Monday, December 15, 2014

2015 Illustrated Food Calendar

I just recently discovered how easy it is to collage photos together at photojoiner.com, and I'm a bit addicted to it. My calendar is at my Etsy shop. Each month is a still life done in pastel.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Woodland Stick Puppets

My woodland animals are printed from my pastel drawings. They are cut out and mounted on wooden dowels. Sometimes I will get emails through Etsy asking if they can have a "blonde" wolf or a female deer. I'm assuming that people think that what they are asking would be a simple switch. Maybe that is true, if the work is created on the computer, but for me it would involve starting from scratch.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Cards and Paper Wallets

I got this display ready for a new store that opened recently. They have my Christmas cards, masks and paper wallets. The paper wallets are handprinted and lined with aluminum to protect your credit card information. They're also available here.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Illustrated Pocketbook Calendar

I always like something colorful and cheerful in my purse. These are printed from my illustrations and available here. I can't believe that 2014 is almost over!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Card Display

Last weekend I showed my work at a holiday bazaar in Brookside, NJ. The night before I started roaming around the house to find an interesting way to showcase my Christmas cards. I came up with the silverware drawer that is underneath my 1930s kitchen table. This turned out to be the perfect solution. I didn't need to construct anything at the last minute and it gave the display a more cozy look. Plus, it was a far better way to show the cards than having them lie flat on the table.
Cards are also available here.

Monday, November 10, 2014

More Christmas

All of these cards evoke special holiday memories for me. The original art is done with pastel chalks. Ice skating is one of my favorite winter outdoor activities. When I was little they flooded the tennis courts at a country club that was not far from our house and I can remember going with my friend Jan. Much later, when we were both living in NYC, we would meet in the evenings at the rink in Central Park to skate. Now that I'm back in a more rural setting we do have a couple outdoor ponds nearby, but it's difficult to get the right combination of cold and no snow. When our son was in first and second grade we had a couple good skating seasons so that he could fool around with a hockey stick and puck on the pond at our neighbor's dairy farm. Skating outdoors is so much more pleasurable than being in a rink.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Illustrated Christmas Cards

I feel a bit guilty rolling out the Christmas cards so early, but I illustrated some of these back in July when the idea of sweaters and snow seemed positively absurd. Since I've been seeing Christmas displays in the stores since before Halloween and the ads are beginning to creep in on the TV, I decided that I would not wait any longer. I tried to create imagery that felt like winter, but did not scream out "HOLIDAY SEASON". At this time of year I tend to like things that are cozy, but not too cliched.