Tag: licensing

Have you ever wanted to be on the cover of a magazine?

Wild Apple Wall Decor

Honestly? No.

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.

Step into a jewel-colored forest

Jewel Painting One

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.

The therapy of scissor work

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I’ve struggled to create some work for my licensing company, Wild Apple, that I think they will like.  I have sketched out and discarded a number of ideas.  Nothing seems creative enough or unique enough to stand out from the competition.  I finally realized that I’m going about it the wrong way.  Instead of trying to create something I think they will like, I should create something that I find enjoyment in making instead.  Then if the paintings don’t meet their needs, at least I had fun creating something uniquely mine.

What art technique do I find fun to do?  I’ve always loved scissor work.  By that, I mean I can sit for hours cutting out intricate shapes out of paper.  Many people might find this boring or tedious, but I think it is meditative and therapeutic.  I just finished cutting out about 200 flowers and leaves and I’ve started painting them.  I have no clear idea of where I’m going with them and how to incorporate them into my work.  I’m going to take my advice and I just play around, enjoying myself and see where it leads.