happy valley bees

The bees are back again. I love it when the bee farmer brings them to Happy Valley for their winter rest. Here are their hives.

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What have you been up to this week?

kyrrha

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spring and flutterbies

It’s spring in Santa Cruz and I’m drawn to painting flutterbies or as most people call them, butterflies. Here are a couple of my sketches.

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Here are two that I watercolored.

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The next butterfly, I made on my Wacom tablet. I’ve been learning to draw on it and it’s really hard to get the hand eye coordination down. Here is my first drawing and guess what? It’s a butterfly.

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Here is another set of flutterbies that I drew on the tablet and then made into a pattern.

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What have you been up to this week?

Kyrrha

expanding your portfolio

In order to expand your portfolio, one needs inspiration. There are tons of summer classes for inspiration. Here are just a few that are currently happening –  Make It In Design, Making Art That Sells, and a Global Talent Search.

If you want to jump start your portfolio and work with some current trends, check out these fabulous mood boards for color and trend inspiration.

 Found on fashionvignette.blogspot.com


Found on fashionvignette.blogspot.com

Found on patterncurator.org

 Found on patterncurator.org


Found on patterncurator.org

Enjoy and happy creating!

k

butterflies

I’ve been obsessed with spring life and have been drawing bees, butterflies and beetles. Last weekend it rained and was a chilly 60 degrees. I had a fire and painted.

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Here are some of my butterfly sketches.

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Here are the watercolor versions.

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Here is the pattern I made of all of them.

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What have you been up to this week?

k

pattern making and beetles

Folks have been asking how I go about creating patterns. It starts first with an inspiration, which I usually find on my walks on the 200 acre orchard I live on in Happy Valley.

Lately I’ve been inspired by spring and all the wild life and flowers, in particular beetles. I first start by sketching. I gather ideas and inspiration from pictures on the web or pictures I have taken. Here is an original sketch of the beetles from my sketchbook.

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Then I sketch them on watercolor paper and watercolor them. Here is an example of two of the finished pieces. I can also use these finished watercolors to make cards and other lovely gifts.

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I then scan each individual beetle and place them in a repeat pattern in Photoshop. Below is the final repeat pattern that can be placed on any surface curtains, wrapping paper, iPhone cases, calendars, cards, etc.

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Here is an iPhone case that I had made with the pattern.

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If you are interested in having a product created with  my patterns, let me know. Check out my website and see all the patterns that I have available.

What have you been up to this week?

k