Heart Swan

Swan Heart

New print’s in my Society 6 shop for those who like morbid Valentine gifts…or just skulls and flowers. 🙂


Mini Works 3

Last of the bunch.

ScatterFloaties

Surfacing


Mini Works 2

More of the 4×4 creature drawings.

Blue MoonSiblingsVine Portraits


Mini Works

As I figure out what my goals will be for this year, I have been doing some small 4″ x 4″ drawings with my Curious Creature characters. I’ve been playing with paper types and colour combos. One thing I do know is that I’m ready to expand and add a few creatures to the  world. Here are some of the experiments.

Reach out and touchDangerous WatersCoral


Art Swap

I’m really drawn to these one off art things for some reason. Maybe because their random and allow me to procrastinate from things I “should be doing”.

Enter Light Grey Art Lab. They had an artist art swap taking place before Christmas. Thinking this would be a great way to connect with a random artist in another city, into the hat my name was entered. A few days later an email appeared with a listing of all the partnered up people.

It work out that I was paired up with another Canadian woman. Her name is Jill Bogart and she does some really lovely illustrations. I especially love her Spoonflower patterns. Do check her out if you have a chance.

Now to the exchange! I have been itching to make some movable art pieces for awhile now and inspiration struck. My little Ave Paradisus character that I love to draw is always up to mischief so why not a trip across Canada to deliver a message. 🙂 Below is the work in it’s “closed” state and then after you run the tab with the starfish on it up…behold a holiday message 🙂 It was really too much fun.

So what did she send me you ask? Well… a whole lot of awesome that’s what.

She had been making felt ornaments as gifts for people and she made me my very own felted Curious Creature! The same critter that I sent to her. Coincidence? YES, because neither of us new what we were sending each other. They came with a couple of great “backgrounds” that are prints of some of the patterns she sells in her Spoonflower shop. Check out the stuff she sent below.

This was a super fun swap. Hoping I get to do it again next year.

 

Goodies

 


Beetle Taggin’ 2014

Alright I’m a bit behind in posting so it’s time to do some catch up. This year’s Christmas present tags started out early on in November. Yes, that’s how far behind I am…Christmas. It’s the earliest I have ever started the tags and I stuck with doing a linocut print again this year. I have really been enjoying them over the last few years.

This years guy is inspired by the Anoplognathus pallidicollis better known as the Australian Christmas Beetle. Known as this because of it’s appearance en masse around the Christmas season. Oh so clever of a name 🙂 Beetles are festive right? It had a great muted gold and green tone to it from photos I found. Add a few eucalyptus leaves and berries and there we go. I originally intended to print the beetle in gold but after a few test prints I changed my mind and went with a green print and gold detailing added in after the fact. The final colouration isn’t very true to the original insect but I like how it turned out. The gold doesn’t show well here but it’s quite flashy as it turns in the light. Here’s a pic of the beetle in his green state and then with the added gold. I may try and do some prints in just gold again but maybe on a different paper. I felt the white background just washed the whole thing out too much. It is a tag after all and needs to stand out a bit.


Do People Still Send Christmas Cards?

Well the title of this post is two fold. The first is truly a serious question. I do…randomly…send Christmas cards that is.  Some years I do, others I don’t. This year I was struck with inspiration so these illustrations will appear on the Christmas cards I’m sending out.

Needing somewhere to have them made I turned to Society 6. I have been eyeing them up for awhile and thought now might be a good time to open a store. But you already have a store? Yes I do but this one allows me to offer things that I otherwise wouldn’t be able to. So the second purpose of this post is to let you everyone know that they can stop by my Society 6 shop  for Christmas cards and other reproduction work and my StorEnvy shop will be for selling my originals.

Spread the word if you like. If not shhhh no one like a negative nancy. 🙂