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More Animal LOVE

Here's a mini rewind of the past couple weeks:
Unfortunately, The Elephant Listening Project and I did not win the AE Roastery and Tea Earth Day coffee label contest. We'll get 'em next time! Congratulations to the winning Daddy-Daughter team (aww!)A teeny-tiny visit to the MFA (so small in fact, I'm plotting a re-visit for mid-April).I made a brief trip to the Franklin Park Zoo to spy on some of the cool-temp tolerant critters. The Zoo trip was very brief, due to my sudden spite for the cold weather. It probably didn't help that I lacked a hat and scarf, and had to keep pulling my mittens off to take a picture, or doodle in my sketchbook. I visited for the wildebeest, and I'm planning a return when the zoo "unpacks" the giraffe. Shocked, I was to see Zebras (one of which wasn't even a month old!) and Ostriches, romping around in the New England breeze:

The zoo itself was a bit lonely, which I suppose is to be expected in the middle of March. I di…

My portfolio at a glance

A few weeks have passed (THREE) since going to Ruth's Studio, so I want to be sure to post a THANK YOU to Ruth Sanderson and Denise Ortakales for their portfolio critiques. I feel as though I have a very clear direction for my body of work now. It's refreshing to have some unbiased eyes peeking at my work, outside of the monthly group sessions. Some mini renovations have already taken place on my portfolio space. For curious eyes, below are a few cellphone shots from the day: 

The assignment (while we waited and listened in on critiques,) was "lively"... Living toys! I would like to explore the concept a little closer. It was tough to concentrate on drawing upon the assignment while eavesdropping on everyone's critique, but there was a LOT learned from the experience. 
These are the type of events illustrators (and writers in a similar fashion) truly benefit, due to the smaller group size. I feel very fortunate for the invitation to Easthampton. So a big "T…

Vote for Elephants... and coffee!

Hi everyone!
Out of the BLUE popped this local contest to design a label for an Earth Day-related coffee blend. Relying on Facebook and the social media, A&E Roastery and Tea will is allowing the public to vote on their favorite design. The winning design will be printed, AND $2.00 from every Earth Day Blend bag sold between April & May will be donated to a charity of the artist's choice. Not only that, but A&E Roastery and Tea will match the contribution, so a total of $4.00 per bag sold, will be going towards charity! 
The label I created is based on the concept of GROWTH and "sweet citrus aroma". Featuring flowers made from orange peels and (cut-paper) coffee beans, I paired the arrangement with the bright blue background so that the oranges and yellows really stand out.:
Should I win, charity donations will be going towards The Elephant Listening Project:
Voting started TODAY. Folks on Facebook will be able to cast a single vote every day until March 15t…

Business Inspired

Those on Twitter may notice me posting to hashtag #rbbiz. I have been participating in an online video summit run by Jennifer Lee of Artizen Coaching, based on her book the Right Brain Business Plan. Since I have decided to start-up as a cottage industry freelance illustrator, I've been seeking out all visual and inspirational sources to get me psyched up about actually running a small business on my own. Mainly free sources, like the library and Internet browses. Since I've gained so much incite from Jenn & her Creative Cohorts, I think it would be only fair to give her a nod and digital thank-you!

Starting up is scary. I've tried, and re-tried making myself into a mini profitable machine, but my efforts were far too meek to be seen publicly. I've been getting in my own way for years, mainly because I'm terrified about failing.  I'd rather I quietly take my leave, while no one's looking, just to take the edge off the fall. So as I've been modeling…

An homage to Ms. Potter

Here's a mini Homage to Ms. Potter:


I recently picked up a book of Beatrix Potter's art plates from the library for an inspiration spark. Naturally, I mulled over the book the whole week leading up to a trip to the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) for Christina Rodriguez's Live Animal Drawing sessions. Sketches above are of the Sulcata Tortoise (Shelldon) from the center of my mini collage.


I did not bring my watercolors this year. If I had, I doubt they would look much like Beatrix Potter's studies anyhow.


The (blurry) images here are from The Art of Beatrix Potter. The book delves into her life a little bit, but it's mainly a book of plates showcasing her early works, letters and picture book studies. I LOVE Potter's fungi studies! I would have liked to read more from her letters - some are nearly re-typed in the the text, while there are others which are not. I can barely read my own handwriting at times, so I ended up skimming over most of these.

For tho…