Even though gemstones are orderly, there are always irregularities and surprise angles. Just like people, it's always a pleasant surprise to see the creativity springing up from a controlled environment.
This new original illustration made its debut at the annual Bloem Market earlier this month:
Prism gems are so breathtaking! It's fascinating to see the creativity and the regularity. It's like minerals are right- and left-brained, if they had brains. Minerals grow in certain shapes according to their chemical makeup. And even though they follow complex mathematical principles, they manage to grow in unique and beautiful ways.
This, and a handful of other pieces were offered first at the Bloem Market for an early bird discount. After the show, these new offerings went up to full price permanently. This piece is no longer available, but for the first look at newly available pieces and to hear about moments of wonder, sign up for the weekly newsletter.
Here's a look at another addition to the Wild and Wondrous series:
With the other pieces in the series, I tried to show the entire animal, but this time I defined the hippopotamus's shape by the surrounding environment. Adding environmental elements to these illustrations was a deliberate change that I made in the series.
Environmental details support the main subject and help define the space.
I have a healthy respect for wild creatures, but I think I might die of fright if I met one of these beasts in the wild! I'd do much better just drawing it, or better yet, coloring the page in. Those little pond plants are just begging to be colored in!
Valentine's day is upon us, and if there are two things I love, it's nature and art! I'd love to pass along the love for both by sharing a closer look at this pink and peach snowflake illustration:
I love all seasons and I'm grateful to live in an area where we can enjoy all four! There's just something magical about winter, and I'm getting as much out of it while I still can. Usually by the time a new season rolls around, though, I'm ready and looking forward to the change.
A wise friend once told me that change is the savor of life.
How true that is! Change is what gives life its flavor. Change helps us progress and improve. Here's to changing seasons and loving change this holiday.
(This snowflake was part of a series of macro illustrations, which can all be found here, on the series page.)
This snowflake illustration is being made available for the first time at the upcoming Bloem Market, Feb 10-11:
Snowflakes have always fascinated me, especially when seen up close. Not only is each one beautiful in its own right, but I’m amazed at how they also form on their own. So much can determine the final shape of a snowflake, like altitude and harshness of the weather. Even if two snowflakes look similar on the outside, they have a different chemical makeup.
Each snowflake grows in its own way and follows its own journey in developing. This piece focuses on the careful crafting of a single flake, and reminds me that each person has a unique journey as well.
To be the first to see this, and a few more in the series, be sure to stop by Sun River Gardens this weekend during the annual Bloem Market! As with the mineral illustration, this piece is also offered at an early bird discount at the show only. After the show, new releases go up to full price permanently. For the best deal on new items, be sure to stop by the show!
You can also go here to see all the vendors participating in the show. There is a great variety of handmade goods from favorite local makers that are great gift options for your sweeties.
This next piece in the Wild and Wondrous coloring page series is another repeated animal. (You can see the first version I made here.) Here's a look at the newer version:
Working on this project over the course of a year has helped me notice the differences over time. With a one-off piece, there is nothing to compare to, but with a series, there is a natural progression of style and the improvement it more apparent.
Creating in a series format helps to not only notice the changes, but deliberately work to improve technique and style with each new addition to the group.
This lion is definitely more lively than the first one! It's probably easier to color in as well. I think this would look really great with watercolored accents.