Pastel colors - Baby blue, taffy pink, frosty mint or maybe some lemon ice. I love their names, but pastel colors are just not on my go-to color list. They are trending though and I have had 2 briefs now calling out for Pastels and Pop so it's definitely time to have a go at them. I have to admit that after day of playing around with them, I may have a new-found love. Soft, milky, washed out colors bring images of candy store treats or carnivals to mind. Unfortunately, I have none of these in my repertoire of motifs so I had to play around with what I already had. Paint chips are a great source of hands on pastel colour inspiration, as are my pantone coloured pencils. Pastel floral doodles - pretty fun with a nice vintage feel. I believe we once had a picnic table cover just like that packed away in the back of our station wagon for impromptu stops along the road. I also seem to remember a dress with a similar print. I would be very happy living in a village of pastel coloured houses. I should have made this with canals and it could have been Murano Island. One thing I have discovered about these colors is that it is hard to make them pop. I originally had this on a white background, but it wasn't really adding anything to the print. A darker, cobble stone background helped out, but I am definitely going to have to continue working on this one. There is just something about the negative space that is throwing me off. Have you checked out Emily Kiddys trend boards? I was happy to see this one come out while I had pastels on my mind. You can also pop over to her Pinterest account for more trend reports and visual eye candy here I love her trend boards and her blog in general. It is full of useful information, pretty graphics and lots of inspiration. This board alone has already given me a few other ideas to try. Watch out for it! So does this mean that pastel coloured jeans are coming back ..again..in 2016?Read more →
Sharing some inspiration from the Big Island of Hawaii. I love the assault of my senses here. The colours and shapes are bright and bold. The temperature and trade winds are gentle on the skin.The saltwater invigorating. And there really is nothing like getting pummelled by the Pacific to really feel alive I love sitting here listening to the sounds of seaside living. Lots of birds, crashing waves, the clatter of geckos and the early morning return of the fishing boats back to the bay. There are no boundaries between outside and in. It's a bit like living in a treehouse Everything is just so different from my usual back home in Whistler. I think that is what I love most about it here. I can't resist the urge to pick up almost everything on my morning runs here. It makes for a bit of a run/ walk, but is always well worth it. This is generally how my hat returns home.. I often entertain the thought of moving here one day. It's a topic of conversation that comes up often when we are here. It's hard to say whether it would lose some of its magic. For now I will continue to be a dreamer, taking pictures of all that inspires me here. I know it won't be long until our next visit. I was thrilled to wake up this morning and discover on Instagram that Michelle Osorio had also been inspired by my #florafoliage series posted there. (you can see them here) Look at her beautiful, delicate water-colour. I have to say it made my day! You can find Michelle here on Instagram I am going to milk out this tropical feeling for as long as possible - pineapples are up next week! AlohaRead more →
For Illustration Friday Illustration Friday is a weekly illustration challenge. A topic is posted every Friday on the Illustration Friday site. Then participants have all week to come up with their own interpretation. Anyone is free to join, regardless of skill or experience - just draw!! This weeks challenge ~ Puzzled.Read more →
The capacity to be puzzled is the premise of all creation, be it in art or in science ~ Erich FrommPlaying with a bit of spontaneous expression for this challenge. A bit of spontaneous mark-making, mindless scribbling if you will, with ink on paper. Lets see what happens... Add more marks, obliterate others (its only paint!) discover shapes, follow your intuition..explore. Add some color.. A color paint chip that has been pegged up on my inspiration board for some time now. Colors I would not usually use, but am intrigued by. Recipe ~ alizarian crimson, yellow oxide, carbon black, titan buff and titanium white. (ok...I know there is no yellow in the chip, but I just happen to have some slowly drying out on my palette so thought.. waste not..why not?) A little spontaneous expression for you! I can imagine you may be a bit puzzled as to how this all fits into the topic "puzzled" Well, for me, this whole idea of spontaneous drawing ~ intuitive painting ~ is really just a matter of putting together the pieces of a puzzle. You have your marks, your shapes and your colors. Play with them ~ Move your paper around, discover shapes, add more marks take away (paint over!) those that are not working. Follow your intuition. It either fits or is doesn't! A perfect quick and dirty art journal exercise. Challenge yourself with new colors and new marks. Be free and most importantly be prepared to possibly discover something new and fantastic! I am off to find more info on this topic so that I can expand on this topic at a later date. If you have any interesting links on intuitive painting, expressive drawing, spontanous expression...I would love to have a read. This intuitive road to creation definitely intrigues me! Until next week...
Kind of where I am at right now.... Patiently waiting for April to roll around, bringing with it the start of my new online class The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design. I am asked by many who are willing to listen to me.... The what?? This will give you an idea... Wallpaper, clothing, home accessories, my favorite coffee cup from Anthropologie....if you look around you will start to notice print and pattern everywhere! Someone has to design it.... I am ready to learn. Heres a little blurb about Rachel Taylor and her course. Maybe it is something that would interest you too?Read more →
Thriving surface pattern designer Rachael Taylor will guide you along this exciting path from developing your signature style to putting a collection together, and from protecting your work to monetising your designs. With a rich combination of design inspiration, practical advice, demonstrations, creative exercises, resources and interviews with leading industry practitioners, this is the go-to guide for anyone wanting to develop their design skills and break into the industry.Module 1: Designing your way (5 weeks Apr 23-May 26) Module 2: Creating your professional identity (5 weeks June 18-July 21) Module 3: Monetizing your designs (5 weeks September 3- October 6)* You can do one or all three modules. I signed up for the whole meal deal. I like to jump in... Truth be told I am a perpetual student, happiest when learning. I love the daily inspiration it provides. The challenge it presents. The barrage of new ideas and dreams it creates. Ahh more sleepless nights to come~ too much excitement ....It is very hard being me. So until my time arrives, I have started sketching in my journal, collecting inspirational color combinations and playing with design on my computer. My inspiration board is filling up! For now that is all I have... Have a fabulous weekend!
[caption id="attachment_150" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="look what Michele from http://paperdollstudio.ca created..."][/caption] It probably goes with out saying that most of you out there have discovered Pinterest. I would hate not to mention it though just in case it has slipped by you. Pinterest..ah...it is just one click away.. It makes me swoon and dare I say a little weak in the knees. One may call it an addiction of sorts. Pinterest is a virtual inspiration board. In Pinterests own words..... "Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests." You have to request an invite. It may take a few days, but a small initiation for joining your own little secret club of like minded souls. Bookmark "the pin" and start pinning. Form different boards. I have everything from abstract art to fashion my way . You can also follow other individuals boards by simply searching for those with the same interests. Every pin has a link back to its original source which can connects you with a whole other world of goodness...and more blogs to follow. Check out mine at feeling the love... for pinterest This should give you a feel for what it is all about. Did I mention that is it free?Read more →