My #MATSholidaycard submission. My husband and I have been watching a lot of Christmas movies lately. Everyone of them has someone flying off to the North Pole in a sleigh. I envisioned Santa sending his sleigh around to pick us up, complete with a blanket and steaming mugs of dark chocolate and peppermint hot cocoa to warm us. You’re never to old to believe in love, Santa Claus, his magical sleigh and the North Pole! BTW Rudolph is on vacation in Florida so Comet’s filling in while he’s on vacation. Hang on!
The second part of our day we spent visiting the Joslyn Castle in Omaha, NE. We were unable to go inside as the doors were locked yet we saw through the window people eating. We walked a little further around the side of the castle and understood why. There on the lawn, we saw a newly married couple having their wedding photos taken. We slipped away quietly but not before I capture this memory. It was so hot outside that we headed midtown to Blackstone for homemade ice cream at the Coneflower Creamery. The ice cream was amazing! Since it's all homemade the flavors are really heighten and burst in your mouth. We can't wait to go back, the next time we are in town. They make the most unusual flavors and we want to try them all! Color palette inspiration for this piece is from the Coneflower Creamery, my love of coneflowers and the love this newly married couple shared.
I've been keeping a sketchbook of the places we visit in our travels to remember them. Some places stand out more than others. We recently visited one of the most beautiful cathedrals we've ever seen, ranked as one of the 10th largest cathedrals in the US. Begun in 1905, it was consecrated in 1959. The cathedral's Spanish Renaissance Revival architectural style was designed by architect Thomas Rogers Kimball. Mary, the Ten Commandments, and a glimpse of its massive cornice structures along the top of the church, are pictured here. Also pictured are tiny silver bells, that were scattered across the entrance steps, possibly from a small child's bracelet that had broken upon leaving the church.
Lilla Rogers Make Art That Sells Bootcamp January assignment was such fun! For our final bookcover design we were tasked to draw what we imagined was inside a famous person's bag. I was already a huge admirer of Maira Kalman's paintings, books and other work so researching her life and creating this illustration was pure joy.
I recently started taking the Make Art That Sells illustration courses and I'm loving them. I created this illustration for the January warm up mini of what's in my bag. While traveling in Texas I've been walking the beaches most days and bring home lots of shells which inevitably end up in my bag.
I was so inspired by Lilla Rogers Monday Moments series and the opportunity to win a free place on Mats Bootcamp, that I dove into the challenge, posting this entry on my Instagram feed. I love the art of hand drawn lettering and focused on incorporating the text into the queen's dress. This illustration was pure joy for me to create! Best wishes to everyone who participated!