April 18, 2014

Surtex - business cards, portfolios + booth graphics... oh my!


It's been busy busy time getting ready for Surtex 2014! In addition to creating lots of new artwork to show, I've also had to take time to order my business cards, setting up my art portfolio and designing my booth graphics. 

I went with a two sided business card with a natural paper look under my new Lulu girl illustration. I thought that her "hello" would be nice message on my cards. I kept all of the colors consistent with my current branding. Still need to get my post card handouts done too! Busy busy as a beaver. Ha! 

Happy Spring!

April 04, 2014

I'm exhibiting at SURTEX 2014! Yay!


I'm exhibiting at SURTEX 2014! Yay!

I actually announced that I'm exhibiting at Surtex 2014 back in February on my Facebook page! And I have been working like a crazy*mad*artist with my nose to the iMac creating art and watching webinars to get ready. Oh geez, the butterflies are interesting. I'm not usually a nervous person — but maybe the butterflies are because this has been such a dream of mine to do this show with my art... forever! 

And things are really starting to get busy with more deadlines fast approaching. If you would like to see more samples of my current artwork and designs, please head over to my Facebook page or my Pinterest page! Having a bit of hard time keeping my blog updated.

Thanks for stopping by and in the spirit of Facebook — Let's be friends at Surtex! Please stop by my booth #654 to see all of my whimsical art and fresh designs for art licensing!

Happy Spring! 

xoxo



March 26, 2014

Christmas Art and Winter Owl for Surtex!

I have been very busy in the studio working away on my Surtex portfolio! Excited and nervous all in one. I will be making my Surtex debut this May 2014 in New York City. My booth number is 654! 

I finished with the Retro Collection and am now focusing more on Christmas art. Which is the largest holiday in the art licensing business. Even though the calendar says Spring, it's still been quite chilly here in New England. So we've needed our hats —like this little owl and his red hat.

Happy Spring!



February 12, 2014

I'm making my SURTEX debut this May 2014 in New York City!


Yay! I'm making my Surtex 2014 debut this May 18-20th in New York City! 

I have been wanting to exhibit my art at Surtex for many, many years... so this is a dream come true moment for me. It's like a coming out party for me and my art! I designed the promo art above with a fun and colorful graphic of New York City and a few of my characters to help make the announcement. Of course that is my —alter bird ego, standing on top of the taxi. 

I have sent in my payment for my booth -----> #654 and I've booked my hotel. So I've got a place to show my art and a place to sleep. There is still a lot more to do but the goal is in place and now it's back to the drawing board, or these days, the iMac and onto making lots of art for my portfolio! 

If you are not familiar with Surtex, here is a little info from their website:

SURTEX® is the global B2B marketplace for original art & design—where artists, agents and licensors connect with manufacturers and retailers to create the next best-selling products in every category imaginable. 

Wall coverings, decorative accessories, bed linens, stationery, giftware, tabletop and so many more…if it’s any product with a surface design of any kind, there’s a good chance it originated at SURTEX.

That’s because each year some 7,000 buyers / manufacturers from 49 countries converge on the SURTEX exhibit floor to buy or license the newest designs from approximately 1,000 trend-setting artists. It’s a veritable who’s who of manufacturers and retailers seeking first dibs on the best original art & design being created today.



January 11, 2014

New ~ Red Sweater, Tea Drinking Bear illustration.



I've been working on some new designs and was surprised by this Red Sweater Bear that showed up. I'm not really one of those artists that lacks for design ideas. In fact, I have little notebooks and journals filled with my notes when I have an idea or some inspiration. I always keep a little notebook by my computer to jot them down. The difficult process for me is focusing on which one to do next!

I thought that this bear would look great wearing a red nordic sweater. It actually has bears on the front of the design but you cannot see it very well. I decided to give him a cup of tea. I am a tea drinker. My favorite blend is English Breakfast Tea. What's yours? After the sweater and the tea came together, I thought that I would add this to my Etsy shop and then came across the great quote — "A Cup of Tea is A Cup of Peace". Just seems to go perfectly with this little bear in his woodland setting.

Enjoy your tea!

December 01, 2013

Happy Cyber Monday! I'm having a sale in my Etsy shop!


I decided to participate in my first Cyber Monday with my Etsy shop! Yay! I have a mix of about 67 items of premade logos and art prints. Kind of excited about this and it's the first time I've tried the coupon code process.

My vintage camper print has been selling well and I recently added a red version to my shop.  So now I have four vintage camper colors; teal, pink, mint green and red.


I also just added my Skating Polar Bear print back into my shop for the holiday season. I Wanted to get some Christmas Cards done of this design for my shop, but alas not enough time to do it with my home sale and move over the past two months. 

Happy shopping this holiday season and hope you have a chance to stop by my Etsy shop and take a peek at my logo designs and art prints.

Merry Christmas!





October 14, 2013

Happy Fall Folliage!



Happy Fall! I love this time of year with the color of the leaves changing and the smell of fall in the woods. I am in a bit of transition myself in this season. I decided to sell my home that I have been in for the past 13 years. It sold rather quickly, as I knew it would. It will give me the opportunity to focus more energy on my art and design work now that I don't have a mortgage and property to take care of. I've also been clearing out 'lots' of clutter and stuff collected over the years! It's all good... Ok not just good, it's all a-m-a-z-i-n-g. Will be back to posting more regularly after I get settled.

August 27, 2013

Lilla Rogers Studio - Make Art That Sells, Part B



The Lilla Rogers Studio posted on their blog last month that they were having a video competition to win a spot in Part B of their online e-course, Make Art That Sells. So being always up for a creative challenge, I decided to enter. The theme of the video was to share your experience and some of the things you learned from Part A of, Make Art That Sells. And it could only be one minute long. I didn't want to do a live video of me talking, so I came up with a little story, drew the illustrations for a series of still shots and put them together in iMovie. I really had a lot of fun making this. Enjoy!

Congrats to Antonila M. who was selected as the winner! See her video here.



August 02, 2013

Global Talent Search - Lilla Rogers Studio


I had entered the Global Talent Search sponsored by the Lilla Rogers Studio and above is my final entry for the journal cover design. I was really happy with it and I spent a lot of time illustrating and designing it. I drew every element and put them together in Adobe Illustrator with a final touch in Photoshop.

But alas, I was not selected for the top 50. Oh well, keeping on creating great art as Lilla says. There were over 1500 entries into this competition and there will only be one person selected. There were some amazingly talented artists in this competition, so it was pretty cool to see all of the wonderful designs!

Congrats to the 50 selected and to the final winner! Such a great opportunity to shine in the world...


July 04, 2013

Happy July 4th!


When the July 4th holiday rolls around I start to feel like we are heading into the middle of Summer! Though the fireworks use to be slight annoying, now it seems like they go on for days. And having a dog that is very fearful of thunderstorms and firecrackers puts a different perspective on things. It actually makes me think of all of the soldiers coming home that have PTSD. Gosh how do they cope? I am grateful though, that I live in a free country. And grateful for all of the service men and women that continue to defend that freedom... 

I love the photo above of the american flag hanging. Looks like it might be Cape Cod or Nantucket but the photo did not have any location information. Found it on one of my favorite websites... Pinterest. Happy Independence Day!

June 04, 2013

Run Away in a Shasta Vintage Camper!


I have had a pink vintage camper on my "would love to have" list for awhile now. I posted this vintage camper previously but they seem to be getting noticed lately! I initially designed this art print with a teal Shasta camper version. It's currently in my Etsy shop and I have sold a bunch already. And then I decided to do a pink version that's now in my shop!



After all it's the pink version that I love. Well I love anything pink... Here is a photo I found on Pinterest of a restored, pink 1964 Shasta vintage camper. Isn't it adorable! I just love them... restored of course. Safe travels happy campers.


May 28, 2013

Dream Big Little One...


Have you seen all of the wonderful Nursery Prints that are available on Etsy! Such a great selection and so many options when it comes to decorating for your new little bundle of joy.

I decided to use my elephant illustration from my new Animal Alphabet Card series and design a nursery print with the quote "Dream Big Little One." It has sort of a grunge-abstract background and the colors are light teal and olive green. I am working on designs that are in the traditional pink and blue colors too. I just love this color combo though. And it's nice to see people breaking out of traditional colors with modern designs.

I already have this listed in my Etsy shop here. Stay posted for some Nursery Name prints with my giraffe illustration!


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