One of my botanical drawings will be available for sale at 13Forest as part of their holiday show, Plenty. Reception is this coming Friday, November 22nd from 7p - 9p in Arlington, MA. More info here.
If you’re in the Salem/North Shore area, come by and see us at the Salem Open Market! We’ll have soap, salve, and some prints and cards for sale. Plus two Poisonous Plant canvas posters. The best part is, you can wear a Halloween costume! I definitely will be. (Hopefully it looks as good as I’m imagining it will. Good old homemade costumes…) Also, we will have candy for you. At least come by for some candy, yeah?
I am super excited to say that The Bower Studio will be at the Salem Open Market on Halloween! The market runs from 11a to 10p on October 31st. You’ll be able to find us on Hawthorne Blvd. So if you’re anywhere near Salem, MA, come stop by. We’ll have some great and creepy items for you guys. Maybe even some free candy??
Now Isa and I have to come up with some amazing costumes…
We’ve got a massive holiday order for soap, plus a few smaller orders, and a couple shows coming up. That means no time for art :( And all I want to do is draw lots of eyes.
My personal art life is on hold for now. BIG THINGS ARE HAPPENING! Very big. Which means no time for myself right now. haha. Except sometimes an hour of Katamari before bed… That’s all my brain can handle right now.
Cuckoo Bee illustration is finished!
An illustration I just completed for our Bee Project. This illustration, along with more to come of other bee species, will be available for purchase as cards and prints. All profits will be donated to help save the honey bees from colony collapse disorder. More details soon!
Bees I’m drawing for The Bower Studio.
Some drawings for a new project! Lots of bees are involved. More info to come soon, as things unfold.
A little something I’m working on at the moment, after an image from The Tacuinum Sanitatis of Mandrake.
A little bee with hemlock branches I drew for some packaging. This was done kind of quickly, so it’s not perfect, but it’s okay for a tiny box. The box will contain a little jar of hemlock resin salve for The Bower Studio.
Also, today I went and sat under this big huge willow tree in the park. I drew a bit, so I think I’ll scan those sketches later and post them. It was a nice break from working on packaging and soap.
Finally assembled the canvas wall hanging! It’s now available in our Etsy shop!
I stained the wood slats to darken them and pinned the canvas to them using silver tacks. Then I found this really nice chain in my “craft supplies” box, which I made into an adjustable hanging chain using a small s-hook. Now I kind of wish I had made one of these for myself to keep… I did just order two more canvases though, so I’ll be assembling more of these soon. Hopefully in time for Open Studios!
Hi! Thank you so much :)
I’m currently taking a 9 month apprenticeship program at a local school called CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine. I’ll also be continuing with an online course for another 9 to 10 months. So far it’s been amazing and incredibly interesting. It’s a lot of information, so studying herbalism is and will be a never ending learning process. The other nice thing about these studies is the variety of approaches and paths you can learn from and follow. Sometimes it’s a little overwhelming, but that’s also what makes it exciting, I think. For me it satisfies the creative and scientific parts of the brain. Plus you get to spend lots of time outdoors learning about all kinds of plants. Now I can’t go walking anywhere without noticing all the weeds and thinking about their medicine. (Which means I probably annoy everyone by talking about plants all the time. haha!)
Aromatherapy sounds like an interesting path too. I wish I knew more about it.
I’m not sure if my answer is much help, but I wish you luck in your studies. And if you ever want to talk about herbs, feel free to message me!
I feel like the more I move away from illustration, the more I am drawn to intuitive drawing. I’ve not yet been able to come to a fully realized piece yet, but that is okay. I’m working towards that, not to display a finished work, but to display a complete thought. This process is more enjoyable that anything I have tried so far. I think this is going to be my path for a while.
I did some plant drawing and meditating last weekend during my herbal apprenticeship. The outcome was quite surprising and wonderful! I sat with Pokeweed, which is a plant I don’t understand well, yet it seems to come up often in my life.
On the left I drew with my eyes opened while touching the plant. On the right I drew with my eyes shut and touching the plant (this one was drawn first). And I wrote notes on how I felt through the whole hour afterwards. Finally I drew while looking at, but not touching, the plant.
I hope to go back to this same spot and do further drawing experiments, as well as mediations.
hurray! my botanical poster on canvas is very close to complete!
The printed canvas arrived today! These photos are a bit dark since I took these after sunset, but I couldn’t wait for morning to take brighter photos. I’m too excited! Now I need to attach the wooden planks to the top and bottom, as well as the hanger. Once it’s all ready to go, I’ll put it up in the Etsy shop. I also hope to have one or two of these available at JP Open Studios in September.
A very weird automatic drawing with some writing too.
Sorry for the blurry scan. It’s so hot and I’m melting, which translates to being too lazy to bother scanning again!
First set of post-worthy sketches. Working straight in pen (except that weird horned dragon guy in the top corner, who I photoshopped in from a different page. I lightly penciled him first).
I have to say, I already feel more relaxed! I’m just letting my pen or pencil do the thinking for me. No ideas, no plans, and no goals except to draw some lines that look vaguely like something.
Personally, I really enjoy that strange black worm dragon. He’s kind of cute, but doesn’t seem friendly either.
I think trying to draw a specific thing for a long period of time just isn’t my cup of tea. Doing studies is great and illustrating specific subject matter can be fun too, but my favorite thing is to work completely without reference and in a somewhat automatic style. I certainly don’t get the same sort of anatomical accuracy and such when I work this way, but that isn’t my goal for these particular works. It’s a pure release of energy.
Actually, I think my mind is a bit quieter in the evening after I do a bit of sketching. It must get crowded in there or something. haha!