Starting in January I am creating a new series of original watercolor paintings that you can purchase through my Etsy.com store. Constellation Zodiac Sign paintings are the perfect way to add a unique piece of artwork to your home or a great gift to give to that special someone.
I really enjoy making their paintings because no two are a like. Each time I put down the watercolor and it mixes on the page I come up with a totally different galaxy background. I also love researching the constellations and playing connect the dots to create the final artwork. The paintings are customized with the Zodiac sign name and the name of the person it represents. The paintings come in three different sizes and are ready to be framed when they arrive at your door. What is your sign? Do you think it is accurate?
Custom portraits are the perfect gift. I have done a few for holiday gifts this season and a couple for birthday gifts. They really are a way to show your family or friends how much you care for them. I love learning about the person that I am illustrating and what makes them unique. I like to look at a few different photos to get ideas and I love when the person requestion the portrait has special details they would love for me to include. I have always loved drawing characters in my imagination and it is even more fun to create characters from real life. Do you have a special person in mind for a custom portrait? Head over to my etsy shop to request one yourself.
This post is out of order for my alphabet food series. I should be on T but since Christmas is right around the corner and I knew I would be creating X is for Xmas Cookies I bumped it up a little. This holiday season I made a ton of xmas cookies with my sister. Growing up I made cookies with my sister. Years had passed since I had made cookies with her so this year I planed a cookie making day and we made so many it looked like a bakery in her house. I think my favorite xmas cookie is the peanut butter blossom, but I switch out the peanut butter with Cashew butter. What is your favorite cookie? Happy Holidays!
S is for Sandwich is the next in the alphabet food series. I am pretty sure sandwiches are becoming my new favorite food. I used to love Pizza but now I am discovering that I really would choose a good sandwich over a pizza slice. There are so many types of sandwiches, especially now with all the little artisan shops cropping up. I chose to do the typical turkey sandwich for this series. What is your favorite type of sandwich. Same any good recipes so I can try them. Find a print of this sandwich on my Society6 page.
I love Italian cuisine. I love pasta. I love cheese filled pasta. I love raviolis. So naturally I chose R is for Ravioli. A good ravioli is like good comfort food. It is rarely a bad choice for a good warm meal. It is savory and rich ad goes great with red sauce. The name comes from an old Italian word that translates into "to wrap". I think its a yummy little wrapped up package of goodness. What is your favorite type of pasta?
I chose the quiche for my letter Q because it is the perfect brunch item. They can be tiny or large. They are rich and buttery but you can throw veggies into them and you can feel a little bit healthy. They are basically a whole meal in one pan. What is your favorite type of quiche?
This year, during the month of April, I went to an event that changed my outlook on starting my own art business. Before I went I was so scared to do anything to get a business started. I had so many questions and felt so out of the loop with the art community. When I went to the Craftcation conference I gained the confidence to finally set out on my journey to start my own art business. I was featured on the Craftcation website with my story:
My Craftcation experience by Heather Norris:
I heard about Craftcation by chance when I reached out to an Instagram friend I had recently started chatting with. I had so many questions about how to start an art business she directed me to look into going to Craftcation because she thought it would give me all the answers I needed. READ MORE
P is for pie, pumpkin pie to be exact. It is that time of year and pumpkin is my favorite type of pie so why not illustrate it. it was hard to find inspiration for my illustration without running out and getting a pie The one time I tried to make a pumpkin pie with my sister I put in the eggs too fast into the hot liquid and the eggs scrambled. I didn't know until I cut into the baked pie and saw scrambled eggs inside, UUHHGGGG, Thankfully I recovered and can still enjoy a properly baked pumpkin pie. You can find my original painting for sale in my etsy shop.
O is for oatmeal. Oatmeal is my usual breakfast most days. I used to need super sweet instant oatmeal but little by little I got used to the plain oatmeal with just cinnamon. Growing up, my dad would have plain oatmeal everyday. I always thought it seemed so boring and bland but it turns out that it is the perfect breakfast. For my illustration I decided to make my oatmeal a little more pretty than usual.
N is the next letter in my Alphabet Food series. Nachos are one of the great snack foods, especially in California. Growing up I loved just making simple nachos with tortilla chips and some cheddar cheese shredded over the top. As I have grown up I have come to appreciate those super loaded up nachos, with veggies and meat. One type I just can't eat are the nachos with fake nacho cheese and brownish green jalapeños that are usually found at baseball games or movie theaters. Prints of this illustration will be available on my Society6 account.
Heather Norris is an Art Educator, Illustrator, Graphic Designer and Fine Artist.