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>> sketchbook glimpse part 3

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A glimpse at a sketchbook spread I’ve been working on a little bit at a time over the past couple weeks and just completed. I love the airiness of the left page and the cluttered organized chaos on the right, a nice balance, I think. The left was drawn on site during a walk at Lancaster County park which I frequent often and is only five minutes from home. The right began with a group of fish and coral clusters and just exploded into an undersea exploration of imaginary creatures and sea life. This sketchbook is not even a quarter of the way filled, but it might be my most favorite one ever ever. More glimpses to come!

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>> happy spring

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It’s finally beginning to feel like spring with perfectly crisp mornings and warm sunny afternoons that transition to cool evenings. If it could stay like this year round life might be perfect. I’ve been inspired by all the color that has been popping up due to April’s rainy but warmer weather. Here is a glimpse in my sketchbook where I was painting on site at Longwood Gardens where their tulips are currently in peak bloom.

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>> sketchbook glimpse part 2

My newest sketchbook is a mixed media hardbound book with thick pages perfect for laying down watercolor. Here is a glimpse into the first pages, which I always find very intimidating… so empty yet filled with endless ideas. In order to break an old habit, I forced myself not to leave the first page blank… Image

… the second page I simply laid down fields of watercolor and then drew marks and patterns on top with ink as well as white gouache. So far this new sketchbook is a fun experiment of trying new things and working outside of my normal creation process.

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>> sketchbook glimpse

While working on my illustrated state series, I use nothing but reference photos gathered from the endless pool of the internet to create the little icons decorating the maps. I started to feel as though I wasn’t taking notice of the inspiration around me. Over the summer I started a sketchbook and have been filling its pages with observational doodles and paintings. Although none of these are masterpieces or even finished pieces, I feel like I am retraining my eye and my hand to capture small glimpses.  Though the pages I’m sharing are common in subject matter- the other pages show of journeys to museums and parks, lunch at a cafe, the backyard, my studio desk and hand picked collections.

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Just last week I picked up a new sketchbook- and very few objects hold such promise for endless creativity than 64 blank pages with a hardbound cover. The paper is of really nice quality and it meant for mixed media. I’ve started to paint layers of watercolor and gouache with touches of ink and couldn’t be happier with the thought of exploring new ideas no matter how simple they might be. I’ll be back in the next few days to share the first pages!

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>> a new year!

Happiest of New Years dear friends! 2013 was a pretty spectacular year and I’m hoping, wishing, dreaming and striving to make 2014 just as fantastical. A turn of the new year is often a time of reflection, resolutions, and goal setting. This very time last year I made a list of things to accomplish. Simple things to keep in mind each day. I would often refer to it in a mundane moment and feel inspired. On the left I wrote things I wanted to do, on the right- how I would go about achieving those things. 2014 is no different except some of the to-do’s have evolved. One of my favorites is to create more and share often. 

 

Here’s to 2014, 12 months full of potential! 

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>> goal #8

Nearly a month ago I celebrated my 27th birthday & decided to compile a “Things To Do/Accomplish While 27” list.  I love to write down lists as it helps me to visualize my goals and allows me to reference them as a happy reminder whenever I need to. Most of the goals are personal in the sense that I simply want to become more aware and actively pursue them in my day to day life. Goal #8 is to draw from life more often. I tend to, especially with my map series, search for reference photos because it’s quick and  easy to do while I’m researching. Though I will still work this way, I’ve begun a sketchbook that will solely be observational drawings. It forces me to unplug (another one of my goals!) and to carve time out to really observe, as well as improve my drawing skills. I bought a new fine-tipped ink pen and got started! Inspired by a sweet package of seashells all collected from the Gulf of Mexico- I thought they would be the perfect subject matter to study first. Here is a glimpse at the first two pages (with a little addition of watercolor!!!)!

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>> collected & studied

Last Saturday was the first day I had off that felt like an actual spring day, sunny with temps in the 60s- just perfect! Matt and I enjoyed a walk at the Lancaster County park on our favorite trail the follows alongside the Conestoga river. We brought our walkin’ shoes, cameras and a ziplock bag to take home treasures. We found so much inspiration tucked in that bag that what we got home we assembled and reassembled our collection to showcase all the different colors, shapes and textures.

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We both proceeded to take our favorites and really study them, each in our own way. My favorite drawing tool of choice is of course my medium point sharpie pen. I did some fairly quick studies in my new sketchbook and am pretty pleased with the page. Finding time to draw like this is really such fun!

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>> happy easter!

Hope your weekend it most egg-cellent and filled with treats beyond your wildest imagination! Image

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>> nostalgic flashback

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This past weekend I had the pleasure of being a part of my alma mater’s (do people still say that??!) Open House for perspective students. As an alumni, I helped to represent the illustration department along with another past student/current professional and all the faculty I remember so fondly! It was really an interesting experience chatting with students (and their inquisitive parents!)- mostly high school age and finding out what they love to do and showing them what I love to do. Along with current work I brought a handful of pieces that I created as a student there… and wow! I’ve always though it was fun to look back on designs I created last year and notice big changes, but these are from FIVE years ago. F-I-V-E. They seem ancient, yet I can see my future self in them. Though I work differently now and the finished designs are digital, I still hand draw everything. My line work is something that I loved then and love now… it’s quite curious to see how it’s evolved. I’ve decided to share this peek into my past as a reminder to myself to be proud of where I once was and how much I’ve grown since.

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