More Illo Goodness:
I am featured on Crate & Barrel’s “Artists & Designers” page now! So wild!!
I used to a series on the Illustration Friday blog called “The Artist’s Palette.” Each week I posted an illustration that I loved with the colors pulled out to see how it was constructed, hue-wise. It was a small exercise in noticing an element that might otherwise be overlooked.
I’ve been thinking about that lately and wondered why I don’t do something similar here, but with attention paid to the colors that make up my daily life. After all, normal life is just a part of “my art” as my illustration work. It’s all the same. So with that in mind… Here is the first of hopefully many. I love these subtle colors of early spring.
Last weekend it felt like spring so we got started on some of the gardening projects in our barren yard. I have big dreams of a lush, plant-filled yard with flowers and vegetables, paths, fairy gardens and little secret nooks to sit and read. But for now it’s mostly a big expanse of grass.
We have to start small. So last weekend we built compost bins out of pallets, hauled leaves out that we left composting over the winter (worked beautifully to prep the soil for some plants), and had a little on-going bonfire to take care of the sticks that had dropped over the winter.
Felt so good to be outside for two days straight working with our hands. Veda loved it too and was a muddy mess pretty much all weekend. We all were.
Good news! The teacup and saucer I designed for Crate&Barrel is now available. This was for their Designer series. It was a great project where I got to do anything I wanted, which is sometimes very fun! They interviewed me as well. Here’s what they said:
“The crisp white of fine bone china and the contemporary coupe shape of Martin Hunt’s teacup design is the perfect canvas for these exclusive designs created by some of today’s most noted artists and designers. Each cup and saucer set, stamped with the artist’s signature and the year 2014, is packaged in a round cardboard box printed with coordinating artwork, making it the perfect gift for Mother’s Day or other special occasion.
Illustrator Penelope Dullaghan is passionate about maintaining balance and harmony in both her life and her art. Working primarily in acrylic, ink and digital design, the Indianapolis-based artist explores fluid, simple shapes rendered in an energetic palette. Her interpretation of the Bennett teacup was inspired by her newfound hobby of gardening. To Dullaghan, the garden is a place of quiet and peace. “It provides the perfect opportunity to slow down and observe.””
Last week my husband, Colin, and I decided to do some rearranging of our work space. We had been sharing our studio, but we felt like he needed his own office so he could be in phone meetings and video chats whenever necessary without worrying about me working there in the background. So I moved my desk out.
Now he’s got his own snazzy little space, and I now share my studio with a tiny person who loves doing art with her mama every day. Veda also has her own table now, which she was over the moon about! She inspires me so much with her creativity… So fearless and free! So I think this new arrangement is going to be great!