Just a fun one!
Pattern work makes me so happy. I love figuring out how the pieces fit together and repeat. Do you prefer the light background or dark palette?
Happy Monday, friends!
I got to do the fall cover and opening editorial spread for Ma Vie, a German magazine. I really love how it turned out - bright and bold with a limited palette.
And just for fun, here are my sketches I sent to the AD:
Glennon's message about not shielding our kids from pain, but leading them through it courageously, resonated so deeply with me. Being with pain - and not shying away from it - is something my little family of three tries to practice regularly with small things so when the big things come up we can call on our tools of kindness, wisdom and resilience. These qualities are muscles we try to build.
My deepest gratitude to Glennon, Super Soul, Oprah Magazine and SALT Project.
Introducing two new pins all about dogs - one for you and one for your pup!
Take a pic and tag Pincause, sharing your story about how you and your dog found, and saved, each other!
Women Who Draw just launched their first collaborative art piece, ONE SKY, where women artists all over the globe looked up at exactly the same time and drew the sky they saw. All the drawings were then put together to form one sky - you can see them all here. Such a beautiful concept, especially needed right now I think. This was my contribution.
For our 40th birthdays (Colin's in July, mine in September), we wanted a sweatshirt vacation. Nothing tropical or hot. But cool, sparse and active. We'd seen a few pictures of Nova Scotia and it looked beautiful - underpopulated, clean and spacious. And that's exactly what we found. Lots of space to think, clear out our minds, and populate them with new inspiration.
We hiked trails ending in waterfalls. Swam in cold, clear lakes. And climbed a mountain to see literally breathtaking views. Above are a few pictures I snapped. Click on them to see bigger.
When Summersalt asked me to do an illustration of a childhood summer memory, so many little scenes started playing in my head like movies snippets... now sepia toned and scented with sunscreen and cut grass and red raspberries. When I think of my childhood summers, I think of freedom... floating in lakes, catching frogs and riding bikes. Days unfolding slowly. I try to create that feeling now as an adult, and as a parent, as much as I can. #slowliving
In our house, we always end the day by sharing our rose (best part of our day), thorn (the worst) and bud (something we're looking forward to). It usually sparks meaningful conversation and helps our little family of three feel close even though our days are often spent apart. I know I've mentioned this ritual before, but I wanted to capture it in an illustration.
I've just closed my shop for a little time off, but if there's enough interest, I will add this as a print when I reopen this fall. I think it'd be sweet in a kids room or nursery. Let me know if you're interested! And let me know if you try "Rose, Thorn, Bud" and what you think! xo
New work for Brightly, Penguin Random House: a banner illustration to accompany a post about books that show kids how to be a friend. Such a fun piece to work on! Thanks to Art Director Erika Nanartowicz for the assignment!
Here are some close ups:
All projects start here.
Happy 4th of July! To celebrate, my rep Scott Hull asked all his artists to draw their favorite 4th of July picnic food. I love all the different styles. Did you spot mine? Here it is:
Wishing you a safe and fun day!
I am saddened by the news. So shortsighted. :(
Oprah Magazine recently commissioned me to do eight spot illustrations for an article about summer adventures. The adventures included things like swimming with a mermaid tail (totally order-able online, who knew?), discovering your ancestry and recreating their photos, listening to a new podcast, waterparks, visiting a new city, movie parties, sipping pink wines and check out this summer's solar eclipse. All sound fun to me!
Above you'll see a video SALT Project and I put together for Oprah Magazine. And below you can see the illustrations in the wild. :) Enjoy!
My heart breaks for the families in Manchester. Children? That could have been my daughter. That could have been your son. They are all our kids.
I don’t know how to solve violence like this on a large scale. Calling the people who did this losers doesn’t help. I think down deep people are hurting and feeling lost. Including those who commit these horrible acts. Being lost becomes a blindness to suffering.
I might be naive, but I think we need to make connections to keep people from doing things like this in the future. Connect with those who are hurting. Show them they deserve kindness. That they are deserving of compassion just because they exist. Connect also with your dear ones and teach them how to love so big they can’t keep it in.
I think it starts with looking people in the eye. Saying hello and asking how they are right now. Acknowledging those around you. It’s not turning your back and pretending you don’t see pain and suffering and difference. It’s listening to each other and learning that our differences are what make us interesting. It makes us people. And on a micro-level change can happen. And it can grow.
I strive for simplicity - I love stripping away complexity and getting things down to their essence. I try to not make things harder than they need to be. These little butterflies remind me of that.
Feeling grateful this morning because for a minute things feel simple. Getting ready to head out for a walk. Watering the garden. Birds singing. Tea steeping. A load of laundry tumbling in the washer. I am holding this moment.