However, I was thrilled to have my artwork featured on the cover of Wild Apple’s Art Decor February 2019 Issue. Wild Apple Graphics is a B2B art publisher and art licensor working with manufacturers, retailers, and designers of decorative home products and wall decor.
It’s so fun to see my artwork in a home setting. These two original paintings are still available if you’re interested. See them in detail on my website.
I work with a fantastic licensing company, Wild Apple. They recently gave me a concept idea they thought I might enjoy working on. It was to make an abstract jewel-colored forest that included loose and botanical marks. It was such a fun and whimsical project to work on. I’ve sent the two paintings to Wild Apple for their approval. Hopefully, this is what they had in mind.
Working with a “prompt” reminded me of working on my MFA. The teacher would give you guidelines but with enough freedom to make the artwork your own. I love working this way with the seed of an idea that I make blossom into a work of art. I’m looking forward to working on the next concept idea Wild Apple sends my way.
Wild Apple, my art licensing company, is celebrating their twenty-fifth year of being in business. And while silver is the traditional gift for 25 years, I didn’t think that was going to cut it. Instead, Wild Apple nicely ask each licensed artist to create a celebratory post in their unique style to commemorate the big event. Next, they plan to make a video of all the artists holding up their posters and share it with their clients. Hopefully, I can get a copy of the video. But in the meantime, here’s a look at my poster.
I was approached with the opportunity to license my work through Wild Apple Publishing. They picked out a couple of paintings they liked the best and ask me to make companion paintings to go with them (kind of like a matched set). I’ve been working on the companion painting to Hide and Seek Orange. I’ve included some in process pictures so you can see my layering process. Here’s Hide and Seek Red, mixed media, 48″ x 48″.
I started by washing in an ocean background, then I painted in some distance kelp. Next I collaged in hand-painted paper kelp:
I initially used yellow fish but I didn’t think there was enough contrast, so I switched to red instead, and added some last kelp strands:
Here are the two Hide and Seek paintings side by side: