I'm having so much fun creating floral patterns! The flowers in my new pattern, shown above, are originally from my sister's graduation announcement that I created in April.
Lilla Roger's self paced MATS A class had a surprise live review assignment in which we were asked to create a cover title page for the second edition of Uppercase Magazine's Surface Pattern Design Guide. Lilla and Janine Vangool, publisher, editor and designer of Uppercase Magazine, would select from the class gallery and review pieces for the class. I loved the theme and magazine title page concept. Magazine design and editorial illustration is so fun! Above is my final piece. I used illustrations I had originally created for my Botanical Sketchbook pattern shown below.
It was fun experimenting with the photographic elements with the line drawings. I liked playing and mixing these two themes together. The line drawings were based a lot on my pressed flowers collection shown below.
I designed a cookbook for my sister's Dietetics class! It's called Simple Foods Made from Your Own Backyard, a collection of tasty recipes and nutritional advice given to patients and clients during their supervised practical experiences working in the field of dietetics. I started out in publishing and layout design so this was really fun to do again. I hadn't ever designed a cookbook before either.
The cookbook is partnered with the Opportunity Gardens Program through the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture to help give back to their community with healthy recipes and nutritional education.
Everyone in the University of Missouri 2016 Dietetics class contributed a recipe and many took the photographs of the recipes themselves that are shown in the book. To see the cookbook in it's entirety check out the online publication here.
This year my focus has been building my illustration and surface pattern design portfolio. To help keep myself accountable to this goal, I signed up for Lilla Roger's classes. The Bootcamp class has been a great match for helping me create new work. Our first assignment was to illustrate an adult coloring book cover with a 1920's hair styles theme! Here's my piece, which can also be found in the Make Art That Sells (MATS) class gallery:
It's been a great inspiration seeing how everyone approaches the assignment. This was a challenge for me because I tend to shy away from drawing faces, but it ended up being a lot of fun creating the line work. I've always enjoy creating inky lines, so it was a fun challenge.
One Read is a community wide reading program put on by the Daniel Boone Regional Library every year. Every one votes on a book to read then, in the month of September, there are activities related to the book. This year’s book was Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.
For this exhibition, artists were asked to submit one piece of work to address the following prompt:
"If the world were changed by sudden catastrophe — no electricity, medicine, Internet, transportation — what would you miss most? Inspired by this year’s One Read selection, we invite mid-Missouri artists to contribute works that explore the objects or relationships in our connected, complex and electrified world we’d yearn for most if they were lost to us."
I read the book for research before I started painting and it’s really good. I highly recommend reading it if you’re on the hunt for a good book. I decided to paint my husband and son watching TV because I would miss our weekend-morning cartoon watching.
It was a great challenge because I had four hands and a set a feet to get right! I had a hard time deciding what to paint on the TV screen, but decided to go with non-objective splashes of shapes and colors that my husband, Levi suggested.
The reception was great, and I was so excited that one of my friends won first place! If you’re in the area I recommend checking out the show; it runs until September 26th at Orr Street Studios.