Black Swan

blackswan1 Even though I have deadlines looming, contests to be nervous about and a rambunctious child to watch... I can very easily block everything out and sit down at my desk and create work just for fun. Too bad it doesn't work that way for my actual paying projects. Those take much more time and patience. Over the weekend someone mentioned on the MATS facebook group Tigerprint's recent contest called for a black and white pattern. While I normally love color, I thought this would be fun challenge.

Above is the pretty swan and floral pattern that I created for the contest. It might not be a winner, but it's always nice to get out of my comfort zone and come up with something fun!


sweater_weather Wow, here it is! I really really wanted to incorporate knitting and sweaters somehow to my fall activity tote bag. When I think of fall, besides Apple Picking, I think of knitting, chunky sweaters, huge scarves and fun hats with huge pompoms. So, I decided to go with raking the leaves for the tote in a chunky knit sweater and a cute dog beside her. I pretty much made a bag that I would want to buy from a farmer's market!

If you get a chance, head over to check out the other amazing tote bags and vote for your favorite!

You can read about my Part 1 and Part 2.

And see some of the other blog posts by my fellow artists in the running: Lucky Jan Miriam Susan Lien and Julia

Sketches and Ideas for GTS Round 2 (Part 2)

After sketching rough ideas for my Fall Activity Tote Bag, I started to work on narrowing down my favorites. And apple picking just so happens to be one of my favorite fall activities. When we lived in New Orleans for a little stint, it was one of the hardest parts of not having 4 seasons. Did you know they don't even sell apple cider during the fall months down there! Here are a few of my ideas that didn't quite make the cut: applepicking1 applepicking2 applepicking3

Stay tuned for my final post! Did you read Part 1 of the GTS?

Sketches and Ideas for GTS Round 2 (Part 1)

ohmy Oh my Oh my Oh my! Oh my gosh! That was what was going through my head when I received the email saying I made it to round 2 in Lilla's Global Talent Search! I feel so lucky, excited, shocked, scared, and giddy that I was 1 of 50 chosen among 1500 entries. The only competition I have really won, was a hula hoop contest when I was 5. This is just so much more exciting!

We had two weeks to come up with the entry for the next assignment and it was to create a Fall Activity Themed tote bag. I probably drew about 100 different sketches, but I kept coming back to the idea of Sweater Weather. That is what fall is all about, isn't it? However, the tough part for me was trying to incorporate that into a fall activity. Here are a few pages from my sketchbook:

fall1 fall2a fall3a

Up next, my ideas that didn't make the cut, but I still love.