Sketchbook 3.20.14

March 20th, 2014

I’m working on updating some of my older card designs. My style has changed quite a bit since I created my earliest cards, but I love their sentiments too much to discontinue them. Do you ever revisit old projects and redo them when your tastes change?

By the way, next week I’ll have a bunch of new Mother’s Day cards ready for you!

wit & whistle sketchbook 3.20.14

wit & whistle sketchbook 3.20.14

wit & whistle sketchbook 3.20.14

wit & whistle sketchbook 3.20.14

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Spring on Ice

March 18th, 2014

The most beautfiul thing happened today! We had a few warm days last week, and spring blooms popped out all around the yard. Today winter is back in full force and everything is coated in ice—including all those confused flowers. If there’s anything more beautiful than flowers, it’s gotta be flowers encased in ice.

ice covered flowers

ice covered flowers

ice covered flowers

Doesn’t this white daffodil look like it’s made of glass?

ice covered flowers

ice covered flowers

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House Plant Portrait No. 5

March 13th, 2014

I love philodendrons even though they’re common and not terribly interesting. They do well in low light and will happily forgive you if you forget to water them for a few weeks. They also vine out all over the place, which is so satisfying. I’ve killed almost every kind of house plant, but I have yet to kill a philodendron. Once I even tried to kill one! I wanted to replace it with a different plant, so I didn’t water it for at least a month. It just kept on living. Finally I threw it out still alive—horrible, I know. If you think you can’t keep house plants alive, I challenge you to kill a philodendron.

This original gouache painting is for sale right here!

house plant portrait by Amanda Wright

house plant portrait by Amanda Wright

house plant portrait by Amanda Wright

house plant portrait by Amanda Wright

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Scissor Collection

March 11th, 2014

It has come to my attention that I own a bunch of cute scissors. I’m not sure how or when it happened. I was never consciously aware that I had a thing for scissors, but I must. Why else would I have so many? Over the past few years they have just sprouted up out of no where…

scissor collection

Now that I realize I have a problem I’m cutting myself off. No one needs this many scissors. It’s just ridiculous.

scissor collection

Just call me Amanda Scissorhands.

scissor collection

Have you ever accidentally collected something?

scissor collection

 

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New Growth

March 6th, 2014

My houseplants love this time of year. The days are getting longer and tons of light pours in our windows since the bare trees outside don’t block the sun. My plants are sprawling out all over the house with tender new leaves. I wanted to snap a few shots of the new growth, but I just couldn’t get close enough with my 50mm.

Out of the blue I remembered a comment Jennifer Allison left on one of my posts last summer sharing this macro lens hack. (Thanks Jennifer!) You simply take the lens off your DSLR, flip it around backward, hold it in place, and you have a makeshift macro lens. I took all the shots below with this technique. I can’t believe how close I could focus—the grid photo is of a window screen! It was nearly impossible to get crisp shots while manually holding the lens in place, but I like the dreamy blurred photographs I ended up with. I think I’m going to get this adapter so I can play around with this macro method more without having to hold my lens on.

Have you tried macro-ing like this?

new growth

new growth

new growth

new growth

new growth

new growth

new growth

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