Recipe for a new design

Last summer’s seeds from my sunflowers

sunflower_seeds

A mix of watercolors

seeds_red

A dash of Mad Men

MadMen_designs

Blend carefully in Photoshop

Alexandra Augustine

Enjoy!

 

 

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Summer can’t be far behind!

My favorite farmers’ market opened for the season this past weekend! Because of Eddie Izzard tickets, a belated Mother’s Day celebration and work, we were not upstate for the opening, but I’m really looking forward to another season of the Barryville Farmers’ Market. In honor of my favorite greenmarket, I created a couple of posters for an assignment for my SVA illustration class taught by the wonderful illustrator Melanie Parks.

The illustrations are watercolor and I used Prismacolor pencils for the typography, with some help from Phtotoshop. I wanted to evoke the charm our small market along with the range of delicious fresh food that is available there.

Barryville Farmers' Market

 

Barryville Farmers' Market

 I can’t wait to go up this weekend and stock up with farmers’ market goodies for the long Memorial Day weekend. I definitely see some grilling happening at the cottage… although, maybe not chicken.

Just Add Water

Last year, as part my career transitioning, I dug up my old paintbrushes and signed up for some watercolor classes.
clock_teapot

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I hadn’t done any painting since my costume design days and I had never felt entirely comfortable with it, but the encouragement and guidance I got from from two excellent artists/teachers really helped me to embrace the medium: Amy Park who teaches a class at the 92nd Street Y and Michiyo Fukushima who taught a five day workshop at The Art Students League of New York.

Garlic Study

One of my favorite projects was a study of garlic, seen from different angles.
My least favorite projects were landscapes.

Apple Study

Peeled Apples Study

So, I’ve mostly been working on painting still life’s or just concentrating on one detailed object. Fortunately, I have an unending collection of photos that I took of my garden for inspiration.

Blueberries

And fortunately, my little watercolor studies give me a convenient motif that can be used in a pattern. hmm…