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A Gift

by abby on September 30, 2016 | Comment

Abby Dening children's art

Happy Friday and Happy Fall!

After a whirlwind month, I’m taking some time off to relax and re-energize. Before I go, I want to share with you a gift I received earlier this week from Mrs. C, who is a major AbbyDora Design supporter.

I’m always so touched when I have clients who return again and again to purchase my artwork. At this year’s Clothesline Festival, Mrs C shared that she has 8 of my children’s art prints in her house! Truly amazing. I am so touched.

AbbyDora Design prints and cards

I know after I sell a piece it goes out into the world to be enjoyed on walls, but I rarely get to see the final framed product. This week Mrs. C graciously sent me several photos of my framed art in her house.

Abby Dening animal art

Didn’t she do a great job at grouping and framing the prints? I love the deep teal painted walls because it really makes the color of my art pop.

What else can I say? I’m all smiles.

#EtsyGifts Promo Help

by abby on December 4, 2015 | Comment

cake baker bunny hug artwork

This holiday season Etsy has offered a free gift promo app that builds an instance gift ad for its store owners. Cool, right?! I’ve tried it and started to share these images on the AbbyDora Design Facebook page. Here’s where I need your help!

Will you be a holiday elf and help spread the word about my artwork on Facebook? Sharing any of the #EtsyGift ads or artwork posts would be simply awesome.

I am so grateful to you all for your constant love and support. Big hug!

New Ocean Themed Children’s Art

by abby on October 22, 2013 | Comment

children's art of 2 girls exploring a tide pool with a mermaid
{Detail of the Tide Pool Art}

I’m excited to share with you my latest new artwork! It’s a series of three watercolor and paper collage pieces of 2 girls exploring the beach and ocean. This style is similar to the Hot Air Balloon painting I created earlier and features colorful paper collage backgrounds and then a watercolor and colored pencil vignette illustration.

This ocean series is a loosely connected narrative. The main characters remain the same throughout, but each image stands on its own as a story in itself. I did want to make this more than a summertime vacation, so I added some elements of magic such as a mermaid, a helpful sea turtle, a treasure chest, and a dolphin ride. I mean, who wouldn’t want to ride a dolphin?!

The first one the girls and their dogs find an unexpected surprise in the tide pool. Hehe.
watercolor and paper collage art of 2 girls seeing an angry crab with their dogs
{The Tide Pool}

The next piece shows the girls mid treasure hunt out in the ocean.
watercolor and paper collage of 2 sisters on an underwater treasure hunt
{Underwater scene}
watercolor children's art of girl holding treasure map asking sea turtle for help
{Detail of older girl swimming}

The third image shows the girls satisfied with their adventure sitting close together watching the sun set over the sea. I added details that reference to the previous scenes too.
watercolor and collage children's art of 2 girls sitting on beach watching sun set
{Sunset Scene}

The paintings are available as high quality digital watercolor prints in my Etsy Shoppe. You can buy one or all three! The original painting and collage artworks are also available for purchase. Please send me an email if you are interested in hearing more.

Do you have fond memories of beach vacations?

April Art Show and Tell

by abby on April 25, 2013 | Comment

in progress watercolor children's art

Hooray for Friday and hooray for Spring sunshine here in upstate New York! It’s been a busy week getting back into the swing of book design and painting. My plan today is to have a great day at my drawing table working on the Birthday Parade illustration I’ve started. Cute, right? I’m working a little larger than I have recently to see if I can create great brush marks and washes in the painting. I’m letting the creativity flow!

Oh and I thought I’d give you a little peak into my sketchbook too. I usually keep my sketchbook close to my heart. Sketchbooks are visual journals for me. I write and draw in mine. Some of my sketch pages are for my eyes only and others can be shared with the world. Here are a couple that I do want to share:

bear rabbit characters
{Animal characters—some of which ended up in the new painting on working on}

little girl wish print sketches
{“My Wishes” concept sketches. More to come on this project!}

This weekend, I’m celebrating Spring weather by watching some baseball with D (gooooo Mets!) and maybe even grilling out on our porch! Whoo-ooo!

What are you up to this weekend?