My cover is featured on the Make Art That Sells blog - yay! You can visit here to read the brief summary of my class experience and see lots of other beautiful pieces from other artists in the class (scroll down to the bottom for mine).
I'm taking another deep dive into the world of children's book illustration with Lilla Rogers and Zöe Tucker's course through Make Art That Sells. It starts this Monday and what's super nice (though tricky to squeeze in) is the warm up project Lilla and her team send out to help you get ready for the class. This week we received adorable pictures of "Birdie" and can develop the character and story from there.
My Birdie lives in Peru and is out for a spin not far from her neighborhood. Huge cacti and bright blooms fill the landscape. She's carrying something in her hand.
Birdie arrives at the little pond and pokes a finger into the water to call her friends to the surface. They love when she visits and feeds them snacks leftover from her breakfast.
As Birdie gently floats the cracker in the water things suddenly shift. Her surroundings shake then grow and become unrecognizable. Birdie pushes through the thick stalks of giants irises and carefully avoids prickly cactus stems as she moves along, wondering what she'll discover next.
Those are the first three days of prompts - so much fun to imagine who this Birdie character is and where the story will lead. Check back for the last two days :)
You can see more about the course & prompts here and here you can see my feature from the showcase of the class...scroll down in the article to see my cover of Ada Lovelace & the Number Crunching Machine.
Have a lovely (crazy windy wintery) day all!
**UPDATE** The directory was opened again last Monday and my profile is now listed on the site - yay!
I have so many ideas for continuing on with this personal project...highlighting women who stand up and fight for their beliefs.
Yesterday I made time to work on an illustration for the new directory "Women Who Draw"...which unfortunately is on pause for submissions as they received 1200 entries in one day - wow! I would love to have my work there. When it happens I will let you know - for now, I'll share the piece I made. It started after hearing Trump talk about getting TIME magazine's "Person of the Year" award and how he thought they should return to calling it "Man of the Year" award..because, you know, women don't matter right? It was just one more thing piled on top of the mountain of disgusting, selfish, idiotic, and downright mean comments he has spewed this past year. I've just had it, and can no longer listen to his voice - I only READ the news now. The feeling I get when I think of the situations that could stem from this new administration is a jumpy irritating nervousness beneath the surface my skin, throat tightening, jaw clenching, violence inciting, deep anger....and it's really hard to let go of. I've been picturing it as an illustration while and have had my first attempt. I'm really inspired by this photo of Charlotte Despard (suffragist & much more) and pinned it a long time ago. I made my modern era version with similar defiance. I love that she's so strong, even in her elderly body - it radiates out. This may become part of a series, as I love working from old photographs (and the subject matter is therapeutic!) and I want to work to increase the solidarity of women artists today - as women are still, and always will be, facing an uphill battle for equality.
The shop is open! It was so much work to put together and I was going a little nuts from spending so many hours on the computer, but I'm so happy with it. It was worth the work. I've had several sales so far (thank you!!), and the new 2017 Tea Towel Calendar (pictured above) has been a popular purchase.
I also have a large assortment of archival prints of my work.
There are a few leather wrist cuffs still available as well as a few hand printed tea towels.
And a fun picture of some of extras including my drawer of printing blocks and a few coloring pages also for sale.
Purchases made through next week (the 23rd of December) will be shipped same or next day from Germany. The mail service while not super quick to the states, is at least quite dependable. If you are local we can arrange pick up/drop offs. :)
Shop link here.
Have a lovely day all - Sonnige Grüßen!
I'm opening shop again! It's great to get back to it, albeit a lot of work. I have a couple of new prints available now and will have the shop well stocked by Thursday noon GMT. If you have seen anything of mine before that's not in the shop, send me a message (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll be happy to pop it in there for you!
The shop will have a variety of my art prints in A4 and A5 size, a very limited quantity of tea towel calendars, an assortment of printed fabric, and a small run of leather cuffs, to start.
You can visit my etsy shop (devonindustry) here.
Last week one of my heroes Stephani Gordon of Open Boat Films (and she happens to be my sister-in-law - lucky me!) won for the Children's Series at the BLUE Ocean Film Festival with "My Haggan Dream" alongside Sisbro Studios. She's someone I very much look up to as a professional, go-getting, earth loving, positive force in this world. We love to tell our kids "Auntie Steph stories" as entertainment because there are plenty of them! Good fodder for future children's book illustration in my mind.
A few years ago I designed the Open Boat Films logo. Over the summer as our families got together & the kids were splashing in the pool, I made a few illustrations of coconut crabs for something she was currently working on. Working with someone you enjoy being around is the best.
Cheers to Stephani and her film partners! It takes so much work to do what they're doing - many places they visit for filming require government permission and quarantine clothes...and are thousands of miles from mainland.
A video of my block printed triangles...that means I put my first video on youtube. I'm all about the first of things these days! Enjoy!
It's a simple pattern - a string of triangles or "flying geese"...I had made the block to go with a sailboat block in a shirt design I made for my dad. It turned out so neat that I made my son a shirt with it and have used the blocks individually in other places. I like to use speedy carve and it has held up quite well.
Have a lovely Friday!
I was featured in the Make Art That Sells student showcase in April! What fun, and I nearly forgot to tell anyone. I embarrassingly gushed in the comments I sent but after re-reading it and deciding not to be so critical of myself I think it's alright ;) & I'll share it! I've been so happy with my experience with taking classes with MATS by Lilla Rogers Studio that I've had to contain myself somewhat when asked about them. I've grown tremendously in my art & illustration practice over the past few months - it's hard not to share my happiness about it.
Here's the artist interview:
This has been my first MATS class – I’m in MATS A It has been amazing! I’ve signed up for Bootcamp as well and can’t wait. I’ve attached work for the Wall Art market. My piece is called “Last Night I had the Most Wonderful Dream”.
What have you enjoyed most so far about the course?
I enjoyed creating it so much – I started hesitantly then quickly became obsessed with it. I used to work large (I owned a mural painting business in CA) and liked having room to stretch out on the canvas. For the past couple of years I’ve had a committed sketchbook practice and in MATS I’ve been mostly working with small brushes and gouache paint.
How is the MATS class helping you grow?
Using various methods to achieve my best work has stretched me incredibly. Moving from tiny illustration to cut paper collage to work in Photoshop to plate design (thinking 3D) has forced me to think more quickly, trust my intuition that I really do know what I’m doing, and to go for what I see in my mind. Having a mini exercise is brilliant and has changed how I think about starting my projects. I had heard from friends about MATS classes but wasn’t sure how they would help me.
What are you discovering about yourself?
I’m so glad I signed up for MATS A and feel intense gratitude for this resource! It’s as powerful as being back in art school but the difference being that I’m way more focused on what I want at this point in life (art representation! licensing! working with amazing people & companies!). I’m a mom of two and have limited time. The growth I’ve achieved in the last few weeks with how to start & be inspired for the work, how to switch gears quickly, and how to push and give more to the work by trusting myself has given me the confidence to see that I can seek the next phase in my life – a working artist who is successful doing the work she loves.
I’ve started planning the next steps toward what I really want to do and where I will fit in. Maybe it’s Wall Art, maybe it’s Home Decor (I adored designing tableware), maybe it’s Children’s Illustration. Funny enough, I studied textiles & pattern but felt most challenged by the Bolt Fabric assignment. I may go back and have another go at it. There is a tremendous amount of information on the MATS site and I keep finding more answers to my questions.
How would you describe the class to a friend?
I have been recommending MATS to my artist and designer friends in person & over Instagram as a way to get a focused jump on their work, to develop their style, and to build confidence. It really came at a perfect time for me. Both of my children are away from home for part of the day and I have the time to focus on assignments and the big scheme. I’m so excited for what’s next!!
See more work here: Website
I started something new this year which feels pretty amazing so far. There is this neat concept called the The 100 Day Project where one will for 100 days do the same type of thing daily and post to social media to share (and for great accountability!). I'm focusing on PATTERNS - hand drawn, gouache painted, paper collaged, repeats tidied up in Photoshop, etc. - patterns for 100 days. It's day 10 already and I'm so excited about what I already have. For me, this is the perfect type of discipline building exercise. Being your own supervisor is a tough job and I'm not naturally prone to consistency. I'm loving that having this daily commitment is building up those muscles. You can find my patterns on Instagram with the hashtag #100daysofpatternsbydevon as well as in the feeds of #100daysofpattern and #the100dayproject. I'm also posting to my new Facebook business page - Devon Holzwarth, Art & Illustration. I suppose that's another bit of news - a new business page over at FB. I think it was about time ;) I'm still thinking about what I should be posting there but I figure it's a bit of what's here and from Instagram and other business bits that I think to include. I've also started up a Society6 shop presence again but haven't loaded many goods yet. Many many prints to come as I have been painting and making consistently this last year but haven't been scanning and editing. That stuff takes time! I'm on it now. Little bit daily and I'll catch up.
So here are my first 10/100 days of pattern.
Enjoy your day!!
Hi and welcome to my new website!! I'm thrilled to be putting it together finally. It's going to be a little rough around the edges for awhile but that's okay - I'm letting go of some of that perfectionism. I'll get there - little at a time, and it'll be lovely.
So unfortunately, switching over the blog from my original blog home means I've lost all the comments from the posts (I think the posts go back to 2007!). But I was so happy to realize I could plunk it from one home to this one and at least keep all the words and pictures with me. There are some sweet memories in those posts.
Thanks for finding me here!
I'm introducing new work: block-printed tea towels, bags and pouches, fabric buckets for indoor plants, fat quarters, soft sculpture and plushes - all printed by hand in my studio in Aachen on gorgeous organic linen and cotton fabrics. I'll also have a small selection of original art and prints.
Please consider coming if you're in the area! This is the start of something new for me. I'll continue to post updates...I'm considering opening a new online shop in the next weeks.
I have no idea what they are but we love these spring flowers. Bursts of sunshine.
Picking wild garlic and various other treasures.
Kids just belong in trees don't they?
Our first outing with everyone on a bike!! (Griffy had his laufrad and did nearly all the ride)
4 in the picture :)
Happy bike riding bee-eyed lady.
Sitting on the dining table, making the whole room smell amazing.
End of Sunday chill out, after a really nice weekend.
Hope you all have a great week! We are getting ready to visit Spain again, this time with a day trip to Morocco. Can't wait!
Linking up for Stills with Em from Beetleshack
My most favorite spot this week.
The reality of the rest of the house this week.
Those responsible for the reality of the house this week ;)
Stringing together letters and asking what the word says. This one is giggle worthy.
Jingly bells and convex mirrors - things I really like.
Mr. Fishy (named Lightning McQueen and Hello Kitty so maybe we should call him Lightning Kitty) has a new home and is awaiting a new bubble filter. We are slowly warming up to the idea of a real fish tank, this is a good start.
Backyard daffodils - happy faces of sunshine.
And the tulips are coming up for the second year now - hooray!
Sea shell wind chime my dad offered to me before he was going to disassemble it. I love the odd beachy vibe it gives our German backyard ;) Like a warm hug from home.
Have a happy healthy rest of the week.
We got a little exercise with our aching flu-walloped bodies and it was lovely. A sun-shiney day.
He'll follow her wherever she leads.
Chilly chilly chilly natural springs are for dipping toes into on a warmish day.
Flowers are blooming and green is sprouting everywhere in Aachen...it's been a very tolerable mid to light jacket weather. I'd call it Spring!
Concentrated piggy pose.
The aftermath of our Easter sensory bin. Lots of ideas over at Imagination Tree.
Phylo got a gorgeous new collar.
We lost a fish today...this one is without his friend now and I'm not sure what to do. We had them in a large pot with water irises - from my dad. Upon thinking about their situation in hindsight I think it was terrible to have them in a pot (even though large) and without filtration (besides the water plants). Fail on my part. I think we're going to have to get a proper fish tank, asap.
Happiness is coral tulips in a bright blue coffee pot.
Lots of xoxo,
Linking up with Em from the Beetleshack
The sun has been shining and we are soaking it up. We managed to pull ourselves together for a teeny tiny birthday celebration for Griffin. I'm so thankful.
Leaving our (snowless) winter behind and welcoming spring - happy indeed.
Sparklers to cap off an excellent day.
New toys. Jared put together the hex bugs habitat. I did the hot wheels track this week.
Our garden is a magical place with the flowering plum tree.
Per Griffy's request, a bear cake :) Very hastily made, very very delicious!
There is a new article from Mother Jones regarding plastic. It's worth a read. We have decided that plastic is no longer a food/drink safe option for us.
The kiddos finally have enough energy and lung power to handle a few minutes on the trampoline. I'm praying we have a string of good health for a while.
Our little Griffy Bear...three years old in just a few days. I love you sweet boy.
Have a fabulous week xo
Stills from last week...a little behind as we were hit with a horrible FLU that knocked all of us flat. It has seriously been an unbelievable and humbling experience. It was awful because the kids and I had already been sick on and off for 3 weeks, and were just starting to feel better. We played with friends on Wednesday then went to the Karneval at the Kita on Thursday...by Thursday afternoon Bird was a mess, then zonked out. By Friday we were all miserable. It's been over a week and we are past the fevers but not out of the woods completely. Besides a really awful stomach flu many years ago, and the chicken pox at 16 years old, this has been one of the worst illnesses I've ever had. I hope hope hope we can have a healthy string of weeks/months/(whatever it is just please more than a few days) and actually do some more living rather than surviving.
The guys working on the playground left behind a few things while they took a break. When the cat's away...
Griffy and his stick
At the Karneval at our Kindergarten. I can see in the picture that Bird was already not feeling well. But they're oh so cute :)
The beginning of a really rough week.
Back soon with the current week of (slightly healthier) stills,
Stills...following along with Beetleshack.
Huge rosehips mingling with blackberry vines starting to waken.
The sleeping game.
Organizing all the crafty bits.
Phylo, who doesn't enjoy having his picture taken but shamelessly expressing his desire to go for a walk already.
Drowning in kids artwork...I love it all, don't know what to part with, have to deal with, it grows daily, hourly!
The animal doctor (Tierartz) at work.
First mini-daffodils. Rays of happiness.
This week...oh this week - and last week for that matter. Sooo sick...bronchitis, pink eye, hacking away, energy-less, head throbbing, why doesn't it go away??...hoping to turn a healthy corner in a day or two or I'm off to the doctor. It really gets me thinking seriously about my health...quitting sugar for good? Enforcing earlier bedtime? I think I really need to do myself some favors.
Linking up with Beetleshack :)
My silly gem...Karneval is just around the corner and the Kindergarten is gearing up. I'm loving seeing new decorations added each day. The theme appears to be "more is more"!
Coming up with her owns ideas, plans, strategies and telling me exactly how I can participate in them. Love her.
My new favorite shop downtown. I've been looking into essential oils for home and personal use and just bought a diffuser and a nice handful of oils to start with.
Fearless heart attack giver.
Every year the kids and I paint their upcoming age on the same canvas...#3 is just around the corner for Griffy and the work in progress has begun.
Me. Perfectly imperfect and happy. Germany has made my hair nearly black, my skin much more pale. A different version, still me. The ample supply of chocolate and bakeries does me no favors. But knowing myself more as I get older is fabulous.
Making family recipe noodle soup with Daddy. Note certain someone climbing into the action.
Following along with Stills with Em from Beetleshack.
Snowdrops: I'm amazed and a little alarmed watching Spring flowers popping up. The purple crocus at the park are gorgeous. Last year at this time we were really deep in winter snow. Is it going to come?? Will the flowers be buried? This is almost too much for me to think about being from much warmer places.
Mini skate park without bike/scooter/laufrad...just running up and down the slopes when the big kids are off doing other things momentarily. Next time we'll be back with wheels.
Our little 5 year old Bird bought her first antique! :) :) We were at Tongeren last Sunday and she bought this super pretty tin box covered in butterflies and gold & red details with her own money. When the seller said "merci beaucoup" Bird skipped off with her tin box saying "merci mowcoo!". Heart melt.
Little curiosity shelf is all glued up and sealed since this picture. Loved making it, every bit of it. Took some time but I'm already loving seeing all the little things living inside - Hello Kitty, a random penguin, mini rubber ducky, race car, shell from Spain, etc etc. I think it will be a place for good imaginary play. I got the idea (and many more ideas) from the Creative Family Home book.
A beautiful morning here today.
Rambles: Jared sprained his ankle at basketball practice last night and hobbled to and from the kindergarten with me. We had a decent German class and off he went to work. I put on an extra shirt and scarf and think I'm potentially getting a cold. Phylo and I took a short walk & picked up Griffin...he's napping in the stroller (he regularly naps on Tuesday) and it's nearly time to pick up Bird. Hoping it's nice enough outside to play with water and possibly glitter. Sounds exciting at least...can you tell I'm tired?
Love & sunshine,
I've been doing stills along with Em from Beetleshack for over a month now! That's definitely some kind of record for me. I already love looking at past weeks, and my mama guilt feels pretty subdued since this feels like a decent recording of our little ones' early years.
Looking down as we walk along...so many treasures...tiniest mushrooms, seed pods, all glistening with frost.
More block printing this week. One of the things on my "to learn in 2014" list is putting together a semi-complex quilt made entirely with my own printed fabrics.
A bit of first-aid training/play at the kindergarten. At pick up she came running to me with a bandaged head and wrapped wrist - the huge smile let me know everything was fine.
Ice and salt and lots of colored water in the afternoon. We also turned it into a mini-volcano.
Sink bath after cleaning up poop in the leggings. Sorry for sharing that.
She thought my belt needed a daisy.
Early frosty morning balloon launch. It was exciting, especially when the rising balloon nearly took out the tree a few meters from me. *Walked away quickly*
Turning a battered drawer compartment into a curiosity cabinet.
Have an excellent week :o)