Mary, Mary, quite contrary

How does your garden grow?

I scribbled a little sketch ages ago that eventually bloomed into this pop arty illustration. It wasn’t my intention at all, but as the painting progressed it became reminiscent to me of another Mary: Mary Quant (anyone remember her?!) That was an interesting development. Contrary Mary is available as an 8″ x 10″ print and 5″ x 7″ greeting card through my Etsy shop. I like her so much I’m considering having her printed in a larger format. Let me know if you have any interest in that.

As I mentioned a couple of months ago, I’m going to submit Contrary Mary as a t-shirt design to Threadless. (8.20.11 update: design was accepted and is up for scoring for 6 more days; see and score here!) The process will be fun. And speaking of process, I’ve been wanting to make a stop-motion video of my art for quite a long time. So  yesterday and this morning, as I painted, I also climbed up and down my two-step about a hundred times snapping photos from the first brush stroke to the last ink line. I have absolutely no idea how to do it, but when I put it together I’ll be posting it ’cause it sure took a long time to take all those pics. Renewed admiration for those nutty claymation folks.

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Chicago bound

One of the things on my very long list of things I really must do is submit a design to Threadless. If you aren’t familiar with Threadless Tees, get thyself over there and check them out! Tons of cool t-shirts, all designed by members of the Threadless community. I’m off this weekend for a mini-break, as Bridget Jones would say, to Chicago and one of my stops whilst I am there will be the Threadless retail store. After I’ve perused the goods in person, when I get home I’m going to put pen to paper and do the deed!

Speaking of shopping, all prints and bookmarks in my online storefront are 20% off till the end of the month to celebrate (or bemoan) the official beginning of summer. (Although it’s been summer here in Texas for quite a while already.) Just type SOLSTICE611 in the coupon code space when checking out.