I love it when I'm asked to do custom work. I was just contacted by a customer through my Zazzle store to customize the name on a ribbon of a piece of art I've created for this Christmas season. The wonderful thing about Zazzle is the ability for customers to customize products. That's why creating for Zazzle can be fun if you keep customizing in mind when designing. In the case of this art, the position of the ribbon I designed did not lend itself to customer customization. It had to be done by me. I created the original lettering by hand, then scanned it and placed it in position in Photoshop. Files were made at that point to upload, and then a link was generated after the product was made for the customer to purchase the product. The original ribbon text was hand lettered with "Sonoma County." Those products can be found on my Zazzle store. See my other post for details.
Seriously, where does the time go? July was my last entry. If I think back to what I've been doing, I would have to say I was majorly sweating through the summer months.It was too hot to think, let alone paint.
Watercolor is one of my favorite mediums. It's best to let it do its thing. Fighting with it's natural ability to wander on paper is probably setting oneself up for a frustrating experience. I've recently completed a watercolor for a Sonoma County Christmas card, and had fun painting a loose watercolor fashion illustration.
Part of the fun of painting is to experiment and have fun. Which is what the creative process should be about primarily. The wine and grapes art will be on my Zazzle store and card stores in the coming week. I'll come back then to link to the products.
I'm on so many sites that I find it sometimes difficult to keep up with all the changes, and posting my art. Redbubble is one site I've been on for years. Something like 6 years. Is that at all possible?
Anyway... I didn't get the chance yet to finish the last piece of art I posted. Sometimes I let works in progress sit for awhile, and let them take on the path they need to go at a later date.
In the meantime, something got me back on RB, and I'm glad I checked out the site again. I heard they were offering art on more products and that they were heading into more of a Zazzle type marketplace. I think the upside is quality over quantity, and I was so happy to see all the wonderful new products RB has to offer without being overwhelming. I was especially enamored with their dresses. One is a tee shirt type dress, the other A Line style. One of my older illustrations looked great on both.
Check them out and click on the photo to be magically taken to the RB site where you can see them up close.
Time goes way too fast. That's why whatever you're thinking of doing, don't put it off. Do it now. My latest WIP is in watercolor and I'm getting back into more of what I love best - fashion inspired art and my love for animals. Yes, there will be an animal in this one. Can you guess what it will be? Hope to finish this one soon.
It's that time again for the Twitter Art Exhibit. This year, the exhibit will be in NYC in March. After thinking about it for what seemed like weeks, I decided to create a watercolor and gouache landscape inspired by a friend's photo of his porch view in Palm Springs, CA. I don't usually paint still life or landscapes, but I decided to challenge myself for the exhibit. I ruled the lines of where to crop ( you can see them faintly in the photo ), but I bleed the image over the line as I paint, so when I cut it out to the specified exhibit size ( post card size ), the color will go right to the edges.
Sometimes it takes awhile for search engines on a site, and Google, to gain traction on anything one posts, especially during any holiday. Even though this art was created for last year's Valentine's Day, it's my best selling Valentine's Day card this year. I tea stained watercolor paper, then painted my design on top using watercolor and gouache. It was one of my favorite illustrations to create. Click on the image below to see it in my store. The card is also relation specific for a variety of family members and friends.
Took my iPhone time lapse feature out for a test run tonight while I was sketching a little visual that was in my head while sitting at the kitchen table. I created it with a pen on a white paper napkin. I should have filmed on the horizontal, and I sorely need an iPhone tripod. Holding the phone in one hand and drawing with the other was not the best situation which is quite evident here. ;-) For some reason this has posted on the horizontal even though it was filmed vertically. I'll get it together for the next one.
Things have gone from quiet to completely crazy around here. Son shipped off to college, and husband is busy back in the studio which gives me way more time to create. I'm finally ahead on my holiday designs. I'll be heading into Christmas and New Year's designs shortly. In the meantime, I just received Design of the Day over on Greeting Card Universe for my Halloween Lab and Shepherd card. I'm having a great time designing products over on Zazzle with them. Couldn't resist posting this tasty treat available on my Zazzle store. Perfect for a Halloween party for dog lovers, but maybe just too cute to eat. Enjoy the last days of summer. Before you know it, we'll be stuffing our faces with treats like this only with holiday designs on them! Click on the picture to be sent to where the treats await.
Every now and then a wonderful new product catches my attention. This time it's these wonderful, refillable markers with gradient tones. Check out their promo vid ...
It's that time again for the Twitter Art Exhibit! I think I may have missed last year's, but I'm in it again. A brilliant brainchild of artist David Sandum, the exhibit is held in Moss, Norway, and reaches far and wide for postcard sized art donations from artists around the world. They sell for around $35, and all proceeds benefit a charity in Moss. The organizers work tirelessly logging in and hanging all the art. As you can well imagine, it's a huge undertaking. I chose to do the art on Arche's watercolor paper using watercolor and watercolor pencils. I worked differently this year, making the art larger than the postcard size, scanned the art so I can use it for other things, and then cut the art to the size needed for the exhibit. It's a wonderful event, and I feel the participation is so high because of the size of the art, the cause, and David is such a lovely person. I wish him much success with the exhibit!
Laura J. Holman
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