It's helpful to keep a visual reminder of your Moments of Wonder, but those reminders don't need to be big to fill their purpose.
Feather & Fir will be at the upcoming Salt & Honey Market in a few weeks. These Black & Gold Botanical illustrations on tiny canvases will be available there along with other popular pieces:
These have done well at past shows because there's just so much to love! One thing to love about these little guys is that they are each unique. No two botanical illustrations are the same. Another thing to love about these is the perfectly small size. Holding one of these is like keeping a little nature secret all to yourself.
Sometimes a 2x2 square is all it takes to remind yourself how much you love nature. These are only available at in-person shows. To see the latest designs in this mini line, be sure to stop by the Salt & Honey Market May 2-13.
Here are the last few sketches in the Winter Friends series made earlier this year:
I love working in series because there it's easier to see a natural evolution throughout the pieces.
Repeating similar objects in a similar manner refines technique, style, and familiarity with the subject. To see this series all together, along with other past series, check out the series page here.
Here's a closer look at another mineral illustration as part of February's series:
I'm not usually a fan of pastels, but paying close attention to the mountains and skies this winter has made me appreciate the gentler tones. From the buttery yellows to the powdery blues and pinks, I haven't been able to breathe in enough of the light colors.
Even in the winter, when the world is asleep and life and color seem dormant, color can still be found, with subtle and sweet nuances.
This was made as an ode to the pastels of winters past and future. I will personally be appreciating these colors more after re-discovering them this cold and colorful season!
This will be up for grabs at the upcoming Salt & Honey Market in a few weeks, along with other new pieces.
For the month of January, I worked on this series of tiny illustrations:
Before I started, I knew I wanted to do winter animals on dark paper. While rummaging through my art supplies, I ran across a set of pastels, which is a favorite drawing medium of mine. I decided to use them since it had been a while since I last used them. It wasn't until I sat down to start the first illustration that I decided to make miniature sketches.
Making tiny sketches allows for getting in drawing practice and creating simplified shapes with a tricky tool makes it more of a challenge.
I like the way they turned out! These are not perfect by any means, but they were fun to create and served the purpose of getting in more drawing practice. The series in its entirety can be found on the series page, here.
Here's a closer look at a recent illustration:
This teal mineral is part of a month-long mineral illustration series. I love working in series format for several reasons. One reason is the opportunity to explore more within a single theme. With stand alone pieces, I can focus all my attention on a single piece, diving deep into a single work.
Creating art as part of a series allows for deeper exploration of a theme.
There is a fair amount of research that goes into each series. I love that pieces in series share a connection but are different, and it's fun to explore those connections and differences. Experimenting with variations of a theme add interest and help the series evolve.
To see some of my past series, check out the series page, here.