I’ve been drawing Valentine’s cookies this past week. Inspiration came by the images I saw on social media. Beautifully decorated Valentine’s Day cookies seem to be everywhere. Treats are much more bearable to be inundated with when cruising social media than the other news found there. Sanity in sugar is my motto therefor I will succumb and create my own non-baked yummies by drawing Valentine’s cookies.
It was quite fun creating patterns like those above. It has given me inspiration to do something similar with different shapes. Let’s see where this leads me.
For now I’ll show you what I’ve done using the pretty red and white heart cookies drawn above. Whether you need a Valentine’s day card, enjoy simple design or love hearts I have created a variety of fun and pretty merchandise for you. Cute espresso cups, a rubber stamp and knob pulls are a few items found in this collection found in my Lasgalen Arts Zazzle store.
Today I am featuring the newest design called wintery blue with snowflake pattern. Outside the air is bitterly cold and we have had our share of snow thus far this winter. Though I am toasty warm inside I’m still creating this seasons’ new offerings to share.
It all started when my daughter and I were drawing snowflakes. Inspired by something we saw on Pinterest our art pads were coming up with a variety of styles of frosty snowflakes.
After the snowflake session there were too many to choose from for a new design. I chose two and used my iPad to draw them in digital form. I wanted a simple yet modern background and created a tri-blue pattern that would work well with cell phone cases, pillows and more. The result was what you see below.
I’m very pleased with this simplistic winter pattern. It does work well with many of the items I sell online. For example it was easy to create a custom iPhone case with a name you could change. To the right is the entire collection from Lasgalen Arts on Zazzle.com.
Oh my goodness have you seen my Humpty Santa Claus drawing? He is brand new and a lot of fun to look at. Inspired by the Mother Goose nursery rhyme about Humpty Dumpty who sat on a wall and lived to tell the tale. My Humpty Santa Claus is as round as an egg but still manages to keep his pants up. He has a big fluffy beard and mustache. His blue eyes twinkle too. His little pointy elf boots are fleece lined and ready to make your holiday jolly.
To make this an even more fun design I added a red and white ho, ho, ho pattern and paired them together for a whimsical Christmas design. I had forgotten who fun Christmas designs are to make. Mixing and matching different holiday elements I came up with funny designs for all kinds of gift ideas.
Primitive art intriques me including ancient Mexican design. Inspired by a book entitled Design Motifs of Ancient Mexico authored by Jorge Enciso, I created my sun pattern. The book includes Aztec, Mayan and other indigenous peoples simple line art used as stamps for trading in ancient Mexico. There are animals, natural elements and people designs. Although the designs can be simple the larger motifs are quite dramatically intricate in form.
There are times I create something like this with home decor products in mind. I like adding a bit of primitive into urban settings. I chose pillows, blankets, duvet covers and more. But I also added phone cases and journals to the mix. There are too many items for the home and personal use to add here.
The images go directly to the products many of which are on sale seemingly all the time. The first is a new throw pillow perfect for a family room or dorm room too. The link leads you to my Lasgalen Arts Redbubble store.
And this collection below includes even more. I particularly love the cool black and white leggings with my sun pattern.
If you have read my blog before you know that often times I am inspired by what I have been dreaming at night while sleeping. I’ve been thinking about Native American textiles as of late. Occasionally I dream of the colors and patterns of southwest designed rugs. In the morning I decided to look through a book I have owned for many years.
After searching inside the covers of the book it came to me what patterns and colors I had envisioned were found in the Rio Grande valley. The blanket which caught my eye was a Rio Grande blanket, ca. 1880s. The weaver had used desert colors such as ochre, turquoise and red clay to create a jagged diamond pattern. The rug can be found in a book entitled Rio Grande Textiles, compiled and edited by Nora Fisher, published in 1994 by the Museum of New Mexico Press.
The subject of textiles is not something I generally have great knowledge about. As I mentioned earlier I am drawn to them. I thought I could use the diamond inspired design in a design that would be fun for kids. The Rio Grande Cat was born, at least in my mind it took shape after brainstorming late at night.
I truly love earth tones of colors and I tried to mimic the colors found in the rug on the cat’s forehead design. I chose a sun weathered brown for his fur to represent the color of native peoples skin.
I have created a collection of Rio Grande Cat gifts for children. Many of these items have a matching teal name which can be customized by you. I found the kitty also makes a great pattern on his own.
A big splash of color today with the introduction of Tribal Snake Dreaming. I’ve always been intrigued by the artwork of dreamtime from the Australian aboriginal community. Their use of nature as storytellers really fits in my own beliefs. My Tribal Snake Dreaming is inspired by those sacred aboriginal mosaic like paintings. Using bold colored magic markers I wanted to eye to follow the snake downward into the bright surroundings. This is why the background is created with yellow and orange and the snake is blue and green. The optical illusion is only created by using the darker colors which trick the eye receding the subject away from you.
I had fun though the fumes from the markers nearly knocked me out. Perhaps the next one will be digital.
On getting back to the basics I decided to start with a simple book sketch. For me, the exercise of working with perspective and vanishing points at the same time was an unexpected challenge.
It has been some time since I sat down and drew with a pencil. I had decided to take a local drawing class this past month. If you have never taken a local class, whether it be from a recreational center or small college, I highly recommend participating in one. The instruction was great and the company of others who were outgoing make the experience even better.
Our last class together we were given the task of drawing a pile of books. As you can see below my attempt at the assignment wasn’t too bad. In fact, for the most part I was able to execute the assignment fairly well. After this class I understood the importance of identifying a vanishing point and how to find them. As we know, practice makes perfect and I’ll definitely give myself more opportunities to hone this skill.
I did learn one more lesson during this class. I need to find a better pencil and easer too. lol
Here is a shout out to our fun and knowledgable teacher Gayle Fitzpatrick. Gayle is a printmaker, paper maker and artist extraordinaire. You can find her Etsy shop here.
Mountain Sheep Dreaming is a simple designed drawing using a fine point sharpie on white paper. I’m often inspired by my dreams and surely my new personal studies into shamanism had something to do with Mountain Sheep Dreaming. The black and white sketch shows a ram’s head face on. You can see his large curved horns to either side of his head. On his brow is my power animal the bear. Entwined down his face is a vine with leaves. I think the most striking aspect of his face are the two elongated triangles down his nose. Inside these triangles are circle.
So what does it all mean? Well being curious of what my dreams are trying to say to me I’ve looked into the ram and his meaning. In a nutshell he signifies new beginnings. Taking a journey to the Upper World last week I was told to pursue my fine arts goals. Since then my urge to create with my hands has become stronger. I’m seeking out more education and visiting more exhibits too.
Follow your passions. That is the lesson I have to learn in this lifetime. I’m so glad you’ve joined me on the journey.