Color Palette: Sea Treasure


This color inspiration comes from my favorite place to comb for treasures. Funny how the colors of the sea and shore are reflected in pieces that didn’t originate there. They represent both careless waste and a carefree attitude. Trash to treasure.

I like to keep these shades near me. My house is decorated with the colors of the beach. No matter that I live twenty miles inland; I’m more of a shore bird at heart. If I could fly, I’d be able to spot all the best treasures on the sand from above. And after that, of course, I’d come after your sandwich.


Zen Elephant

Something new in my online shop: my Zen Elephant collection. Here’s a wise and whimsical elephant, playfully reminding you to keep a little balance in your life. Click the image below to find plenty of fun Zen-inspired products in my SomePlum shop:

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Sixties Inspired


This is a piece I created last year for a sixties style ad contest celebrating the music of the TV series Mad Men. The series is one of my all time favorites, and the song “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” also happens to be a favorite of mine. The recording date and song lyrics reminded me of the art style of the late sixties, influenced by Pop Art and Art Nouveau. I was also inspired by the limited (and sometimes unusual) color schemes used in some music posters of that era.

Color Palette: Palamino


Here’s another color inspiration, straight from the horse’s…well, face. This is a photo I took of one of the sweet ponies at a therapeutic riding center where I sometimes help out with lessons. Who wouldn’t love these warm, subtle shades? For me they conjure up images of furry woodland creatures (like the fox in my previous post), warm drinks, yummy mushroom recipes, or lovely skin tones. An all brown color scheme would definitely be an interesting challenge. Here’s my (almost) all brown illustrated mushroom recipe on They Draw and Cook.