Every bunny needs LOVE

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.

Books are Magic   is a terrific bookstore in my neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Books are Magic is a terrific bookstore in my neighborhood of Brooklyn.

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. 

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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. 

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Have a great week! Happy Fall!

xo, Allyn