Farm to Table Fabric

Farm to Table Tablecloth

Now Available by the Yard

My watercolor farm to table surface pattern design is now available by the yard on Spoonflower. It would make a great tablecloth, set of napkins or tea towels. It is also available as wallpaper and gift wrapping paper.

Farm to Table Tablecloth
Farm to Table Tablecloth

Farm to Table Wallpaper
Farm to Table Wallpaper

Farm to Table Tablecloth
Farm to Table Tablecloth

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Butterfly Tea Towel

La Papillon Tea Towel

Bright, colorful, Spring Tea Towel

Now available in my Etsy shop Paper Gumbo.

La Papillon Tea Towel

1 cotton linen canvas tea towel, measuring about 15.5 inches x 24.5 inches. My watercolor butterfly illustration is printed on a white background with Louisiana French language in a dark brown color. The fabric is beautiful, looks like 100% linen. The printing on this dish towel is bright and vibrant-a true representation of the original painting.

Washable in warm or cold water with a phosphate free cleanser. Dry low or line-dry. Iron on the back of print if necessary on medium setting. Fabric has been pre-washed but may still shrink slightly.

Makes a great gift. This tea towel will brighten up any kitchen as a decorative accessory.

This item is printed, stitched and ready to ship.

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Tea Towels-The Louisiana Collection

Tea Towel Paper Gumbo Louisiana Collection

Tea Towels in my shop Paper Gumbo on Etsy

Tea Towel

$18.00 each, measuring about 15″ x 25″, these are printed on a beautiful white linen cotton canvas material. They are printed from my watercolor illustrations, the ink is bright and vibrant, and I stitch them myself! Most of these are made to order. Please allow 10-14 days for delivery.

Makes a great gift! More designs are being created. Visit my shop Paper Gumbo.

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In Memoriam-Margo Chase

Margo Chase

We lost an amazing Graphic Designer this week.

Margo ChaseFor the complete article, go to GDUSA. She wrote a very interesting blog post on the GDUSA web site in regards to the act of doodling. She believed it was a form of creative meditation and necessary to arrive at ideas that otherwise may not have surfaced. Research has found that doodling can help you retain 29% of what’s going on in the meeting or conference call. Doodling can turn into these beautiful book covers shown below. To read the complete blog post go the GDUSA.
The art of doodling.

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Free Background Texture in Hot Pink

Hot Pink Painting

Hand Painted Splatter Texture

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Licensing Agreement: Feel free to use for ads, web design, publication design, marketing materials, flyers, business cards, poster or other client or personal projects for back ground texture or fills. You may not resell as a digital file product, product design or use in any licensing product.

Hot Pink Painting

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Skillshare Free Membership

Skillshare

Skillshare has revised their terms. Instead of 3 months Premium Membership for $.99, you can get 1 month FREE. If you’ve been thinking about learning how to create hand lettering or watercolor, you should check it out, there’s some great content with awesome teachers. In fact it’s addictive.

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Learning from a Master Designer-Skillshare

Master Designer Paula Scher

Have you heard of Skillshare? It’s an education platform filled with classes. There are over 12,000 Skillshare classes available. They are comprised of short videos and each class walks you through a skill to create a finished project. The classes range from sketching, to painting and how to use Photoshop. You subscribe on a monthly basis. It’s very inexpensive for the great content you can access. There’s a very interesting class by Paula Scher, a partner at Pentagram. She teaches you about brand identity, designing logos and she walks you through her thought process for a project. She talks about her experience and how she got to where she is today. I found it fascinating when she described the Pentagram business model. What a fun place to work! How wonderful to get feedback from her on your project. I highly recommend it.

There are many many other classes to take, you can learn how to set up a WordPress site, how to create hand lettering, drawing, how to use the Adobe Creative Suite tools and much more.

If you use this link Skillshare you can get 3 months for 99 cents a month. Yes, I said 99 cents per month for 3 months. That’s a wealth of information for very little money. If you decide to keep subscribing after 3 months the price goes to $12 per month. Still a bargain if you ask me.

I hope you’ll check it out!

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NYC Holiday Windows 2016

Bergdorf Goodman

Holiday Decorations 2016

I know I’m really late with these images this year, but I just couldn’t let the season go by without posting some of these beauties. As always Tiffany & Co. and Lord & Taylor have my favorite holiday window decorations. If you want to see more, go to New York Magazine. For images of years past: 2015Anthropologie 2014, and Lord & Taylor 2014.

Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany Window 2016

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Lord & Taylor

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Bergdorf Goodman

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The history of graphic design

Here is a very interesting trailer on the documentary Graphic Means. It’s about what the profession of graphic design was like before the Apple computer. I remember doing paste up with a hot waxer and using the dark room and a stat machine to set type and make negatives of type. My first experience in graphic design was in the early 80s when I was studying jewelry design and gemology at a Jr. College. I was in the work study program and was placed in the print shop. We created all the school’s printed materials as well as the school newspaper. I learned to set type on a Compugraphic Typesetting Machine. It looked very much like this:

Compugraphic Typesetting Machine

It wasn’t wysiwyg, it was straight type on the screen, it kind of looked like a typewriter. You  would choose from about 1 of 10 fonts and sizes and type it in. You didn’t really know what it looked like until you developed the print. The processor worked like photography, using the same chemicals. If it looked like what you wanted, normally it took a couple of trys before you liked what came out of the machine, then you could paste it up on a board at the light table. I loved the paste up process it was tedious, detailed work to make all of the pieces work together in the layout.

I can’t wait for the documentary to come out to see all of these old tools again!

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Happy Spring 2015! Living A Creative Lifestyle

Happy Spring - Iris

Happy Spring - Iris

This is an image of a bi-color, (purple & gold) bearded iris in my garden. It is surrounded by daisys and lush green all around. We were lucky enough to get a generous amount of rain this winter, which made everything, including the weeds spring a foot high. Spring is the most beautiful time of year for a gardner. It’s another chance to see what will grow and thrive for the coming season. The colors are amazing and the scents are delicious.

We are very excited here, our son is coming home from Berkeley tomorrow for Spring break. While cleaning up and getting ready to entertain friends tomorrow night, I looked at my studio and realized I had multiple projects going on as usual. I’m making 2 floral wreaths, 1 for me and 1 for a gift. I’m in the middle of refinishing a mirror I bought at a yard sale and replacing some drapery panels on my french doors, which need sewing. At the same time I’m working as a consultant 3-5 days a week and helping my friend who’s a costume designer source some jewelry and learn 3D design, while participating in my HOA which has it’s annual meeting next week. —As usual, I take on too much! It’s not that I can’t say no, I can and I have. I want to do all of these things.

But one thing I realized is that I live a creative lifestyle. I have to create, it’s in my DNA. No matter what else is going on in my life, I must create something every day. It’s either cooking, gardening, drawing, painting or creating something digital at my computer. I  will be posting more info on my projects, how I create them and what products I use.

Please stay tuned. I promise to post more often.

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Another Amazing Holiday Window Decoration!

Tiffany's Holiday Window 2013

Tiffany's Holiday Window 2013Tiffany’s Holiday Window 2013. A model of a New York Upper East Side Brownstone! The windows hold a gift – presented in the Tiffany Blue Box.

Tiffany's Holiday Window 2013Amazing attention to detail. Check out the icicles and the bricks.

Tiffany's Holiday Window 2013I love how the jewelry is placed in the windows. This is my favorite window for 2013, the craftsmanship is amazing.

 

 

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Remembering Lilly – Vintage Pattern Design!

Lilly Pulitzer Fabric

Lilly Pulitzer Fabric

Yesterday we lost a wonderful designer. Lilly Pulitzer was known for her colorful prints and shift dresses. Here vintage patterns are fabulous. Today the Lilly Pulitzer patterns can be found on coffee mugs, notebooks and home decor and more. The story of how she started it all, is fascinating! You can read it here on the Lilly Pulitzer website.

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Yaaay! Mad Men is back!

Mad Men Fashion

Mad Men Fashion Late 60'sMad Men Fashion

They’re well into the 60’s now. The art direction on this show is amazing. From the wall paper to the dresses, it’s all so authentic, I just love it. Last night Don Draper’s new wife wore the most amazing dress. Here’s a shot of it. Janie Bryant, the costume designer spoke about it on the amc website. It’s a vintage dress, they remade the sleeves in chiffon because they had deteriorated, the chiffon is accordion pleated but you can’t tell on tv or in the images. It was beautifully fitted and just gorgeous on Megan. I adjusted the brightness in the images below to show more of the lines in the dress. It’s a classic! A perfect cocktail dress!

 

 

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Where to Buy or Sell Fine Art

Here is a list of sites that sell fine art either as prints or originals. I especially like Zatista.com. They have a wide range of styles, the art is all original and it’s easy to save your selections and come back to it to choose what you like. The prices are set by the artist and the site takes a 30% commission. This sounds high to me, but I’m not sure what a brick & mortar gallery would get on commission.

20×200.com

aceditions.com

artoftheprint.com

artstar.com

circuitgallery.com

exhibitiona.com

eyestorm.com

society6.com

theworkingproof.com

tinyshowcase.com

zatista.com

This list was compiled by Readers Digest. For more details on each site go to:

The Best Places to Buy Art Online

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Beautiful Illustration

Beautiful historical illustration

Beautiful historical illustration

This is a print I bought at a thrift store. It’s dated 1909, it was used for a Sunkist ad. The skin tones are especially beautiful. The texture looks so soft, it may have been created with pastels. The flowers, her dress and the background look more like watercolor. I don’t know about her hair, maybe the artist used a combination of  both.

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