Friday, October 23, 2015

2016 Tea Towel Calendars!

It's that time of year again!
2016 'flea market finds' calendar (white)
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2016 'flea market finds' calendar (avocado)
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2016 'choose happy' calendar
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Spoonflower is hosting it's annual design contest for tea towel calendars.
I have re-issued my 'farm friends' calendar for 2016, and added 2 other new calendars (in 2 color ways) as well! (Previewed at the scale of a linen/cotton fat quarter (27" x 18" oriented horizontally).

I have until Tuesday the 27th of October to decide which calendar to enter into the contest, so if anyone has a preference - let me know! All 4 Calendars are currently available for purchase at Spoonflower. (Great holiday gift - just hem + give!)

Voting starts on Thursday, October 29th, 2015. Vote Here!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Silly Squid + Cephalopods

My first design entry in a few months after moving from Florida celebrates these fascinating undersea creatures. Cephalopods are the classification that includes the squid, nautilus, octopus and cuttlefish!
Silly Squid
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Silly Squid + Cephalopods
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Aspergillus Fumigatus
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This week Spoonflower asked designer to create a pattern using microorganisms. This is my artistic interpretation of the fungi that causes an eye infection! Weird, but true!!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

My Life Reboot!

Here I sit, in an apartment on the 32nd floor overlooking the beautiful skyline of Toronto. Looking at house listings in Boston and trying to get a handle on what the hell happened since Hanna's Graduation.
Hanna's grad pic!

Since my last post there have been many changes in my family.
Midnight loved a car ride!

After Hanna graduated from High School, we put our house of 15 years (in Florida) on the market and it sold really fast. We moved out and put our stuff in storage while we look for a new house in the Boston area (1200 miles away).

In the process of packing up the house our 14 year old black lab 'Midnight' passed away. He is sorely missed.

We packed up our older daughter Olivia and moved her into her dorm at Boston College,
Livi with us at Boston College!
 then my husband and I packed up our younger daughter Hanna and moved her into her dorm at the University of St. Andrews... in Scotland!

Empty nesters without a nest.
Hanna at St Andrews
in Scotland!

I am so proud of our girls! They are getting settled into school now... Olivia just got moved up to copy editor at her school paper and Hanna is going out for the Crew team. I just can't believe how quickly time flew by, they were just babies, it all went by in a flash.

Our silly girls!
My sister and her husband are kind enough to lend their guest room to us when we're in Boston to search for a house. Did I mention that my husband has been commuting from Florida to Toronto for the past two years. We didn't want to move the girls in their third and fourth years of high school so yes, he commuted to Canada for the past two years.

My studio mate and best dog in the world isn't here to keep me company anymore, but I know he is happy and free of pain wherever he is, (hopefully catching a ride in the backseat!)

...and I don't have a place to call home,


I guess chapter two is just beginning... its a life reboot.
After two years T and I can finally be together.
Soon we'll find a new house.
We'll welcome a new puppy.
And, our girls will come to our new home for Christmas!
Me and T at the old course
in St. Andrews, Scotland.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Everglades Alligators!

National Parks are the focus of this weeks challenge.
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Designers were asked to create a pattern to represent a national park close to them. I live in south Florida and am closest to the Everglades National Park. I chose to focus on my favorite Everglades creatures... alligators, and of course some birds including egrets and the great blue heron! I finished the pattern by adding some water snakes and tropical greenery like sea grape leaves, water lilies and palm fronds.

Voting for this design contest will open Thursday, July 23rd, 2015, and continue until Thursday July 30th! Vote Here!

While living in Florida over the past 15 years my family and I have encountered alligators from time to time in our own back yard. (I took these photos of alligators on the golf course behind our house from my patio!)

We see large alligators like this one fairly regularly.
I took this photo behind my house on the golf course.
Every once in a while an alligator has to be removed
if he's considered a 'nuisance alligator' and he's over 8' long!

The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation
Commission sent out Trapper Nick
to move this guy out to the everglades.

Out for a stroll...

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

It's in my purse!

'You can tell a lot about a person by what's in their purse.' Spoonflower's prompt this week was to create a pattern using the items in your purse!
It's in my purse! ©2015 Patty Rybolt Designs. All Rights Reserved.

I don't know what story is told by the items in my purse, but here it is! Of course artistic license has been applied here with the artwork on the items like the notebook, makeup bag, phone case and purse. (I drew the items with the artwork that I wish I had!)
Voting will open Thursday, July 9th, 2015 and continue until Thursday, July 16th, 2015. VOTE HERE!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Llama Llove!

Spoonflower's prompt this week… Llama's!
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'Llama Llove' repeat
"It's time to travel to the South American Andes mountains to show your llama love! Give a go at creating a lovable llama themed design."

This pattern started like all of my designs with research on the prompt. I loved the pictures on Pinterest of the Peruvian Llama Glama. The people there adorn their pets with pompom's and decorative blankets and thought it would be fun to use some of their bright colors in this design.
Next came the drawings… I drew lots of llama's, pompom's, flowers, birds and cacti on my iPad, then imported them into photoshop. I developed the icons using my color palette and put together a repeat. Ta Dah!!

 Voting will open Thursday, July 2nd, 2015. Vote Here!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

MATS Bootcamp 2015 wrap-up!

Thought I would post my illustrations and patterns from my most recent class with Lilla Rogers. Her Make Art That Sells(MATS) 2015 Bootcamp is a course that presents artists with monthly challenges to pump-up their portfolio… and it did not disappoint. The assignments are meant to push your creative boundaries and try designing for additional markets and products that you may not have before.

January - Gift Market -
Edwardian Brooch Journal Cover. (digital)
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February - Wall Art - Home Decor Market
Paint traditionally directly onto wood! (gouache on wood)
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March - break for MATS 4B - 5 week class

AprilAdvertising Market - 
Poster design for live event! (digital)
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May - Home Decor Market -
Create a plate using crustaceans and pattern designs combined. (digital)

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June - Editorial -
Compose an illustration to accompany an article in Forbes Magazine "How To Succeed At Becoming A Digital Nomad". by Tanya Mohn (digital)
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