I nearly fell off my chair when Minted announced that some of my work will be in West Elm, as this has always been one of my dreams to be in their stores. When I was coming up with ideas for this project, I wanted to stay in a more neutral palette- leaving out my usual bright magentas and warm colors. I love the three prints they ended up selecting as they work wonderful together as a collection but are visually interesting individually.
The Evergreens print, was about abstracting a natural landscape. Since my work is heavily influenced by patterns and geometry, I wanted to play with that and see how it can translate with something organic and scenic. With the use of a liquid resist, I painted in the strokes of white as well as the dots before going on top with washes of blues and greens. I love the movement in this piece, the evergreens slowly fade away towards the top...
The print titled Hexagon Cluster is one that you can find in landscape orientation on West Elm and as in portrait orientation on Minted! I wanted to still stay within a more limited palette but push the spectrum in terms of saturation and hue. Plus, hexagons are the perfect shape for watercolor bleeds- their angles touch at a specific point and as soon as they touch- voila! Watercolor blends happen instantly. This medium will never cease to amaze me!
Anyway, hope you guys are enjoying this afternoon!