SWAROVSKI SNOWFLAKES

Growing up, my family always decorated our tree with unique heirloom ornaments. Ornaments that have been in our family for generations, or ornaments that were gifts from friends – even some ornaments painted by my Grandmother. Each year, we pull out bins filled with tissue wrapped ornaments, stories and memories of our childhood flooding in with the unwrapping of each piece. The idea of having ornaments filled with a past is something that is near and dear to me.

This year, Swarovski gave me the great honor of designing the card for their annual holiday ornament collection. As I build my own collection of ornaments, this Swarovski crystal snowflake will forever have a special place on my tree.

Take a look at the process behind designing the card below- inspired by winter magic and sparkling snowflakes….

The final card design, featuring a gown made of snowflakes.

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Purchase your own ornament at a Swarovski Boutique near you. All Swarovski Holiday 2014 ornaments include my snowy card design

Link for boutique finder:   http://www.readysetgetcaught.com/locations
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TOMS FOR TARGET

 Painting TOMS for Target totes! The perfect reusable holiday gift wrap that gives back to those in need, beginning November 16th.

Purchase your own and customize it for a truly unique gift!

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An Artist’s Guide to Sketchbooks

My sketchbooks are one of my most prized possessions.Simply because they are documentations of my imagination, thoughts and travel, and how it’s changed over my lifetime. I look back at a sketchbook from 15 years ago, and my mind can immediately shift back to the mindset I had at the age of 14 years old… or at least trigger memories of what that time was like; and boy how they have changed!

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I believe that keeping a sketchbook is one of the most important methods to improving and growing your art and creative mind. Sketchbooks allow you to be free… and delve into your deepest imaginations. One of my favorite sketchbook exercises is to do blind contour sketches. Simply to sketch an object or person without looking at the paper, or lifting my pencil/pen. It improves hand eye coordination, and the result can be both therapeutic and often quite humorous.

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“A drawing is simply a line going for a walk”

Paul Klee

(Click the link above for a great article on sketchbooks!)

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Set your imagination free!

Take your lines for a walk. Long walks, short walks, it’s all the same fun.

Check out my Artist’s Guide to Sketchbooks & A Guide for the Traveling Artist.

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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THE EIFFEL TOWER

After experiencing the magic of Sennelier upon my arrival in Paris, I took a walk along the infamous Seine. It was a gloomy autumn afternoon, yet the grey light continued to radiate off of the cream colored stuccos scattered throughout the city. A Parisian glow.

Continuing the great battle against jet lag, I stopped at a small cafe for a café au lait and some lunch. That’s when the never-ending consumption of bread, cheese, wine, and coffee began… and it didn’t stop for the next 7 days. It would’ve been unacceptable to do Paris any other way… right?

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 Freshly energized with some wonderfully brewed caffeine, I went back to wandering the streets of Paris in my favorite olive green cape coat, mapless. The thought of buying a map never really crossed my mind. I love the idea of finding your way through a new city by chance and stumbling upon things in an unexpected sense.

There I was, walking through Paris, a bit delirious, wondering how this could all be real. It was one of those moments you’ve dreamt about your whole life, and now that it was a reality… it was difficult to grasp. Paris was flooding my mind with dreams and inspirations.

Wandering through the city I had seen small glimpses of the Eiffel Tower, so I knew it’s general direction. However, I had lost track of it after lunch, so I was feeling a little disoriented (it was acting as my North Star). I continued down some narrow cafe lined streets, and all of a sudden there it was! The Eiffel Tower appeared magnificently between two rows of buildings.

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I think I circled the Eiffel Tower twice, taking it all in. It was charming. I eventually climbed my way to the top to get a glimpse of the city from above. It was the perfect way to mentally map out where things were located for my next adventure…

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