Thursday, May 26, 2016

Juggling Tribbles

Star Trek has long been one of my favorite shows. I used to watch the original series as reruns when I was a kid though I'm old enough to have watched all of Star Trek TNG when it first came out on TV. I still binge watch it now and again, plus all of the other series too. And I'm ridiculously excited for the new version coming to TV in 2017. WOO! This set of Star Trek ATCs features the always fuzzy and cute little tribbles along with the original series cast. These were marker and ink. I would like a tribble, but only one... like that's possible, lol.

Here's a bright summery set of watercolor daisies, one of my fave flowers. I think I have just about every color in my garden. Ok, maybe that's a slight exaggeration, but there are a lot of them out there. This set is available in my store with pretty wreaths and other arrangements, and on Creative Market and Etsy too.

Happy long weekend! Happy PPF too :)

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Cats in sweaters, blue birds and rock icons.

Happy Friday! My favorite day of the week. This means the end of the work week and the beginning of weekend fun (unless housework is involved of course). On Fridays, it's either pub night where I get to drink a couple of cold beers with people I enjoy or it's all you can eat sushi at a local restaurant. Yum and yum. Either one makes me happy.

I made this set of rock icon ATCs for an art present exchange on one of the trading sites I belong to. I forgot to post them a while back so here they are - Hendrix, McCartney, Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin in watercolor and ink. Speaking of classic rock, I just finished watching that Tom Petty documentary on Netflix today. OMG... four hours! It was like a Ken Burns series in movie form. Two hours in and I looked down to see how much was left and it was only halfway through. LOL.

I wish I could put a cute little hand knitted winter sweater on my grumpy cat though I think she'd probably take out one of my eyes if I tried. But I can paint little sweaters on cats and that's the next best thing. I do love cats, even my grumpy little ball of dramatic fur. This set of watercolor illustrations is available in all of my stores.

I painted this set of whimsical folk birds last week and have sorted it into a set of PNGs for all of you lovely designers out there. This one was a lot of fun to make too. There's something about cute animals that makes me happy. You can't be sad when you're looking at a kitten or a puppy can you?

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Cats in Sweaters

Today I'm working on a set of hip cats in sweaters. If you're a regular visitor to my blog, you'll know how much I love ridiculous looking cats! I usually get an idea and give it a quick sketch in my sketchbook. Then it's over to the watercolor pad for a paint up. And then to Photoshop for some inking and final touches. I hope to have this set done by the end of the week. A couple of rebels and a couple of accountants. It's a good mix.

Friday, May 13, 2016

LOVE! Rainbow Hand Watercolors

Here's a new set of watercolor illustrations. As you've probably noticed if you're a regular blog visitor, I love color. The more of it the better! Rainbow is my favorite color and that's why it was a joy to work on these hands yesterday. You can find them in my store or on Creative Market. I'll add a smaller set to Etsy over the weekend.

Above are a few random deco paintings for various art traders little books. Actually, I think the dog was an ATC. Tradeable art at any rate. It's a mix of watercolors, acrylics and mixed media pages.

Happy PPF and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

What I'm working on... birds! Cute ones.

Here's the set of roses mentioned a few posts back. I finished the set and it's now available in all of my stores. The bigger set is available in my store and on CreativeMarket, the smaller set on Etsy. I love pink roses and plan on planting a few in my garden this year. Then I will have my own inspiration for pretty flower painting. :)

Today I'm working on a cute set of whimsical folk art style birds. They're lots of fun to paint. And I have to admit, I'd probably rather be painting zombies but no one wants them on their celebration invitation. Or do they?

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Tulips and Watercolor Daisies

I love gardening and I love to see pretty new flowers sprouting in my garden. These lovely orange beauties came up so I thought I might take a photo and paint them at some point. I believe these are some of the tulips my mother-in-law brought me from The Netherlands. So pretty!

Here's a set of bright and warm daisies. I have tons of these in my garden too. I just love daisies, they're a simple flower but always make me smile. There's a small set on Etsy and a larger set in my store and on CreativeMarket too.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Pretty Blue Garden

This is a watercolor set I painted recently featuring pretty green and blue abstract flowers. I bought some new blue and green paint that I absolutely LOVE! It's the Winsor & Newton professional series and the colors they have are so saturated and bold. A bit pricey but well worth it for vibrancy. 

This set of graphics is available in all of my stores though the set at Creative Market is a larger package that comes with more graphics and seamless background papers too.

Below are a set of art hands I made for a trade with other artists. They're about 6"-7" tall and are made with a thick cardstock and pretty patterned paper backing. All are watercolors except for Brain Freeze which is markers and ink. I enjoyed making these and can't wait to see the ones I'll receive in return. I think a big set of them would look amazing in a frame.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Colorful Floral Abstracts

Here is a pretty set of colorful floral abstracts. I had so much fun painting this set. It's not really my regular style as I tend toward more realistic type of flowers. But I wanted to try something different and more... well, painterly. Watercolory. That's a word.

I think these flowers are fresh and bright and would look cheery on shower invitations or as wedding florals too. You can find them in my store here. Or on Creative Market too.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Send in the clowns!

I haven't posted there for ages but I thought I'd join in on What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday. And this is what is on my desk. A bunch of watercolor flowers, some really dirty water and a messy paint tray. Good job it all works out in the end :)

These roses will make up the bulk of my next set of watercolor graphics. A pretty rose set for wedding invitations, showers, printables, etc. The usual.

While playing Call of Cthulhu last night, I had the chance to work on a couple of clowns, one sad and one happy. I couldn't quite bring myself to make an evil clown because.... eewww.... creepy! I read Stephen King's It and I had to sleep with the light on for a week. I'm not going there again. But happy and sad I can do. This pair is available in the store now.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

New art, new graphic sets!

It's been a busy time for me. I've been hard at work on various art projects and new graphic sets and so I've been a bit lazy about blogging. Ooops! Hopefully I can get things back on track and start producing some regular content from here on in.

I've been making a lot of watercolor clipart lately and here are two of the newer sets - whimsical rainbow flowers and dark gothic wreaths. Hmmm... they're polar opposites on the floral theme scale, I see that now. LOL. But both are fun for creating commercial products (yes, they're fine for using on PODs) and invitations too.

I've also opened a new graphics store, here: I still have my Etsy shop of course and another one over at CreativeMarket but it was time to put together a store of my own and direct my promotion efforts there.

On the art front, I've made tons of Artist Trading Cards of course. I'm always up for trading and I will get around to posting some of them soon. I've also made quite a few postcards, paintings, life drawings, the usual. And a 8 page short comic! I have been busy, just a really bad poster.