, which looks dead, but is very much alive! 

The Boreal Forest, which looks dead, but is very much alive! 

My husband Matt and my bestie Sweet Baby Re Re. Eating Soup in freezing June!

My husband Matt and my bestie Sweet Baby Re Re. Eating Soup in freezing June!

In NS, we stayed in Cape Breton for a couple of days and took a guided tour for a sunset hike through the Boreal Forest to watch the sun set over the ocean. We learned about the forest, the fir and spruce trees, the acidic soil and fresh sap, and the inhabiting american martens (which are one of my favorites). We got to see two moose as well, and they are incredibly humbling creatures. It was magical. Expect to see some of this magic soon if I can help it. 

In process planning for a new personal painting! 

In process planning for a new personal painting! 


It's strange to talk of ICON9 in past tense as I feel like I had been counting down the conference for weeks, and it was always something exciting in the future...and just like that...it's over! It was an awesome week filled with inspiring speakers, makers and doers. I was able to take the stop-motion loop workshop with Chris Sickels of Red Nose Studio, who has been a favorite illustrator of mine for years. It was eye opening and exciting to think about doing more 3D work, and putting it to motion. It was also so cool seeing his puppets in real life! They're even more charming in person! 

Chris Sickels demonstrating his stop-motion process! 

Chris Sickels demonstrating his stop-motion process! 

One of his very sweet puppets! 

One of his very sweet puppets! 

I also did the Roadshow! It was a blast, and I want to not only thank the folks at ICON for letting me share my work there, but also to each and everyone of you who came to my table to show support and purchase prints and cards! It was pretty chaotic but every one I met was incredibly caring and enthusiastic. I hope everyone had a great time! 

The next best thing to hearing all of illustrators share their work, was meeting people face to face! In a career where most of my interactions take place online, it's just very fufilling to meet people as human makers, and not just online identities. I got to see the ladies from Light Grey Art Lab (who inspire me and my studio mate Kayla with everything they do) and I got to finally meet Teagan White! Teagan and I have chatted through email for a couple of years now and actually have the same Children's Publishing Agent, Nicole, but I hadn't met her in person.

This ICON was the first one where I actually knew a number of people, so hanging with old friends was incredibly refreshing and awesome. And I leave you with this, which represents the feeling of the whole event which was an exciting, sweaty (thanks Austin!), whirlwind of weirdos. 

Adios Monday Warriors!

 

 

 

Well this is embarrassing.

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My last post was in APRIL. Today is July 1. I have much catching up to do. 

This past Spring has been quite busy with the opening of The Warren,  signing on with my new and incredible agency, Tugeau 2, and working like mad behind the scenes on a couple of book projects and a branding project. 

The Branding Project is one I am thrilled to share. First, I have to say, I'm generally not one for taking on branding work - I don't do logo and design work, simply because I am not a designer - I leave that to the geniuses. But when I was approached by photographer, Katch Silva, and graphic designer, Tony Sasso, to create illustrations for her brand (and after seeing her inspiration board, which was right up my alley), I jumped in head first. I had a blast creating the characters, the sweet story-based illustration, the handwritten type, and the slew of natural elements to be used in her well-rounded brand. 

The illustrations were created with gouache and colored pencil, and cleaned and delivered digitally. To see more from the project, check out the Katch Silva Gallery in my portfolio! And be sure to check out her stunning photography. It will move and mystify you, I promise. 


This Tuesday, I'm heading to Austin, TX to attend ICON9!  This will be my third time ICON, and I think it'll be my best one to date. The first ICON I attended, I was a student volunteer - the second, I was a starstruck wallflower (I'm shy and awkward!) but this time around, I know quite a few attendees (no more drinking coffee alone in the corner).

I'm pretty excited, I'll have a table at the ROADSHOW Thursday night, and will be selling new prints, greeting cards, and notebooks! All of which will be available in my online shop when that opens later this summer (I know I keep pushing it back, but I'm a one-woman business and I'm human) so if you can't make it to the event, you'll still be able to grab some goodies. I'll been busy packing, stuffing, and painting this week to prep! 

As excited as I am for the Roadshow and the whole conference, I am most giddy about the Stop-Motion Workshop with one of my favorite illustrators around. I'll be learning how to loop stop motions with artist Chris Sickels of Red Nose Studio. He's been a huge inspiration for almost a decade, and I'm thrilled to get behind the scenes, meet the puppets, and learn the process. 

©RedNoseStudio

©RedNoseStudio


Can't wait to meet everyone at ICON! I'll be sharing my time on Instagram if you want to follow along!  As always, thanks for reading! 

xo

Lunch Lady

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GUYS. A blog post two days in a  row. I'm killing it. 

A while back, I did a bunch of food paintings for my friend Joe Kolean's film debut, which was great, I love painting food. But then an even more awesome thing happened and editor, Kate Berry approached me about using the apple illustration in the second volume of Lunch Lady Magazine.  I got it in the mail this week, and it took me a couple of days to open the package because it was so beautifully wrapped. I opened it yesterday and almost fell over. Seriously stunning. Do yourself a favor if you like good design, food, family, recipes, and art and get the first and/or second issue of Lunch Lady.

Now, I am not a parent (unless you count my nerdy animals) but I'm literally obsessed with recipes. A trip to the library is a trip to get a cookbook. My off time is spent with my nose in my own cookbooks, and pinning dozens of new recipes on Pinterest. It's my very own creative craft where I have no pressure or expectation, and when it's all said and done, I usually get to eat a sweet meal. 

So proud! My little apple is the apple section header! 

Photo by Ava Puckett! 

Photo by Ava Puckett! 

Ahh. What a great little treat to open up. Now, time for this lady to grab a coffee and sit myself down with my own little Lunch Lady treasure. Thanks again Kate! 

 

xoxo

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FOXLORE

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I can't believe I haven't posted in over a month! Heresy! I will say on my own behalf, I've been busier than a one armed paper hanger (can you name what movie that's from? If you can, we probably would be great friends.) I've been working on multiple book projects and I can't wait to share them. Let me tell you… I've found my home! My corner or the art world. I scoped in galleries, in advertising, in editorial work but could not get comfortable. And then I walked into the book world and BOOM. I'm home. 

This post, however, is not about books, but about an illustration I did for an incredibly talented band, The Crane Wives. I've been creating the album covers for the band since their first album way back in 2011. Last year, they released their third album, Coyote Stories, which was one of my favorites to illustrate. 

This week the band released Coyote Stories' sister album, Foxlore. I created the illustration with full freedom (which is why I love working with them). The fox was looking stoic but he needed something…a little…spark. My 'ideas guy' as my better half likes to call himself, suggested a crown half joking, but that was it. I sent the sketch to the band and they loved the crown. He is now not only stoic, but ever so regal. 

The painting is 10x20" Gouache and Colored Pencil on Paper. Here is the sketch I initially started with. The location is actually based on a beautiful overlook outside of Nashville, Narrows of the Harpeth. I visited for a hike, and the view is breathtaking. 

And here is another detail of the final! 

Now. I promise I won't wait a whole other month before sharing again. 

xoxo

February 27, 28, 29 :: TRIFECTA

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Today is February 29! How often do you get an extra day of the year?! Every four years, that's how often. What are you going to do with all this extra TIME?

Today I have this final celebration for you: The Trifecta. Cooking |  Bread  |  Tea  (In no particular order). This weekend I took time away from my work, and instead made potato soup, had a bonfire, rearranged my house, went hiking, sat in the grass, ate pancakes - I had a real plan free weekend. I do apologize for not giving you your daily pins, but here they are in all their glory. 

I have been watching Michael Pollan's show COOKED on Netflix, and I am inspired and in awe. Cooking has become my closet obsession. Though I don't share it that often, most of my free time is spent in the kitchen trying new ingredients and recipes - every trip to the library is for cookbooks, and every free phone moment is spent saving recipes on Pinterest. So today we celebrate cooking in all of its capacities. Also - bread and tea - no explanation needed. So comforting. So magical. 

Head over to the Flow Magazine Friends of Flow Pinterest Board to see today's final post! Thank you to everyone who has been following along this month. And stay tuned, as I am working on making prints of selected drawings from this series. I'll keep you posted! 

xoxo Happy February 29! Happy Leap Day! 

 

 

February 26 :: Pencil!

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Pencils are definitely ordinary objects, that once scrutinized, are impossibly extraordinary. My friend Edie was telling me about the new pencil store, CW Pencil Enterprise in NY and how incredible it was. Just days later, I was listening to the latest Freakonomics Podcast which actual features this new store. This particular podcast is all about the pencil - how it's made, and how impossible it is to actually make. It's so extraordinary! 

 

So today, we celebrate Pencils! Check out more on the Friends of Flow Pinterest Board

And have a great weekend! 

February 25 :: Light

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“May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.”  - J.R.R. Tolkien
 

This morning I woke feeling heavy minded about the world and its overwhelming struggles. It's hard to be small and wonder which one deserves the most attention, or how we can be of help. It is sometimes troubling to make art and wonder whether or not that actually benefits the world at all. But then I think,  I could be making work that belittles others or puts out negativity into the world - and I always try to do the opposite. I try to bring light because we all need it - I need it. 

 

So today, we celebrate light - however that resonates with you. Bulbs of light, bugs of light, lights of fire, a light heart.  Light is seen as a positive force, and I am oh so thankful for it. Today on the Flow Magazine Friends of Flow Pinterest Post, we celebrate Light. 

xoxo

February 24 :: Snails!

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Every time it rains here in Nashville, I am mindful of my step. Lurking silently on my porch are terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusks - otherwise known as snails. These shell covered blobs of life must be going somewhere..but they never seem to be in a hurry. Since Flow Magazine is after all, "A Magazine That Takes Its Time", what better way to celebrate our Friend's of Flow post, than by commemorating snails. 

Snails are amazing! Did you know snails are hermaphrodites? That they are believed to live up to 25 hears in captivity? INSANE! Make your day better by learning more about these goobies here

Happy Wednesday! And watch where you step! 

February 23 :: The Moon

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Our lovely Moon : Everynight Magic. This beaming satellite which orbits Earth is seen through its 29 day cycle, crescent to full, blue, glowing orange, crisp and clear. It affects our tides and is slowly moving farther from Earth, elongating its orbit. It is not the biggest moon in the Solar System, but it is our only moon, and I am thankful for it. 

Today we celebrate the moon, this magical lunar friend. To find more moon illustrations, check out Flow Magazine's Friends of Flow Pinterest Board. (I have to tell you - there are so many incredible pieces of art surrounding the moon, that I had to literally peel myself away from pinning. I could have pinned moons all day!) 

Happy Tuesday! And don't forget to look up tonight! 

February 22 :: Fire

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Hello! I'm back again - for more celebrating and more pinning. 

Today we celebrate fire - the kind you gather around, whether it's in a brick fireplace, or on the ground at camp. This weekend at our Farmhouse, we lit a fire in the fireplace and sat around eating S'Mores and telling ghost stories. You know as well as I - there's nothing better and cozier than staring at, sitting around, and smelling a good fire. 

Head over to the Flow Magazine Friends of Flow Pinterest Board for more fire inspiration! And Happy Monday! 

February 21 :: Sheep! (A Day Late!)

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Yesterday was February 21 - I have to admit I'm a day late on this one. I think you'll forgive me when you see my reason...

I think can all agree that no matter how enticing Pinterest is, watching lambs escape from the barn and wander up onto your porch takes the cake. 

Saturday night, I was joined by four other incredible Nashville artists, as we slept over in a farmhouse, hiked to a waterfall, ate homemade food, played drawing games and attempted the Ouija Board (which sadly doesn't seem to work when you're an adult). The getaway was put on by our new studio, The Warren, which will be opening soon - I can't wait to tell you more about it!

Yesterday's drawing is dedicated to all those gals who melted along with me at the baby sheep. To see more sheep illustrations, head over the Flow Magazine's Friends of Flow Pinterest Board!  

Check out the other artists I stayed with: Kayla Stark , Katie Turner , Ava Puckett, Hannah Beasley 

Happy Monday! Check back this afternoon with today's second Pinterest post! 

February 19 :: Bees!

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I was terrified by bees as a child. My mother's advice:  just stay still - they won't hurt you if you don't move. And then one day I was sitting on my swing and a bee came along and rested on my shoulder. I was terrified, but I sat bone still, breathless, waiting for the bee to move along. And then it stung me. For years after, I just flailed like an idiot every time a bee was in sight. Now I love them, I welcome them, and they fascinate me. 

 

Today we celebrate bees and the awesome little friends they are. Here are some bee facts that will make your Friday even more magical than Fridays already are. And if you want to see more bees, of course go check out the Flow Magazine Friends of Flow Pinterest Board!

Happy Friday! And just remember: Beeeeeeeee yourself! 

February 18 :: Clocks!

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This month we are celebrating the ordinary objects in our lives that are really very extraordinary.  I asked my husband yesterday, "What's something in our life that we take for granted - that is actually very special and magical and incredible, and mind-blowing that it even exists?" And then I quicky added, "Besides Everything." And it is all unbelievable that we even exist to experience anything. I won't get into an existential rant, but really…we are surrounded every single day by wonder.

 

One such wonder is time and our quest to keep it. Find out more here about the history of the clock. Today's Friends of Flow Pinterest Post is dedicated to clocks.  

May your day be so extraorindary that time stands still. 

xoxo

February 17 :: Vegetables!

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I LOVE Vegetables. Love them. I definitely wasn't raised loving them but in recent years, I started eating almost exclusively fruits and vegetables. Since, it's opened my eyes to trying new vegetables, experimenting with ways to eat them, both cooked and raw. My favorite is kale - it's so versatile. Eat it as a salad, put it in stews and soups, sauté it up, even roast it and turn it into a chip! Now I'm hungry! 

Today I am celebrating vegetables on the Flow Magazine Friends of Flow Pinterest Board. Now go out there and eat your greens!