Winter has a magical way of transforming familiar places into dreamy landscapes. Commonplace scenes become new and intimate details are revealed when coated with a fresh layer of powder.
This 5x7 macro snowflake illustration just made its debut at the Bloem Market earlier this month:
Winter is such a breathtaking time of year! I say it every season, but for reals, Winter is the best time for hiking. Hiking in the winter is a refreshing and invigorating experience! One of the most redeeming qualities of the winter season is the new perspective it brings.
This little guy was part of an illustration mini-series. The whole series can be found here.
Here's a peek at the last piece in the Wild and Wondrous series:
This one got away from me a little, I think in part because I tried to include the entire animal again. Sometimes I like to experiment just to test the limits. Art is all about experimentation and sometimes the lessons learned from what doesn't work are just as important.
Even if the end results are different than expected, experimenting allows for growth and progression.
This one turned out to have quite the coy expression, which makes me laugh! I loved seeing the evolution of this series over the course of a year. If you'd like to see the entire series to see the change yourself, feel free to check it out here.
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.
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, 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.)