All over the map this last week or two… this must be what squirrels feel like when they’re about to cross the street. If there has been any theme it has been small fluffy animals – kittens, chicks, and most recently puppies. I’ll just blame that on my friends and their adorable little critters. But there have also been landscapes, lettering, botanicals, and urban areas that caught my eye, so here they all are.
A word about small fluffy animals – I’m learning that it only takes a few lines to age them drastically. The puppy for example – I really struggled to keep him a baby, all soft and round. The result is a very pastel, low contrast piece, which might make a nice greeting card at some point, but it won’t knock anyone’s socks off.
And a word about the Bungalow style, which is part Art Nouveau, part Craftsman, part coloring book. I am always really drawn to these styles, maybe that’s because I like to use line so much. Thick, dark lines with nice solid color fills, bold negative spaces, unabashed contrasts. I used the American Bungalow magazine from the library as inspiration for these studies – it’s a pleasing publication, partly because of the lovely high quality paper it’s printed on, and partly because of the focus on “human sized” homes, although most of the homes probably have at least three times the square footage of our tiny cottage.