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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.