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It’s This Weekend

by abby on July 30, 2013 | Comment

children's art booth in Rochester, NY

IT’s FINALLY HERE! The Park Ave Festival is happening THIS weekend. Grab your family, dog, or boyfriend/girlfriend and come over to Rochester for a day of summertime fun AND lots of artwork.

Saturday August 3th 10am to 6pm | Sunday August 4th 10am to 5pm

I’ll be featuring lots of colorful original children’s illustration (more than last year!) and children’s art prints of all sizes. PLUS—I’ll have handmade cards and invitations to help you pass on smiles off-line.

The AbbyDora Design booth will be located at:
Vassar Street and Park Ave (same spot as last year)

Look for the new AbbyDora Design banner that’s bright teal and green! I don’t think you can miss me. (Big smile)

I’m looking forward to a great weekend and do hope you can stop by and see all the colorful artwork.

See YOU there!

Up Up and Away

by abby on July 23, 2013 | Comment

children's illustration of orange hot air balloon

I’ve been pushing myself to finish up the last few pieces of new art before I go into my “print and matte” phase of the Park Ave Fest preparations. This Hot Air Balloon collage is one of these recent illustrations.

I’ve built it on a cradled wood panel—a new type of surface for me. I didn’t mind it, but I still prefer to paint on paper. I like how the paper grabs hold of the pigment and I can layer color more easily. However, using a wood panel is great for these watercolor collages. No frame is necessary and it’s a good sturdy surface to layer paper on paper. The Brooklyn Bunny collage was also constructed on a cradled wood panel.

I’ll be offering this hot air balloon print in a few sizes: 8″x8″ and 10″x10″, so it will fit 12″x12″ or 14″x14″square frames respectively. As always, the visitors to my Park Ave Fest booth will have first dips on this print, but then it will be for sale in my Etsy shoppe. I hope you can stop by!

I’m down to my last 2 weeks of pulling all my art and booth together. It’s GO TIME!

Have you ever been in a hot air balloon?

G Is For Giraffe

by abby on July 18, 2013 | Comment

watercolor of giraffe nibbling on capital G
{Sneak peak at my newest illustration}

I’m having so much fun lately and it’s all because I’m creating non-stop! Let me tell you the paint and paper are flying around here. The crazy intense heat of this week hasn’t helped make this journey easy, but I don’t want to be anywhere else but at my drawing table (even if it is sans A/C).

I’ve been wanting to do some sort of alphabet illustration for a while now and the deadline of the Park Ave Fest is making it happen sooner rather than later. Above is a little teaser color sketch of what is going to be created. You can’t go wrong with adorable giraffes, right?! The final will have the entire hand lettered alphabet along with a full giraffe illustration and another little surprise, too. Nope, you’ll have to wait to see the finished painting.

More next week!

Books Are Not Just Paper

by abby on July 15, 2013 | Comment

photo of plaque of book quote from Gilbert Highet

I love book quotes and I found this great one while walking in the Inner Harbor in Baltimore over the weekend. Pass it along!

Do you know of a good book or literature quote? Feel free to share it in the comments section below!

Brooklyn Bunny Collage Art

by abby on July 11, 2013 | Comment

Watercolor and paper collage of cityscape and rabbit jump roping
{Brooklyn Bunny}

I’m in full art mode creation these days for the Park Ave Fest and Clothesline later in the Summer. This week, I’m working on several new pieces that involve paper collage.

Doing collage is such fun! It’s a different type of creative thinking than painting and drawing. But I love thinking in shape anyway, so it’s an easier transition for me. You should have seen my art table when I was in the thick of creating the piece above. There were scraps of paper, sheets of paper, and scissors of all sorts piled high all around this wood panel art. It’s was creative chaos!

Brooklyn street paper collage with bunny jumping rope
{Detail of the paper collage and watercolor art}

The Brooklyn Bunny is the first watercolor collage piece that I’ve completed this week. I had a few spot watercolor characters laying around not doing anything and I thought it would be fun to collage backgrounds for these cute guys. This piece is not totally finished yet. I’ll be adding a few paint details to the background, but it’s 95% done.

Matted 8″ x 8″ prints of this piece will debut for sale at the Park Ave Festival. Then it will be available for sale in my Etsy shoppe and in the other summer festivals.

I’m working on the next collage today and I hope to share it with you next week.

Any fun weekend plans?

Park Ave Festival 2013

by abby on July 8, 2013 | Comment

Mother and Daughter Rabbit star gazing outside

{See the original painting at the festival or if you can’t wait go here}

Summer is in full swing, so that means: hot sunny days, star gazing nights, and…
ART FESTIVALS! I’m happy to announce that AbbyDora Design will again be at the 2013 PARK AVE FEST here in Rochester, New York!

Saturday August 3th 10am to 6pm | Sunday August 4th 10am to 5pm

The Park Ave Fest is popular outdoor festival in upstate New York. It’s one of my personal favorite ones, too. Visitors get to stroll along beautiful Park Avenue to see one of Rochester’s historic neighborhoods and see over 300 artists. All weekend long there will be great shopping, live music, kids entertainment, and delicious food from local restaurants.

The AbbyDora Design booth will be located at the corner of Vassar Street and Park Ave—same spot as last year.

I’ll be featuring lots of colorful original children’s illustration (more than last year!) and children’s art prints of all sizes. PLUS—we’ll have our handmade cards and invitations to help you pass on smiles.

Hope to see you there!


by abby on July 5, 2013 | Comment

hand lettered quote about growing
{print from Society6}

My summertime oasis is my front porch. When I need a break, I tend to wander out there, take a few breaths of the fresh air and I immediately feel better. I’ve created touches of color on our porch with pots of flowers and new this year—a hanging herb garden.

If you recall, I decided to try a hanging herb garden made out of a canvas shoe rack. We have a covered front porch that gets lovely summer morning sunshine. I was hoping that this would be enough for growing a handful of herbs. So far so good! Check it out:

Photo of shoe rack herb garden
{My shoe rack herb garden}

Obviously, there were way too many pockets, so I selected ones that got the most sunshine and that I could easily reach too. I also stacked them according to how much water they like, since all the extra water drips down through the canvas. To help with irrigation I also added a few small rocks to the bottom of each pocket.

I’m growing 2 types of Rosemary, Oregano, thyme, mint, parsley, and basil. I was growing chives in the shoe rack, but it really wasn’t happy there (I don’t think it was getting enough sun). So I nursed it back to health and it’s much happier in its own pot. The only sad story was the cilantro. It wasn’t happy in the rack and it’s looking a little sad in its own pot at the moment. Maybe it will make it?! But all in all I feel that thus far this experiment is doing well!

What are you growing this summer?

Birthday Parade Artwork

by abby on July 1, 2013 | Comment

Children's illustration of animals walking in a line with a balloon, cupcake, and flag
{Detail of The Birthday Parade}

Happy July! Today marks just over 1 month till my first festival this summer—The Park Ave Festival in Rochester, NY! (Yikes—there’s so much to do still! Breathe, breathe. I have to remind myself to take it one step at a time and it will all come together, right? Right. I’m a big believer into breaking large projects into mini steps. It helps me to feel accomplishment and not feel so overwhelmed. )

Anyway, it will be a busy few weeks, but it will be all worth it once I pull my tent together and fill it with all my colorful, playful paper goods and artwork! It’s truly a great feeling. I’m also looking forward to sharing all my artwork with my booth visitors. I love seeing people reactions. I hope you will be visiting! All my information about my Park Ave booth location will be coming next week.

In the meantime, I’m squeezing in a few more paintings and collages in the next couple of weeks. My latest one that is off to be framed is called, The Birthday Parade.

Penguin, Mouse, Bear, and Rabbit walking across hilltop {My newest piece of artwork}

I like my group of animal friends and I have a feeling you’ll be seeing more of these guys in future art. There’s a story in them that I have to pull together. I bet you, too, can imagine the adventures and mishaps this group could have. At my festivals, The Birthday Parade painting will be available for sale and I’ll have prints of it as well.

One more thing I wanted to share with you about my travels. This year was the first year I actually MADE my own postcards while away to send to folks back east. Super cool right?!

Photo of handmade watercolor postcards
{My watercolor postcards from Oregon}

Have a great holiday weekend!