Category Archives: surface design

embracing change

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.” Emily Bronte


oh the magic of the changing seasons,

as the leaves begin their yearly ritual of color explosion

winds begin to blow and leaves begin to fly;

the crisp, cool air signals

it’s time to settle in for the coming

days of seasonal changes

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Every season has something grand and beautiful planned!

Embrace the change!


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The business of learning…

 Make It In Design Summer School has kept me busy for the last four weeks.  The assignments has been challenging and fun. This is one of the best online classes I have ever taken. This week our last assignment was sent out and I am busy painting and sketching ideas.

One of the main reasons I have loved this class is simply that it is not about using someone else’s style, it is about developing my style. The assignments used trends and guidelines, but the interpretation is up to the artist. There were three levels, beginner, intermediate and advanced. I decided to take each level…it has been a lot of work, but so glad I jumped in for all of them.

Here’s a montage of my work for the first two assignments for all three levels.

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Such fun! 

Learning is a vital part of growing any business.

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Thursday reviews

here are a few blogs I enjoy reading.

two home decor blogs: and

the writer of this blog has a great sense of humor, and gives her readers a view of a great southern city…Fairhope, Alabama.

this artist is new to my list of blogs…love her art!

more artists with beautiful art

this artwork is part of new collections I am currently working on….all my art is available for licensing.

Pink Lilies Stationary

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Magazine love…

Great decorating or thrifty ideas, DIY and flowers make a magazine a possible buy for me. Do It Yourself, a Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publication, is probably the magazine I pick up the most. The latest issue is loaded with great ideas, and inspiration…I really like the “Garden Fresh” article showing how to make a garden bed. This just might be my weekend project. 

As an artist working on surface design, I look for materials that help and inspire. I recently discovered Uppercase magazine, the magazine “for the creative and curious.” The April/May/June 2014 issue is beautiful and inspiring. There is a special section showcasing 100 profiles of Surface Pattern Designers. This is a wonderful magazine for the creative soul, and reading through it is like a visual visit to an Anthropologie store.

Uppercase magazine

Inspiration is all around…sometimes it comes from a walk through the neighborhood, a visit to a local farmers market or a beautiful magazine.

This review is not compensated and is the opinion of the writer of this blog.

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