Back to Basics
Getting back to the basic technical skill of drawing feels so good. The way I like relax is to sketch and my favorite place to sketch people is at Starbucks, sipping a yummy hot latte, mmmmm. This was a quick 5 minute sketch to which I added some color as I loved the red sweatshirt she was wearing from Aeropostale.
I love their t-shirts too, especially this Pink Shoulder Script Baby T.
They're nice and long and go great with low riding jeans. What do you do to relax?
Labels: Aeropostale, illustration, Maggie Summers, Margaret Albert Summers, sketch, Starbucks, study, university
Loving What I Do
When my husband and I have two days together it is always jam-packed. Working full time and cramming in all the to-do's and wish lists on the weekends is always a challenge.
You're probably wondering why I am not posting more illustrations-not because I am not working on them but because I am juggling several projects at the moment and the current illustration I am working on involves much research. As always, I never know what the end result will be until it is finished but I am very excited about it and hope you'll enjoy the finished work too.
Yesterday I went to the Old Market to one of my favorite stomping grounds for antiques and thrift goodies and picked up some ephemera. What a great time I had! The gorgeous wallpaper is from the lovely Donna. I had to fight the crowds because the Farmer's Market and the Summer Arts festival was in full swing, but it was well worth it don't you think?
After the Market my husband and I went and purchased a ton of stone for our new landscaping project and are off to purchase another ton today. We're making progress. I also had time to plant two more delphiniums
that I lost in the cold snap in March.
Labels: antiques, delphiniums, ephemera, thrift, vintage, wallpaper
I recently purchase this lovely piece of art from the very creative and sweet Donna
at Under the Red Roof. For a closer look
. She also sent me a beautiful packet of vintage wallpapers that I am reluctant to use, they are so pretty. You can see more of Donna's lovely things in her Etsy shop.
Underneath the artwork is an antique jewelery box that was left to me by my great aunt
. Inside are special things that were hers including lace doilies, belts and jewelry and it's very special to me. See the vingette on top, isn't it just priceless?
More Family Blessings
Dad, we want to wish you a very special Father's Day and we want you to know how very much we love you and are thinking of you today as every day.
My husband's parents who are also Dad and Mom to me are such a blessing in our lives. We are so thankful for all their love and support, and my husband is the man he is today because of them. Thank you for being such wonderful parents to us and grandparents to our children.
God Bless You always,
Blessings On This Day
I am SO thankful and blessed to have such amazing parents. Mom and Dad, thank you for giving me such a wonderful life and always supporting me in all that I do.
As parents and grandparents, as family and as a friend to others, you have enriched the lives of so many by your love and giving hearts. This day is to celebrate both of you Mother and Father, since we could not be with you both on either day, you are always in our thoughts and hearts. God Bless you always.
All our love, XOXOX
Labels: accomplishments, family, graduation, son
Finally, the "Springtime" piece finished! It has been on my drawing board for awhile and is it vintage- oh yes! I love "wellies" or wellington boots for gardening and buying the little seed packets of my favorite flowers. You plant them in tiny pots of dirt and watch them grow indoors, then plant them when they're ready in your garden. Click here
for a close up.
Labels: flowers, gardening, illustration, Maggie Summers, pansies, poppies, springtime, wellingtons
Maggie Summers ~ Illustration & Design
A time of change. In April, I created new business cards from one of my Marie Antoinette
illustrations. I thought long and hard about the new image I wanted to project and this couldn't have represented my most recent work more perfectly. Don't you agree? As ever, my work is constantly changing and evolving and in time I'll be building a new website at designerm dot com
reflecting my new style.
Labels: "Margaret Summers", Design, designerm, illustration, Maggie Summers
Two weeks ago my M & M
and I planned and hosted a surprise 80th birthday party for his mother. I think I mentioned this in a previous post
. We all had such a wonderful time and mother was so surprised and delighted to see the family and friends who arrived for her party. Of the many gifts she received, we gave her a miniature cake stand
and a beautiful one-of-a-kind mosaic cupcake made by the very talented Michelle Legler
. The cupcake was so darling and just the right size for the stand. I also gave her a framed print of my Marie Antoinette
illustration. One of her closest friends arrived with a photo of when she was younger and I couldn't resist doing a little magic with Photoshop. She is just as lovely as ever, don't you agree?
Such a long awaited moment. Our youngest son Alex's senior prom and graduation. The last of our four to take the step into adulthood. We are so very proud of him and all his accomplishments. Congratulations Alex-you made it! We love you so much!
Alex's graduation gift-something he has wanted for a long time-what a sweet ride!
The smile tells it all-- he's one happy young man.
Prom Photos: Alex is so handsome! Of course he wouldn't want me to say that but I can, I am his mother!
Labels: "Proud Mom", accomplishments, family, graduation, prom, Proud Parent
What a weekend! Have you ever put some things off until the last minute (due to so many other things cropping up at the last minute) that you kick yourself into the car and back out again? THAT would be me today. And yesterday and the day before. I can count 5 trips to Archivers (2 in the same day) in the last 4 days and maybe one still to go. I am working on a project which turned out to be more than I anticipated yet a fun project none-the-less that I have
to finish in the next few days. Of course, I have never done one quite like this so you can imagine everything that could fobile my plan has, thus the extra trips to Archivers. With today's gas prices I've added a pretty penny to this project as it's a good 5 miles one way. I wish I had a set up like Debby,
where everything is at your finger tips. Here work space is incredibly well organized and full of everything one would need. I need to start buying organizers to set things right in my studio, that would help immensly.
The great news is that I am officially going to Silver Bella
hosted by the lovely Bella Teresa
herself and I can hardly wait. I'll be attending along with some of my favorite artists, crafters and business people. The very talented Debby
who teaches for Anna Griffith and who's work (& work space) I admire, will be attending and I look so forward to meeting in her in person. I'll also get a chance to meet Heather
from Present Past Collection who will be a vendor at the event and Pam Garrison
who will be teaching some of the classes. I'd say that's the beginning (as Debby would say) to a Bellafabulous
On top of this I have been feverishly planting today and yesterday and still have some to go. I've had the flowers 10 days now and just haven't had the time to plant them due to other priorties and rain. This only includes the current flower beds. Last fall we finished building a deck and put in gardens completely around it and the back of the house. These have yet to be filled and landscaped, another project to do when we return from our trip. It always seems the list of to-do's gets incredibly long prior to a trip. I feel like I'm running a marathon and time is running out!
Labels: irises, marathon, Silver Bella, to-do's