Friday, July 27, 2007

Illustration Friday: Moon

Destination Moon

I bought a few songs by Dinah Washington, one of them being Destination Moon. I love that song! It went along nicely with Illustration Friday's theme this week, moon. The celestial sky I created for my last image, My Roots, was reused for this one. This image is paper and digital collage.

Lyrics for Destination Moon

Come and take a trip in my rocket ship
We'll have a lovely afternoon
Kiss the world goodbye and away we fly
Destination moon

Travel fast as light 'til we're lost from sight
The earth is like a toy balloon
What a thrill you get ridin' on a jet
Destination moon

We'll go up up up up
Straight to the moon we two
High in the starry blue
I'll be out of this world with you

So away we steal in a spacemobile
A supersonic honeymoon
Leave your cares below, pull the switch, let's go!
Destination moon

There once was a time when the colorful thing to do
Was to call for a date on a bicycle built for two
But cars and trains and even planes
All have had their day
Now the time is due to call for you
In the modern atomic way

We'll go up up up up
Straight to the moon we two
High in the starry blue
I'll be out of this world with you

So away we steal in a spacemobile
A supersonic honeymoon
Leave your cares below, pull the switch, let's go!
Destination moon

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Studio Friday: Favorite Resources
Illustration Friday: Poem

The challenge: "What is the most favorite resource you use to seek encouragement, understanding, enlightenment, inspiration, strength, to gain further knowledge or fun? Is it a book or a magazine, a quote, a website, a photo, another artist?"

My Roots

I started this piece several weeks ago for Inspire Me Thursday's challenge for the word roots. I've been so busy lately with being the Treasurer for the Norcal GAG chapter, and with the Sequoia Hospital art installation sales that I've neglected my creative side.

I find inspiration in words, either through a clever phrase, lyrics, from a single word or a paragraph in a story. My inspiration for this image came from the phrase "pushing up daisies."

"Keep not your roses for my dead, cold brow
The way is lonely, let me feel them now."
- Arabella Smith, If I Should Die To-Night

"Do not stand on my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn's rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in the circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die."
- Anonymous

"Gather ye rosebuds while ye may
Old time is still a-flying
And this same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying."
- Robert Herrick

Monday, July 23, 2007

Final Week at Sequoia Hospital's Art Corridor

Has it been 2 months already? My art show at Sequoia Hospital's art corridor is coming to a close. If anyone is interested in purchasing an image off the wall, contact me sometime this week! This Sunday, July 29th at 10:00 a.m., I'll be taking down my art installation. It was installed on June 2nd and since then, I've had lots of positive feedback. A few more pieces that people showed an interest in were these:

Super Phil's Red Cape

Virgo: Nature's Meticulous Maid

Blue Heron Fishing

A Wedding Moment

Alioth's Star

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

New Client: Blueyes

Blueyes Logo and Business Card Design

I've taken a small break from my illustrations to work on client projects. I just finished the Blueyes design package for Mindy Harmeyer, a jewelry designer. Her design niche is "modern heirloom"; it's what you wish you found in your grandmother's box of baubles.

Mindy already had a firm idea for her business logo, so I gave it a good polishing, incorporated it into a business card design and also into two different sized product tags, one for necklaces and one for earrings. The two product tags fit nicely into a business card format, which can be cut apart as needed...and saves on printing!

Blueyes Product Tags in Buscard Layout

Baubles by Blueyes
The Stacia necklace with matching earrings

Baubles by Blueyes
The Stacia necklace in detail

Baubles by Blueyes
The Mimi necklace

Baubles by Blueyes
The Mimi Earrings

Mindy and I had an agreement to exchange some of her jewelry creations for my graphic design work. I usually don't do this type of thing, but I love jewelry and just had a sense when I met Mindy, that she had great talent. After I was done with the graphic portion, we met for lunch so I could shop through her collection. So many cute things it was hard to choose. The two necklace/earring sets above were my ultimate favorite that I absolutely adored. It was a real treat to know Mindy named the yellow crystal necklace after me!

If anyone would like to contact Mindy regarding her designs, let me know! I'd be happy to send you her way. Email me at stacia at espialdesign dot com.

Good luck with your upcoming trunk show, Blueyes! I already have my eyes on a bracelet...

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Published in Artful Blogging Magazine

Artful Blogging Cover
Premier 2007, Volume 1, Issue 1

Studio Floor Plan
Page 104

A few months back I received an email request to publish my "Studio Floor Plan" image in Stampington's new magazine called Artful Blogging. This is their first issue published for August 2007 (I just got my complimentary issue a couple days ago).

I originally created "Studio Floor Plan" for a Studio Friday challenge to help me plan the layout for my studio space. Stampington used it in conjunction with their article on Studio Friday and it's creator, Tine Wiggens. Check out pages 104 - 107 if you get the chance to peruse their latest magazine.