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Art Heals

by abby on November 15, 2016 | Comment
Mother Rabbit and Daughter Star Gazing | Mixed media on paper

Mother Rabbit and Daughter Star Gazing | Mixed media on paper

Art heals the troubled soul. That’s what I’ve been saying lately. And this week, I’m focusing on preparing for my first holiday show of 2016, the HOLIDAY BAZAAR at the Rochester Science Center and Museum, so I can help make the world a more beautiful and loving place.


Holiday Bazaar table for AbbyDora Design

The practice run of our display table.

Our display table will be jam packed with artwork to make you and your child or grand child smile. I promise! Interested in attending this show and support local upstate artists? Here are the details:

2016 Holiday Bazaar

FRI November 18th 5pm-9pm
SAT November 19th 9:30am-5pm
SUN November 2oth 11am-4pm

Rochester Museum & Science Center
AbbyDora Design’s Table
Main building (bldg #1)  in Space #606, on the Mezzanine
(use the back stairs to reach the mezzanine level)

children's print sale

OH OH OH! There’s more! It’s time for me to clear out space in my studio, so this weekend I will be offering special SALES on select prints and original art! The earlier you arrive the more you are going to save! Oh yeah.



Winter Sale

by abby on January 16, 2015 | Comment

AbbyDora Design's Etsy shop sale

Yeah baby, it’s Sale time! This should help shake away the winter woes. At the AbbyDora Design Etsy Shoppe all order of $5 or more will be 20% OFF! This is HUGE! All you have to do is use the coupon code WINTER20 when checking out.

sale on watercolor prints

It’s a fast and furious sale. All our children’s watercolor prints are on sale. Maybe this time you’ll even add a custom matte to your print!?

children's watercolor for nursery
{Won’t you add a watercolor print to your child’s wall?}

Or perhaps you would like to see our Valentines?

handmade valentines by abby dening
{Pay it forward with our handmade Valentines.}

Oh and if you live locally in or around Rochester, we can skip the shipping fees and schedule a pick up. To do this, simply contact me here, or through an Etsy Convo, or by the “Ask a question button” on each product to request an order placement without the shipping.

There’s so much to see, so take a moment and SHOP NOW!

Golden Legacy is Filled With Color

by abby on January 9, 2015 | Comment

children's illustration art show at Memorial art gallery
{I’m all smiles at the Golden Legacy children’s illustration show!}

It’s a rare occurrence here in Rochester when an museum art show relates so directly to what I do and love. The opportunity wasn’t wasted! D and I ended the holiday season by seeing the exhibition: GOLDEN LEGACY, 65 years of Golden Books at the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester. It’s a show celebrating the artists who illustrated the hugely popular Little Golden Books series, created by Random House in the 1940’s. By mass producing these smaller picture books, Random House made buying children’s books more affordable and gave greater access to good quality stories and illustrations.

illustration from Little Boy with BIg Horn, 1950
{It was thrilling to see the actual pieces of artwork from the books}

D and I went to see the show on a Saturday afternoon and it was refreshing to see the museum humming with activity. Old and young were enjoying the picture book framed artwork! There were many moments of “OH, I remember this!” from myself and others around me. The museum had even set of reading nooks in several spots through the gallery where they placed a cozy love seat and a bookshelf with donated Little Golden Books. This show received over 600 donated books!

Sadly, photos were not allowed inside the exhibition. But let me tell you that the colors of the artwork were very vibrant and made me giddy! It was very interesting to notice that most of the illustrators used gouache and watercolor for their art (just like me).

Although I can’t show you photographs of the hanging art I can show you samples of work from a few of my favorite artists we saw by sharing pages from this book:

Everything I Need to Know I learned from a LIttle Golden BOok

D and I saw illustrations from Tibor Gergely and Mary Blair,

Mary Blair I can Fly
{Tibor Gergely left and Mary Blair right}

JP Miller and Aurelius Battaglia,

{JP Miller left and Battaglia right}

and finally we saw a illustrations by Richard Scarry’s from Chicken Little !

RichardScary { a spread from CHICKEN LITTLE illustrated by Richard Scarry, 1960}

I’m not sure if this show is traveling around (I hope it is), so keep your eyes out for it in your neck of the woods. It’s worth seeing!

Do you have a memory about or favorite Little Golden Book?

New Art in the Shoppe!

by abby on June 20, 2014 | Comment

Watercolor of Dady bunny reading aloud to rabbit son sitting in lap
{Print now availale in Shoppe}

Happy Friday! Summer is in full swing here in Rochester. I’m happy to say that I’m getting myself into a good rhythm for this new season. I now enjoy a cup of tea on my porch and do a little writing each morning. This simple act helps me to clear my head to keep the creative energy flowing for the rest of the day. I learned about this technique almost 10 years ago now from the book called, THE ARTIST’S WAY. If you are interested in learning how to keep maintain a calmer and more creative life you should read it!

The rest of my morning and afternoons are a swap between book design and creating my own artwork. This past winter and spring it was a difficult to find time and energy to paint (I had other commitments needing attention). I feel a little rusty when it comes to using my gouache again, but I do believe it’s like riding a bike: the more I sit myself with my paints the easier it will be. Right? RIGHT!

I still absolutely love applying paint to paper, so that hasn’t changed. All I have to do it keep going. That being said, this week I’ve finished a set of adorable watercolor and collage small painting featuring one of my favorite animals—rabbits! Each illustration captures a small loving moment between a parent and child.

Watercolor of Mother Rabbit snuggling with baby boy rabbit
{New art!}

These prints are 5.25″ x 5.25″ and they come centered on an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of digital watercolor paper. They REALLY do look and feel like real watercolor and collage paintings. They come hand signed by me too. I hope you like them! They would make a wonderful gift to new parents.

Do you have a ritual that helps start your day? I’d love to hear it!

Wild Animals on Display

by abby on December 6, 2013 | Comment

{Wild Animals on display in the Bevier Gallery at RIT}

Phew! December has come with a furry! Between shipping holiday sales, designing a couple of FABULOUS YA novels (more later!), and wrapping up my two RIT illustration courses I feel lucky to have time to enjoy a cup of tea in the evenings.

But in all of this energy, I do want to share a fun event—I have art work in a gallery show! Yes, my Wild Animal Series is currently on display in the 2013 Faculty Art Show at RIT’s School of Art. Mentally this is a big deal, because faculty members that I had as professors in college at RIT are in this same show. I feel a sense of validation that yes I am a professional artist and I am on the right path.

I think my animal friends agree too, because they seem to be grinning just a little larger on the gallery wall. If you are in the Rochester area and would like to see the show, it will be up until January 10th 2014. The show is in the Bevier Gallery which is located in the College of Imaging Arts & Sciences.

Happy Weekend!

Baby Jaguar

by abby on July 31, 2012 | Comment

wild animal children illustration

This past weekend, I sketched my next wild animal print on panel art. This time its a special request for a baby jaguar. I started with an adorable cute cub sitting, but then I had an idea for a more lively jaguar. Ta-da! He’s a spunky fellow isn’t he?! I love the energy of this piece. It’s partly from his eyes, but also the great vibrant light green background. I’m looking forward to painting this little jaguar!

Oh and don’t forget THIS WEEKEND is Rochester New York’s Park Ave Festival. The AbbyDora Design booth will be on Park Ave at the corner of Vassar Street. From 10am-5pm on Sat. and Sun. we’ll be showcasing all sorts of children’s artwork and delightful handmade cards too. Hope to see you there!