On one of my trips to Wisconsin I laid on a hammock and looked up at many dragonflies zipping around at a fast pace to catch insects. I see them on ponds and watched them gliding over the water and resting on lily pads while canoeing in northern Wisconsin.
The dragonfly is a symbol of changing direction in your life. This piece was commissioned by someone who’s mother was going through a major life change. Here is the finished commission piece I completed in 2015.
Clients responded to this piece so much that I went on to edit it and change the colors and composition digitally to create two more pieces:
Black and White Dragonfly, Digitally Altered Collage Print, 2015
This was one of the most challenging commissions yet. Honestly, I got a bit of artist’s block at first, mainly due to thinking of all of the amazing Alley Art Fest posters of the past. I had a very tough act to follow doing a poster after artists like Chris Hodge (@chodgeart), Joanna Goss (@jowayseeker), Jaime Torraco (@kittensofindustry), and Don Picton (@friendprices)! The poster by Kittens of Industry last year, I felt, perfectly illustrated the bohemian charm of Aurora’s grassroots art fair.
So, I started looking for inspiration by researching past and present poster design, like the elaborate borders and symmetrical designs of Justin Helton (@statusserigraph). The Art Nouveau poster designs of Edward Penfield and Alphonse Mucha have long been some of my favorites. Then, as I was looking on Instagram one night, I happened to see Greta Bell’s (@gretabellart) beautiful interpretation of the Paramount Theatre’s ceiling light. I’ve often marveled at theater design and have taken photos of the decorative lights and murals. When I saw Greta’s painting, I knew I wanted to use the same subject for inspiration in my poster design (without copying it, of course). See Greta Bell’s beautiful Paramount Theatre light painting and other artwork here: https://www.facebook.com/Greta-Bell-114605011801/
It’s been so great to meet and learn from the artists in my community. I’m so grateful to have met so many talented people! Thank you so much, Marissa Amoni, for asking me to do the poster for this year’s event!
Here is my 2017 Alley Art Festival Poster Design:
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You know that I can do collage, but did you know that I can also paint? My degree is a BFA with a concentration in painting and drawing. Here are some examples of new and old paintings:
Above is a large scale mural I did for my sister. It went from floor to ceiling on their high, Victorian era home walls, and wrapped around half the room.
Below is a commission for a cute holiday festival poster I did for a Waldorf school using gouache paint. Gouache paint is lovely because it can be thinned to a watercolor consistency or used without much water, like acrylics.
This is an oil portrait painting I did using a photograph that I took of my grandma. She meant a lot to me and shared her love of plants and gardening.
Below is an owl illustration commission, painted on a puzzle. This was done for a pastor’s church sermon. Everyone got a piece of the puzzle to assemble as a group.
If you are interested in commissioning a painting, mural or a portrait, please contact me.
In 2015 I was asked to create a bighorn sheep collage for a baby boy’s nursery room by my cousin who grew up in Colorado. We took many trips to Colorado in the summers to visit and I never saw a bighorn sheep. My family was huge on spending time outside and visiting National and State Parks growing up. Even on those trips, I never saw a bighorn.
Finally, in May of 2016, I went on a trip to South Dakota with two friends. We saw so much wildlife at Custer State Park, but no sheep. Every time we ventured out from the hotel, we saw a sign that read “Bighorn Sheep Crossing,” but no herds were to be seen.
On the last day of the trip, we went to the Badlands on our way home. Our plan was to go hiking through the hills. We drove around a bit and that’s when we stopped to see an overlook. There on the steep cliffs were the sheep, soaking up the sun! It was so exciting to see some in nature after studying them for the collage art. It was spring so they didn’t have the horns yet, however. Next time I want to visit in the fall to see the beautiful horns!
Watching the sheep.
Sign near Hill City, South Dakota.
Visit my shop to purchase prints of the sheep and see other woodland and mountain animal art.
I also have a digitally altered color set of prints too.
Objects that we create seem to have some of our own inner magic infused. I wish you could see this flower still life in person because you can feel how magical it is with 15 flowers made by the cutest preschoolers in Aurora, Illinois (and 2 by their teachers). Here is one of them: It was so much fun talking to the kids about art and the shapes they saw in the flowers. They cut out shapes and used some of the shapes I provided too. Then, used gloss medium with paintbrushes to create their flowers with minimal direction.
When I first took the flowers to my studio after working with the kids in their classroom, I was a little nervous about how I was going to make the collage look like a cohesive design. All the flowers looked so different, and some were so abstract it was hard to make out a flower shape, which I loved about them, but also felt challenged. Something else that I love about the flowers is that they are unpredictable, beautifully textured and layered.
I didn’t want to add too much to the kids’ flowers for a few reasons. 1.) I wanted them to recognize their flower art and be proud of it. 2.) I feel like changing someone’s art may make them feel as if their art/they aren’t good enough. In the end, I did add to a few of them for design and composition purposes to make a more cohesive piece that may draw more money for the auction. They are all so beautiful!
Here is the finished piece:
If you are interested in a flower collage workshop for kids or adults, please contact me. See more of my work here.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Here is my latest, silliest collage based on Pheobe’s, of the show Friends, lobster love idea. Pheobe says to Ross regarding Rachel when he gets sad about her possibly dating another guy: “She’s your lobster…. It’s a known fact that lobsters fall in love and mate for life. You know you can actually see old lobster couples walking around their tank and holding claws!” Aw, Friends.
This collage was made for two musicians in Milwaukee, Michael Clobes of Cold Sweat and The Brew City Horns, and Chrissy Dzioba of The Whiskeybelles (I’m a huge fan!). My good friend, Chrissy, commissioned the illustration art as a Valentine’s Day gift and wanted to represent the cities where they are from in the collage. Santiago, Chile is on the left and Milwaukee is on the right. Michael plays an Edwards trombone and the guitar in the art is Chrissy’s custom Gibson SJ-200 Bob Dylan Player’s Edition. They are just two cute lobster musicians floating around in their row boat, and so in love.
If you’d like a custom collage with your lobster for an anniversary gift (paper year, perhaps?), engagement present, or any other occasion, please contact me. And, don’t worry if you haven’t found your lobster yet. I never thought I’d find mine, but it happened. Love to you all!
At the Alley Art Festival in Aurora, Illinois in August of 2016, I met the new Executive Director of the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, Brian Failing. He asked me to do a project for the museum – a series of prints to sell in the museum shop.
I started doing research at the Aurora Historical Society, digging up old photos of Aurora. It was really amazing to see what Aurora looked like in the 1800’s and early 1900’s. Seeing the photos of the beautiful buildings and crowded streets made me appreciate the city where I live more. I’m so thankful for that.
Next, I went to the museum to do more research on the fire history and vintage fire trucks. Their library was so nicely organized. I collected a lot of material, including photographs of their fully restored fire trucks. Then I went to work creating three original collages, which will be for sale in the Aurora Regional Fire Museum until the end of 2017. (Prints are for sale in the museum store.)
This museum is a unique gem in Aurora. The architecture is beautiful. If you have kids they have a very nice play area within the museum, including books, a fire house, fire gear to wear, and lots of toy firetrucks.
I am so grateful to have been able to help a non-profit in my community. If you would like me to do a project for your non-profit, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. View more of my work here.
Thank you to all of the firefighters in Aurora and everywhere!!
If you’ve asked me to commission a piece of art, you can bet I am super excited! (If you are interested in commissioning art for your nursery or any other room, please contact me at email@example.com to see if I can meet your deadline this year.) Here is some information about the process of a commissioned collage.
Step One: Research (1 week)
-We’ll converse about your likes and dislikes, ideas for the piece.
-Please send any photos of the room, favorite items in it, favorite places, artists, animals, quotes, hobbies, favorite books, etc… The more I know about your life inspirations, the more I can draw from when it comes to creating the art.
-Please answer the following questions:
-Have you commissioned art before? If so, please let me know how many pieces and what you liked or didn’t like about the process.
-What size do you want the piece? Please allow for a mat and frame.
-What do you want to see in your art?
-What is the main emotion or attitude you would like to feel from the art?
-Is there anything you don’t like about my art or don’t want to see in your piece?
-Will you be the only one approving the art? If not, please let me know the email address or phone number of the others involved.
-Do you have any other questions or requests?
-If you have a preference on any of the following, please let me know:
-Actions of the animals
-Specific papers. These would need to be mailed prior to step 3.
Contract and Payment:
-Once I know the scope of the project, we can arrange a contract (written for public commissions or email conversation for friends and family)
-We’ll agree on a timeline, deadline and budget.
-A portion (usually one third) of the total cost of the piece is due at the start for supplies, research and sketching. The vast majority of the creative work happens in the first few weeks of planning even though the paper collage hasn’t even started yet. This is non-refundable.
Step Two: Rough Sketches and Palette (3 days – 2 weeks)
-I’ll create 6-8 very rough sketches to figure out the placement of the design and objects (composition). This is very basic and doesn’t show color or detail.
-We’ll talk about any changes, if necessary.
-Please feel free to send me back to the drawing board if it’s not quite right yet, but remember this is just a very, very rough drawing.
-The paper color palette will be chosen
Step Three: Final Sketch (2 days – 3 weeks)
-We’ll pick the final sketch design
-For an extra fee, I can create a small rough paper collage to show color relationships
-After we agree on the basic colors and design, any changes to colors and design may require an additional fee. The reason is because it may take many extra hours to redo work in the following steps. Please don’t let this deter you from telling me your opinions, however, as I may be able to make easy changes.
Step Four: Collage (1 – 5 weeks)
-After I start on the collage, I will send you updates via text, or email frequently.
-Please give me input along the way.
-This is the time where I work out color and design challenges on the paper.
Step Five: Final Collage
-Before gluing, I’ll send a picture of the final collage.
-This is the last call for any changes.
Step Six: Gluing and Sealing (3 days – 2 weeks)
-Your collage will be glued down and sealed for its protection
-Please note the final collage will have some bumps and/or bubbles in the paper due to overlapping thicker paper with thin, or gluing a large piece. I will do my best to avoid any bumps and bubbles.
Step Seven: Caring for Your Collage
-Please store the collage flat until framed and matted.
-Please display your collage away from direct light and humidity
-Matting the collage keeps the paper off the glass and helps with moisture control
-It is best to purchase UV glass for your frame
*Copyright of the finished piece belongs to Laura Lynne of Laura Lynne Art.
The idea for the astronomy series was inspired by my astronomer cousin, Dr. Rachel Osten. These pieces were done as a gift for her youngest son’s room.
This is how the quote should read: “Be humble for you are made of earth. Be noble for you are made of stars.” It’s a Serbian proverb. My astronomy quote paper cut art displays the words backwards because I wanted the words and pictures to correspond. The Earth part is written in the earth and the stars part of the quote is written in the sky.
Here, I imagined a deer and turtle visiting an observatory late at night when all of the other astronomers have gone to sleep. They will gaze at the stars until the morning hours.
Deer and Turtle Visit Mountain Observatory
Butterfly by Mountain Observatory
A butterfly flies by the mountain observatory while the starry sky lights dance above.
These blue, astronomy animal art prints are for sale in my shop.