Saturday, July 18, 2009

Tree Business

Hugging makes a person feel good doesn't it? Hugging lets the person know you really care about them. Do you give real hugs or perfunctory hugs? I really dislike perfunctory hugs, so I give the real thing, every time. So today, I challenge you, give someone a hug and mean it!

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Four Dollar Photo

While my parents were here visiting last week they parked their motor home in a local park. We took them for a tour around the park, then K and I climbed a tower where one could see for miles upon miles in every direction. We took a few photos and I found myself hugging this beautiful tree that had long limbs going out in every direction. It inspired me to do the illustration in (see my previous post of the little girl), one that tells it's own story.

The photo illustration was also inspired from the same thought- though with a twist. To see the above photo illustration and others in a sharper format, click here.

When we went to the park to drop my parents off on the last evening at their motor home, the person at the entrance to the park insisted we pay $4.00 (the fee for all day entry). You've got to be kidding me?! For just 10-15 minutes? My mother had just gotten out of the hospital after having complete knee replacement surgery, and the distance was too far to even walk from the main gate, so we paid the fee. They could have given us a 15-minute pass. As it was, it was almost 8pm, at which time (we found out on our way out) the booth closed and you could drive in and out without stopping or paying a fee. We all understood the park person had a job to do and rules to follow but he handled us in a very poor manner considering he knew it was almost 8pm and could have shared that tidbit of information. The money wasn't a big deal, but the principal of the matter was.

Needless to say, my parents left immediately, instead of staying the rest of the evening as planned (even though they had previously reserved and paid for that night). They wanted to get an early start heading home, so that just gave them an additional reason to leave, and up until then they had really enjoyed the park. People forget that great customer service keeps people returning and telling others how great a place is. Not going the extra mile once in a while can go a long way to destroying a business' reputation. The state park lost otherwise happy customers because they had the wrong person as their "director of first impressions."

Now you can see why I included the dollar bills in the photo illustration. :) Blogger seems to make these illustrations lossy or unclear.

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Summer Smells

Click here 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, brownies, 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!

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Saturday, February 09, 2008

Discussing Business

A quick 4 minute sketch while at Starbucks. I like the heaviness and darkness of the line so I left the sketch as is. For a larger image click here.

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Apothecary & Cupcakes

To celebrate that A Latte A Day is up and running again, let's have some delicious cupcakes and a jar of sweets shall we?

If your seeing the jar in this illustration in a pinkish/peach hue that's bright and vibrant your monitor is viewing it correctly. If you are seeing it as mostly peach and washed out then you would be viewing it incorrectly. You monitor may need calibrating. I apologize if any work posted looks washed out, on my monitor it shows bright and vibrant colors.

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Oh Happy Day!

Today is my birthday; I turn another year older and it occured to me that from now on I want my birthdays to move along at a snail's pace...really slow! Vintage queen of the escargot!

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Monday, July 09, 2007

The Paper Quilt Project- July 2007

I am thrilled to be a participating artist in the " Paper Quilt Project" for the month of July, 2007, organized by Dawbis who is also an artist/environmentalist. I've just completed my "quilt" and will be sending it off in the mail tomorrow. The papers below are most of what I was sent in order to complete the project entitled, "A Day in My Life." The rest of the papers have already been used in the piece above. Whatever I created with these papers was of my own choosing.
It is important to note that the paper layout is only 3.5 x 5". The scraps are also this size or smaller so one needs to work very small in order to complete the project.

I am fascinated by the Japanese and their culture and the stories of the Geisha. The most recent movie, "Memoires of a Geisha" comes to mind. Though I have never wanted to be one, I have tried to capture the essence of "Geisha-A Day in My Life" in my paper collage.

For more artist's works at the Paper Quilt Project and/or if you would like to be a part of the project visit Flickr.

Dawbis, I popped it in the mail today and it's on its way to you!

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

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?

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Saturday, June 16, 2007


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.

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Friday, June 15, 2007

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.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Have You Seen?


Remember I said I wanted to be a butterfly on a flower at your daughter's wedding? I've found the perfect dress! Incredible isn't it? Dress by Luly Yang Couture in Seattle with the perfect slingbacks, photograph taken by velogirl. Ok, so it might be a bit flashy for the wedding but I'll be in camoflague won't I? :)

Visit Lauralines for all the wedding details.

P.S. I can promise you'll be reluctant to leave her site once you see her beautiful illustrations and watercolors.

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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Series ~ Marie

Another illustration in my "Marie Antoinette" series. The verse reflects how I feel about my work: "Let the beauty we love be what we do." ~Rumi~

I'll also be adding some 3-dimensional embellishments to the this piece which I will post later when finished.

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Sunday, April 08, 2007

Easter Blessings

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!

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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Illustration Friday ~ Total

I've been health and nutrition consious all my life. My day is "totally" about starting with a good breakfast - and my favorite cereal. I top it off with fresh blueberries (great antidioxants) and flaxseed (lignin) and cold skim milk. This combination is a must for me and a great way to start the day!

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Monday, March 05, 2007

Illustration Friday ~ Hide

© Margaret E. Summers 2007.
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

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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Illustration Friday's - Red

Still some holiday reds (in blind contour) left in the stores. Starbuck's was having a big sale on these cute red boxes of tea cups and Christmas cookie trees. They were right along side the Red and Pink Valentine cup displays. For a close up view click here.

Ok, I know you're tired of seeing holiday decorations so I promise that will be the last one for a while!

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