This year's ArtSquared event was a blast! The event lead to the sale of the largest percentage of works documented by ArtWalla, (over 75%!) all which lend to the growth of art education in the Walla Walla Valley. I am so honored to have been included in this success and am delighted to announce that all of my 6"x6" works sold this year; Thank You!
I've been lucky enough to continue creating promotional materials for one of my favorite public services; the Walla Walla Public Library! Just last month the WWPL launched a Big Idea Talks program lead by Richard Middleton-Kaplan, PhD, Dean of Arts & Sciences at the Walla Walla Community College. The ongoing program, Human Rights Through the Lens of Literature, explores plays, essays, poetry and film related to the theme of human rights. It's been a joy being able to create for such an impactful and reflective program. In this post, I point out some of the design steps that when into creating the promotion for this event.
The WWPL is championing "Screen Free September" this year! Guess who got to design the promotions..? 😊
I've had a bit of a hiatus away from my usual Illustration work thanks to lill' ol ArtCarp here! This year's summer reading program at the Walla Walla Public Library officially launched just last month, along with all the promotional material I helped flesh out. Take a look-see!
Big thanks to all who dropped by last Saturday for the annual grand opening of Walla Walla's Downtown Farmers Market! I had a blast being able to take part this year as the winning artist for the poster contest 💖
Join ArtWalla for our first pop-up show of the year! Artists on display will include Lindsay Tebeck (drawing/digital work), Anne Haley (printmaking), and Sheila Coe (ceramic). Come enjoy some light refreshments and local art!
I'm so very excited to start my very first journey through soil and sweat! That's because this year I've been assigned my very own plot at the Rees and Sumach Community Garden. I hope to use this experience to strengthen my understanding of what is means to be a steward of the earth. 🌱
And what better way to do that than by doodling while I dig?
I had the amazing opportunity of meeting the renowned Pacific Northwest Native American artist, Lillian Pitt!
She even signed the book I illustrated about her ~
This is one of my favorite morning fixes; peanut-butter oatmeal with a tall glass of oj!💕 (Don't knock it until you've tried it!) I've been pouring over mountains of research about the properties of whole foods and their wonderful effects on the body. I recently switched over to a plant based diet and thought it could be fun to merge my growing food obsession with art.
So here's a post dedicated to real food, Yum! 🍽
I had a lot of fun showing the kiddos how to color with digital media at the 3rd Annual Picture Show last weekend - big thanks to the Carnegie Picture Lab for letting me showcase my work!
It's December, which means I'm dreaming of a golden summer! (Yes, I can't wait for summer already!) It would seem that the Walla Walla Public Library can't wait either as they aim to have a new Summer Reading Logo drafted-up for the coming year.
Support living artists this holiday season (and save!) by shopping online at Society6 during today's Cyber Monday Sale! "Society6 is home to hundreds of thousands of artists from around the globe, uploading and selling their original works as 30+ premium consumer goods from Art Prints to Throw Blankets. They create, we produce and fulfill, and every purchase pays an artist. Simple, but huge. " -- Society6
It's Halloween! To celebrate I did a quick illustration of a family favorite; The Fat Slow Pumpkin.
I am thrilled to announce that the children's book I've been partnering with Carnegie Picture Lab to create, Lillian Pitt - She Who Watches, has finally been published and printed! "Written by Carnegie Picture Lab’s Program Director Tracy Thompson, the book chronicles the historical significance of Celilo Falls, the oldest continuously inhabited community on the North American continent, Ms. Pitt’s awakening to her cultural history in her 30s, and the legend of the petroglyph, She Who Watches." -- Union Bulletin
ArtSquared was a blast! I participated in Walla Walla's 5th year of sponsoring the event. 100 artists entered, displaying over a total of 1,000 works! (Wowzer!) On top of the multitude of 6" x 6" pieces, there was a Juried portion of works. This portion allowed framed pieces to be viewed and judged with possibility of award. I also was part of an artist interview conducted for this event, which you can view here.
Big thanks to everyone who came out! The 5th Annual Margaret Walter's Paint Out Exhibition was held September 15th at ArtEscape Studios . 1/4 of my pieces were sold and a portion of the proceed were donated to Carnegie Picture Lab to further the development of art education in the Walla Walla Valley. I had loads of fun continuing to experiment with a new medium ; gouache. The experimentation lead to flat illustrative pieces more focused on rich color and composition. For the Paint Out series, I played with crossing boundaries by letting my paintings jut from their captive matte-like boarders.
ArtSquared is just around the corner! If you haven't heard of it already, it's an annual show held in Walla Walla where nearly 1,000 works will be presented by local artists. Every piece is a mere 6"x6" square block priced at $36. The sold pieces will be benefiting arts education in the Walla Walla valley as a portion of the proceeds will be given to Carnegie Picture Lab. This will be my first year participating, and I'm excited to be involved!
For our second plein air outing, the Annual Margaret Walters Paint Out group met at the Green Valley Nursery; a beautiful sum of land featuring elegant greenery. I arrived a bit later than I had anticipated, but still had more than enough time to snap some great photos and do a 20 minute plein air study.
Last week I had a wonderful time hosting an Illustrative course called Sketch Story Monsters through the Walla Walla Public Library's media lab, Crew Space. The casual class roomed 10 students who went through the process of drawing, painting, and lastly, verbally shaping their characters. It was a delight!
This summer has been hitting off in all the right ways; yesterday was my first day plein air painting for the year! I'm participating in ArtWalla's Annual Margaret Walters Paint Out , a multi-date event encouraging artists to visit some of the most beautiful locations in the Walla Walla Valley for on-the-spot painting. The finished works will be presented in gallery format and a portion of proceeds from the exhibition will benefit the Picture Lab, a non-profit organization that provides art education for elementary-school children in the Walla Walla Valley. Our first plein air location was the Blue Mountain Lavender Farm! Oh, and how beautiful it was.
I've been having a blast working with the nonprofit art educational group, Carnegie Picture Lab, to create a curriculum based children's book encompassing the Native American culture of the Walla Walla area. Though, there is much more work to be done, there is still even more preparatory work to share! Illustration is a field that has required more from me then simply creating a single image; I find my self doing extensive research on environments, historical figures, attire, customs, and the like to bring accuracy to each page. Problem solving is done with a multitude of composition sketches, value studies, and color renderings. Lastly, the back and forth of consistent client communication leads to greater creative solutions. I love it.
This love for the preliminary work is what I wish to share with you today. An individual illustration is comprised of numerous exploratory renderings in which undergo a client selection and alteration process from thumbnails, to comps, and line work.
Thumbnails, or tiny rough sketches, are the first step in my illustrative process. Thumbnails are kept small, about a few inches on each side (hence the name) to allow for quick gestural forms. Thumbnails are generally ratio to the final product. These gestural sketches help generate broad ideas and focus on the clients' compositional possibilities. Sometimes value structures are thrown into these small renderings to add more depth.
Thumbnail Gallery (click to enlarge)
Earlier this year, I received an anonymous tip through my Instagram account about the Walla Walla Farmers Market Foundation holding a design contest. Thanks to who ever you are! If it weren't for you, I wouldn't have rolled up my sleeves and started inking at two in the morning! I'm thankful to say that my last minute entry was actually considered; or more accurately put . . . selected! The illustration is now being featured through poster prints and t-shirts to spread awareness about our wonderful and local market. I am very happy to have had the opportunity to support a few of the things I love about my hometown; fresh produce and real people!