Wednesday, April 15, 2015

backyards and time-outs


My attempt to record the progress Edgar had made in our yard over the weekend---a new brick path!---and avoid giving attention to a twintern [not pictured] having a tantrum.  Drawing was definitely a good distraction.

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run freddie, run!

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Thursday, April 09, 2015

reflections

I think it's easy for us to become so immersed in our work that it becomes quite difficult to reflect on it as a whole.  It's all a little to academic. But then again, it's nice to know there is a method to your madness.

Here's my take on what may be our first, official artists' statement.  Please have a look and let me know your thoughts.  What do you see that we don't?  How do you see the blog weaving in?

Much of our work is centered on preserving memories.  As parents of young children tornados, we are often told [by just about anyone we meet, particularly at the grocery store] to enjoy this time as it will be gone before we know it.  The truth is we DO know it----and we want to take every measure to BE PRESENT, AND REMEMBER these times the best we can.  For us, a central component of that is drawing---for me [Suzanne], on-location and from memory, for Edgar, in the form imagination.  A moment passes quickly, but if it's collected inside a sketchbook, captured in one of our sketches, it has the opportunity to last forever.  We want to celebrate today while preserving the memories for many tomorrows.


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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

sun, sun, mr. golden sun


Working this morning to finish up several client projects, including one that involves lots of sunshine.

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Monday, April 06, 2015

spring air

On another note, Edgar can remember where every blade of grass in our yard came from.  I, on the other hand, can't remember the 'lineage' of any of our plants..which is why I'm making an extra effort to record them in my sketchbook.


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Friday, March 27, 2015

mr. potato head, a robot remote and concentration

I'm a sucker for an illustration series...and I think I've stumbled (quite literally) on one that is never-ending: things I picked up off the floor. There is a story behind every one of them and if it's something I'm going to do anyway, might as well get the drawing practice!




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Thursday, March 26, 2015

spottie the doggie



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Friday, March 20, 2015

corn dogs and sawdust

Ever notice that more kids threw up on corn dog day in elementary school than any other time? Gross, but true. Needless to say, I've never been a fan.

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adam, laurie and jimmy

It seems as though every one of the 642 Things to Draw prompts is going to add another song on constant repeat in my head. This one: Adam Sandler's The Hanukkah Song.
Next up, Moon, Moon, Moon by Laurie Berkner.  A favorite bedtime tune at our house.




 And what party is complete without some Jimmy Buffett?  'You better lava me now or lava me not.'

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

the nc state alumni bucket list

Below are a few images from a recent 8-page piece we illustrated for NC State Alumni Magazine.  This was a dream assignment for someone who loves drawing on-location and hand typography.  In addition, I was honored to be asked to do such a piece for a university whose design program alum are some of the most talented people I know.  Included among them are two teachers who have shaped me profoundly as a designer: Novem Mason and Tommy Lambeth.  I can hope for nothing more than to have made them both proud with this piece.






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642 squares

Challenging myself to complete the 642 Things to Draw in a square format so I can share on Instagram. Having a lot of fun in the process.






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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

642 things to draw : a bunch of grapes

Trying to give myself more time to draw, simply for the fun of it.  No clients, no expectations.  Love Chronicle Book's 642 Things to Draw book as a creative kick starter.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

warming up

A little sketch to get the day started.  I've always been a fan of the drawings within drawings...


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Friday, March 06, 2015

sneak peek!!! watercolor flower cards!

I am so, so, SO excited about the work coming out of our studio this month!  It's amazing how having an additional set of hands---especially when those hands below to a gifted photographer---speeds things up!

And COLOR!!!!  Our newest shop offerings are chocked FULL of it---if for no other reason than I'm so very tired of snow.  Can you tell?!?


Like what you see?  Edgar and I'd love for you to visit our shop!  Use the coupon code BLOGMARCH2015 and you'll receive Free Domestic Shipping on all purchases of 20- or more this month.

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Monday, March 02, 2015

eclectic sage flower van

I can't begin to tell you how excited I am about this collaboration.  Eight years ago--when I started An Open Sketchbook---the blog --- Jen, Heather and I were working alongside each other in design school.  In the years since our lives have taken us in so many different directions and then, magically, in December they merged and this is the result: a flower van for Heather's business, Eclectic Sage.  The process of covering a van with a tiny watercolor is no easy task.  I am SO thankful to have had Jen take the driver's seat (pun, intended) on this. 






All photos by Jen of An Open Sketchbook and jlyDesigns

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Friday, February 20, 2015

spring? are you out there?

The temperature in North Carolina has dipped down into the negative digits---and after a week spent indoors with two fighting three-year-olds I have a serious case of cabin fever and a major longing for spring.

These days I'm particularly thankful for Edgar's army of houseplants that serve as a reminder that there is life and sunshine waiting beyond the crust of ice. Now, to patiently await their arrival.  Key word: patiently.

May this jade add a little sunshine to your day as well.



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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

today's reminder

It's so easy to get caught up in what others are doing and lose faith in one's own voice and abilities. Happens to me all too often.  It's the primary reason I've shied away from using Pinterest.

It's during these lulls I find it's healthier to look inward rather than outward and simply work at being me.  That's where I am today.


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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

love letters

This collection of letters my grandfather (Pap) sent home to his mother during World War II is among my most prized possessions.  I can only imagine how much importance this little ribboned-bundle held for a mother whose son was in battle on the other side of the world.

My grandmother (Mamaw) most certainly had a similar much-loved bundle---but in a gesture that both breaks my heart and deepens my respect for my grandparents' affection for one another, she burned hers following his return home.  What they shared was theirs alone---for no one else.

Ironically enough, as I write this post, this song started playing on Pandora.


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Wednesday, February 04, 2015

um, your wing fell off...



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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

the wrapper


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new in the shop! : watercolor figure skating studies

Inspired by the US Figure Skating Championships right here in Greensboro!






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a clean start




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Thursday, January 22, 2015

red envelopes full of love

Valentine's Day is right around the corner!
Why not share the love with something hand-made this year?








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Monday, January 19, 2015

a very fast car





































I love this little piece from today's drawing time with Max + Miles---especially the smoke.

Max was infatuated with this 'very fast car' ALL afternoon.  He wouldn't so much as set it to the side to fulfill his bathroom duties.   UNTIL, that is,  he found another, 'faster' car at Goodwill and dropped this one (literally) in the store's parking lot.  Easy come, easy go.

High school...you're going to be fun...


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Thursday, January 15, 2015

new in the shop! : you're doing your best


A few months ago I created this mantra for myself.  Today we're adding it to the shop because I'm pretty sure we all need to be reminded of this at one time or another!

And, here's the cool part, place an order of $20 or more in our shop in January and we'll include one of these mini prints (they are tiny!--just 5"x5") for FREE!

Want to purchase the print by itself?  See the listing here.

FYI: This may be my first 'professional' collaboration with Miles, whose preschool artwork provides the backdrop for my hand-typography.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

old stomping grounds

Drove to Wilmington over the weekend---on my way I felt a gravitational pull off the interstate in Chapel Hill and sketch the apartment I shared with two of my friends while we were in college at UNC.  It's such a weird feeling to revisit the past, observing how things have changed...and how they have not.


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Thursday, January 08, 2015

no two snowflakes are alike



It never fails. Every. single. time. I ask Miles what he'd like to do, he says 'paint.'  If you've met my little wild man you know this spells a mess of epic proportions.  Therefore, despite living in a house of artists, his request often goes unfulfilled.

Add this to the long list of reasons I am so thankful for preschool and the boys' teachers who regularly provide much-needed paint time---and, consequently, Edgar and I a happy dose of illustration inspiration. Aren't these fun?


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