I'm excited to share some landscape art prints and floral stationeries with you all today! Shop these new additions here. Getting a head start on Mother's Day shopping? Pick out some of our latest "Thank You's" and greeting cards to send as a note to your loved ones!
I wanted to take a minute and share some of my inspirations behind the art prints that we are introducing today. For those of you who have been following me over on Instagram @yaochengdesign, you might have seen some process posts of me creating these beauties in the last week or so! Indeed, I've dedicated a few days away from all things business and just spent some time painting them in the studio. How blissful it has been...
Images of these adorably colorful houses by the Mediterranean have been swirling in my mind since our honeymoon to the Amalfi Coast over 2 years ago. I still remember sitting by the beach making watercolor sketches of the houses. What strikes me most about these landscapes of Santorini, Positano and Lake Como are the colors! Talk about being seductive eye-candy for me, how could I resist? I really could paint these for weeks on end, because creating each house leads me to the next one and to the next. Before I know it, I've fallen completely into that world and have gotten lost in a maze of shapes and colors. I like how refreshing it has been to paint with so much detail. It's definitely a departure from the way I usually create my pieces. Challenging myself in this way gave me a chance to fully indulge in the obsessive details...I wanted to capture every window shutter and every stoney step! Without sketching ahead, it also helped me hone my hand-eye coordination since I had to rely a lot on observation to stay in perspective and in ratio. The thrill of starting with one house and see a whole landscape build on top of each other is really neat too. Next time, I would love to capture that process in a video and share with all of you!
Here are some of the sketches that I made while at the Amalfi Coast. Sketching in real life is not something I get to do with all of my subjects, so having been able to be there to observe the light change throughout the day and hearing the hustle and bustle of everyday life was a bonus!
In addition to landscapes, we also have a few new florals to introduce! I was in the middle of finalizing our wedding Collection suites (more on that later!) when I felt like it was the perfect time to update with some new florals in our shop. Color-wise, in the last 2 years, I've very much steered away from violets and purples in my work. I'm not exactly sure why that was. In my corporate job we didn't get an opportunity to explore that color family, so it felt very unfamiliar to me. However, I'm glad I'm starting to incorporate some purples in my work now. Roses with accents of periwinkle hydrangeas and deep lavenders like in the Caroline Rose Bouquet has a great balance of soft and bold colors. That one is perhaps my favorite to date! You can find these designs and more in our new greeting cards as well. Our new "Thank You's" will be perfect for Mother's Day!
Well, that's all for now. I'm heading off to San Francisco for a week of vacation with family and friends, hope you all will have a lovely weekend too!