Print of the Week: I Would Like to Paint the Way a Bird Sings

Paint the Way a Bird SingsDuring a recent trip to Scotland, I had the pleasure of visiting the Inspiring Impressionism Exhibition at the National Gallery in Edinburgh. I was in heaven and could have easily spent days, if not weeks, wandering through each room visiting Monet, Degas, Van Gogh, and Seurat. There is so much I love about Impressionism: its simple beauty, everyday subject matter, and depiction of light and color. The movement was also a revolutionary break with the conventional wisdom of the day. The Impressionists were initially mocked and derided by the serious art establishment of the 19th century, but today they are beloved and their work is appreciated as a turning point of sorts in modern art. Art was no longer just for the wealthy elite who could afford to pay for formal, realistic portraits to hang in their homes. Through their radical new way of looking at the world and their unconventional painting techniques, it was the Impressionists who made the point that extraordinary beauty could be found in ordinary everyday life. In addition to their artistic insight, the Impressionists made equally profound observations about life as well.

Many original masterpieces were on display at the Gallery, including The Church at Vétheuil, painted by Claude Monet in 1878. I wanted to study his brush strokes up close, something which is often overlooked with Impressionist art, as the pieces are best viewed from a distance to truly visualize the composition. Up close you see dots, strokes, and dabs of random color, but step back and you see how they interact and come together, and your eye fills in the details.

I am fascinated with how technique is absolutely unique to an individual artist, and reveals a bit of one’s personality as well as methods. Much can be gained by appreciating the tiny details of a piece. When I returned home, I looked through my photos and I thought they would make the perfect (and perhaps unexpected) backdrops for inspiring quotes by the artists. This print is the first in the series and can be purchased in the following sizes: 5×7, 8×10, 11×14, and 13×19.

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Sketches from Scotland

Scottish SketchesWell I’m back from my trip to Scotland! I finished going through my sketches and thousands (yes, literally thousands) of pictures and I wanted to share a few with you. I was in awe of the detailed architecture (including a few Outlander sites) as well as the breathtaking scenery. My sister couldn’t have chosen a lovelier place for her wedding. From the rolling hills in the Highlands, which are often dotted with sheep and highland cattle (also known as “hairy coo” because of their abundant coats); to the haunting Gothic, sandstone buildings of Edinburgh; to the stubborn, hardy, lavender thistles that are determined to add beauty to the most rugged surroundings, I don’t think there is anywhere on earth quite like this place. My next collection will feature Scottish patterns and prints inspired by my travels.

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Off to Scotland

This week I am traveling to Scotland for my sister’s wedding. It’s been 13 years since I studied art and design in the U.K., and ever since then I’ve longed for a return visit. Unfortunately though, I was never able to make it north to “Bonnie Scotland” as they say, so this is going to be a new adventure!

I’ve had the privilege of illustrating several extraordinary Scottish destinations during my time working with Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, one of the leading luxury travel publications in the world. But now I will have the pleasure of seeing this lovely country in person. And as a huge fan of the show, Outlander, I admit I’m more than a little excited.

Swilken Bridge, St. Andrews Links Golf Course, Scotland for Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report

Swilken Bridge, St. Andrews Golf Links Golf Course, Scotland for Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report

Boath House Inn, Nairn Scotland

Boath House Inn, Nairn, Scotland for Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report

Glamis Castle, Angus, Scotland for Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report

Glamis Castle, Angus, Scotland for Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report

I’m packing my pens and pencils and I’m looking forward to sharing my sketches from Scotland with you over the next couple weeks. And who knows, perhaps a few will turn into new fine art prints or be included in an upcoming collection or two? I can’t wait to be inspired by the country my sister has fallen in love with and chooses to call home!

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