Sketching through the Holidays

And so our holiday ends and the New Year is here and moving quickly…    I had a nice week of family and presents and fun.  Josh and I rarely take that much time off and it was actually kind of hard not to think about work.  I received many awesome presents (including some  books like It’s a Small World – illustrated by Chou and the Annotated Anne of Green Gables) and was able to see nephews and nieces.   Of course, now it’s all over and I must return to work and being work-oriented!  It’s only been two days and I am still a bit out of sorts.

I am posting here some sketches that I did a before the holiday and some during… One of my friends does freelance for Holiday figurines and I was reminded of this when Christmas came around. I thought I would try sketching some ideas… maybe venture into this field?  Still not totally sure… and probably should ask for his advice. ;)

I am also anxious to send out some postcards and promo pieces soon…  I am really hoping that work might come in this month soon or at least by February.  The sketches below are actually more for a painting I might use… it’s that poem about Winkin’, Blinkin’, and Nod… and maybe at first the Neverending Story…;)

On a more personal note, I’ve been reading Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller… it’s a great read.  Very funny.  Messy and yet, honest and straight-forward.  It isn’t PC and edited or tame… and not preachy at all.  I read eight chapters all last night and had to force myself to put it down.  I’m hoping to read more soon.  Wish I could read more books in general.

Josh and I watched Shall We Dance with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers tonight (Josh is sick with a sinus infection and miserable so he’s taking the night off).  I bought this for him as a stocking stuffer… we both adore these movies as well as the dancing.  I was always a big Gene Kelly fan as well.  It reminded me of how much I love dancing and how much I used to watch the Turner Classic movies on television.  I think that it’s funny Josh and I were both so in love with these movies when we were kids.  In fact, Josh loves these movies so much when he was a little boy, he wanted to be just like Fred Astaire and wear the fancy top hats and suits.  So this holiday season he was able to get a couple three-piece suits as presents, too.  He needs them for work anyway, but I think its cool…  :) Old-timey cartoonist style is his ideal I’m sure (like Frank King!).  Wouldn’t mind some of Ginger Roger’s dresses myself.  ;)

So anyway,  I hope you are all good and happy and healthy.  Cheers to the New Year!  And let’s all get working!

Work in Progress

More images of my current studio space… painting in progress is a fabric print for German Fashion label Fadenrot and the theme is maritime ♥

Maritime Fabric Prints

I was asked to draw some images to be printed on fabric…the theme: maritime wonders!  I will be added a few more elements… but I really had fun with this… I have been kind of interested in prints and licensing… so who knows?
Its pretty rough but I hope it is clear enough to get the idea.

I have another French Country sketched out as well but its still too rough to show.
The story is slowly coming together… ;)

Happy Be-lated Thanksgiving!  I have been busy preparing food, eating, and spending time with family!  Starting tomorrow it’s back to work, though.  I feel like my brain is still in quite a daze… too much food and sleep- more than I’m used to!  Of course the coming month of December brings Christmas and so there is still much more to look forward to and be thankful for… :)  I am grateful to have a new project from Fadenrot to start the new month as well.

Society6 Promo – $5 OFF

When you click on this link it re-directs you to my site and you can then use the $5 off.
:)

but it only works from this link.

Just FYI….
I did add some of the newer paintings there to if anyone is interested.
Thanks!

French Country Idea #1

Here is the painting that I did for a series I thought of doing… It is based on French Country Home Interiors that I love.  I just like to bring a narrative into these wonderful backgrounds/settings :) So I used some reference and altered them to make them into an image I liked….. and also thought up a character.

I have a couple planned out so come back to see the next couple of paintings… ;)  The narrative will get more interesting as the paintings are completed.

Tomorrow is Josh’s MFA show so I will be busy helping him set up… I am so proud of him!! He’s been working on this for SO long… I think it will be awesome!! I hope to post some pictures of that event as well.

Cheers!

More Merchandise Available!

I wanted to wait to post this until I was sure all the images were available, but you can now buy not only adorable lingerie, but totes, jackets, hats, etc as well with the new Marie Antoinette inspired images… ;)  I always try to mention that not all of these are my images- you can see which are mine by referencing my website under my “freelance images” link.

Thanks for checking it all out by clicking here!  Use the left hand sidebar to select other mechandise categories!

:)  I’m so happy to see these all on actual merch!! Never gets old!

PS: if you just love this tote, click on the image to go directly to that item’s page.  I might have to get one myself… I’m sorry to be so crazy but I’m just so excited to see my illustrations on bags and jackets :)    I’m so happy!