Thursday, December 18, 2014

Some New Cards

I have been working on some new ideas for greeting cards. Hopefully I will list some in my poor, neglected Etsy shop sometime after the first of the year.

I have always enjoyed making cards. I like working in a small confined space.

Some of my followers have been missing my paintings. I apologize. I am sure I will get back to them at some point. Right now I am enjoying working digitally.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Digital Work

I am coming along in my newly learned Illustrator skills. Mastering the pen tool is something I have been working hard on for the past few days. I used the pen tool for the vase and then filled it with one of the plaid patterns that I created in my Rachel Taylor class. I also recently purchased a new Pantone swatch fan book since my old ones were at least 15 years old. I love all the new colors!

They also have added a new feature called "Pantone Color Manager" software. It is a separate application that you can download from their web site after you register your new products. It allows you to create palettes from photographs using Pantone colors! I love that feature. I used it to generate this palette.

I am really enjoying working digitally again. Except now I need a new external hard drive since my old one is quite full......oh well small price to pay!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Book of Letters

I am not sure if I mentioned this but I signed up for ALAW (A Letter a Week) at the beginning of the year.  Of course I saved the project until now, being the procrastinator that I am. I am supposed to do two alphabets but I am not sure I will get to the second one. Probably not. One alphabet could be anything you want and the other was to be related to "place". This one is my anything goes alphabet and since I have been learning pattern making, it made sense to me to make patterns using letters. I love the pattern of hearts that the letter "s" makes, don't you? It looks like an anchor and a heart together. I think it is my favorite motif of all of them.

Here are a few other views. I need to make covers and perhaps adhere the pages to sturdier paper since the book itself is so long and rather floppy.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Classes are Over for Now!

Both of my classes are over now. One I have thoroughly enjoyed and the other not so much. The one I enjoyed was Rachael Taylor's class "The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design."

After all these years of being a graphic designer in the textbook field, I never knew about surface pattern design until recently. Strange, I know. But now that I have discovered it I can't stop seeing patterns in everything. At the beginning of the class I did question what I was thinking really. I am, after all, retired. Although as an artist you can never really retire. It is our cross to bear so to speak. A good cross but a cross never-the-less.

I am quite sure I was the oldest in the class but the joy of taking classes online is that no one knows how old anyone is really. But it didn't matter. We all showed our work and I made some new online design friends as well.

One of the things Rachael had us do was print out one of our designs and wrap a gift with it. What an idea! So I scrounged around the studio until I found a small box and wrapped it. I am a terrible wrapper so pay no attention to that part but I just love my paper design as a wrapping paper. Everyone who enters my studio asks what is in the package. HA! Nothing I say! Just a box wrapped with my own pattern designed paper!

The second Module begins in January and I will be taking that as well as the 3rd Module in the spring. I look forward to progressing with my new ideas and perhaps learning how to make a bit of money with it.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Letterforms with Color

I decided that I liked the letters as pattern idea so much that I will be adding color to them over the next few weeks. Here is to the beginning of a new adventure! Have a lovely day! Oh this is the letter "k" by the way!

Monday, November 24, 2014

A letter a Week 2014

Well, here it is nearly the end of 2014 and I did not start my letter a week project until this week. I had better get busy right?

We have to create two alphabets. One is an anything goes type of alphabet and the other is specific to a place. For my anything goes alphabet I thought it might be nice to take what I have learned so far about pattern making and use letters instead of art. I have always been fascinated by letter forms. In design school I used to love to take the old fashioned sticky "letraset" letters and make all types of art with them.

Once I got onto the computer I saw what fun can be had with letters besides making words......

So here is my first alphabet so far: They are all Baskerville Old Style.

Letter a
Letter b
Letter c
Letter d
Letter e
Letter f
Letter g
Letter h
Letter i

That is it for today! Have a nice Thanksgiving everyone!

Friday, November 21, 2014

The End is Near.....

Of my classes that is! I have learned so much over the last 5 weeks it is hard to believe it is going to be over next week.  I was really enjoying my daily challenge with color and texture and pattern. I have learned that successful paintings don't always translate to successful patterns. Sometimes I toil away trying to make something work that clearly, is not working.

The pattern above is something I am rather happy with. It was purely an accident. I was getting frustrated with my work. It was beginning to look like everyone else's and who wants that, right??

I may have told you about the lotus pods at Trader Joe's a few weeks ago. They came in a bouquet of flowers. As soon as I got them home I tossed the flowers and kept the pods. I love the dried pods. The shape, the holes....everything about them gets my art juices going.

So I scanned in a few of my sketches but this side view really hit it I think. It makes an interesting pattern. And then I recolored the artwork because who can resist that recolor the artwork tool in Illustrator? Not me.

Here are some of the examples of the pattern in different colors:

This next one is interesting for the way the spaces between the pods came out. It really changes things up a lot!

Anyway, have a great weekend and stay warm!