Yay! – Cupboard Terrarium Update

For MATS home decor week (week 2) I ended up submitting “Little Worlds” from my Cupboard Terrarium collection, for the project submission pool. I later found out that I had been chosen as one of the few designs Lilla Rogers reviewed in her weekly video! *cue girlish shriek* To say I was excited and honored was somewhat understated 🙂

It was suggested I draw my hanging terrariums a few more times to get the styling down. They are so fun to make and I really am growing comfortable with using paint again, which is a great thing! I’ve been concentrating on the other weekly projects so cleaning up the scans of these has been slow but here is a quick peek.

Lilla Roger’s MATS: Week 4 – Wall Art

My goodness, what a week! For class we reviewed the wall art market which was very interesting and provided new challenges as it has much less restraints compared to any of the other markets covered so far. The weekly assignment was to create a square abstract collage-style wall art with painting present in some way, along with a floral motif, and a word/quote. We also had to work on a restricted palette and I was assignment the colors red and yellow, with unlimited neutrals.

As this assignment required painting of some type, I decided to take the plunge and buy a large wooden canvas to work on (24x24in). This was a bit intimidating as I haven’t painted on this type of wood before, and haven’t painted with acrylic or done art on anything this size for over ten years now! I was also never big in to collage, so that was another challenge. All good things to get me out of my comfort zone 🙂

I started with painting the canvas white and then my color base. I really enjoyed how it turned out and thought I could make some really lovely fabric with it.. thoughts for the future!
I didn’t want to use any collage materials that could be copyright protected, so I chose to make my own patterns on paper using acrylic and markers, which I cut out in fun organic shapes. Some are adhered directly to the canvas, and other collage pieces I mounted so they sit a few millimeters off the board in order to add more varied dimension. The style of my piece took on a very different aesthetic than I expected it to, much more fun and cute! I found myself creating a type of environment within my work, including a little bunny resident. The word I used as per the assignment requirements was “love” which I placed in a speech bubble above the bunny. My camera was giving me grief so the colors aren’t accurate to the artwork, but you can get a good idea of the composition in the image below. This piece is called “Hoptic Reality.”

A few close-up shots below. Collage has grown on me a bit…But I especially can’t wait to paint more! It was a wonderful learning week, I know next week will be very interesting. I feel like it will probably be an emotional one, as it will bring both joy of more learning and sadness for the class ending.

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My Cupboard Terrarium Plate Collection!

Here are my final designs for MATS class this week, entitled “Cupboard Terrarium.” I embraced my love for succulents and  my new found joy painting with gouache, creating a line that I think very accurately represents my style. I would love to have these plates produced but also think the artwork could be applied to fabric as well. Going to think on that one 🙂

MATS: Week 2 – No Vectors! *gasp*

Home Decor Week! In Lilla Roger’s class this week she encouraged us to go outside our comfort zone and experiment in some aspect, whether that be material, medium, style, subject, or some other equally important component that has a profound effect on our work. And to draw pods! Not the type from outer space, but pod-type flowers, seeds, basically anything that was a non-traditional floral, which we would design to go on a series of plates meant for retailers such as Crate & Barrel or Anthropologie. Fancy!

I myself have never been particularly drawn to creating any type of florals so that was the first part of going outside of my comfort zone. I also decided this week I would also not use any vectors in my artwork. ANY. For an artist that has almost exclusively created commercial work in vector form for years, this was a slightly scary goal but I was excited and motivated to put all my energy in to it! After doing some preliminary research and sketches, I first started by playing with marker and watercolor. I really admire those of you who are beautiful water-colorists. I don’t know if it is the right medium for me, but I will keep experimenting to find what works for me. It has been almost ten years since I painted in any form so I think that I did pretty well!

I then started to work with gouache and everything clicked! I had so much fun creating my artwork with this medium and all the tiny details it allowed for. What fun! I definitely felt like it was a breakthrough day when I was working on this set of paintings, didn’t have a second thought to falling back to good ol’ trusty Illustrator 🙂 I’m really excited about what I’ve created so far and look forward to integrating more hand painted artwork in to my portfolio!