New New New! Products in 2015!

January 22, 2015 § Leave a comment

Feels good to have the year off to an awesome start with some product launches! First up, I have a new range of products for sale on Fine Stationery. It’s got a little something for Valentine’s Day, a little something for St. Patrick’s Day, a little something for Easter, business cards, birth announcements, art prints, note pads, and notebooks. Here’s a look at two of the new items:

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Aaaand, now I have Drink Blots coasters available from Studio M with art from my Bon Voyage collection! I have yet to see these beauties in person, but I am really looking forward to it. I am planning to offer these through my soon-to-be relaunched Etsy store. Here’s a look at the art:

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Studio Sunday #7: Return to Productivity

January 18, 2015 § Leave a comment

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Feels good to have the paint back out again – this time I’m working on some nature-themed Valentine pieces as I get ready to relaunch my Etsy store on February 1. In addition to that, this week I’ve taken on some wedding invitation design jobs and I’m getting some other new collections set up for 2015.

Stay tuned this week for some new product announcements!

Happy Belated New Year!

January 11, 2015 § Leave a comment

I forgot to share on here this painting I made for New Year’s Day, my wish for a productive and peaceful new year.

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New Society 6 shop!

December 1, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Just in time for Cyber Monday, I have a new Society 6 shop up and running! Now you can buy products such as canvas prints, pillows, tote bags, device cases and skins, wall clocks, shower curtains, duvet covers and more. Head on over there to see all the goodies!

Sketchbook: Get out the Vote!

November 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Today’s the day, folks! Time to hit the polls if you haven’t already. Here’s a sketchbook piece I did during #inktober about election season.

Sketchbook Obsession: Houseplants!

October 26, 2014 § Leave a comment

I have been obsessed with drawing plants and flowers basically as long as I’ve been obsessed with drawing….so basically my whole life. Lately, as #inktober is in full swing on Instagram, I’ve been drawing plants more than ever and specifically houseplants. I thought I’d share a bit on here about my houseplant and flower situation in the studio and some of the Inktober sketches as well!

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Currently, we have two large spider plants, a purple shamrock, about seven succulents, a corkscrew rush, and a huge Boston fern – not bad! Of course, I only wish I had more, more, more. During the summer months I bring in a lot of flowers from my mom’s garden – mostly Dahlias, Zinnias, Roses and Cosmos – so that adds to the color around here as well. Here’s some of the appearances the plants have been making in my sketchbook:

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…and here’s a sneak peek of a gouache painting I’ve been working on that is heavily plant-involved:

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If you want to follow along with #inktober, and see regular installments from my sketchbook, follow me (@littlearrow) on Instagram!

Yay for Banned Books Week!

September 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Today is the first day of Banned Books week – a week that we celebrate intellectual freedom and stick it to all those who thought they could silence great art and interesting reads by taking a few books off library shelves and school curriculum. Not So! I think it’s been pretty well documented that as soon as a book is challenged, people basically *have* to read it to figure out what the big deal is all about. I love Banned Books week because I love intellectual freedom just as much as I love rolling my eyes at folks that think that books with talking animals are harmful to kids. So I’ve made some art to celebrate banned books! This was my second year to participate in the Lawrence Public Library‘s Banned Book trading card contest. Local artists submit art inspired by banned books, and the library picks 7 winners and issues a trading card with a new piece of art for each day of Banned Books week. Last year I was one of the lucky winners with my entry inspired by Sherman Alexie’s book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

This year I made the above piece inspired by Toni Morrison’s Beloved – one of my favorite books – and while I didn’t win, it was super fun to participate. However, Smashotron Scott DID win with his entry inspired by Art Spiegelman’s Maus.

Bonus: Check out this awesome video I found of Sherman Alexie talking on why its actually pretty great to have your book be banned.

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Do you have any favorite banned or challenged books?

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