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family portrait for paperista

A sketch for my friend Antoinette, the lovely owner of fabulous Minneapolis based paper shop, Paperista. She was one of my first buyers at the National Stationery Show a few years back and I admire her taste so much. Over the last few years she shared with me that she and her husband hoped to have children so I was beyond excited for her when she told me this  fall she was finally expecting twin boys and that she was going to need an Inslee for the nursery!

Antoinette and I came up with this sketch featuring her family waiting for the babies to arrive. I loved the sweet pose she asked for and the subtle hint of louboutin red on her shoe.

Happy Galentine’s Day

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, which means that – even better – it’s almost Gal-entine’s Day! Does anyone know what I’m talking about? You know… from Parks & Rec… Leslie Knope makes all her girlfriends celebrate on February 13th and calls it Gal-entine’s Day.

Anyway, I love the idea of Galentine’s. After all, who get’s excited about flowers and sweets and wearing pink? Girls. Who hates all that stuff? Boys.

So why are we wringing our hands trying to make the men in our lives celebrate a holiday that we’re pretty much better at celebrating on our own? Bring on the BFF love! Your BFF will totally appreciate the letterpressed $14 dollar valentine you send her. Your boyfriend would probably use it as a coaster.

You know what else your BFF would love? A custom sketch of the two of you like this one! I created this to help a bride ask her maid of honor to be a part of her wedding. How cute is that?!

I plan to celebrate Galentine’s all week and weekend with much emoticon use, red manicures and most importantly, brunch.

Lela Rose Fall 2014

Yesterday morning was the happiest of mornings. I woke up still reeling from a magical Saturday night with friends and family celebrating our engagement and somehow got my swollen feet back into my heels and headed up town for the Lela Rose fashion show. Nothing kicks the usually unavoidable Sunday fatigue like Lincoln Center during fashion week, waiting in the darkened salon in a sea of floating iPhone screens for the lights to suddenly burst to life with a surge of awesome music and beautiful fashion floating past.

I have come through an arc of feelings about fashion week – intimidation when I first moved to New York later gave way to indifference as it became a regular occurrence. And now finally with a few years of perspective under my belt, I can safely say I love it – whether I’m invited or not. It really is an inspiring aspect of life in New York.

Lela’s show was feminine and wearable and made me question every outfit I’ve already bought for my wedding. Congratulations to her and her team on a beautiful fall collection!

Sisterly Love

With Valentines Day just around the corner, I thought I’d share a loving little commission sketch. How sweet are these sisters? Painting children is simultaneously one of the hardest and one of the most fun kinds of commission for me. As you may have noticed – adding a little extra pudge to my figures isn’t my first instinct – so getting a perfectly plump baby cheek is a sweet challenge!

Ferocious February

We made it through January, it’s time to flip the page to a new month and slip into something a little racier, grab your pet jungle cat and head out to a three martini lunch. Why not? This is the wonderful world of illustration and anything is possible!

This sketch is an ode to the kind of woman who doesn’t return emails, who elopes or just adopts a british accent for the day. There’s something so feminine about being a little bit crazy and unpredictable – a little bit like a jungle cat. It is something I can’t claim to have any kind of mastery of as a type A, practical, obsessively organized person. But I do admire it in others while I am remembering to always switch out my Britta water filter every 90 days.

This sketch was born out of these three images, and of course my admiration for all things whimsical and powerfully feminine.

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