May 09, 2012 4 Comments

feeling very inspired by black&white today!

I'm working a lot of these crisp opposites into my design for my National Stationery Show booth. The show in two weeks, I can't believe it!

Posted in black and white, Inslee, National Stationery Show, The Sketch Book


February 04, 2011 9 Comments

So I pretty much indefinitely vetoed one piece swim wear around the same time I swore never to swim another lap on the dreaded swim team. And that was in the 3rd grade. Not only was the swim team terrifying and confusing (I was disqualified every time for forgetting to touch the wall at the end.... just wait til you hear about my soccer experience) but the hideous one piece suits did nothing for my figure. lose lose situation. But... then the other day somewhere in my daily blog musings I saw a chevron. Not the gas station, but the shape/symbol/pattern... what is it exactly? It's beautiful. And so flattering when wrapped around ones middle section. And now I believe a suit of black and white chevroning is the only way I will ever consider re-entering the world of onesies. and then I got to playing around with some card ideas... for bachelorettes and some such nonesense... Do note the addition of the beach drink in option two. Extra silly. Well anyway, have a delightful weekend. Who else is going to stare blankly at the TV for five hours on Sunday with no idea what's going on? Here's to hoping the ads are good! These three illustrations are also available for purchase. And because I'm feeling generous... 3 for the price of 2!

Posted in bachelorette, bathing suit, black and white, chevron, The Sketch Book

Breakfast in Venice

January 29, 2010 0 Comments

So yesterday's big blog announcement was such an exciting whirlwind that I am still spinning. If you've never announced to hundreds of people that you are a blogger via email before, I recommend it, its such a rush. I was going to be reasonable and wait to post again until next week but I cannot resist the temptation to add a new one now... This is inspired by a black and white photograph shot by camera that used FILM. Yes actual physical film that was hand developed. So this is practically vintage. (We didn't even have smart phones yet either) It was taken of me and a friend when we were visiting Venice two years ago. The sun was shining, we had belinis in front of us and we were wearing Ray-Ban Wayfarers nearly two months before everyone else in America was going to start sporting them. Life was good. *also I was wearing my mother's Pucci scarf in hopes of looking chic and European... but judging by the way I have it tied I may have been accidentally channeling Sandra Lee of Semi-Homemade. Oh, the faux pas of youth. I find myself missing this moment more than ever right now as it is 24 degrees in Washington today and there isn't a belini in sight. Alright, I'm off to find my uggs and turn up the heat. I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend! buy a print of this illustration

Posted in belini, black and white, ray-ban, The Sketch Book, Venice, wayfarer