A friend took me to Saraga International Grocery today for the first time. The colors and textures were so inspiring! I’ve been working on food patterns all week anyway, but this morning when I saw the eggplant I knew it was going to be today’s “daily pattern”. Do you like the dark background or light background better?
I just finished up a recent job for ShopSmart Magazine for their “Summer Fun for Less” guide. This was a series of illustrations using some product photography that they provided. So fun to work with that! The image above is the opener. The art director wanted a plane with sky writing for the headline and a park scene below it. I love playing with all the textures and colors available in a landscape.
Below are the spot illustrations that went with the article.
I’m happy to share this new piece with you. This was for a story in Buffalo Alum Magazine about deciding on inexpensive wines – what to look for and how to choose. I did up a couple of sketch ideas, which you can see below, and the art director chose the huge wine bottle. I had a lot of fun with the colors on this piece. I love turquoise and red together. :)
I’ve always believed that really good work comes out of continually playing. Just sitting down to do the work as often as you can because one idea leads to another and you never know where you’ll end up. It’s the process of playing that produces ideas.
A few weeks ago I ran across this quote by Chuck Close that says it more clearly:
“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.” ~ Chuck Close
I’ve been seeing this in my own progression lately. In the last few months (with Veda in school now) I’ve had more time to explore – intentionally sitting regularly to work. I’ve started working on (playing with) a series of patterns. I’ve been painting just for fun – watching that evolve has been fun. And through all that work (play) my illustration has changed. As I follow the process of play, new ideas appear.
I thought this was a fun little progression of images to show how play has affected my work:
One of the abstract paintings I started exploring:
An illustration for Panera sprouted from that work:
Out of that came the idea for pattern-making:
Pattern-making led me to start using bits of pattern, representational and abstract elements in my paintings based on my walks by the river:
And then those elements also start showing up in my recent illustration for Spirituality&Health:
I think I’ll keep playing and see what idea is next…
Hello! I’m here to share another cover illustration! This time it was for Edible Silicon Valley. The editor emailed me and asked if I’d do something bright and fun that had to do with the idea of “pie* in the sky”. She said this was their first ever illustrated cover, so I knew I had to do something really inspired.
*(Side note: and let’s not forget about my affinity for pie! I’ve mentioned it here more than once that pie and I are friends. In fact, for my wedding we opted to skip the cake and go for TWENTY pies instead. Best decision ever!)
Anyway, I showed her 3 sketch options, and she chose this one. I love how it turned out and the editor just emailed a few days ago and said that she’s heard rumblings of “best cover ever”! I blush. Better go celebrate with some pie! :)
And here are the sketches I pitched:
So excited to finally share this cover I did for Spirituality & Health Magazine! I worked with art director Sandra Salamony to come up with this idea based on the cover story of “embracing your stress” … not all stress is all bad! In fact, sometimes it gives you super-human strength when you need it. So you can do stuff like lift elephants with one hand. :) Here’s the final:
And here are the sketches leading up to it:
Oh! And S&H asked me to be the featured artist and invited me to either send a photo of myself or do a self-portrait. So I did a self-portrait (using one of my patterns from my growing patterns library)! :)