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2020 Palmer Garden and Art Faire
2020 Palmer Garden and Art Faire

  For this year's local gardening, food, art and music festival, I designed two posters featuring chipper chickadees and a Scandinavian-inspired mandala of garden tools, food, music notes, art supplies and more. Since we're deep in January's cold, short days at...

Bearanoia Brewing Cider Labels
Bearanoia Brewing Cider Labels

Friend and award-winning homebrewer Christophe Venot of Bearanoia Brewing recently bottled a New England-style cider from my parents' apples and collaborated on a label for the brews. The crabapple tree just outside the house produces over 300 lbs of fruit every other...

Book Club: new upcoming show
Book Club: new upcoming show

In the Phoenix area? Check out ABBA's exhibition: my Orange House Book will be there to flip through, along with a LOT of wonderful artists' work. Opening reception: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 5-8pm Free and open to the public Harry Wood Gallery – School of Art, 900 South...

Orange House Book
Orange House Book

"Orange House" is a digitally printed, post-bound flip book, 4 in. x 10 in., 50 pages. It chronicles the hope, joy, despair, grief and recovery from a personal experience in 2017. My perception of our home in the last 12 months progressed from future nest to empty...

Farmland Awareness Signs
Farmland Awareness Signs

Do you know what's growing in the farmland near you? My dad and I made these jumbo veggies to increase awareness of local produce and encourage our neighbors to support Alaskan agriculture. Everyone loves dad jokes (especially my dad!) so each of the veggies also...

Japanese Mountain Murals
Japanese Mountain Murals

These 48 ft. x 10 ft. murals feature six of Japan's 100 most revered mountains and parks. Illustrated using a combination of analog and digital tools, the curving slopes and angular peaks of these beautiful features were drawn from Google Earth data and photos. During...

Mogollon Rim Panels
Mogollon Rim Panels

These 24" round panels were made on commission for a private business in Arizona with custom illustrations digitally printed on cotton poplin and mounted to plywood. Mogollon Rim: Flora Mogollon Rim: Forest Mogollon Rim: South Mogollon Rim: North   Techniques:...

Baby blue Subaru stickers
Baby blue Subaru stickers

Recently my husband Bill sold his baby blue 1991 Subaru Legacy, his trusted travel companion for many years. In memory of the ol' Sube, I made some die cut stickers to share using my laser printer and Silhouette Cameo's awesome optical registration feature. Rust...

East-West Mural
East-West Mural

This mural was commissioned by Curator Engine for a client that does business in both Japan and Arizona. The original art was created for my laser cut books and adapted for large-format print in cool hues and bright vermillion on a clean white background. [gallery...

Taste of Talkeetna Farm Tour
Taste of Talkeetna Farm Tour

Margaret Adsit at Alaska Farm Tours commissioned these designs for a proposed campaign for Taste of Talkeetna, including a van wrap, print designs and web collateral. If you're visiting Alaska (or know someone who is) this tour is not to be missed! The final design...

“Bookish” Submissions for A Buncha Book Artists 2017
“Bookish” Submissions for A Buncha Book Artists 2017

The folks over at A Buncha Book Artists are putting together another amazing show of artist books: see it at the Arizona State University Harry Wood Gallery September 4-15, 2017, with an opening reception September 5 from 6-8pm. My submissions include: Asemic, a...

Concinnity: Paper Cut Series
Concinnity: Paper Cut Series

This series of papercuts features hand cut and CNC cut layers of acid free, archival cardstock in neutral colors. Each piece measures 12" x 12" x ~0.2". Designs were inspired by the nanotechnology themes in the book The Diamond Age by Neil Stephenson: he uses the term...

Southwest Maker Fest 2018 Design Concepts
Southwest Maker Fest 2018 Design Concepts

The kind folks over at Southwest Maker Fest asked me to create three concepts for their Saturday, February 17, 2018 festival in downtown Chandler, Arizona: these illustrations implement hot colors, strong geometric shapes and energetic lines to convey SWMF’s diverse...

Alaska Farmland Trust mural, postcard & swag
Alaska Farmland Trust mural, postcard & swag

Drafts for an upcoming mural, postcard, and swag for the Alaska Farmland Trust, dedicated to protecting Alaskan soils and farmland for future generations: donate today at akfarmland.com! Mockups made in Adobe Photoshop have been invaluable in showing board members a...

pillow queen
pillow queen

A quick illustration of Pillow Queen (Birdie the pit bull) and her buddies Ruby, Albie and Charlie: Illustrations made with Adobe Illustrator (vector) and Adobe Photoshop (embroidery mockup). For a free vector version of this image, please contact me.

Spirit Bear sketch
Spirit Bear sketch

The rare Kermode bear, photographed by a friend who was able to photograph one in British Columbia, inspired this drawing. Ink on bristol, digitally colored in Adobe Illustrator. Frame mockup: Color: Drawing:  

Sonoran Desert plant prints
Sonoran Desert plant prints

This series of prints is inspired by the nurse relationship of many Sonoran desert plants with the mighty saguaro. T-shirt designs, tote bags, and business cards from my original drawings are...

Spring Classic 12
Spring Classic 12

Sketches for Spring Classic 12, Anchorage, Alaska's favorite frisbee golf tournament featuring a tattooed hand and eyeball frolf disc.

Palmer Midsummer Garden and Art Faire 2017
Palmer Midsummer Garden and Art Faire 2017

The Palmer Midsummer Garden and Art Faire is coming up on July 8, 2017: check out details at palmergardenandart.org. Here are some of the assets I illustrated for this year's fair and concurrent events, including the Wine Walk and Rhubarb Rumble: [gallery...

Grant Street Studios Ceramics Grand Opening 2016
Grant Street Studios Ceramics Grand Opening 2016

Over at Grant Street Studios, the graduate art facility for Arizona State University, the ceramics department is celebrating their grand opening with a cup sale. Ceramics Open House at Grant Street Studios Saturday November 19th, 2016, 6:30-9:00 p.m.  

Offset Circle Patterns
Offset Circle Patterns

Here's a little throwback to 2014, before I started my 365 Days of Design project. Experiments with Adobe Illustrator have expanded my skills and come in surprisingly handy for graphic design and web design jobs. These circle patterns were an initial foray into offset...

Hobeaux Rococeaux type studies
Hobeaux Rococeaux type studies

The typeface Hobeaux Rococeaux Regular is OUT OF CONTROL. Sultry flora and woodsy fauna, all in one beautiful, outrageous font, free for Adobe Typekit subscribers.

Lust Type Studies
Lust Type Studies

Typography studies using Lust Script's wonderful selection of swash variations and Adobe Illustrator's blending modes. Type reads 'REAL' and 'FAKE.'

Cactus wallpaper
Cactus wallpaper

These continuous repeating cactus patterns were inspired by prickly pear cacti at the Desert Botanical Garden near Tempe, Arizona. The variety of spines, paddles, flowers and ribs overwhelms many visitors used to seeing the same ol' pricklies in their landscape. More...

Tiny cards: botanical and desert landscapes
Tiny cards: botanical and desert landscapes

Tiny 3 x 3 in. botanical and desert landscape notecards with envelope in tiny cello envelopes, both hand colored and black and white and printed on FSC certified cardstock. Special thanks to Bill Jamison over at billspots.com for the trip to Zion National Park that...

EGL 31
EGL 31

Thirty one years, coming up next week! Photos from 2015-2016 travels to Zion National Park, UT and Tempe, AZ. Fonts include Futura Bold, Blenny Black, KG All of Me, and KG Geronimo Blocks.

spring classic eleven: frisbee golf tournament
spring classic eleven: frisbee golf tournament

Spring Classic Eleven version 1: illustrated killer giant chicken, crushing a frisbee golfer while his friends watch, with space helmet, plucking a top-hat-wearing mustachioed snake Spring Classic Eleven version 2: hand-drawn underwater leopard seal/sea lion devouring...

the art grads t-shirt designs
the art grads t-shirt designs

T-shirt designs featuring Grant Street Studios and TAG: art by Kate Horvat, mockups by Emily Longbrake and Bill Jamison. The Art Grads at Arizona State University is a student group dedicated...

forget me not
forget me not

Forget-me-not illustrations inspired by EJ Hauser's 2012 piece of the same name.

hex tile pattern
hex tile pattern

  Infinitely repeating hexagonal patterns in impressionist colors made with Adobe Illustrator, available as a free SVG, EPS or AI if you contact me.

amphibian abecedary, coming soon!
amphibian abecedary, coming soon!

Coming soon to the store: Auntie Em's Amphibian Abecedary, an A to Z illustrated guide to 26 amphibians of the world. Frogs, toads, salamanders, newts and many more are all part of the class Amphibia.   Axolotl - also known as letter T, the tarahumara salamander,...

joshua tree book sketches
joshua tree book sketches

Illustrations of Joshua Tree National Park made with a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Adobe Creative Cloud software.

non plus ultra
non plus ultra

Non Plus Ultra: Nothing beyond this point. Often inscribed on temples.

day 352: techshop wallpaper
day 352: techshop wallpaper

Wallpaper patterns with gears, pulleys and sprockets for TechShop Chandler. Made with Adobe Illustrator's pattern function.

day 347: let me tell you about alaskan girls
day 347: let me tell you about alaskan girls

let me tell you about alaskan girls everyone has a mask they wear, a persona for you jungians out there. they also have an ego, along with a deep unconscious, that drives them...

day 337: dead zodiac, part 2
day 337: dead zodiac, part 2

Chinese zodiac illustrations: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.

day 335: quintessentially christie
day 335: quintessentially christie

Typographic quotes by the indomitable Agatha Christie. "Curious things, habits. People themselves never knew they had them." "I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just...

day 334: words on growth
day 334: words on growth

Typographic quotes about growth from Edward Abbey, Theodore Roethke, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Ho Chi Minh, John F. Kennedy, and Henry Miller: "Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell." Edward Abbey "By daily dying, I have come to be." Theodore...

day 333: travel mandalas
day 333: travel mandalas

Mandalas made with Font Awesome icons in Adobe Illustrator: inspired by travel to hippieville Sedona, travel with good friends, and the great outdoors.

day 332: awkward eagles
day 332: awkward eagles

Awkward eagles: is there anything more ridiculous than our nation's symbol in all its uncomfortable, ruffled glory? I voted for the turkey.

day 326: scritchy patterns
day 326: scritchy patterns

"Scritchy" continuous vector patterns made with Adobe Illustrator in 3 variations and 3 colorways: kelp, salmon, and blue steel.

day 319: font awesome patterns
day 319: font awesome patterns

Patterns made using the Font Awesome icon set: motorcycle, globe, leaf, birthday cake, gear, scissors, key, paper airplane, and cloud.

day 315: tribute to the square
day 315: tribute to the square

Square designs reminiscent of Josef Albers' Homage to the Square. Made with Wundes' Vary Hues script in Adobe Illustrator.

day 305: fruity patterns
day 305: fruity patterns

Fruit patterns made with Adobe Illustrator, inspired by Lotta Kuhlhorn's book Designing Patterns.

day 300: melancholy juice
day 300: melancholy juice

A fragment from an old notebook to celebrate 300 entries: so i drank some melancholy juice and since then have been quite a bit drained of life but i think the colors will soon return. egl - 2011

day 295: bird cards, part 1
day 295: bird cards, part 1

Alaskan bird illustrations: Bohemian waxwing, snow bunting, osprey, sandhill crane, Stellar's jay, snowy owl, spotted towhee, American coot, snow goose, spectacled eider, violet-green swallow, and sharp-shinned hawk, all migratory birds found in the Katchemak Bay area.

day 292: astronomical abecedary, part 2
day 292: astronomical abecedary, part 2

Auntie Em's Astronomical Abecedary including: ANDROMEDA  the chained lady BOöTES the bear driver CAMELOPARDALIS the giraffe DELPHINUS the dolphin ERIDANUS  the river FORNAX the furnace GEMINI the twins HOROLOGIUM the clock INDUS  the native american LEPUS the hare...

day 291: astronomical abecedary, part 1
day 291: astronomical abecedary, part 1

Auntie Em's Astronomical Abecedary including: ANDROMEDA  the chained lady BOöTES the bear driver CAMELOPARDALIS the giraffe DELPHINUS the dolphin ERIDANUS  the river FORNAX the furnace GEMINI the twins HOROLOGIUM the clock INDUS  the native american LEPUS the hare...

day 290: pugs vs. weiner dogs
day 290: pugs vs. weiner dogs

Dachshund vs. pug: eternal rivals! Longboard vs. skateboard, hot dog vs. hamburger... to be continued. Inspired by Madison over at Creechers!

day 280: triangle patterns
day 280: triangle patterns

Triangle vector patterns made with Adobe Illustrator: graphic design prep for spelunking at Peppersauce Cave.

day 274: robert service poem, part 2
day 274: robert service poem, part 2

Download illustrated, calligraphic poster versions of Robert Service's "A Race of Men" Illustrated, poster-size versions of Robert Service's poem "A Race of Men." A Race of Men There’s a race of men, that don’t fit in A race that can’t sit still. So they break the...

day 273: robert service race of men poem
day 273: robert service race of men poem

Illustrated versions of Robert Service's poem "A Race of Men." A Race of Men There’s a race of men, that don’t fit in A race that can’t sit still. So they break the hearts of kith and kin And roam the world at will. They range the field and rove the flood, And they...

day 260: may art walk
day 260: may art walk

Poster for the May Second Saturday Art Walk in downtown Palmer, Alaska. 2-6pm: info and more at palmermuseum.org.

day 252: auntie em’s animal abecedary, part 4 – PRINTABLE!
day 252: auntie em’s animal abecedary, part 4 – PRINTABLE!

The final installment of my coloring book: colored pages and a printable PDF for YOU to print out and color in yourself. Download a printable version of Auntie Em's Animal Abecedary here (PDF) Featuring animals that start with a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n,...

day 251: auntie em’s animal abecedary, part 3
day 251: auntie em’s animal abecedary, part 3

Part 3 of my animal drawings, part of a four-page mini coloring book, featuring animals that start with r, s, t, u, v, w, x, y & z: rhinoceros skunk tapir urial (sheep) vicuna walrus hyraX yak zebra...

day 250: auntie em’s animal abecedary, part 2
day 250: auntie em’s animal abecedary, part 2

Part two: animal drawings, part of a four-page mini coloring book, featuring animals that start with i, j, k, l, m, n, o, p and q: ibex jackal kangaroo loris mongoose nyala orangutan porcupine sQuirrel Side...

day 230: sunset mosaics
day 230: sunset mosaics

Images made with Adobe Illustrator's object mosaic, gradient mesh, round corners filter, and image trace features.

day 227: touch screen tests
day 227: touch screen tests

Learning to use my new touchscreen 2-in-1 laptop reminds me of learning to draw with paper and pen: lots of practice, lots of mistakes, and lots of a certain kind of quiet, Zen fun.

day 226: 10 patterns that govern the physical world
day 226: 10 patterns that govern the physical world

Graphic posters with the following: Architect Sym Van der Ryn wrote of ten patterns that make up the physical world: Spheres Nests/mosaics Lattices Polyhedra Spirals/helixes Meanders Branching Waves Symmetry Fractals

day 223: fleurify
day 223: fleurify

Thanks to Wundes for an excellent script called Fleurify: this Javascript allows the quick and easy creation of complex geometric patterns.

day 222: all points
day 222: all points

Thanks to Wundes for the Adobe Illustrator script All Points: this little gem makes amazing patterns or mandalas by connecting all the points in a vector.

day 220: varicolored
day 220: varicolored

Using Wundes' Vary Hues script, I made these patterns in Adobe Illustrator: perfect for crazy wrapping paper, quilt inspiration, stationary, etc. The title is inspired by Zora Neale Hurston: “The varicolored cloud dust that the sun has stirred up in the sky was...

day 210: hola laptop art
day 210: hola laptop art

Thanks to Lance Lekander for this awesome sticker: this scrap of red vinyl just asked to be used for something awesome.

day 205: pi day wedding
day 205: pi day wedding

Apologies for the delay in posting the last weeks' 365 entries: I married the wonderful Bill Jamison today, SUPER Pi Day (3.14.15) and was caught up in planning the big event.

day 190: waves
day 190: waves

  Wave patterns made with Adobe Illustrator's blend and envelope distort tools.

day 180: book covers
day 180: book covers

Minimalist, geometric book covers for some of my favorites: David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, Tom Robbins' Another Roadside Attraction, Anais Nin's Collages, Ken Kesey's Sometimes a Great Notion, and Wallace Stegner's Angle of Repose. More to come!

day 143: birch leaves
day 143: birch leaves

The birch: "This tree is sometimes called "The Watchful Tree" because of eye-like impressions on the bark."

day 142: cat portraits
day 142: cat portraits

Cat portraits using Adobe Illustrator's Live Paint feature. I started making these for fun, but they ended up defining some eras of my life: Gooseberry, the feral cat that my dad tamed when I was really young; Olive and...

day 110: velveteen rabbit
day 110: velveteen rabbit

'"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?" "Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's...

day 108: mad for plaid
day 108: mad for plaid

Creating plaid patterns in Adobe Illustrator is super easy, and they provide lots of inspiration for weaving, knitting, crochet, or other projects. Just contact me for the .AI or .EPS file...

day 107: swirls
day 107: swirls

Swirl patterns made with Adobe Illustrator's Shape Builder and transparency effects tools.

day 106: guilloche patterns, part 2
day 106: guilloche patterns, part 2

Call it stuck in a rut, but I can't get enough of these guilloche patterns. I really should print some money or fancy certificates with these!

day 104: pronghorn
day 104: pronghorn

Another special request by my sister, this pronghorn antelope will be laser cut as a wall piece. The pronghorn, or "speed goat" as my brother-in-law likes to call them, is the fastest land animal in North America and second fastest in the world (after the cheetah)....

day 103: guilloche patterns
day 103: guilloche patterns

Guilloche patterns are best known as security seals and patterns on currency, official documents, and more. Little did you know: they're also relatively easy to...

day 102: yelloweye rockfish
day 102: yelloweye rockfish

Per a request by my sister, this lovely/terrifying yelloweye rockfish design will be laser cut in time to greet holiday visitors. From Wikipedia: "The yelloweye rockfish (Sebastes ruberrimus) is a rockfish of the genus Sebastes, and one of the biggest members of the...

day 100: douglas fir book
day 100: douglas fir book

This laser-cut book design features Pseudotsuga menziesii, the state tree of Oregon and personal favorite. These trees are massive both in size and in biological influence, contributing to the remarkable ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest.  Mark Dion, a guest scholar...

day 99: cactus wren
day 99: cactus wren

The ABBA (A Buncha Book Artists) club sale over the last three days gave me a chance to watch the cactus wrens at work.

day 97: morgant horse
day 97: morgant horse

Part 4 of my horse-animal mashup series: the six-legged Morgan horse, or morgant. "A Morgan is distinctive for its stamina and vigor, personality and eagerness and strong natural way of moving." See more about the Morgan horse here. [gallery columns="2"...

day 96: lippizzpider
day 96: lippizzpider

Part 3 of my series of horse-bug mashups: the Lippizzan spider, agile and aristocratic.

day 93: color halftone
day 93: color halftone

Here's a test of Adobe Illustrator's color halftone effect, plus some transparency blending effects:

day 92: clydesnail
day 92: clydesnail

Part 2 of my horse mashup series: the clydesnail, slow and mighty.  Lisa Hanawalt is my illustrator idol and equine drawing inspiration: her animal/human mashups, including Bojack Horseman and Tuca and Bertie, are available on Netflix. [gallery columns="4"...

day 90: NASA circles
day 90: NASA circles

NASA's launch of Orion inspired these new circle designs, soon to be cut with the laser and added to my palette for future assemblages.

day 89: chickAND
day 89: chickAND

I learned to add a beak to an ampersand back in 9th grade to make a "chick-and", and I've never looked back. Every time a grim work email arrives, all I have to do is look for that little Latin "et" for some humor in the uninviting. fonts myriad pro bold bookman old...

day 63: caterpalomino
day 63: caterpalomino

Adobe Illustrator makes even the craziest late-night thoughts a possibility, like this mashup of a caterpillar and a Palomino horse.

day 62: share the road
day 62: share the road

Just a friendly reminder to keep an eye out for your friends and neighbors on their bicycles this fall as the light wanes.

day 47: polar grid
day 47: polar grid

Studies in color and composition made with Adobe Illustrator's polar grid tool:

day 46: quiltin’
day 46: quiltin’

Preparatory sketches for a queen-size quilt featuring a map of Anchorage.

day 43: zodiac snake
day 43: zodiac snake

"Each Chinese zodiac sign and the order they rank in was decided by the mythical Jade Emperor and his favourite creature, the rat. When the task of choosing the [twelve] zodiac animals fell to the Emperor, he asked the rat to help him. The resourceful rat decided that...

day 42: castaway cutouts

These vector versions of paper cutouts are preparation for a piece for Bunnell Street Gallery in Homer, Alaska. Their 10x10 member exhibition and fundraiser opens in November 2014. [gallery type="rectangular"...

days 23-29: oklahoma
days 23-29: oklahoma

I just returned from an interesting visit to McCurtain County, Oklahoma, and, as promised, here are the challenge entries I missed. day 23: intro to broken bow Broken Bow, Oklahoma was quite the cultural experience; it also impressed me with the beauty of its forests,...

day 19: chinese zodiac
day 19: chinese zodiac

Just a series of Sharpie drawings for today: my favorite animals from the Chinese zodiac, tiger, ox, goat, snake, and pig.

day 13: lines
day 13: lines

Today's challenge: line, in 2D and 3D! The illustration is from a letter to a very wonderful friend, and the string ornaments are prototypes for holiday decorations.