A feeling of accomplishment.

My challenge to myself of expanding my little 12 page e-book into a full 24 page print and e-book has been met! I learned so much in the process of making these little books. My pets mean so much to me, and I’ve needed something positive to stay focused on during this stressful year. I’ve always wanted to do a project like this, and I guess one good thing of 2020 is I finally had time. I am at home with my cat and rabbit much of the time…so much that they became my inspiration. You can get these on Amazon. The e-book is free if you are a Kindle Unlimited member. The printed version is less than $10 – maybe someone on your Christmas list might like it! 🙂

If I can bring a smile to a child (or adults) face through this little book, then I’ve accomplished what I set out to do. Visit celesteandyvette.com also if you want to learn more. Thank you for any and all support! 🙂

“Spend the day with Celeste, a rabbit, and Yvette, a cat, as they have fun together. A sweet little story of how two friends spend a typical day in and around their little house in the mountains. Colorful illustrations show their activities. This book shows how differences can make life better and enhance friendships. An easy read, this is a fun book for children or anyone who loves cats or rabbits.”
Here are the links to both the ebook and the paperback versions:

e-Book – digital version for kindles and other devices.
Paperback – printed version

October is Black Cat month!

Happy October! I love this month, and one of the reasons is because it’s awareness month for black cats to help get adopted. Sadly, due to silly superstitions, black cats get adopted at a lower rate. My sweet Yvette came from the Avery County Humane Society. She is a very good kitty. It’s fun to see the creative decorations and costumes of Halloween time, but black cats are not bad luck, involved in witchy stuff or anything else related to negatives. They are nothing but glamorous, gorgeous and great pets!

Autumn!

I love this season. I’ve been saving seeds from this years garden and doing other little projects. I’ve made some smudge sticks from herbs grown in my herb garden. The apple trees are pretty full and the black birds are hanging around a lot. I hope you have a good Autumn!

Thank You Milton Glaser!

Everyone knows the “I ❤ New York” symbol. It’s iconic and influential. Much like the designer who made it.

Milton Glaser passed away the other day on June 26. He was 91. In fact, it was his 91st birthday. How many people die on their own birthday? Wow. Not many that I’ve ever heard of. It seems fitting and special…unique…again, much like Milton Glaser himself. He did so much that informed our world, and I’m sure his work will continue to do so long into the future.

He is the only Graphic Designer to ever be given the National Medal of Arts. He was awarded this in 2009. I first learned about Milton Glaser when I was in art school. One of our projects was to design a chess set that in some way related to a famous artist. Since I was studying “Commercial Art”, later to be known as “Graphic Design”,  I decided to pick someone who was related to the field. I chose Mr. Glaser and began to research him. My chess set was in primary colors, organic shapes and was a travel set – since his work was international. My teacher liked it. 🙂

Later in my career, I was fortunate to hear Milton Glaser speak a couple of times. His way of looking at design and living as a creative person was so inspiring. His famous Bob Dylan poster inspired me to do a little art piece as a tribute to him. While the colors in the Dylan poster are forming the hair, my colors with this are forming my bunny’s energetic ambience…her “aura” if you will.

I encourage everyone to research and learn more about Milton Glaser’s work and imprint on culture. I think you’ll be surprised how many things you are aware of that are part of his long life’s work.
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Ringo was a good dog.

This is a little drawing I found among some other things recently. It’s a “blind contour” drawing of a little English Cocker Spaniel named Ringo that I had in the 1980’s into the 90’s. I love running across old sketches.

This style of drawing is where you look at your subject, but you don’t look down at your hand and the page while you are drawing. You can check your placement from time to time, but the goal is to freely draw the subject. It’s a fun way to draw, and I find it very relaxing. It produces some neat shapes and interesting results. 🙂
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