happy november

November 01, 2012 2 Comments

It's time to change the calendar! A new month has arrived bringing with it the promise of electricity in the next 48 hours for the refugees of lower manhattan and the start of a new holiday season (which we can confirm has actually begun officially by the release of holiday starbucks cups this morning)

I've never been so glad to change the calendar as I am today. October was a frenzy of too much work, too much play and not nearly enough electricity. Here's hoping November will be a little more balanced.

Judging by the beautiful morning I woke up to, we're off on the right foot!


Yes, that is my view this morning. When I evacuate, I evacuate in style. Perfect view to glance up at while I paint. My gracious friends may never get rid of me even if the power does come back on.

In case you weren't up to speed on my current life situation (I've sent whiny emails to pretty much everyone already), my home and my studio have been without power since Monday and I have been trudging through the city on foot with my painting supplies on my back in search of still-functioning apartments to weasel my way into.

I've made out like a bandit so far on my upper-east-side-hand-out plan, managing to spend the last two nights in two of the most glorious apartments I know. Thank you, dear, supportive, UES friends for taking care of me. I couldn't do it without your internet connectivity, homeland on demand and kiehls products.

Although, even given my park view and general luxuriousness of my refugee scenario, it is still upsetting. I am managing to feel displaced and stressed even though I really have no excuse to. So my anxious heart goes out to everyone who really actually is facing real loss right now.

I am mad, on your behalf, at everyone who is still instagramming their lattes and their intricately carved pumpkins displaying their monograms while you try to rebuild your destroyed homes. They really should have shut down instagram until this whole thing blew over.

Nothing makes you feel more desolate when you are walking through the rain and wind, 80 blocks north to find a place to plug in your phone, than opening your instagram app and seeing that The Blonde Salad is frolicking on a beach in Mykonos carrying four Celine bags on each arm.

Anyway, here's to November first's clean slate and clear skies!

Posted in 2012 Calendar, hurricane sandy, Inslee By Design, Inslee Haynes, manhattan, New York, The Sketch Book


October 01, 2012 2 Comments

happy October!

Posted in 2012 Calendar, Inslee Calendar, October, The Sketch Book


September 03, 2012 2 Comments

Happy September! Time to turn the calendar page!

Posted in 2012 Calendar, September, The Sketch Book

Happy August

August 01, 2012 3 Comments

Time for a new calendar page! Happy August!

And even more exciting - time for a NEW CALENDAR!!!  (poor August, she is always getting overshadowed by the release of the new version of the calendar) Thank you to everyone who has already ordered. You are keeping me busy busy busy!

Posted in 2012 Calendar, 2013 calendar, august, fashion illustration, Inslee, Inslee Calendar, News and Events, watercolor


July 02, 2012 7 Comments

Time to change the calendar! Happy July!

Posted in 2012 Calendar, Inslee, july, The Sketch Book


June 01, 2012 5 Comments

June has arrived, bird legs and all! Time to change your calendars!

Posted in 2012 Calendar, Inslee, Inslee By Design, june, The Sketch Book, watercolor

Happy March

March 01, 2012 4 Comments

Have a happy March everyone! Well, actually... she doesn't look very happy does she? I think a better tag line here might be "have a fierce March" or "show 'em who wears the swing coat this March" Either way, I'm pretty excited about this this illustration, because for once its semi-on trend. Its hard to predict what will be in style for a whole month a year in advance. I painted this last May before having seen any of the spring runway shows. But her outfit is definitely giving a nod, both in sleeve design and overall cut of the coat, to the trend of the moment - the almighty peplum. I swear, there is going to be a spike in baby name popularity for the word "peplum".... if I was having a baby right now it would be named Celine Peplum Haynes. Anyway, I will report back tomorrow with my monthly resolution. Last month's resolution to read the news went swimmingly. Although I must admit, I cheated. I didn't read the news. But I have become a devotee of listening to talk radio. I realized that all the hours I spend each day painting that were once spent zoned out listening to music are now spent in the intellectually active company of All Things Considered and Talk Of The Nation. Want to talk about Mitt Romney? Or the state of genetic testing in America's future? I am now an expert. Ok, now get out there and shake your peplums, its almost spring!

Posted in 2012 Calendar, Inslee, Inslee By Design, March, Peplum, The Sketch Book