everyday things

Mental Illness

mental illness, illustration by penelope dullaghan

I did this illustration for Illustrated Impact - a month-long giving campaign that brings awareness to organizations doing good in the world. I chose to highlight The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) because I think it’d be hard to find one of us who doesn’t know someone dealing with a mental health condition… depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD to name a few. Sometimes it's hard to know how to help or even where to begin looking for resources. And NAMI provides a beacon in this darkness. I wanted to do an illustration that spoke to the overwhelming feeling of helplessness, but offered a bit of hope that support is there.

Visit www.nami.org/ to donate (got $5?) or tell your own story to support millions of people who face mental illness every day.

A huge thank you to Illustrated Impact for doing this campaign this month. You are a light!

Happy Thanksgiving!

live happy magazine, illustration by penelope dullaghan

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! This morning Veda and I wrote down 10 things we’re grateful for. Here’s my list:

1. work that brings me joy and builds connections.

2. my good health.

3. slow mornings reading at the table with coffee and my favorite breakfast (ezekiel raisin toast with sharp cheddar cheese).

4. gray days that give permission to cozy up on the couch and look out the window.

5. friends that bring over full baskets of goodies and smiles.

6. hand-written letters from my pen pal.

7. grapefruits in the winter.

8. making cookies with Veda - and for the first time baking felt effortless.

9. tv shows that grow compassion and understanding (I’m thinking of “Call the Midwife” - a show I’m loving).

10. you. I am so grateful for every like, kind comment and supportive gesture you reach out with here. Thank you!

If you’d like to say something you’re grateful for also, I’d love to read it!

xo

Collection #1 launch!

penelope dullaghan, collection 1 launch Hi friends! It's finally here! I just launched my little first collection on Etsy. And I've got butterflies.

Many of you have been encouraging me to do this for some time - and I thank you so much for the push. It started with making patterns, then getting three of them printed, dreaming up fun products, partnering with my seamstress mother-in-law to make them come to life, then getting them to you. I really hope you like them!

I have beautiful aprons, zip pouches, napkins, etc all with 3 fabrics I designed. There are very limited quantities of each so I could test these new waters safely.

Many, many thanks to all your support of my tiny art adventures. Please visit my shop and check it all out!

xoxo

Live Happy with gratitude

I love the concept of making gratitude a habit to stay positive and remember how blessed we are. So when Live Happy art director Kim Baker emailed asking if I'd do an opener and spot illustration about being thankful, I jumped at the chance to put art to that idea. My favorite tip from the article: Ritual #2: Write down three positive things you're grateful for before bed every night.

We do something similar to this in our household. When we put Veda to bed we talk about our "rose, thorn & bud". The rose is the best thing that happened that day, thorn is the worst and bud is something we're hoping for. I really like it because sometimes we're so busy getting dinner ready, finishing chores and living life that chatting about our day gets pushed aside. So it's a quiet time of reflection that I look forward to. :)

Oh yes, the illustrations:

live happy magazine, illustration by penelope dullaghan live happy magazine, illustration by penelope dullaghan

live happy magazine, illustration by penelope dullaghan

live happy magazine, illustration by penelope dullaghan

live happy magazine, illustration by penelope dullaghan live happy magazine

pattern giveaway on Design*Sponge!

penelopedullaghan-pattern1-portrait Suuuuuper excited that Design*Sponge is featuring free pattern downloads from me each day this week! This is the first one - inspired by the colors I spy on my autumn walks. I think these will make great wallpapers for your devices. :) Big thanks - and a hug - to Grace and Caitlin for supporting and sharing my work! xo

Grab the first pattern (bigger, and offered in vertical or horizontal) here: http://www.designsponge.com/2016/10/free-pattern-download-from-illustrator-penelope-dullaghan.html

advent calendar - coming this week!

donuts illustration animation - downloadable advent calendar by penelope dullaghan - coming soon This weekend is the end of fall break. I've taken two weeks off with Veda to camp, visit orchards, make applesauce and veggie broth, play and draw and read. I'm feeling renewed and excited to get back to work next week. And to launch the downloadable advent calendar I've been hinting about. I really hope you'll love it as much as I do!

The Bluestocking : Portrait Collaborations

portrait project, penelope dullaghan A while back Colin found an old yearbook from the 30s in a thrift store, and I’ve hung onto it ever since. I love the photographs — each student got her own full page — and I find it irresistible to imagine what these young girls, who would now be very old women indeed, were like. I had the idea to illustrate portraits of them, and asked Colin (who’s a writer) if he’d come up with a line that could go with each woman’s expression. Veda, singing all the while here in the studio, insisted on being the “editor” of the piece – making this a rare collaboration by the whole family. Here are the first two.

portrait project, penelope dullaghan

 

camping, solar-powered

pop up camper illustration, penelope dullaghan Did I mention here that we bought a little new-to-us pop up camper? I'm really excited about being able to camp a little more comfortably. Not that I'm opposed to sleeping on the rocky ground when the blow-up mattress inevitably pops or waking up freezing all the way down to your bones. The hiking, nature and internal compass re-setting is worth it, right? Ahem. Well, yes, but I thought it was time to upgrade to a teeny camper. One with a real mattress (albeit a thin one), easy propane cooking and shelter from the rain. And I love it!

It's great having everything already packed so I'm not frantically packing tubs of dishes, towels, etc at the last minute. (I always forget something essential doing that.) Everything we need (which isn't much, truth be told - simplicity!) is already in the camper. So all I need to gather are food and clothes. Can do!

Fall break is here starting tomorrow, and we are heading out to camp for the next week. Colin got this insanely awesome idea to set up small solar panels for our new-to-us little camper (which I had to illustrate, of course)! We're super excited to see how they do - and to (kinda) live off grid for a bit.

solar panel sun illustration, penelope dullaghan

I still dream about off-grid yurt living, but it's not in the cards for the near future. So this is a little taste of that in a cheaper, less radical life changing way. I'm excited!

caged bird - simplicity, before and now

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But lately, just this year I guess - I find myself shifting back to simpler images. Bolder blocks of color, simpler shapes, fewer lines. I'm not exactly sure why, but it feels like it fits right now. I like that it feels easy and free. And I've been getting lots of great work from clients in this simpler style - so that's telling I guess.

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sneak peek

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent="yes" overflow="visible"][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type="1_1" background_position="left top" background_color="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" spacing="yes" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" padding="" margin_top="0px" margin_bottom="0px" class="" id="" animation_type="" animation_speed="0.3" animation_direction="left" hide_on_mobile="no" center_content="no" min_height="none"]penelope dullaghan - collectin coming First little peek into the big idea I've been working on. I am starting my own collection to be released this fall (!) - patterns have been designed, fabrics have been ordered, and what I'll be offering has been mocked up. I'm working with my master-seamstress mother-in-law on prototyping and making it come to life. Cannot wait to show you more!![/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]