As I lifted my head from the pillow, my eyes opened and I could automatically tell that it has snowed overnight. A fresh blanket of winter white beckoning me to wake up as if it were my morning alarm.
Have you ever noticed that after a snowfall, everything seems to take on a wintery violet hue.
As the sun rises, the golden sun is reflected in the snow and even the bark of the trees turn from gray to gold as if they were reveling in the snow and playing with one another.
One of my favorite Amerlican painters, Fairfield Porter captured these idyllic winter scenes with such grace and harmony. I would love to collect winter landscape paintings.
Why is it that when one is out of the office or away from the desk, there is a certain "wired-up" feeling of inspiration? Just love this image for a mod farmhouse office. Can you spot the fun totally wired up lamp in the corner?
Some lamps have a fun fresh sixties vibe - :le soleil: and there are some sculptures that make like seem as simple as a dog's life. found here at Marie Christophe.
Hope each of you are enjoying the week of feeling snippets of sun or moments that inspire you to find a spot to unwind.
If vintage clothing is your thing, then you really will love this new spot that recently opened up near Hunter Mountain. A dear friend visiting for the weekend was surprised that I had not been there since she knows that every designer needs a fountain of inspiration and looking to the past can be like hitting the jack-pot. What fun to take a tour down memory lane, cocktail dresses, loads of denim, vintage ski wear, chunky sweaters, and even a rare train steamer trunk. Oh the stories these items would tell if only they could talk. Maybe you have some vintage items to sell?
Please tell them at Pants de Leon that PvE sent you and maybe you just might get a little prefered treatment.
Today, I will take some time to reflect. I look back at artworks that I have done that are no longer mine.
They left me for a reason as part of sharing peace. Like this room, there is joy finding a spot for quiet contemplation.
Take time to meditate today. Find a spot alone with your thoughts. Breathe and find a calm place.
Is there something you need to let go of, something to open up your space for peace. Think of yourself as a dove flying into this room and landing softly, peacefully. I think of my art just like that.
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Many of the commissions that I do require me to work from a photo and often, I can really work myself up into a tizzy trying to capture what I see and what I cannot see. This farm house made me remember my very own Father who was raised on a farm. He was born one of nine children and his Mother paid the fine Doctor with a fresh off the farm chicken. It was a barter of sorts and my Dad loves to say that poor chicken is gone and he is still clucking around.
Although I could pick my work apart and want to re-work this one, it is more of a feeling that I try to capture. Can you imagine arriving here and feeling far away, calm and having all you need and wanting nothing more. Such simple places, farmhouse, cabins and spots tucked away at the end of a dirt road
are so inspiring.
If you are trying to practice your artwork, work from a photo, imagine yourself there and what you want to capture.
This happens to be one of my favorite illustrations done for J.McLaughlin years ago. It made me happy then and now. Over fifteen years ago, drawing, raising my children, and juggling my life - much like a collage or montage.
The idea of a collage or montage of sorts came to me while the challenge of gathering all the shops at that time was mind you simply around a dozen. Now there are over 40 J.McLaughlin shops. The above artwork appeared in several magazines and was used for a press kit.
Just the other day, I spied a reputable madison avenue shop advertisement in The Wall Street Journal which had a similar hand to that of my artwork and it made me smile to think that perhaps might have inspired another artist or merchant. Like any good parent, I stood up straighter knowing that leading by example goes without saying.
A few years ago, I sent out my own montage in the form of a post card which showed snippets of the array of artwork that I do. I love looking back and also looking ahead to compile recent works and am in the hopes of having an illustrated book one day. As I edit and piece my work together I realize that this makes me happy.
I hope that you will look at your work as one happy montage. Part of being a designer, an artist, a parent or even a friend is being able to stand back and see life as a collage of events, moments and memories. Thank-you for your support of my artwork. You have no idea how happy you make me.
Location, Location, Location really does say so much especially when it comes to coveted real estate and then of course, to coveted art. Ahem. Well, not just any art but feast your eyes on the illustration.
I was so excited to see the art take the page instead of being relegated to one tiny corner.
My latest illustration, in the latest issue of Sheridan Road Magazine. Sometimes just a line or a shoreline can say it all. For this particular work, I thought keeping it simple in shades of watery blue worked best to convey the "North Shore" from "Lake Bluff" on down the line to "Evanston."
Does your address need to be illustrated to show off it's location, location location. Let me know your whereabouts? Did you know that I also illustrate on location for parties or events?
This is my pen & ink of choice. Sakura micron archival pigma ink comes in a series of nibs or points depending on the thickness of line you desire. Long ago I used a rapidiograph which I had to fill the ink in the cartridge and quite honestly it was a mess.
Begin with a spiral bound journal and make it a goal to sketch once a day. You can search around on line and fine scads of artists and aspiring artists who keep journals and post daily works, be sure and sign and date your work. Soon you will begin to see your own line and style develop.
Nothing like starting off a new week with the chance to love to work and to play. Containers gathered together and holding pencils, brushes, scissors can be very motivating to jump start one's creative spirit. Are you satisfied with your possessions?
Perhaps your tool is the computer to gather your images or words. Fear nothing, be glad of life and embrace today with glad supplies ready for a guidepost to creative peace.
Be governed by your admirations.
What sort of supplies make your life glad?
This week I shall be sharing some supplies I admire.