I'll be adding to my portfolio on these pages:

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Rustic Fall Gourds - now in Digital Clip Art!

Pumpkins, gourds and squash digital clip art by Christina Mann Designs / I Gotta Create!

I've updated some of my
Autumn gourd paintings and made
digital clip art, instantly available
when you purchase them
for just $3 at my Etsy.

Enjoy creating one-of-a-kind
printables, cards, scrapbook pages
or what-have-you for
personal use!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Silly Chicken in Marker

Chicken eyes Caterpillar enamel dish set by Christina Mann Designs
Chicken eyes Caterpillar enamel dish set by Christina Mann Designs

Sometimes you gotta get a little funky!

I played around with markers
to make this curious little hen
eyeing her next meal.

Chicken Food. Markers and gouache by Christina Mann Designs.
Chicken eyeing Caterpillar

I don't know... 
that caterpillar looks like he
might be able to talk her
out of it!

I couldn't resist mocking them up
on a few items...

Chicken eyes Caterpillar enamel mug and saucer set by Christina Mann Designs
Chicken eyes Caterpillar enamel mug and saucer set by Christina Mann Designs

I love the idea of them on enamel mugs and saucers!

Chicken eyeing Caterpillar Tea Towel by Christina Mann Designs
Tea Towel Mockup

And wouldn't they be adorable on a tea towel?

This is part of my 100-day project:
100 Days of Things That Fly.
Check it out on Instagram!

What art media and tools
are you playing with?

Monday, June 26, 2017

Rose's Garden Journal

Rose's Garden: a journal cover featuring gouache paintings by Christina Mann Designs

This journal cover was inspired by 
a mini-assignment
for painting roses,
my 100-Day Project painting
"things that fly,"
and one of the first known
women landscape designers.

Artist and agent Lilla Rogers introduced us
to Gertrude Jekyll, one of the first 
women landscape designers, as part of
The quote on my cover comes from Gertrude,
(although the woman image is not her).

Roses and hand lettered quote by Christina Mann Designs

I enjoyed painting the
combination of wild and cultivated roses,
But I loved painting the woman
and the Prairie Warbler birds!
The birds are part of my 100-Day Project,
which you can view on Instagram.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Prairie Warblers in Gouache

Prairie Warblers with Nest. Gouche by Christina Mann Designs

I was nervous about making the
100-Day Project commitment.
With my busy schedule, 
would I be able to keep up?
Not one to set aside a commitment,
would it be fair to myself to take this on?
How will I manage when I'm crunched for time
or feeling stressed, and
what will the results look like?

It's easy to see from the above montage
that time and one's mind frame make a difference.
The top bird is quite wonky...
I had less than my 30-minute practice window 
to devote to it.
But still, she's kinda cute in my eyes! 

Prairie Warbler in Flight. Gouache by Christina Mann Designs

The idea is to do it for the process!
Enjoy the moment Anyway.
Not every day is perfect: some days
you're wonky and some days you soar.
And interestingly enough, 
that ends up being its own kind of perfect.

Prairie Warbler flock in Roses. Gouache by Christina Mann Designs

These Prairie Warbler birds are part of 
my 100-Day Project,
"100 Days of Things That Fly,"
which you can view on Instagram.

Monday, April 24, 2017


Here's a joyful little messenger
of Spring!

Hummingbird. 100 Days of Things that Fly by Christina Mann Designs on Instagram @igottacreate

This tiny little colorful hummingbird
is part of my 100 Days Project.

I'm doing 100 Days of Things That Fly.

A bit of hand lettering with my
paintbrush made for some additional practice.
The fun part is not planning,
just doing!

Do it for the process!

Here's a quick recap of my early
posts to the project:

100 Days of Things that Fly on Instagram @igottacreate

There is more to see
than these first nine days...

Thank you to everyone
who has been cheering me on!
You can join me HERE.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Science Matters

Science for an uplifted world. Gouache by iGottaCreate!

I love the intersection of Science and Creativity.
Amazing things can happen
when curiosity meets with 
the discipline of observation
and mingles with imagination and love
for humanity and the natural world.

Let's insist on using science to further our
loftiest goals, enact our most cherished values
and uplift humanity through
innovation that
supports a flourishing
and diverse planet.

Here's cheers to our Scientists 
and the work they are doing today
to bring light to the value
of this discipline.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Hungry Chickadee

Just a little update
on my progress with
the 100 Days Project.

Hungry Chickadee | 100 Days of Things that Fly project by Christina Mann Designs. Follow on Instagram @igottacreate

I'm having so much fun
painting butterflies, moths and birds.
I will have a few surprises
in the theme, too.

Fly on over to my Instagram feed
and cheer me on.
The support and encouragement
is so helpful to the
process, and I thank
everyone who is heart-ing and commenting!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

100 Days Project

This year I'm taking a deep breath
and diving into the 100 days project.

100 Days Project: 100 Days of things that Fly | art by Christina Mann Designs ~ I Gotta Create!

It sounds simple.
Choose an action and stick with it
for 100 days.

But as anyone with a busy job and life knows,
that is not always as simple
as it sounds.

So, I invite you to pull up a chair 
cheer me on, and watch
my 100 Days project over on Instagram.

I will be making some kind of art
related to that theme
every. single. day.

Some days might get fancy, 
some days super simple.
But I will strive to post something
related to my theme every day.

100 Days Project: 100 Days of things that Fly | art by Christina Mann Designs ~ I Gotta Create!

The idea is to
"do it for the process."
Show up every day and see what you learn.
And that is always worthwhile....

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy 2017!

Hope you're ringing in the
New Year
with the people you love,
and that your
help make this world
a more beautiful
and harmonious
place to live, love, play and work!