The Nutcracker Ballet Pattern | Rhode Island Graphic Designer

It’s no secret when you look through my work you are going to see a LOT of ballet! I think that when you combine passions not only do you enjoy your work and the process, but you get the best results. If there are any ballet companies out there looking for a graphic designer/ photographer *wink wink* I’m your girl!

When I got an email from one of my favorite companies, Boston Ballet, was looking for a pattern design for their Nutcracker scarf I was ready to go! Amidst being swamped with freelance work and wedding photography right now, and looking for that perfect full time job (a.k.a. a Unicorn) I settled down for a few hours and painted some Sugar Plumb’s, Nutcrackers and of course the famous bear! If my design isn’t chosen, I will probably tweak it a little and then add it to my shop. There were so many good submissions, cheers to all the artists I can’t wait to see which design wins!

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I’m on Redbubble! | Illustrator, Artist and Designer

As a designer and illustrator I am always looking for ways to share my passion for art with the world and others who enjoy the same things as I do! Besides Etsy, I have now joined Redbubble.com, which is a company allowing artists to simply upload their work (easily!) and fulfill products that people purchase. While my little shop is looking kind of low on designs right now, I have plans to upload much of my art and illustration to the site! Custom orders and commissions will still have to be placed through me by emailing aliciaanndesign@gmail.com, or on Etsy.

Here it is!

https://www.redbubble.com/people/aliciaannart

I hope you enjoy my art as much as I enjoy making it!

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Fine Art Painting and Design Process | Hand Painted Ukulele Art

Hawaiian Owl

It started with a painting and my passion for playing the ukulele!

One day while practicing, I thought my older uke looked kind of dull. It was a cheaper model I had purchased before knowing how much I would fall in love with the instrument and want to continue developing my skills. I thought, what would be more beautiful than a Hawaiian painted ukulele?! Beside that, the Barn Owl is one of only TWO native owls to Hawaii and would make a perfect accomplice to my floral instrument. I started by giving the painting (above) a go on canvas, to get color palates and ideas down. With the painting being a success, I carefully moved it over to my uke by first sketching out and laying down the design.

Stay “tuned” this week for the finished project and official photos (and maybe a short video of some music)!

Summer Fruit | Rhode Island Illustrator and Designer

It’s no doubt at all that Summer and Fall are my favorite seasons! I love to get outside, go to the beach, attend farmers markets, and am inspired by the activities of the season. Theres nothing better than snacking on a ripe watermelon, or cracking open a coconut or pineapple. The latest series of illustrations and hand lettering combines the best of all of these into adorable art pieces ripe for hanging. They will be available soon in my Etsy shop!

Pineapple Watercolor Hand Lettering Art

Watermellon Watercolor with Hand Lettering Art Print

Digital Watercolor Painting | Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

It’s no secret that I am that person that’s completely obsessed with all things Harry Potter! Countless Hedwig’s, wands, Gryffindor blankets, and POP figures flock my house and when I send something by mail I always refer to it as sending an owl (some people get it, some people look at me like I have 4 heads)!

So of course when diving into watercolor on my iPad, my first full painting had to be Wizarding World inspired! I believe in constant learning in art, design and life in general. This summer I want to strengthen my illustration techniques, and I couldn’t think of a better way than being able to paint on the go on my iPad in watercolor. After a few Skillshare classes, I took one of the works I created in class a few steps farther and Potter-ized it, and now we have “The Car? How’d it go?”

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Always | Harry Potter Painting

I’ve been obsessed over the culture of Harry Potter since high school. I picked up the first book while being bored at the beach with family and having nothing else to do, because my Mom’s friends son had it and I forgot reading material (this was pre-cell phones people). I was instantly immersed in the Wizarding World, and finished the book in the 5 hours or so we were at the beach. On the way home I made a stop at the bookstore, picking up all of the books that were out, eagerly awaiting the next in the series.

When I went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal last year, I walked under the magical arch into Diagon Alley and cried. It was real. The emotion of being so passionate about a culture and lifestyle hit me like a ton of those magical bricks. Everything I read about was right in front of me. For those who get it, you just get it, and you can never get enough. You dream of shipping off to Hogwarts, and a beautiful owl delivering your letter. The world of Harry Potter isn’t just a phase, it isn’t just a “she likes Harry Potter” to me, it’s a lifestyle. It may sound odd to non believers, but the magic is there.

“After all this time”

“Always”

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In memory of Alan Rickman

Happy Patriots’ Day Boston! | Boston Marathon Art

Every third Monday in April we New Englanders get excited because it’s Patriots’ Day and the running of the Boston Marathon! When I lived in Boston for college (ok it was Newton but close enough!) the excitement in the air on this day was amazing plus there was no school or work. Unfortunately back then running didn’t mean to me what it does now, since I was just getting started and had never run a race. The summer after graduation I ran my first 5k in Worcester with some of my friends and became hooked. In those past few years I’ve run countless 5k races, a couple 10ks, the Newport 10 Miler (going again this year!) and even the Boston Half Marathon. Running is a form of therapy that proves mind over matter makes anything possible. Running is a mental and physical game. You can tell yourself in your head, you got this, breathe, push through, and you will finish.

I ran the Boston Distance Medley last year which included the 5k right before the marathon where we got to cross over that iconic finish line and experience the thrill of the crowd.

Below is the painting I made to commemorate the 2017 Boston Marathon. This race is on my bucket list and I will be chasing after my final Unicorn one day! Feel free to use this digitally for wallpaper and backgrounds. The Print will be up in the Etsy shop later today and all proceeds will go to http://bostonstrong.org/

https://www.etsy.com/listing/511731356/boston-marathon-2017-print-8×10

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Keep on running!

Alicia