I just completed these pattern samples, inspired by my love for pasta!
Click on the thumbnail below to view an adapted larger version of this pattern.
I don't know about you, but in our family, we eat a lot of pasta. What you say? You, a fitness buff, EAT carbs? Yes, I most definitely do! Especially since Barilla came out with their Next Generation...Plus pastas. They're not just your typical pastas. They deliver protein
and Omega 3's
in every bite, and that's great news for those of us who want to be heart healthy! And, if you're bored with spaghetti noodles, Barilla offers a variety of pasta shapes.
Labels: Maggie Summers, Margaret Albert Summers, patterns
to view the new pattern from this illustration.
Don't you just love this weather? It's in the high 80's here today. Last night we sat on the deck and you could smell all the BBQ's in the neighborhood wafting our way. We discussed how great it would be to bottle that BBQ smell, perhaps mist it over the deck sporadically; yummy! With summer BBQ's I have cravings for things like pasta salad
, corn on the cob
, baked beans
and cherry crisp
. Wow! My mouth is watering, is yours?
I remember as a young girl, our families had a yearly family reunion and everyone would bring their favorite dishes to pass. What a feast! Not to mention, catching up with loved ones, great stories and loads of laughter. My, but the stories were GRAND
Here's an illustration inspired by summer, loved ones, and good food. The pasta salad was a yummy dish my talented SIL Nelda Jane
made for us while we visited her and my brother Buck
last year in Florida
. K and I still rave over the fact that they were the most incredible host and hostess - Buck and Nelda, thanks for the good time, and for spoiling us-you rock! Wish we were there!Today is my Mom's Birthday
, and she and Dad
are spending it with Buck and Nelda down south, WE LOVE YOU MOM and hope you have the best birthday ever!
We can't wait to see you and Dad in a few days!
Labels: BBQ, chef, food, illustration, Maggie Summers, Margaret Albert Summers, pasta, summer
Times Have Changed
Times and medicine have changed since the 1800's. Small vials of medicine have been replaced with plastic tamper proof containers that come in all sizes-including jumbo size. Thankfully, our medicines and perscriptions now come with ingredients, directions on how much to take, and when to take it, and warnings of possible side effects, etc. I am SO thankful for modern medicine and the new age in which we live in!
Labels: "Maggie Summers", Design, graphic design, Margaret Albert Summers, medicine, visual designer
I am so ready for spring and can hardly wait to start planting again. This illustration
reminds me of the spring planting season.
As a young child, I remember pulling fresh vegetables out of my grandparents and great aunt's gardens, enjoying the fresh smell of the dirt the new sprouts were planted in. Often, I would eat strawberries and tomatoes without taking them home and washing them. When it came to picking stawberries, I ate more than I picked. Oh, and the peaches and pears, picked right off the trees, unbelievably juicy! Hurry Spring-Please!
Labels: "children's illustration", Maggie Summers, Margaret Albert Summers, onions, planting, radishes, spring, sunshine, vegetables
For IF's "garden."
Spring is fast approaching and I can't wait to work in our gardens. Last weekend the temperature on Saturday was 65 degrees. I wanted to get my shovel and wellies out and start planting. Right now it is 11 degrees with a biting north wind. I think my planting days are still far off in the distance though one can dream and prepare. I think I'll pull out my seed pots and start there, maybe that will encourage spring to come sooner.
And another, older illustration that fits this theme well, "roots."
Labels: garden, Illustration Friday, Maggie Summers, Margaret Albert Summers, pansies, planting, poppies, spade, spring, wellies
I'm currently working on a CD cover for a band. I've included a "slice" of the illustration. I thought I was finished but have decided to make some changes to the composition as the effect was not really what I was looking for. I'll post the final work when I've completed the changes. Most likely this slice will also change. I really enjoy creating CD covers. A while back I did a remake of Madonna's "Confessions on the Dance Floor" which you can see here
Labels: "illustration", band, cd, cover, Margaret Albert Summers, music
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
For Illustration Friday's ~ Green
Green reminds me of many things.
During Easter we remember Christ's resurrection and the gift of salvation.
It's also a time when the Easter bunny hops along through tall blades of green grass hiding Easter eggs for small children to find.
Green ushers in spring, new growth and new life.
What a wonderus season it tis!
Labels: bunny, cards, Easter, illustration, Maggie Summers, Margaret Albert Summers, vintage
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Do not copy, download or reproduce in any manner without my written permission.
Inspired by the movie "Marie Antoinette" (starring Kirsten Dunst), a 14-year old Austrian who married Louis XVI and later became queen at the age of 19. The period costumes and settings are absolutely gorgeous and he story fascinating yet so tragic.
Having grown up in a family who loved the victorian era and anything elegantly antique I too carry the love of all things victorian and french.
What better than a travel dress for the sophisticated woman of royalty with compartments to hide one's most valuable treasures, toiletries or to tote a beloved pet.
Labels: Illustration Friday ~ Hide, vintage illustration
Labels: cards, contemporary victorian, hide, illustration, Maggie Summers, Margaret Albert Summers, marie antoinette, travel dress, vintage