Illustration of Elie Saab Couture.
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It all began with a simple study; a quick exploration of lipsticks in watercolor.
A few conversations later, I dreamt up two new fabric patterns for my friends over at Bow & Drape! The perfect feminine mix of lipsticks and florals.
Bow & Drape recently launched our collaborative collection, which you can see in it’s entirety here.
I couldn’t be more thrilled to bring my watercolors off the paper and onto this beautiful collection- available for preorder now!
Lately, I’ve been experimenting with adding solid gouache backgrounds to my watercolor paintings. I love the combination of botanicals on a dark contrasting backdrop, much inspired by Graham Lott’s gorgeous photographs .
See more floral illustrations here.
Print available in my shop.
Art Print available here.
“If I were a flower… I would be a sunflower. To always follow the sun, turn my back to darkness, stand proud, tall and straight even with my head full of seeds.”
It was a matter of chance that led me to live in Harvard Square, and it is now by far one of my favorite places in the world. It’s a picturesque place, no matter the season. I love a good snow here, but nothing beats the day all the flowers seem to blossom within an instant.
This front porch is such a dream… it’s completely surrounded by fluffy fuchsia florals, and gets the perfect amount of golden morning sun. I’d love to be able to wake up and sip my coffee here every morning…
You guys didn’t get the memo? This is now a floral blog… Kidding of course, but for now I’m thriving on them!
Right now I’m really into these Anemones.
It’s incredible how much power a single red rose embodies. Then again, if you look at a rose closely you can see the power within it’s seemingly never ending layers of velvety petals. It’s true, lately I’m completely flower obsessed… but how could I not be?! Flowers are really one of the great wonders of the world!
One of my memories as a kid is walking down Berry Road (named for it’s never ending berry bushes!), where I grew up in Georgia, and seeing wild pink roses everywhere. I can’t imagine having grown up in an urban area. There were always so many quiet days in the South… days to just wander through fields, watch the neighbors horses, or just lay in the sun with my dogs. A simple life. A life where flowers were part of the everyday, especially the butterfly bushes.
Working on this pattern got me yearning to design wallpaper…
Two versions of a deleted scene from the Far Far Away editorial in Genlux Magazine. Which is your favorite?
Pick up a copy of the magazine in print at any Barnes & Noble!
Continuing with the Spring theme, I stopped by the Brattle Square Florist searching for inspiration for a new piece. Flowers always seem to open up my creative mind! While I was there, I decided it would be fun to try and incorporate live flowers into my paintings…
I’m in love with the idea of combining the two… even if they are temporary works of art! For this piece, I painted the girl and then cut holes in the drawing to slip the stems of the Ranunculus into her hair… (there are small stems sticking out of the back tied in place). Then I dusted the flowers with gold powder to tie them in with the gold dust painted on her hair.
If only these could last forever…
What’s your dream bag?
It’s finally Spring in Boston (at least we hope), and I can’t wait to get back outside again! Sailing season is back, and you can expect to see some related illustrations soon…
If you follow me on instagram, you may have noticed a few behind the scenes pics from a dream project I’m working on…
I’m dying to share more… but for now, these will have to do!
One of my favorite local shops to visit is the Brattle Square Florist in Harvard Square. Flowers are such magnificent creatures… how can you not be inspired by them?
I picked up some roses the other day, and have been working on a few beauty and floral pieces. Watercolor is a gorgeous medium to paint layers and layers of petals…
When I finished this piece, it seemed much too plain and contrived so I went a bit nuts with glitter… It created the perfect combination of control and chaos.
What’s your favorite flower? I can never seem decide…
Original painting available here.
Have a colorful weekend!