I recently enrolled in the Sketchbook Exploration series of classes by Lisa Congdon. There is something about creating with my hands that fulfills me so much! Super simple supplies here - a set of artist brush pens, a Micron black pen, and a white gel pen.
I wanted to share a couple of pages of my favorite illustrations.
I actually used this illustration as the cover page for my personal 6x8 project life album (scroll down to see the cover).
Definitely still learning here, my lines are shaky.... These flower illustrations are drawn over scrapes of paper from my stash that I cut and adhered with craft bond glue.
And of course, I had to include a little watercolor as well.
My first time actually drawing over watercolor. I like how it adds another dimension to the circles.
At the beginning of this year, I mentioned how I wanted to get creative with my personal album and use a number of mixed media techniques and ephemera from my life. With that in mind, I ended up scanning the first illustration above and cropping to 6x8 inches to include as the title page - love how this turned out.
Don't be afraid to incorporate bits and pieces of your drawings, sketches, or anything else that you create in your journals or albums. In twenty years, you'll look back and I'm sure you will be so glad that you did.
Lorena is one of my favorite film photographers. A couple of weeks ago, I was so excited to receive her new book, the art of imperfection, including film images of her day to day life. It is truly gorgeous!
My favorite images are above - I feel as though I am right there with her in that space.
You can preview the book here.
A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled upon this original gouache and watercolor painting of a Pentax K1000 on etsy, and I immediately fell in love. I had recently received my own Pentax film camera, and I knew that I would love to have this small painting on display in my (future) studio. Right now, my quiet corner will have to do!
Tim & Tara, a husband and wife team, have a gorgeous etsy shop filled with Tim's paintings and Tara's photography. I loved how the art was packaged so beautifully, the attention to detail so evident. Most of all, I love the painting itself.
And an even bigger bonus - Tara included one of her original polaroids of summer berries. And oh, how I love polaroids......
It was, quite simply, the perfect package.
My favorite images from this past year ...... January 2010
Pink tulips basking in the sweet morning light on my kitchen windowsill.
The Old Pink House in beautiful Savannah, Georgia.
The softest pink of the spring blooms on a cloudy day.
Finding beauty in the most unexpected places.....
Afternoon tea with the women in my family - priceless.
The cookie jar at my favorite brunch restaurant.
The birth of my second daughter.
Still adjusting to having two girls!
Fresh concord grapes from the farmers market.
Loved the beauty of fall in Pennsylvania.
Reflecting in my quiet space.
I love looking back over my work this past year. Each of these image takes me right back to that specific time and place.
Here are my best from 2009. What are your favorite images from this past year?