Monday, April 14, 2014

Originals for Sale

It seems that spring has finally arrived and, once again, I have the itch to go through and sort things.

While going through some older art work I found images for a travel calendar that I did for The Lang Companies, back when I was a full time staff artist for them.

The title was "Around the World" and it was produced in 2011. The original concept called for a vertical format and two versions, European and US cities. The European version was produced but switched to a horizontal format. The US version was never made.

I distinctly remember these images being a real challenge in a positive way. My grandfather traveled for business and I incorporated some of the postcards he sent to my sister and I as well as other personal pieces of ephemera. And although my style has changed a bit over the years, these images remain some of my favorite.

That said, I have decided to sell some of them. I would rather they end up in a place where they will be displayed and appreciated, rather than in a box on a shelf. Some of them have already been purchased and I have hung on to a few for old times sake but the rest are up for grabs.

If you are interested, please visit my etsy store or check out my Pinterest page.

In the near future I will be adding the US cities and originals from the "Girlfriends" calendars I did from 2007-2011.

Thanks for stopping by!

The Calendar



A few of the images.





Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Postcard From Germany

My postcard arrived from Germany!

It was created by Karene' Wedekind and I LOVE it. The colors, the message, the stitching. Oh so nice.

There is something magical about receiving a card created just for you that you can hold in your hands. I really liked that this came as a postcard without an envelope, the stamps and postmarks added to the final image.

The Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap is put together by Do What You Love For Life. I encourage you to sign up for next year, I know I will!







Thursday, March 13, 2014

Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap



I have been waiting to post an image until my card made it to Germany. I just hated to ruin the surprise.

And here's the back, I left room for a message.

You can read more about the swap here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Paper Love Blog Hop-Why I love Paper

The PaperLove Blog Hop is a celebration of all things paper! Follow the links to discover more bloggers who love paper and use it to inspire and delight. And if you want to explore a whole world of paper, and stretch your paper passion further with a host of creative projects, why not join the innovative new online course PaperLove (starts March 31). Led by book artist Rachel Hazell, PaperLove is a five week creative adventure for paper lovers. Find out more here.

As part of this blog hop I have been asked to write about why I love working in paper. 
Hmmmm, I never thought much about why paper has almost always been my go to. Naturally, as an illustrator, I have drawn and painted on paper but what really gets me going is cutting, pasting and stitching paper. 

Pieces of paper have always been incorporated into my illustrations, usually in the form of old book pages. Over the years the paint was slowly replaced with snips of patterned paper. Typically I build a pattern in photoshop, print it on nice paper and then cut, tear and stitch it into whatever it is that I have in my head that day.

I also have a thing for scraps of paper with handwriting on them. My studio and home are located in the heart of downtown Atlanta and I walk around the city quite a bit. If I see a list or note that someone has dropped, I HAVE to pick it up. I bring it home and add it to the box of bits of paper. Eventually it will come out and make it into an illustration. 

I realize that I still haven't answered the "Why" here, but all I think we need to know, is that I love it. Making the switch from paint to paper snips has brought a joy back to my work that has been missing for some time. I can't wait to get into the studio and get to work. I really just love what I do these days and I believe it's because of my old friend paper. 


My 2015 Tres Chic calendar for The Lang Companies




An image from my set of coasters for Studio M
They are titled "Kick Up Your Heels"



 I LOVE making paper shoes, dresses and handbags. They are quite time consuming so 
I don't get to make as many as I would like to. You can see more here.


"Suzanne" paper dress made from vintage paper
You can see more dresses here.


Thanks for stopping by and make sure to visit these other paper lovers. 

Majo Bautista / Tona Bell Louise Best Cathy Bluteau / Jennifer Bomgardner / Giova Brusa / Lindsay Buck / Beka Buckley / Joanna Caskie / Jonathan Chapman (Mr Yen) / Halle Cisco / Sarah Clare / Cathryn Clarge / Dawn Clarkson / Rhiannon Connelly Jenny D'Fuego / Molly Dhiman / Ian Dudley / Ayisatu Emore / Akmal Farid / Monika Forsberg / Claire Fritz-Domeney / Louise Gale / Chrissy Gaskell / Julie Hamilton / Emma Hawman / Rachel Hazell / Holly Helgeson / Claudine Hellmuth / Kim Henkel / Sarah Hoffman / Joanne Hus / Paula Joerling / Beth Kempton / Julie Kirk / Eos Koch / Katie LaClair / Kristy Lankford / Michelle Manolov / Doreen Marts Rosie Martinez-Dekker / Tori Mears / Maria Mederios / Lise Meijer / Debbie Miller / MaryJane Mitchell / Suzy Naidoo / Grace Noel / Hannah Nunn / Camilla Olsson / Jo Packham / Rachelle Panagarry / Monette Pangan / Melanie Paul Nicole Piar / Jen Pitta / Liz Plummer Julie Reed / Michelle Reynolds / Lisa Rivas Angee Robertson / Natalie Ryan / Aisling Ryan / Elisabet Sapena / Kyrrha Sevco / Jamie Sprague / Elizabeth Steele / Terri Stephens / Juniper Stokes / Mary Tanana / Maike Thoma / Linda Tieu Gabrielle Treanor / Tammy Tutterow / Deborah Velasquez / Jordan Vinograd Kim / Cat Whipple / Brooke Witt / Katie Wood Amelia Woodbridge

Monday, February 24, 2014

Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap



Well it's that time of year again. The days are getting longer, spring is right around the corner (THANK GOD) and The Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap is back!!!!!

I can't tell you how much I love this event organized by Beth Nicholls of Do What You Love . People from all over the world create a stitched postcard based on a word, this year the word is CREATE and the cards travel over land and sea to reach their destination.

This year (the 7th) TGBGPS has teamed up with Anchor, part of the worldwide Coats group to offer a giveaway.

So RUN, don't walk on over to The Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap and register. You have until midnight GMT Tuesday, February 25th.

Here are a couple of my cards from previous years.













Thursday, January 23, 2014

Souvenirs From the Atlanta Gift Show

Well another Gift Show has come and gone and I have almost recovered.

I live just a few blocks from the mart and my home and studio have become the meeting spot for after show antics. You never know who will show up.

This show was a little different in that my fellow Art Biz Jammers and I decided to host a dinner party for all of the wonderful participants in our first Art Biz Jam retreat that we held in September. Somehow it turned into dinner for 30 but who's counting?

Here are a few highlights from the evening.

 Phyllis Dobbs, Lori Siebert, Chad Barrett, Anne BrownRobin Davis and I were the evenings hosts. 



Lori and Robin were house guests and we decided to have Dan DiPaolo over for breakfast.



I thought there would be leftovers but there weren't. The Rum cake disappeared too.



I can't tell you how much I love seeing all of these wonderful artists.


 Several people wandered into the studio for a "draw off". The rest of us stayed in the house and continued drinking and eating.

This is how it worked. Paper was folded in half. One person drew a body and passes it to someone else. That person had to draw a head without looking at the body. When everyone is finished, you open the drawing and hilarity ensues. 


Clearly there was some real talent here. 

Lori, Chad, Phyllis, Anne and I will be holding another Art Biz Jam in October of this year. Head on over to the ABJ site for more information. Hope to see you there!
Oh and fyi......my studio mate Chad Barrett isn't in any of the photos because he took them all.


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Thank You Notes-Tis' the Season!



Sending a thank you note after receiving a gift is something that seems to be a lost art these days. While I am sure I have missed a few people here and there, I really enjoy making and sending a note after I receive a gift or when someone has gone out of their way to do something nice for me.

Since it is that time of year once again, please indulge me and allow me to get up on my high horse and offer a few tips for writing thank you notes. You will be rewarded with a free Thank You card download that you can print and use as many times as you like.

First, I would like to say that if you have received a gift through the mail, it's nice to let the sender know that it arrived. I think we have all wondered if the gift we sent made it safely to it's final destination. A quick text or email works just fine for this. "Just wanted to let you know the gift arrived and I (we) look forward to opening it" works nicely.

Now back to the thank you note.......

A nice handwritten note is so much nicer than an impersonal email. Don't be intimated, it doesn't have to be a long drawn out thing and I guarantee it will be appreciated. If someone took the time to select a gift and plop down their hard earned money for you, it's nice to let them know you appreciated it.
And I don't want to hear that you don't have the time. If you find yourself sitting in front of the television or cruising Facebook, you have the time to write a note.

Here are some samples to make things easier.

Dear Aunt Penelope,

Thank you so much for the lovely scarf. It is much appreciated and I will think of you every time I wear it.
Have a wonderful New Year!

Love,
Bunny

and if you want to be less specific.....

Dear Wanda,

Thank you for the lovely gift. It was very generous and thoughtful of you to think of me.
It's just perfect!
I look forward to seeing you soon. Happy New Year!

Love,
Sally

See, not that difficult and there are plenty of thank you note samples online-just google "thank you note samples".

Ok, I'm through, thanks for bearing with me.

Now, for the free thank you note.

The snowman is from a Lang Calendar that will be coming out in 2015. The notes are 3.5" x 5" and will fit in a variety of envelopes. They will work for kids as well as adults.
Just download, print on card stock, cut them out and you are ready to go! Feel free to email me if you have any problems.
Here is what the file looks like.
Download it from google by clicking here. 
(To download, click the file tab and select download.To print, select the printer icon.)

Oh, and no need to send me a thank you note, maybe just leave a comment or "like" my Facebook page (but only after you've finished writing your notes).

All the best for a wonderful 2014!

Thank you for reading my blog!
xop