What a joyful greeting this door made when I visited my dear friend Mary Anne Lloyd!
We share a love of snail mail and fond attention to hand lettering, groovy stamps, and stickers. Oh, and illustrative tape, too! Here's a recent batch of my mail on it's way.
My love of letters could be one reason I seized on the chance to illustrate the poster for Portland Stage Company's upcoming production of A Song at Twilight by Noel Coward. The play turns on a batch of old love letters, with considerable drama.
These are a couple of sketches I liked that didn't get picked:
This sketch got the nod for further development:
It so happens I came across a batch of old letters in my parents' basement that became a reference point in my illustration.
And here's a little known fact: my almost 25 year marriage was born in a long-distance exchange of love letters. Got 'em stashed somewhere...
So then I sent this color sketch:
Marketing director Carole Harris was not keen on the red here, so I ditched that in my final, and she was, as always, right on the mark.
Meanwhile, valentines must be crafted. I've got all the fixin's...
I invited my fellow paper vixens over to make a fine mess.
Here's a few of our confections:
What's not to love about pink paper and polka dots? Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! Check here in the next couple of days for some downloadable valentines.