Saturday, April 30, 2011

Lush Knot Wrap Competition

Mermaids & Coral, acrylic & marker on paper, 20 x 20", 2011.

Lush recently announced a competition to design one of their knot wraps.  I'm a big fan of the store, so I definitely knew I wanted to enter.

Right around the time I heard about the competition a friend e-mailed me this link:

I loved the idea of hand painted print.  It seemed appropriate because all of Lush's products are also handmade.  I started this project with a lot of inspiration and ambition;  by the time I finished today I was tired!!!  Hand painted design is really tedious and a lot of work, but I do like how it turned out.  
When I was coming up with ideas for the design I wanted to stay away from a botanical print because Lush has already had knot wraps with florals.  I picked an ocean theme because Lush's products are very environmentally friendly, so gross stuff won't go down the drain and into our water... their bath bombs also make you feel like a mermaid!

Here's a close up of some of the mermaids: 

I'm including a picture of the sketch;  it's blurry in some parts because I used layers of tracing paper to create the design:

Now I want to take a bubble bath!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

One Minute Creatures

I drew some creatures for Creaturemag's 1 minute creature project.

I just moved, and still haven't unpacked everything;  I haven't had time to complete projects or update my blog.  However, I could definitely spare a couple minutes!  One minute was a lot shorter that I realized for drawing;  I had to seriously edit my ideas.  They came out pretty funny anyway, so I decided to post them.

Part of the project is to pass it on to other people.  If you want to draw your own one minute creatures the information's all below:

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Illustration Friday: Bottled

Perfume Bottle Genies, pen & watercolor on watercolor paper, 7 x 14", 2011.

I'm working on some other things, so this week's Illustration Friday was super quick and simple. 
I guess you could call it more a doodle than an illustration.  It was fun anyway!

Friday, April 8, 2011

More Bunnies!

Here are the rest of my rabbit pieces for Art of the Garden:

Daffodil, watercolor, acrylic & graphite on paper, 8 x 10", 2011.
Daffodil Detail
Hydrangea, watercolor, acrylic & graphite on paper, 8 x 10", 2011.

Hydrangea Detail

Tulip, watercolor, acrylic & graphite on paper, 8 x 10", 2011.
Tulip Detail

The hydrangea one is my favorite.

I hope one person buys them together because they look really cute as a group:

If the don't sell at the show, I'll put them up on etsy.

Thursday, April 7, 2011


Tomorrow night is the opening reception for The Art of the Garden. All artists participating were invited to bring five additional small pieces for a bin of work for sale during the reception night.

Since my favorite piece is my rabbits, I decided to paint some more for the bin. Here are two of the five:

Marigold, watercolor, acrylic & graphite on paper, 8 x 10", 2011.

Marigold Detail

Hyacinth, watercolor, acrylic & graphite on paper, 8 x 10", 2011.

Hyacinth Detail

The purples are a lot lighter on the second one in person...

If you want to see the others, come to the reception and support public libraries! 
Or just wait a day or two until I post them...
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