[ Annie & Andrew ]

I had the pleasure of attending my cousin Andrew's wedding in St. Michaels, Maryland this past weekend. The weekend was warm, the area was quaint, but best of all the town was full of my family. I am so happy for Andrew and his wife Annie. The ease they show in each others presence is truly an inspiration. 

Here is what I created for their wedding present! Cheers!


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[ N E W L Y W E D ]

One of my close friends from growing up in Southern New Hampshire tied the knot earlier this month. It was such a beautiful evening full of love, friends, and laughs that will be remembered for years to come. I've waited until after the wedding to share the process for the piece I made for their wedding gift. I hope you enjoy seeing the stages :)

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I love working with type like I did here and have similar projects in the works. If you are interested in getting custom lettering for your business, home or for a gift for someone special, please reach out via my contact page and share your idea! The holidays will be here before we know it! Hope you all have had a lovely September.

Thank you for reading xo

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[ N A T A L I E ]

I was asked by Peach Dish based out Atlanta, GA to illustrate Natalie, the owner of Chinese Southern Belle.  The illustration was published in Peach Dish's second magazine. I am honored to be part of the publication and owe a great deal of thanks to Kate Blohm, my dear friend who shares my deeply rooted love for food and art <3 

[ C A M E L L I A ]

This illustration was created for an article highlighting Camellia Brand kidney beans in the second publication of Peach Dish magazine. I had so much fun with this illustration, starting with graphite, working in woodcraft paint markers, then transitioning to working digitally for the final touches. 

[ V D A Y ]

I couldn't let this holiday pass without a quick attempt at some hand lettering - especially after coming across this BEAUTIFUL brush lettered sign on instagram! 

This hand-painted sign was done by Sign Vision Melbourne

This hand-painted sign was done by Sign Vision Melbourne

This was my first attempt at the chunky brush letters, sans brush 

This was my first attempt at the chunky brush letters, sans brush 

Second attempt, considering letter height and composition of multiple words. 

Second attempt, considering letter height and composition of multiple words. 

Lettering without guidelines - this was too fun! 

Lettering without guidelines - this was too fun! 

[ Y E S ]

This is what is my initial idea

This is what is my initial idea

This is the original artwork - created in watercolor, gouache and graphite. 

This is the original artwork - created in watercolor, gouache and graphite. 

These past few weeks I have been trying to resolve what EXACTLY i feel most passionate about creating. Every day I have been dabbling in various creative projects including:

  • calligraphy
  • unique hand lettering
  • paper goods 
  • greeting card designs
  • original chalkboard paintings
  • original PATTERNS

Pattern creation is somewhat of an obsession of mind. I am addicted to shopping in all kinds of new and re-used item stores analyzing pattern, color and textures of fabric. When I find a color / pattern that SCREAMS "RACHAEL THIS IS SO YOU" there is nothing more satisfying than taking home that item to love. With this in mind, I have been more focused on trying to create personal work that is just that - personal. Colors I like, shapes I like, things I would purchase myself, things that I save for myself to constantly revisit for inspiration. All of these elements are how I made myself be decisive about what I was going to create today. 

I am extremely excited to share what I have produced.  Below is what I would consider my first successful repeat pattern! I may have clapped upon its completion...... SO much excitement and inspiration overflowing in me. 

Below is the process I went through to create it! Thank you for viewing, and I hope you enjoy! xx

 

 

 

 

Ginkgo Pattern with white background

Ginkgo Pattern with white background

[ S P R I N G ]

this past weekend was truly lovely. if only every week allowed so much time to create. after seeing a "free-lance" posting for rifle paper co. i was overwhelmed with excitement and tried to replicate images that i found significant - i spent the entire day mixing gouache and i truly loved every single minute of it.. i am hesitant to post images because of the popularity of her work. 

the following morning i drove to a model drawing session and though everyone was working in oils and watercolor (which believe me, i wish i had been as well) i spent my time in graphite. i've found i get swept away with the medium i am using and forget to pay attention to the accuracy of my drawing. after an hour and a half i came up with this - i was quite pleased

april 11, 2015

april 11, 2015

following the model drawing, i spent the next two days with don in his gallery. a large amount of time was spent designing packaging for the sets of postcard he will be selling in his new gallery - but the latter half of sunday i came up with a resolved drawing that i am looking forward to turning into a reduction woodcut.

april 12, 205 the studio - upstairs office

april 12, 205 the studio - upstairs office

[ W I N T E R ]

on january 24th, the day before my birthday, i was on a mission for brunch...my destination turned out to be under construction. i settled for a coffee and aimless wandering through multiple feet of snow.

after a while of going in and out of the small local businesses, i serendipitously stumbled into don gorvett's studio . i felt this wave of joy wash over me as i inhaled the oil inks and gazed straight up at these massive, colorful, reduction woodcuts. they all depicted the essence of the seacoast's beauty in such a unique way, i was absolutely captivated. I then fell into conversation with don, and learned he prints right there in his studio / gallery and does every single aspect of the process by himself. feeling ecstatic to meet a true artist, an artist supporting himself through his love of his craft, i knew i would be back.

its been over two months that i have spent every week going out to his studio. i'm loving learning about printmaking techniques, the business of an art gallery, and art history (from his library and experiences) - i feel so very fortunate. being much more comfortable with a brush or pencil, i have felt overwhelmed with the challenge of creating my own prints, but i am embracing the presence of the challenge and loving every step of the process. 

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[ H E R B S ]

 

With an overwhelming amount of flowers and plants to choose from to study - herbs feel like the perfect introduction to botany. I want to understand their physical structure in addition to understanding their culinary and medicinal uses. Only after beginning this piece have I realized what an undertaking that is. In this project I have included some of the more familiar kitchen herbs and tried to focus on accurately representing them while laying them out into a fluid composition. I am thrilled to share the process of the research I have started. - R 

 

[ I N S P I R E ]

 

"You want to tune into how you are feeling physically. When you see something you really love, you feel a little adrenaline pumping.. My best artists are the ones who are constantly on the lookout for what makes the heart beat faster." 

Excerpt from ; I Just Like To Make Things by Lilla Rogers.