daily pattern : “poppyish”

penelope dullaghan - patterns - poppyish - bright

penelope dullaghan - patterns - poppyish - subdued

My daily pattern making challenge is still humming right along! But I’m finding it’s easier some days than others though. Today’s was one of the easy ones. I’ve made two colorways for this one — a bright one I’m calling “poppyish” and a more subdued one called “any day now spring”… which has everything to do with days upon days of intense cold we’ve been experiencing here in the Midwest. :)

You can see all the patterns in my challenge thus far here on my Tumblr page.

By |February 23rd, 2015|art, everyday things, pattern|0 Comments

Panera Bread – illustration

In the last few months I’ve had the great pleasure of working with Panera Bread on some new work. They approached me initially asking if I would do a piece of art for their in-store gallery wall. They were wanting some pieces that spoke to the clean, whole ingredients they use for their food. Fresh fruits, veggies and breads.

I happily sent over a few ideas. They liked them, but thought they were too editorial, so they asked me to do more of an abstract work. I loved this feedback (because of the painting work I’ve been doing on my own) and came up with 2 pieces that they fell in love with. In fact, they liked them so much they decided not to use them on the walls, but instead want to work them into their main branding! It remains to be seen how this will manifest, but I’m excited to share the work in the meantime. It was really fun working with them, and I love how bright and cheerful the pieces turned out.

clean food healthy eating panera illustration by penelope dullaghan

clean food healthy eating panera illustration by penelope dullaghan

By |February 20th, 2015|art, illustration|3 Comments

Design Sponge home tour!

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I’m really happy to share that our home was featured today on Design Sponge! It was quite an honor to be asked.

It took me days to photograph the house… props to interior photographers out there! Your job is HARD. :)

See the full tour here.

By |February 16th, 2015|everyday things|Comments Off

Veda turns 6!

penelope dullaghan - veda's 6th birthday - silver!

Veda is 6 today! I can hardly believe it. She’s my greatest teacher (by far!), my constant inspiration, and the person who makes me laugh the most. I’m so happy to celebrate her today!

Colin and I decked out the house in silver for her “Frozen”-theme request… there are silver garlands, balloons, coffee-filter snowflakes and even “snow” falling from the ceiling (in the form of cotton balls on strings). She woke up and thought it was magic! The best!


By |February 13th, 2015|art, art with kids|Comments Off

Bee Mine Valentine – free printable download

penelope dullaghan : valentines

Valentine’s Day is at the end of this week, and I’ve been working on a fun little design for Veda’s classmates. These are linoleum block prints that I carved and printed. I thought maybe you might like to download them for your own little ones (for free!). All you need to do is click here to download them to your desktop. Then print them on card stock and trim them on the lines I provided.

penelope dullaghan : bee mine valentines - free download

I hope you enjoy them!

By |February 10th, 2015|art, art with kids, illustration|Comments Off

daily pattern making

penelope dullaghan : daily patterns - series of four

Still going strong on my daily pattern challenge. I like this little series together. :)

Check out more in this series on Tumblr.

By |February 5th, 2015|art, pattern|2 Comments

the nest – logo design

penelope dullaghan : logo design - the nest

Hello! I wanted to share a recent logo design I did for a friend’s little start-up in South Carolina’s low country that supports new mothers. The egret is a common bird in the south, and in my research I found their nests are built from sticks. They’re beautiful, and it made for a great design element.

My friend was really happy with the result. In her words: “I am absolutely ecstatic! You really captured my heart and mind with this logo.”

Yay! That’s my kind of feedback! :)

Here are some of the sketch ideas leading up to the finished piece:

penelope dullaghan : logo - prelim work

By |February 4th, 2015|art, design|3 Comments

personal work – river inspired

penelope dullaghan : abstract work

penelope dullaghan : abstract work

penelope dullaghan : abstract work

For Day 3 of the “sharing-3-paintings-a-day-for-5-days” (the challenge on Facebook), I’m sharing three recent pieces of the work I’m over-the-moon about doing these days. These fun little semi-abstracts are mostly inspired by my slow daily walks by the river. I hope you enjoy!

By |January 30th, 2015|art, creativity|3 Comments

women + water




On Facebook right now there’s a little challenge going around the artists’s community which is “sharing-3-paintings-a-day-for-5-days”. I was tagged and am participating. I’m on Day 2.

Yesterday I shared 3 patterns from the ‘daily pattern’ series I’m working on. You can see them here.

Today I shared 3 paintings that all depict women and water (a recurrent theme in my work).

By |January 29th, 2015|everyday things|Comments Off

start the day in happiness

penelope dullaghan : bright, nature-inspired painting

“Hello, sun in my face. Hello you who made the morning and spread it over the fields…Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness.”
~ Mary Oliver

A good way to start the day for me is with a walk by the river followed by doing a quick painting. Warms me up for the work day ahead.

By |January 28th, 2015|everyday things|2 Comments