Wednesday, May 27, 2015

MATS Bootcamp - May

Our assignment for May was to create plates with dark crustaceans on a patterned background.  Recently, I was at my favortie garden shop and I took some photos of these caladium leaves.  The color and patterns were beautiful and I thought that they would be a fun backdrop for my crustaceans.

My plan was to have two plates with crabs on them and two with lobsters.  I ran out of time so they all have crabs.  Try to image some lobsters painted in the same style!

Check out the May Gallery here.  There are some really great designs!

I really like the caladium design and I've uploaded some colorways to my Spoonflower shop.  I love some of these colorways!  I think the plates would also be nice with an indigo blue crustacean placed on one of the darker caladium colorways.

This colorway is available in my Society6 shop.

I haven't had the chance to upload the diamond pattern but I plan to create a few colorways out of it too.  It's a cute coordinate.  Also... Crabby will be making another appearance soon!  The next Spoonflower contest that I'm working on is "Sandcastles" and I'm thinking that I can find another home for him in my sandcastle design.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015


My daughter has only 14 more days of school!  Where did the time go?  I feel like it's crunch time.  I know that I get very little artwork done in the summertime so the last few months of school feel like a race.   I am determined to finish the May, MATS Bootcamp assignment and also a few more Spoonflower contests while enjoying the beautiful weather and working in the yard and a list of other things too!  I'm also determined to not be disappointed if I don't complete everything on time.

Last week, I created this new design for Spoonflower.  I've decided that I really like to paint glass!
I'm skipping the next Spoonflower contest to focus on MATS.  I LOVE the May assignment!  I hope to finish before the deadline this weekend.

Spring fever is in full swing! 

I hope that you're enjoying your spring... or fall, depending on what side of the equator you reside!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


There are some lotus that grow nearby and when they are in bloom people come from near and far to photograph and paint them.  They are so beautiful!  The large flowers bloom high above the water supported on strong but somewhat thin stems.  After the flower blooms, the petals drop off and leave an equally beautiful seed pod.

I decided to use lotus flowers for this weeks Spoonflower design.  The contest this week was called "Flowers for mom border print".  They wanted a 36"x42" design that can be printed as a continuous border.  They also suggested that it be made into a skirt for mom in honor of Mother's Day.  There was no time for sewing.  I just barely got the painting finished!   I was really crunched for time last week and was not able to finish last months MATS bootcamp assignment.  I was further along with this lotus design than my MATS assignment so I continued with the lotus.

My reason behind painting them blue was something that came across my Pinterest feed.  I was inspired by this delft blue, Wedgewood plate depicting lotus that was made at the turn of the century.  The plate is gorgeous.  I probably should not show it next to my painting because it's making my painting look bad.
Theodore Roosevelt was quoted as saying "Comparison is the thief of joy".  Let's not compare.  Here is my design...

Overall, I like it!  I also made a print for Society6...

The Lotus are not in bloom right now so I needed to use photos for reference.  I've taken quite a few photos of the lotus but not nearly as many as my sister, Janice Sullivan who is a photographer.
Here are some of my sister's beautiful lotus photographs.  They are all available at Society6.

I love the simplicity of this one.  Floating in space...