Digital Intervention with Photoshop

For the most part, I like to keep my art hand drawn or painted. The exception is when I’m working on designing a repeating pattern. But sometimes, my 20 years of experience with Photoshop, comes in handy with my artwork. I painted this tree a couple of weeks ago and thought, “It really needs aContinue reading “Digital Intervention with Photoshop”

Self imposed deadlines {and a leaf pattern}

I remember, way back in elementary school, staring a project early, but never finishing it until the night before it was due. I needed the deadline to motivate me to finish. All these years later I know the power deadlines have to motivate me. Now, I’m using this to my advantage. If I want to accomplish something I set a deadline. In myContinue reading “Self imposed deadlines {and a leaf pattern}”

How to create a repeating pattern in Photoshop {Feathers my pattern for September.}

Here is my pattern design for September. As you may have seen, I’ve been drawing and painting feathers all month, so it’s seemed appropriate to turn them into a pattern. I pieced this pattern together from my sketchbook (see below). I wanted this pattern to be much tighter than ones I’ve designed so far thisContinue reading “How to create a repeating pattern in Photoshop {Feathers my pattern for September.}”

A Pattern for June – Echinacea

  Just in time for me to design a pattern for June – our Echinacea bloomed. They are one of my favorite flowers. Today I’ve been painting them like crazy! Yesterday I drew a few of the flowers with a really smooth Pentel gel pen in my super smooth Strathmore pad. Today, I scanned them in andContinue reading “A Pattern for June – Echinacea”

Sandcastles (My May Pattern)

Sandcastles is the theme of my May pattern (I know, I know it’s already June). I’ve been working extra hard on this pattern because I’m entering it in a Spoonflower contest. This week’s theme is sandcastles and it’s so fitting this time of year! With Memorial Day behind us, I can’t help but think of beach days! We are countingContinue reading “Sandcastles (My May Pattern)”

I’ve hired myself :)

A while back I mentioned that I started a marketing/graphic design blog for my business. What I didn’t mention is that I’ve been creating illustrations for most of the posts! I did share one of the illustrations here, in the post Painting Digitally. That illustration set the tone for the style I’ve used for the rest ofContinue reading “I’ve hired myself :)”

Dahlia flower pattern {My pattern for April}

Whew! Just in time! I’ve been contemplating April’s pattern for awhile now. I originally thought I’d use some of the flowers I created separately with watercolor and put them together in Photoshop. But it wasn’t working – too stiff looking: So I went back to what has worked in the past. I sketched some flowersContinue reading “Dahlia flower pattern {My pattern for April}”

Painting Digitally

I’m still playing around with painting digitally! The original idea for this illustration was a quick sketch in a lined notebook. I intended on redrawing it more carefully, but I liked the messy one better! Original sketch: I scanned it and opened it in Photoshop. I’ve been using Photoshop for years as a Graphic Designer,Continue reading “Painting Digitally”

Valentine’s Day Mantle

I’ve been having fun the last couple of weeks creating art with Valentine’s Day in mind. I challenged myself to post my creations on Instagram for 14 days in a row. If you’ve been following, let me know which one you liked the best. It’s been great, working within the same theme – coming upContinue reading “Valentine’s Day Mantle”

Striking while the iron is hot.

It is an amazing feeling when you are “into” a project and the creative ideas are flowing and you’re excited and inspired and motivated. I’m always better off “striking while the iron is hot” and working on a project when the inspiration first hits me. If I wait, sometimes the spark is gone. The enthusiasm dies down andContinue reading “Striking while the iron is hot.”