the Sofie Show 2017

I am pleased to announce that I will be donating to the Sofie Show again this year. These are the three original pieces that I will be donating. 100% of sales of all art sold during the show will be donated to the WI Humane Society, how cool is that? I'm honored to participate!

The Sofie Show is on April 21, 2017 in Milwaukee WI. It will be an amazing evening of art, music and beer. If you are in the neighborhood I would love to see you there. Learn more about the Sofie show at the Sofie Show Facebook page.

Boy and his dog

Boy and his dog

Girl and her dog

Girl and her dog

David the Lovebird

David the Lovebird

Update: The Sofie Show raised an impressive $5,500 for the Wisconsin Humane Society! I'm already looking forward to next year.

Me at the show.

Me at the show.

New Beach-inspired Pattern

The first of five assignments for bootcamp is in the books. I had so much fun doodling and playing with abstract pattern and mocking it up on a backpack. My pattern inspiration was taken from the beach (I got to visit the beautiful Alabama shores this month) - water, sand, shells, sand dollars and sea grass. I really enjoyed loosening up for this one and will definitely keep exploring abstracts in my work, this is why I love bootcamp!

Everyone brings a different style and viewpoint to bootcamp. You can see the gallery of everyone's work here, there's an impressive 600+ submissions so grab some coffee or tea first.

And now, I patiently wait to see what goodies are in store for April.

My March submission.

My March submission.

The notebook can be found in my shop!

First day of bootcamp!

It feels like Christmas, today is the first day of my second round of MATS Bootcamp by Lilla Rogers and I couldn't be more excited. I just loooooove this community. There is no better way to kick your art self in the butt than to take one of these courses. I credit bootcamp for helping me achieve some big things in the last year. The Make Art That Sells blog featured my little write up on that topic, you can read it here. I can't wait to see what Lilla has in store for us this year, check back here for updates or follow me on instagram here, or follow the bootcamp hashtag #artbootcamp on Instagram to see work from everyone in class. There is so much talent in this class and it's really inspiring to see how differently everyone responds to the same briefs. I can't wait to get started!

A roundup of work I created from last year's bootcamp.

A roundup of work I created from last year's bootcamp.

Our First Fundraiser Results

I am so pleased with the results of our first fundraiser. Six weeks ago I opened my Etsy store and in the spirit of giving back I decided to donate a portion of the sales to my favorite children's hospital charity. We earned an impressive $152 for the charity! But even more impressive were those of you who followed the shop, supported the cause, and even donated just because. Even my son got in on the action and made his own notebooks to earn a little extra for the cause. I had a little dream a few years back to raise funds for children's charities and it warms my heart to see all of the support, but most of all, to see the concept of giving back developing in my son. Thanks for all the support, I can't wait to see what we raise in 2017! Wishing everyone a healthy and peaceful 2017.

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My WI Christmas Pattern Featured on MATS Blog

I am honored to be featured on the Make Art That Sells blog with this WI Christmas pattern I created, view the post here. One short year has brought big changes and growth in my art and I can't wait to see what comes in 2017. Happy New Year friends!

This pattern is available for purchase as a print, notebook, fabric, wallpaper or giftwrap.

Studio Carrie Etsy Store is Open!

I am thrilled to announce the launch of my new Etsy store. This is something I've wanted to do for a long time! The store features a variety original prints, notebooks and journals for sale. They make great gifts! In celebration, and in the spirit of giving back, 15% of proceeds will be donated to my favorite children's hospital charity, now through December 31, 2016.

Empress Tarot Wall Art

This is my most recent MATS assignment for May. What an inspiring assignment! I really loved digging into what the Empress stands for and I feel that it was meant to be that I would get her (students were assigned cards by their birthday). She stands for abundance, leadership, bounty, fertility, flowers, and she is Earth mother. I wanted to make something that I would feel proud to hang on my wall or give to a friend. I used watecolor, digital art and collage techniques to create her.

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Big news! I Will be Donating Art to the Sofie Show.

I am excited to announce that I will be donating art to the Sofie Show, during Gallery Night here in Milwaukee, WI, April 15th. The sales of these two watercolors will benefit the Humane Society. I have owned and loved birds since I was a little girl, the painting on the right is my bird, Oliver, who is just the sweetest and friendliest Green Cheeked Conure. I would be thrilled if these two found happy homes!

Learn more about The Sofie Show on The Sofie Show Facebook page.

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Playing with pattern!

I have two new patterns in my Spoonflower shop! These patterns were part of another project and I decided to turn them into the real thing. Both were created with watercolor and digital art. I love the bright, cheerful colors, great for spring projects.

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1920's Themed Adult Coloring Book Art

I've finished my first Make Art That Sells Bootcamp assignment. The assignment was to create a coloring book page or cover in a 1920's hair theme, so much fun! I really enjoyed drawing alongside hundreds of other students, what an amazingly supportive and super talented group. I cannot wait until the next assignment. You can view the entire class gallery on the Make Art That Sells blog.

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