Fall 2017 Floral

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So this is a bit different! This painting started out as a quick sketch that sat on my desk for a week. I just had to finish it, though, because I had a plan for it. Kind of. I knew I wanted to make it fall related, and include a fall floral print, but that is the extent of my planning.

When I create art, it usually comes from a modge-podge of ideas and inspiration. This piece is no different.

Maybe if I share some of those ideas, it might spark creativity in others, too! I so appreciate looking back at other illustrators’ blog posts or Instagram pictures to study and learn from their creative processes and inspiration. It is so interesting!

Note: Hope everyone is doing well! We’ve been experiencing the ash and smoke from the Eagle Creek Fire in the Gorge. It makes everything grey and dirty feeling! I can’t wait to see blue sky again. Actually, regular clouds would be welcome too 🙂

 

Try Something New

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I do like simple black and white. What do you think of this as a card for bride and groom? Do you guys think a different color would look good?

Inspiration: Target gift card.img_0203

Horton – Dr. Seuss

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This piece was done for a friend of my sister’s! She’s redoing her nursery as a surprise for her friend and they are including Dr. Seuss in the theme. Horton is such a cute blue elephant. I love his wide eyes and kind heart. So appropriate for a kid’s room 🙂

Dr. Suess is such a classic when it comes to kids. That is a book every person can relate to. I loved The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham. One thing I remember in primary school was Read Across America, on Dr. Seuss’ birthday. I’m pretty sure they served green eggs and ham that day in the cafeteria. Gross. But kids are into funny things like that.

Side note: do you remember buying the novelty candies like the really sour liquid stuff and Fun Dip when you were a kid? It makes my mouth hurt thinking about it.

Anyway, reading Dr. Seuss books as an adult (haha! that sounds so weird to say. Like, I just turned 18!) is kind of hard. They don’t seem that long, but until you read them out loud, you wish you’d picked another book 🙂

Until next time!

Caroline

 

 

New Sketchbook

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Does anyone else have this weird trepidation when it comes to starting a new sketchbook? I got one for Christmas and I’m so careful with it! It has this really nice watercolor paper, not light-duty stuff like 60 lb. paper. I’m so excited to start using it, but I just want it to stay so nice looking!

After Christmas, I start thinking of the upcoming New Year and what it will bring. Will I spend more time on art projects? Will I start an online shop? Will it go the same as 2016? (Doubtful!) I love the new year for all of the fresh starts it brings.

The typography on the cover started out with a Pinterest search. I saw some really cool vintage typography that I incorporated into this cover design. It kinda has a twenties vibe that I’m into. Or silent movie era.

I’m thinking of new changes for the blog. Any ideas? Maybe a themed weekly post that isn’t so random? I’m going to start a web search for hints.

Until next time!

Caroline

 

Calm & Bright – Greeting Card No.15

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Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ, the Saviour is born
Christ, the Saviour is born

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth