Swimming. A Creative Muse

The competitive swim season ended a few weeks ago. With only a week left in summer, we will probably visit the town pool only once or twice more. The pool and swimming has been a source of creative inspiration for me for the past few years. This summer I designed fabrics in the swimming/pool theme:Continue reading “Swimming. A Creative Muse”

Free Pattern: Sew a Super Deluxe Drawstring Backpack!

Mary Earle-Sigler of the Daily Sew, has created a drawstring bag “that you could sew with little experience, with ease, that could be sewn in almost any type of fabric and possibly some you already own. A carry-all for any size, any gender, and could be made for any personality or in any style with theContinue reading “Free Pattern: Sew a Super Deluxe Drawstring Backpack!”

Goggles! Another pool themed fabric

Hot off the Spoonflower press! My “Goggles” fabric has arrived. So excited for the addition to my pool themed fabrics. The “Goggles” design joins “Swimming Laps” and “Pool Tiles.” Where are all the quilters? These fabrics would be great for a quilt for a swimmer. You can order them on Spoonflower, just click here toContinue reading “Goggles! Another pool themed fabric”

A Painting from Start to Finish

On your mark, get set, go! First, I painted the swimmers, lane lines, etc. Then I added the water. Then more water, especially around the swimmers. Lastly, details to the line lines and white gouache for splash around the swimmers, and I reached the finish line. 😉

Painting swimmers

A few years ago, inspired by the swimmers during warm ups at a swim meet, I created the watercolor painting below. I loved the perspective of the painting, but always wanted to create another version with richer more saturated colors. And I did – see my steps below. You can order the new Swimmers printContinue reading “Painting swimmers”

Swimming Laps – a fabric print

I’ve loved the pool since I was little. I swam on a swim team all year round as soon as I finished lessons, and continued all the way through high school. My mother was from the city and can’t swim well. When the family moved to the beach she decided all her children had toContinue reading “Swimming Laps – a fabric print”

A swimming pattern…perhaps

My goal this year is to design a pattern a month. So as the month starts to wind down, I’m thinking about swimmers. Last month I created an ice cream truck pattern from illustrations in my sketchbook. It’s available for purchase on Spoonflower here. In January I designed a penguin polar bear pattern. Available here. SeeContinue reading “A swimming pattern…perhaps”

Forcing myself to finish.

One thing I’ve learned about myself as an artist, is that I dive into a project with enthusiasm. I think it’s the Aries in me [read more about that here]. It’s great for starting a project, but for me, a couple of things can get in the way of finishing a project. I lose enthusiasm.Continue reading “Forcing myself to finish.”