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You Are My Sunshine

by abby on February 25, 2014 | Comment

watercolor painting of a yellow sun with quote You are my sunshine in script
{Feel the warmth!}

I think I’m doing everything I can to will warmer spring days and less snow. Even as I was creating this piece of art mother nature was mocking with me more snow falling! Oh well, I’ll keep thinking cheerful color thoughts and I hope you will too.

I’m considering making my inspiration quotes available as art prints in my shop. What do you think? Would you be interested?

Have a great day!

In My World

by abby on February 21, 2014 | Comment

photo of several teal watercolor washes on paper
{In process artwork for my wedding stationery!}

I’ve been quite busy with book design projects, but I’ve found time to begin to create the save the date and invitations for my wedding happening in the fall. Eeeeeee!

I felt strongly that I wanted my watercolor to be a part of the look and feel of the wedding stationery, so recently I’ve created several layered watercolor wash vignettes. These will be used as the background texture and color for all my printed pieces for the wedding.

A deep teal is the main color and it’s paired with touches of earth tones, marigold yellows, and soft muted oranges. I want rich color that says autumn, but not your typical color schemes—no pumpkin orange here.

I cannot wait to scan these washes and create the type design!

Have a great weekend!

Dancing Purple Eggs

by abby on February 18, 2014 | Comment

color sketch of ballerina eggs inspired by Mark Rothko quote
{ a sneak peak into my sketchbook }

Oh I’m longing for spring and warmer weather! Are you too? This happens every year, but with the amount of winter snow and ice we’re had in upstate NY this year, the day dreaming of sunshine and spring colors is even stronger.

I’m sharing a silly doodle of mine today to pass along a smile. I was creating patterns for Easter eggs while brainstorming card designs when I noticed the quote at the bottom of my sketchbook/journal: “I think of my pictures as dramas; the shapes in the pictures are the performers.” It’s a quote by the artist Mark Rothko.

Maybe I was in a silly mood, but the first thought that came to mind after reading the quote was: dancing ballerina eggs! (hehe) So here they are! I think is is why sketchbooks and journals are so fantastic; they let you be free and open (and even a little silly).

Have a great day!

Share the Love

by abby on February 5, 2014 | Comment

winner of 2104 heart valentines

Thank you for all who posted comments and Liked the Valentine Giveaway post. I’m happy to announce that Regina Earl Arlauckas is the winner of the Colorful Hearts Valentine set! Congrats!


In other news, I had a few fantastic photos of commissioned artwork from happy clients. The first is a photo of a nursery wall featuring series of ocean themed watercolor collages I created back in the fall. They look so good framed!
photo of 3 framed watercolor collages

And here is a very happy little jaguar with her custom animal print!
children's art of jaguar
What a reaction! I couldn’t have asked for better. Thank you for sharing these photos with me. I’m happy to know that my artwork is reaching out and making an impact on others.

As always, custom art commissions are most welcomed. Do you know someone in need of color on their wall?! Send them my way!

Win Free Valentines

by abby on February 3, 2014 | Comment

watercolor heart valetines for free
{Win these Valentines!}

I want to fight against the 6 more weeks of winter white and gray and GIVEAWAY a set of my COLORFUL HEART VALENTINES! Yes, FREE Valentines so you too can spread the love and the color! HOORAY!

It’s so simple to enter:
1. Head over to the AbbyDora Design Facebook Fan Page. (Have you LIKED US?)

2. Leave a Comment under the Valentine Day Giveaway, answering this question: Who fills your heart with joy? You have until WEDNESDAY 2/5/14 at 5pm to enter.

3. I’ll use a random number generator to select a winner and announce it on a special Thursday 2/6/14 blog posting.

That’s it! Feel free to spread the word about this giveaway.

I hope you will enter!