Is there anything more idealized than the idea of strolling down the streets of the west village? The answer is no. Especially when that daydream is set to the tune of watercolor illustration.
If I had a dollar for every girl I’ve met here who said “well I first knew I wanted to move to NYC when I visited and my friends took me to brunch in the west village”… I’d be rich.
and if I had another dollar for every girl who said “and then I moved here and ended up in a fifth floor walk up on avenue B”…I’d be much richer.
When Colleen of Chintz & Swagger approached me to create this scene, I knew I had to take on the challenge.
I mean, it’s the perfect storm of a commission request. Puppy, check. Cute store front with leopard Louis XIV chairs, check, passing taxi, check. Pretty blonde interior decorator, check!
Be sure to visit Colleen’s new website, featuring my illustration and her lovely design aesthetic.
And while you’re browsing, you should also visit the Layla Grayce Backroom to see my newest monthly installation. (pictured below)
Have you met Cara of a fashion love affair? Isn’t she pretty? I am so happy to be discovering all these new bloggers! Especially ones with amazing hair…
And speaking of love affairs, have you all seen my newest valentine’s card?
I think it’s my favorite yet because I got to try my hand at more watercolor script. Keeping an even balance of water/paint/pressure through the full stroke of each letter is actually pretty tricky. I think that when I grow up, I want to be a calligrapher.
Still freezing here in NYC. Wouldn’t a gray furry coat and pink hat be a cute way to ward off the arctic temperatures this weekend? I got inspired by this image while reading all my favorite blogs’ weekend-themed posts.
Also, that is my standard walking procedure for sub twenties temperatures. Head down, power walk. Get out of my way, I am taking no prisoners.
ps. buy a print!
It is currently ten degrees here in NYC but with the windchill it “feels like two degrees”
I never understand that differentiation. Isn’t the temperature always what it “feels like”? Why else would we want to know what the temperature is but to better comprehend what it will feel like outside?
So there you go. 2 degrees outside today and here’s a sketch in my new sketchbook of my giant new earmuffs and an inspirational quote to help you embrace and reach your full earmuff potential.
Dream big, muff big, stay warm.
i’m still sketching in the gold tipped sketchbook. here’s a recent addition.
it has been a little tricky to keep up the motivation to sketch in here as the days begin to develop projects and problems, filling up with the momentum each new year brings after grinding to a wonderfully quiet halt for a few days at the very end of each year.
But as the pace picks back up, and my schedule becomes overpopulated, I am trying to remember the inspiring, blank-slate feeling that the new year and this new sketch book brought to me. And to find time each day to tap into that feeling and get creative.