Tuesday, December 30, 2008

In the neighborhood


I’m getting ready for the Direction print show in New York. This means generating lots of new spring prints which is what the buyers at this show will be looking for. I recently finished the print I’m featuring today called in the hood. I tried to squeeze in a few of my favorites: funky buildings, rain shower, a roundabout, a plane off to who knows where, my cursive handwriting and a colorful stripe. It’s a bit wacky but fun.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Festive Patterns


So... Hope we all made it through Christmas.  It's always a wonderful time and yet always a bit of a relief for me to have over.  Today I wanted to share a scattering of festive patterns I painted in my sketchbook.  I scanned them in cropped out section & placed them on the white ground.
Any favorites?  Think mine are 5 & 8.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Twas the Night Before Christmas


Wishing you & yours a Merry Christmas.
Shhhhh....Do you hear the reindeer?

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Winter Garlands



Greetings,  Hope everyone is able to start the Holiday wined down for a nice change of pace.  I still have so many fun Christmas illustrations, prints & product that I may have to double up the images or save some for next year.  Today I thought I'd show the winter garlands I made for The Land of Nod.  I started with sketches, I moved on to fabric mock- ups & special instructions for the vendor. Finally, they come to life in the catalog.  When I design I think what would I like to see, how can a add a little surprise, is there a way to give it a sense of humor? We have both the mittens hanging at the studio & the trees hanging at home.  They really brighten up a room.  I have 1,000. garland ideas so more to come.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Happy Chanukah!


Hello... as Christmas draws closer I don't want to neglect all those who celebrate Chanukah. The last couple years I've worked on some special projects for this holiday.  I didn't know nearly as much as I should about Chanukah but have loved learning more about the festival of lights.  Today I'm posting the Hanukkah place-mat & Countdown calendar I made for the Land of Nod.  I just wrapped up a book for Scholastic called Don't Open Until Chanukah (notice it's not me this time each company had me spell the holiday a different way?)  I'll post some spreads from the book next year once it's out.  In the meantime Happy Chanukah & enjoy the art.  I was really pleased with the place-mat to me it feels like quality family time.  We all need a bit of that right?

Friday, December 19, 2008

Festive Friends


Greetings.... Hope everyone has had a good week.  Today I thought I'd share a seasonal fabric collage piece.  I like to think of this bunch as festive friends.  Each square focuses on a different seasonal activity.   When I build characters I like to think about the life they could have.  The dog & cat carolers were only pulled there friendship together for one night, while the sowing fox has been at it for years & can not only sow but knit & is fluent in japanese.  Angelic froggy really is that good while super shopping bunny has a bit of a gambling addiction.  Good or bad this somehow makes them seem a little more real to me.


Thursday, December 18, 2008

Skating in the City


Today I'm posting my Holiday City scene place mat for The Land of Nod.  It can be personalized ever so subtly in the tree area.  I've not been ice skating yet this year but it's on my winter To Do list.  (that & making homemade marshmallow which I'm planning next week)  Like all my art I've tried my best to pack it full of little areas to get lost in.  

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Christmas Ornaments



Yesterday I received samples of the ornaments I made for The Land of Nod.  They quickly went up on our tree.  They are smaller in person than I had imagined which I really liked and they feel like a glazed ceramic which added a bit of sweetness. (size is about 3.5" wide)  Each option can be personalized.  They're fully decked out with a festive icon on front & a playful pattern on the back.  I think they'll add some new updates next year.  A nice addition to our tree.  Wow- Christmas just about one week away!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Studio Christmas Card 2008



So today I'm finishing up what I started.  This is my studio card for 2008.  I wanted to try something a little different this year.  We always take buttons (aka flair) to the shows we exhibit at as a little take away.  People always love it & they go fast.  This year I made an assortment of festive flair & attached four to each card.  I hope it feels like a little surprise just arrived when it's opened.  I went a little overboard with the selection.  One just got better than the next or a new idea would pop up so I ended up with about 30 options.  Would love to hear what are your favorites.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Holiday Card 2006



Greetings..... We'll here we are Friday!  Today I'm posting my studio Christmas card from 2006.  This was a 3 fold accordion card.  I wanted this card to feel more like a large surface design.  The bird theme was just starting to show up on everything so I decided to take a seasonal spin on it.  This was made from cut paper found in my scrape drawer.  (I save all my fabric & paper scraps that are over 1" big- it somehow always comes in handy)  I scanned the original piece in, cleaned it up a bit & added some text.  The back of the card was the slightly off olive color.  I just love strange color.  

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Studio Christmas card 2006


So today I’m featuring my studio Christmas card from 2006. Again an accordion fold but this year I wanted it to tell one big story. I piled it full of imagery of all my favorite things about the season starring a cast of kids, animals & of course Santa & his reindeer. This was a mix of paint, collage and enhanced digitally. Which little winter friend is your favorite?

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Studio Christmas Card 2005



So today I'm showing my 2005 Christmas card.  I got such a nice response to the first years
card that I went with the accordion fold format again.  This year I added more to the outside of the card.  Myself & my sweet husband Antonio ended up sewing 300 buttons on front of each card & adding a bit of string to wrap around the button to use as a closing device.  (sometimes he wishes I knew when to stop...)  The card is a fun assortment of prints/ illustrations. A confetti floral print in a somewhat seasonal palette, painted A- Z Christmas, seasonal line- work icons (from my sketchbook) Big City Santa ( I painted him while living in NY & while many find him a bit scary I think city Santa would be thinner to get down all those chimneys & a bit more metro sexual) a painted roof top scene with message in the night sky. Finally, I capped it all off with presents on pink.  Click on the image to get a better look....
Would love to hear what's your favorite part of this card.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Studio Holiday Card 2004


So every year that I've been in business (it'll be 5 years this January) I've made a studio Holiday card to send out to all my clients.  It's always a fun project for me.  My plan is to show each so today I'll start with the the first year- 2004.  I wanted a fun format, I love artist books & struggle with editing so I went with an accordion format.  (that way I could sneak in all my favorites & it feel a little more like a story)  The card was a mix of painted illustration, crayon drawing, a little water color, some digital work & a whole lot of love.  

Monday, December 8, 2008

Holiday Handpuppets


Today I thought I'd share the Holiday hand puppets I made for The Land of Nod.
This year Santa, Snowman, & Reindeer are available.  Next Christmas a few more
characters will join the bunch.  Check them out on The Land of Nod web site they're
super cute, lots of fun & a really economical gift.
Luca's favorite is the reindeer which of coarse he calls a "DOG"

Friday, December 5, 2008

Stockings


5 of my sweet seasonal stockings available through The Land of Nod.  Happy Friday to all & to all a good night!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Where the street have no name Tree skirt


Two years ago I made this tree skirt for The Land of Nod. The terrific thing about projects with them is that the product stays in the catalog several years. (of course as long as it’s selling...) The original City to Country tree skirt was made out of felt, canvas, a little dark denim & solid cotton fabric. It’s basically a giant circle 60” wide. That said I knew I needed to keep it fairly bold & simple to make sure it would be cost effective to produce. I added lots of sowing machine stitches around windows, trees, in the pond, snow & houses to keep it interesting & add texture. We have it around our tree at home & I like switching around the front view depending on my mood. This is available through The Land of Nod, check out the close up on their site were you can easily zoom in to see all the details. So is your tree up yet?

Monday, December 1, 2008

Snow Day


Hope everyone had a restful & restoring Thanksgiving. Throughout the month of December I thought I’d share a new holiday illustration or product I’ve worked on. Today I’ll start with a winter scene placemat (with option to personalize). This is part of a holiday placemats series I made for The Land of Nod. There’s lots to look at because I wanted to make sure I included all the activities I think of on a cold snow day.