It’s safe to say I’m most inspired by the bright sunny days, blooming flowers and pastel colors associated with springtime. I know I’m not the only one ;) Creating designs for the home, stationery & gift products is what I’m most focused on right now. I’m committed to license and sell more art to my favorite brilliant companies this year. This requires more time on my computer, reaching out and crossing my fingers. Is that love? In a way, YES.
I hope you had a sparkling Valentine’s Day!
I just had some new business cards made. People still use these, right?
I’m working on art to license or purchase at Blue Print this May. Here’s a little snapshot of what’s in the studio. Birds, botanica, mushrooms and wild animals remain some of my favorite things to paint.
Have a good week ahead. Thanks for stopping by today! xo, A
We Made It :: Cheers to a strong, healthy and joyous 2019 ::
I just celebrated my birthday with some of the coolest ladies I know.
: Below, a little snapshot from 2018 : It’s nice to look back at the people, places & things that bring joy through the ups & downs that each year brings with it.
I have new designs being exhibited with Cinnamon Joe Studios at Blue Print in San Francisco Oct 2-4th - the show is right on Fisherman’s Wharf! Wish I could be there.
I signed with Andrea & Paul at Cinnamon Joe Studios last spring. If you attend the show, just ask to see my collections. My latest product designs are not on my site, here, but feel free to contact me if you’d like to take a look :) Included is home decor- kitchen & tableware, bedding, cards & stationery, swimsuits, yea swimsuit designs and more!
I hope you're settling into fall with ease. I'm thrilled it's been cooler here in NYC. I haven't posted here, in a while, so this is a look at some work created over the summer. I started the IG 100 day challenge back in spring. I chose to focus on dogs, but I didn't get too far. Fortunately, it's bc I became busy with a couple of commissions and my scenic art work.
I'm just sifting through some favorites now.
In this post, I've used the 'carousel' format, more than a few times - Just click on a pic in scroll to reveal more images.
:: Dogs and flowers :: I love 'em!
More flowers? Yes, I love 'em! I created some of these for Victoria Johnson's class, Explore Florals. I've taken her Create Christmas class, too. I love her briefs and the reference material she shares.
Here, some very new paintings.
This fella is based on a ring (by Les Nereides) I saw in Paris last month. I chose to buy some of their beautiful earrings instead. I couldn't get him out of my mind, so I painted this little scene.
And, I went online and snapped him up (well, not the exact same one, but close :)
I had the opportunity to paint portraits of these four lovely young girls. These made their way all the way to Belgium :)
My Bunny Brand illustration was included in the summer issue of Uppercase, one of my favorite magazines. I really admire everything Janine Vangool does.
It's always fun & flattering to sneak into this magazine, somehow!
And finally, I recently took a wonderful trip with my good friends, one who is not quite a teen! I love Paris and this was my 1st visit to Copenhagen, Denmark. The weather was terrific! It was a gift to escape the humidity and the exhausting political climate here in the US, for a couple of weeks. Europe is dreamy. I realize after returning home, that I should focus on saving money specifically to travel somewhere each year. I often put it off and years pass quickly. After recovering from the travel hangover, I feel rejuvenated and inspired. Of course, I fantasize about living abroad, if only for a few months, one day. I wonder if I could do it. I guess time will tell. If you love seeing other people's travel pics (I actually do) there are more on my IG page.
Hope you don't feel overwhelmed by this glut of images I've just shared ;) I got a little excited. Have a great week!! xo, A
I saw these cute kids at a crosswalk with their teachers last week in rainy Park Slope, Brooklyn. I loved their colorful little jackets and hoods. It made a nice impression on me, so I painted this for fun.
These two are more dreamlike. One is a joyful summer haze and the other a magical meeting by moonlight.
Hope you're enjoying spring, wherever you may be.
Have a delightful Memorial Day weekend! xo, A
I have an agent!
I just signed with Cinnamon Joe Studio! Here's a little sneak peek at a few of my product designs. I'll have select collections on view with Cinnamon Joe at the upcoming back to back Blue Print trade shows, starting this week.
I signed too recently to have a full portfolio included, but this feels like a good start! I hope to license and create new work for stationery, fabric, home decor, the children's market and anything else I can get my hands on ;)
I love my new apartment in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. I lived in Carroll Gardens for many many years. It was a big adjustment for me and there are things I miss about my old neighborhood, but I'm really happy in this pretty prewar apartment. I'm on a corner on the 6th floor and the natural light, archways and shiny wood floors inspire true joy in me!
I'm on a budget, since moving is expensive, so I'm trying to be crafty. I repainted this old metal table and added an orange plexi top. I put together IKEA Kallax shelves to store some paintings and assembled a dresser by Tarva (painted it pale pink). It's not the same as someone who can really build, but that the drawers open & close made me quite proud.
The shelves act as a sort of divider between my bedroom and workspace. There are 3 windows, so I had to put my drawing table in there :)
My brushes are in order and here's a little mix of springtime paintings. I can't wait for warmer weather, flowers and green tree tops.
As a renter, I'm somewhat limited in what I can do, with say a bathroom, but I painted a blue wall mural to balance all the "peach" tiles in there.
I also painted the vintage clothes hamper in there! Under the Sea in orange & yellows.
Below, after emptying all the bins. Gorilla Bins were great btw! I ordered 40 that they delivered to my old apt and picked up a couple weeks later at my new place. I can also recommend Top Hat Movers, really nice, helpful & fast movers! As stressful as moving was, they made it as seamless as it could be for someone, like me, who had a lot of bins & boxes & paintings to move.
I've posted most of these (probably more) on Instagram, but I'm still pretty excited to settle in here. It's really fun to find a place for everything and the amount of wall space gives some of my older paintings a chance to shine again.
I enjoyed adding color to my white kitchen! These bamboo utensils and red toaster oven are from Wayfair :D
Below, my Rose rug from Society6, sweet kitty ring dish by my friend, Kristine Lombardi, paints in box, Woman (oil on canvas), Nervous Bear (acrylic on canvas), Manor (acrylic on wood), my childhood bear and my orange shelf, which holds some favorites, including Uppercase books & magazines :)
Thanks for taking a look at my new place. It felt a little heartbreaking when I learned I had to move from my old apartment on Court Street. This was actually the very 1st place I looked at, I saw about 10 others and kept coming back to this one. I'm so glad I did. The neighbors are nice, good restaurants & groceries are right around the corner, as are the historic Victorian homes that first attracted me to the area years ago. Fortunately, my friends, Melissa Stampley, Bryon Finn & Marie Coons live in the neighboring area of Kensington, so this didn't seem as far out as it could have. I look forward to walking to Prospect Park this spring and exploring the charming side streets. It probably sounds silly, but it feels like a magical fresh start, that I think I really needed.
Have a good night and a lovely Sunday! xo, A
Voila! Parisian pink roses for you. Have a wonderful romantic day :)
Have you made any resolutions? Have you chosen a word as inspiration to keep you on track throughout the year?
I'm trying to think of one.
I'm moving in a couple of weeks, leaving behind an apt and studio in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn I've lived in and loved for many years.
I'll be moving to Ditmas Park and I feel excited about the new place and that neighborhood of Brooklyn, but it's bittersweet.
In the run up to the holidays, I purchased some of my designs as gift wrap. I added these to my Spoonflower Shop, along with a few others as wrapping paper, fabric and wallpaper.
Brrrrr This Snowbunny is being decorated in spring colors for good luck.
I hope your year is off to a good start! Stay warm. xo, A
Hey! It's me, with some friends, in my studio. You probably haven't heard, but today is Cyber Monday ;) Consider supporting independent artists and designers, like myself.
I have lots of Art Prints and new Products in my S6 shop Today until Midnight PT - 40% OFF on (almost) Everything + Free Shipping
I might have to buy the pink shark shower curtain for myself, although the birds would brighten up my unusually small bathroom.
I really like how these metal travel mugs turned out. And, you really can't have enough bags. I have 100s, I carry bags inside other bags. I love it.
Birds of a Feather, above, Bouquet on blue & LOVE bunny will all be available from Oopsy Daisy Fine Art for Kids in the New Year!
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. The holidays always sneak up so fast. Good luck with sorting through all the sales before and after Christmas.
I love neighborhood shops, but the internet can free up time for some other things.
Like reading :)
Thanks for stopping by! xo, A
Sometimes I want to dive deep down under the ocean. I've never done it, but think I've got to try someday. My friend, Mika once told me that scuba diving brought her a great sense of peace. For now, here are two paintings from my new Under the Sea series.
Come hell or high water, black cat will deliver this bouquet to her friend.
Is it her imagination or is this cat sewing herself a bigger garden?
I recently took a (rare) trip out of NYC. I went with friends to the Berkshires for a big birthday party. It was beautiful. I was inspired to paint this little picture above, but couldn't help making it springtime.
Country bunny, above, is on lots of products in my Society 6 Shop
Check , please! Climate change isn't funny, but as soon as I painted this, I thought it looked like mom bear was requesting the check.
Collect your nuts! Winter is coming - eventually.
And finally, I had fun mocking up these designs. Let's see if I can get some of them licensed or manufactured on some actual products!
Thanks for making it this far :) Have a great week! xo, A
Here's what I've been up to in recent months - making paintings, working on a TV show & learning about substrates for the home decor market.
Above, is a mix of patterns I made for my MATS Home Decor 4 class, taught by Lilla Rogers and Margo Tantau. It's a fun and intensive course. We covered Metal, Fabric, Glass, Ceramics & Wood. First, we each picked a trendboard (1 of 3 offered) as reference for color, to help maintain a cohesive look. No surprise, I chose "Cupcake Market". During the course of 5 weeks, a mini exercise comes out each Monday, while the main assignment is revealed every Wednesday. A presentation board is then due by 5pm ET that Sunday. In addition, we learned about finishing techniques and read & watched interviews with some pros in the field. A great benefit of these courses, is getting to know the other talented people, from all over the world, taking part. We share information and ask advice from each other in a private Facebook group. I've taken MATS 3A & 2 bootcamps prior to this one and I always meet new artists to admire and learn from.
This was my board for wood products, my favorite, overall. I had some issues mocking products up, so I scrapped some ideas that I might go back to later. Most weeks, I created way more art than I could possibly use in the time I had.
My bunny trinket tray got a "Shout Out" in the review for week 3, which was Glass. I'm working on similar products to create a set of 3 and some other complimentary pieces.
I recently cleaned up this piece, below. It's a design for a kid's ceramic tray, but it can easily work as wall art or fabric. The bear & bunny friendship tends to show up over & over in my paintings.
My friends know I'm crazy about vintage ceramic planters, salt & pepper shakers, figurines, etc. as well as, hand painted dishes. So I was disappointed that I had the least amount of time to create anything for week 4, arguably my favorite substrate, ceramics! I'm working on a TV show called "Sneaky Pete". I paint sets and for this show, work as the camera scenic when there are 2 units shooting. My schedule varies, but that week I worked long hours. PS - Season 1 is on Amazon now, it's good!
Above, is a vintage-style kitsch design for a ceramic mug. I love it. I own a mug with a deer handle, it's a little awkward but very charming :)
Let's take a moment and play around with a logo :) Ok, carry on...
:: Detail Alert :: I created carved bookends for these painterly books.
This is Bea, for Beatrix Potter and Mike, for Michael Bond. I was thinking it would be nice if the names were customizable, too. I think these guys would look swell in a child's room.
Here are some sketches in my sketchbook. This 1st one, for fabric, is a good example of the ambition with which I usually started...
This was a quickie sketch I made with some new Caran D'ache wax pencils, so creamy!
I really like what I made for week 2, Fabric. This is one piece below. My board, in the end, looked overcrowded and I don't think all of the products were as well thought out as they could have been.
I was happy with the idea of decorative animal pillows :)
Some patterns to scroll through, if you're interested :)
And finally, thanks for hanging in there with me! Coming full circle, below are some of the art and products intended to be manufactured in metal, from week 1 of class, which now seems so long ago.
I'm glad I made it into this class while Lilla and Margo were still doing live reviews for it. It makes it very exciting and you learn, not only about what makes a collection work, but how to manage your emotions - looking at other people's wonderful designs! Again, I've made some interesting talented friends in class and it's nice to see how our own little groups have splintered off to continue sharing projects, insight & resources with each other.
Have a great week! Happy Fall!
Each of us in Pink Punch Art Collective is submitting a recipe this month to TDAC. This is the first one I've ever illustrated. It was fun! I found the recipe on Pinch of Yum food blog. These tacos are delicious! I altered mine ever so slightly, adding tomatoes and replacing the sour cream with *Fage Greek yogurt. If you watch your calories, you can eat more *chips and have an *extra Margarita ;)
I was aiming for a beachy &/or food truck style of sign. These are painting elements I made before putting them together in photoshop (and cleaning them up some) for the final. It was an interesting project, because of the specific dimensions and trying to simplify enough to fit ingredients and instructions on the panel. I think most of us have an idea of how to make tacos, hope so!
I love the illustrations I've seen by other Pink Punchers, Liv Wan, Lisa Baudry & Sandrine Monnier. Looking forward to seeing Anais Lee's & Sarah Allen's pieces.
Hope you're enjoying your summer! Cheers! xo, A
It's going to be a hot one, here in NYC this weekend, but I won't complain. I love spring and summer!
I've added new products to my Society 6 shop, including these notebooks, above. Take a look to see the latest!
Pssst- I'm really happy to share that I'm part of this new art collective, along with 5 other wonderful illustrators. Visit our site to learn a little about us!
Thanks for stopping by! It's nice to have friends like you :)
Hi, hello and hey! It's Spring 2017 and today, it almost feels like it outside!
I've been busy creating some new pieces, while finishing up work on "Power" season 4, the Starz network. I'm happy to share that I received my 1st licensing payment (ever, from anyone- YAY!) from Oopsy Daisy fine art for kids and I'm working on a couple of nice commissions at the moment.
Above, a piece I submitted to a March monthly challenge from Printed Village.
Here, several interiors (I love fantasizing about multiple houses) with pets :)
I've added a bunch of new designs to my Society 6 Shop - Here are 4 of my favorite notebooks :)
I created a few patterns that I think are a little different for me. I'm taking a MATS Bootcamp course with Lilla Rogers. I've taken two other MATS (make art that sells) classes and I'm always happy with how they inform new work. Below, is a backpack design I submitted. If you're interested, my other designs are in my Instagram feed.
I realize this is a loooong post, but it's been a while... I hope you made it this far!
Have a great rest of the week! xo, A
*Happy 2017* I hope it's off to a strong start!
I really enjoy meeting other artists through social media, especially on Instagram. I think the encouragement there has helped me gain confidence and take more chances.
Here are a few pieces from the Advent Calendar Challenge I participated in with illustrator, Amber Lynn Benton. It was fun to follow her prompts and to create a new painting each day. I wanted to add more Winter holiday images to my portfolio, so this was a great kick start :) If you'd like to see more, just visit my Instagram account.
I've also been incredibly lucky to work with scenic artists (USA Local 829) in the film/TV business who are talented, smart, funny and warm. The hours can be unpredictable, but I happened to be on projects this year with people I also consider my friends. I'm sure you know what a difference it makes to work with people who enhance a good day and make the long ones a lot less brutal.
Have you made any resolutions? I'm still considering mine. For now, I'm taking the time to reflect on what's going right, so far ;)
*Fingers crossed* that we all experience a meaningful year, full of beauty, triumph and love.
I'm very happy to share, that I've licensed a collection of art to Oopsy Daisy Fine Art for Kids and it has launched on their site - Yay!
See my pieces here. Please feel free to spread the word!
I found out last week that I'll be in Uppercase Magazine's 2017 Surface Pattern Design Guide. I couldn't be happier to be included in this issue. I don't know which of my submissions will make it in, but I can't wait to see :) Issue #32 comes out in January.
Have a Happy Halloween!
Thanks for stopping by today. I always like to see you! xo, A
“Aprils have never meant much to me, autumns seem that season of beginning, spring.” - Truman Capote
Admittedly, I love springtime most. For better or worse, I may never shake that Back to School feeling that fall carries with it.
Sunshine on a cool crisp day, savoring a cup of cocoa, watching animals frolic... In my book, that's a good day! My friend, Jim Tignor thought this looked like a Little Golden Book, that made me happy, too.
Working on some birthday and holiday cards. Hope my friends on Facebook don't tire of receiving these.
And alas, I'm back at writing my story about this little guy. My good friend, Kristine Lombardi gave me some encouragement after seeing this image on IG last week :)
Have a good week! xo, A
I was disappointed not to have advanced to the semi-final round of agent, Lilla Rogers' GTS (global talent search) this year, but in lieu of focusing on the next assignment, I was free to - 1. Work on a commercial, outside for 3 days, where I got my 1st tan of the summer and 2. Stumble upon a pair of old roller skates on my walk from the subway to Steiner Studios one morning. That inspired me to paint a series of vintage objects (found by cute animals, of course ;)
Oh yeah, and my new Progressives arrived! I'm still adjusting, but so far, so good.
Below, pretty pets painted on wood circles. I think these would make sweet dessert plates.
I love my little Brooklyn studio, but I like to fantasize about a seaside studio with a sweet garden :)
Summery sea life ...
Alas, I never tire of painting flowers or faces.
Enjoy your Labor Day weekend!
It's Back to School for many of my friends who are parents and those who teach. I'm looking forward to seeing my friends who flee the city in summer and I welcome the cooler weather.
Cheers! xo, A