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>> home inspiration

Sharing some snaps of my home and my inspiration because I find that I must surround myself with things, albeit other works of art the I admire, bright colors, interesting textures, patterns galore – to spark creativity, adventure and curiosity.
My mood board is ever changing and hangs in my studio over my desk. A lot of these paper items were collected from the National Stationery Show. Attending NSS and Surtex was such an awesome experience but exhausting! It took me over a week of being home to sort through my collected goodies of business cards, wholesale booklets with supplemental seasonal lines and tons of postcards. A few of my favorites made it onto June’s inspiration board nestled with vintage postcards I recently picked up from a shop in Maryland, all of which have joined the centerpiece- my favorite calendar I’ve ever owned by Katie Daisy.

June's mood board

June’s mood board

As you can imagine already, I have a paper hoarding problem. Well, maybe it’s not a problem yet… but I love to save bits and pieces of interesting images I spot whether from the mail, product packaging, wrapping paper, old birthday cards, and postcards. I absolutely love collecting postcards. In fact, the souvenirs I brought home from last year’s California adventure were vintage inspired postcards found at touristy destinations. They’ve made their rotation on the mood board and usually get tucked away in a drawer… until now! I’ve finally decided displaying them is the best and easiest way to enjoy them.

Maps galore

This last shot is of a bedroom window. Years ago (come to think of it, at least 3!!!) Matt and I made these flower and leaf pressings from an afternoon of walking, discovering and collecting. They’ve been tucked away (and forgotten) in a giant book to help them stay flat. Matt recently rediscovered them and decided to display them. They feel very ethereal and bring back waves of nostalgia of that afternoon of collecting these very pieces of nature but also of being a little kid again.

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Bedroom window inspiration

I love all of these details in my home, and I hope others do too! I hope to share more as I believe it gives insight to a person, and how they view their world and how it can enrich and inspire.

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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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>> dreaming of the outdoors

Happy Sunday friends! It’s a chilly one out there with a layer of icy rain on top of snow from Friday. By looking at my latest inspiration board in the studio you can tell I am dreaming of warmer temperatures filled with ventures in the great outdoors. These months of frozen landscapes allows me to appreciate whats to come next! Hope you are staying safe and warm wherever you are!

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>> Summer Inspiration!

If you follow me on instagram, you may have seen my latest and greatest inspiration board! I love to change it to fit seasonally, with bits of color and imagery tying it all together. It’s a calming and creative process for me to dig through saved ephemera and the end result being a work of collage hanging over my desk in the studio. I often find myself studying the patterns, hues, and small details within the collage which then aides in my hand drawn creations. This summer inspiration board is compiled of my recent adventures! While traveling throughout California, I mainly picked up interesting postcards as my souvenirs- beautiful visual eye candy makes me incredibly happy. My purpose in picking postcards was premeditated, I knew I wouldn’t be able to part with them and they would soon be tacked up on my bulletin board!

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Notice the peeks of summer- ice cream sundaes, bears in swim trunks, strawberry wrapping paper, fanciful florals- all charming representations of my favorite things about the season! If you look even closer you’ll notice a blue PCA&D pin- I must admit, I received that at my orientation in 2004 (I save everything)!

 

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>> a whirlwind

Have three months nearly passed since my last post?? Well, its been a bit of a whirlwind of all good things since then!! In brief, Matt and I spent 10 days traveling the oh so beautiful state of California in May and once we landed I started a shiny new job as an admissions counselor at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design!!! Phew! Sounds quite seamless when condensed down into one sentence… but looking back it was a moment of crazy filled excitement with little time to do much else but breathe.

Because we went on such an epic adventure, flying into San Diego and driving northward to San Francisco visiting friends and family… I’ve decided to share just a few (out of the 1,500) pictures we took! The trip was filled with such visual inspiration its hard to believe its over and gone… that we left a month and a half ago. Its just sinking in.

our first view of the Pacific Ocean at La Jolla

our first view of the Pacific Ocean at La Jolla

On the edge of the USA on Highway 1

On the edge of the USA on Highway 1

Woke up in Cambria to explore the tidal pools

Woke up in Cambria to explore the tidal pools

Felt so tiny while walking among the Redwoods

Felt so tiny while walking among the Redwoods

can not wait to come back and visit again!

can not wait to come back and visit again!

Truly, it was a trip of a lifetime and we have open invitations to visit again! Next time, we plan to explore the National Parks- there is just so much to squeeze in we may have to go for a month!

Since starting at PCA&D last month, a routine is just now forming for me to find the time and desire to work on my personal projects. I’ve just completed illustrated state number 33 and I’ve already begun number 34! Plus I’m willing myself to doodle each day with the instagram doodle-a-day challenge.

a peek at my bulletin board

a peek at my bulletin board

The past three months have been filled with change, growth and learning and I can not wait to see where this new path takes me. I’m most excited about the people I’ll meet as an admissions counselor- students, parents, peers and instructors and discover where their path has been/is going!

I’ll still be sharing snippets of my work, inspirations and doodles amongst the new routine of my daily life!

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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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>> a longwood afternoon

 

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Longwood Gardens may be one of my favorite places here in south eastern Pennsylvania, I never tire of visiting (and we go fairly frequently)! Matt and I have been members the past few years because its an ever changing landscape of inspiration. Truly.

We spent just a few hours a couple of weeks ago to soak in the new Orchid exhibit with our sketchbooks in tow. It’s kind of amazing to break out of my drawing routine… I rarely set aside time to draw from life! It’s an exciting challenge for me since I just don’t work that way anymore… Of course I use photo reference to help and inspire, but to closely examine your subject and know every detail helps to slow moments down. You begin to notice every fold and know exactly how many petals are on the flower because you are recording it.

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Throughout the afternoon I filled four pages in my sketchbook and snapped a ton of photos that I may use as inspiration later. You may have seen snippets on Instagram… but here are a couple more of my favorites!

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If you can believe it, our next trip to Longwood is already planned… I can’t wait to bring my trusty ink pen and sketchbook to doodle even more botanical goodness!!

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>> new designs

In between the project of designing all 50 states (I’m currently on number 21 now- Colorado!!) I have had this need to create something else, something completely inspirational. Adventure is brewing deep inside me and I can hardly wait for warmer temperatures, sunny days turned into sunny evenings… so, I turned to some favorite naturalist quotes and decided to illustrate them!

The first that sparked my desire is John Muir’s quote “The mountains are calling and I must go”.  It might be my favorite of the newest designs because it was the first or because its overlapping with bright bold colors or… the connection to the words, to be surrounded by something larger than life.

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“The bluebird carries the sky on his back”… I found this quote to be so sweet. For the longest time I thought if I could be any creature in the world for just one day, I would choose a bird. The sights they must see…  just priceless.

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The third quote is absolutely a popular one, with good reason! “All good things are wild and free”, so simple and oh so true.

Each of these nature filled designs are listed as 8×10 prints in the hello niccoco Etsy shop! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do and feel inspired to make your own adventure!

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>> March Inspiration

Peeking in this Tuesday afternoon to share my latest inspiration board.

I love to change it each month and be inspired by the season… and I’m so ready for spring time, sunshine and gardening- hence lots of florals and bright cheerfulness!

You’ll see below… a curious creature named Licorice decided to investigate as I took my snapshots. It was so cute I just had to include an outtake.

 

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