Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

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Sweet!

April 23, 2013

Chocolate Therapy design by Jeni Paltiel

My design featuring Chocolate Therapy ice cream is one of 20 finalists in the Ben & Jerry’s “Shirt Happens” design contest. I designed a Rorschach ink blot that looks like a Holstein cow made from melted chocolate ice cream — now that’s my kind of therapy.

If you’re on Facebook, click on over and vote on the finalists. As usual, I’d be a terrible judge — I think they’re all pretty cool.

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Life in a Jane Austen novel

April 4, 2013

Pemberley Print fabric by Jenimp

As an English major and big Jane Austen fan, I’m pleased that my “Pemberley Print” fabric design placed 6th in this week’s Jane Austen-themed Spoonflower contest. The theme was “Living in a Jane Austen Novel,” so I drew sketches of Regency-style furniture and upholstered them with exaggerated floral prints in period colors like pea green, primrose yellow, puce and cerulean blue. I love drawing furniture, and Regency pieces have such ornate lines and details that make them extra fun to draw.

Just add Mr. Darcy and you’re set!

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Books in flight

October 3, 2012

Books in Flight illustration by Jeni Paltiel

In honor of this week’s Illustration Friday theme, “Book,” here’s an illustration I did of books fluttering in a sky full of fluffy white clouds. The books are actually scraps of manila folder that my kids cut up while making some other project. As I swept them up off the table, it struck me that they looked like funky little books. Happy accidents! It’s a seamless pattern, which means it’s also available as a fabric at Spoonflower.

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Swamp

March 26, 2012

Illustration of alligator and great blue heron
The Illustration Friday theme this week is “Swamp” – which is perfect, since not only am I swamped(!) at the moment, but I’ve been wanting to draw a cute alligator (or crocodile? I confess I can’t tell them apart) for a while now. He’s sitting on top of a page from “Contributions to the natural history of the alligator” by Bennet Dowler, a great old 1846 book digitized by Google, which I distressed and doodled on.

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Illustration Friday: Burning

November 17, 2010

I’ve been following Illustration Friday for a while, but this is the first time I’ve had time to submit anything. Here’s my take on the theme “Burning.”

Heart on fire

 

Special kudos to chain’s free Monoprint Texture Brushes which are super fun to play with!

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Making my own rainbows

November 15, 2010

Painted tissue paper

I painted up some rainbow-colored tissue paper today for an Eric Carle-style collage illustration I was working on – it looked so pretty hanging up in the window (which I use as a light table for tracing) that I almost didn’t want to cut it up!

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Hello, old friend

September 16, 2010

Tile art trash enlosures in Danville, CA

A million years ago (ok, in 2002 or maybe earlier) I was selected to paint some tiles for the Town of Danville as part of their trash enclosure beautification project. The project progressed in fits and starts, as funding came and went, and I long ago gave up hope of ever hearing if my work was installed.

Today I was cleaning out some files and came across the original drawings for the project, so on a whim I Googled to see what I could find out. Turns out my design and several others were featured in an article in Danville Weekly July 25, 2008 — mine’s the farmers market scene with the box of pears at the top of page 8. Seeing my work again was like getting a postcard from a long-lost friend. :) I think I’ll have to take a field trip and see if it’s still there.