Jul 22, 2014

"I have measured out my life with coffee spoons"

For our final project for Make Art That Sells Bootcamp, we were given the assignment to make a piece of art featuring our favorite beverage. Drawing something coffee themed was a no brainer for me, but it took me awhile to figure out a plan of attack. At the end of the day, my love of coffee isn't rooted in taste per se, but rather emotion. For me, coffee is family get togethers, working in cafes and cups of Dunkin's before heading out on a road trip. Like T.S Eliot said, "I have measured out my life with coffee spoons." And this inspired me to draw the above, mindful of the way all those mugs of piping hot liquid have bound together so many disparate life events.

Jul 21, 2014


Since our last transmission:

*All I want to do is paint green things, as evidenced by the random sketchbook page.

*July 4th visitors were delightful (and were adept at unearthing birds' nests).

*I saw the Shaker exhibit at the Farnsworth for my birthday and it was beyond words. The Farnsworth is a terrific museum (and the Wyeth Center is my favorite space). Speaking of favorite places/spaces, if you find yourself in Rockland, Maine anytime in the near future, in the name of all that is good, please go to hello hello Books/Rock City Cafe. You can thank me later.


Other summer things?

*I made dandelion wine and lived to tell the tale. I used a recipe from this local cookbook, but these directions are pretty close. And if you're wondering what it tastes like, to quote Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine, "I'm a fire-eater! Whoosh!"

*A baby blanket finished for a brand spankin' new niece.

*Fireworks. Because, the 4th. And summer.

Jul 10, 2014

Summer Reading List - Download

If you're looking to keep track of your literary adventures this summer, I've drawn a reading list that will satisfy just that purpose. You can find the PDF download below -- it's free for all personal, library and classroom usage. Happy reading!

 © Abigail Halpin 2014

Jul 2, 2014


Jun 20, 2014

St. John's Eve

I'm in the midst of final art right now, but sticking my head in to say howdy.

And here's a sketchbook snippet from this week.

Jun 11, 2014


A test swatch of the terrarium themed fabric I designed a few weeks back just came in the mail. I'm 110% certain I need to sew a skirt from said fabric, pronto.

And if you're local, I have two pieces in Here by the Sea: Contemporary Art of the Piscataqua at the Sarah Orne Jewett House in South Berwick. It's a terrific lineup of artists, so be sure to check it out.

Jun 7, 2014

Hey, Hey

Messing around in my sketchbook with some pencils and watercolor. And sorry it's been rather quiet here. I'm in the middle of working on this book and things are busy and full at the moment.

Happy Weekend!

May 23, 2014

People and Plants

A sketchbook page from this week.

May 20, 2014

The Quince Tree

I picked some quince branches the other day -- this pattern was a forgone conclusion as soon as I plunked the flowers next to my drafting table.

May 16, 2014

Flora and Turtle

I keep drawing things and then forgetting to post them here (sigh). Here's a black and white piece I finished a couple weeks back, inspired by my all time favorite children's book, The Westing Game. Pencil, ink, wash and assorted digital tweaks.

Happy weekend!