Friday, 14 December 2012

Sketches from the Field 2012

Top - Food prep   Bottom: camp view. Cedar Creek, Virginia (October)

Catalpa Tree at Chatham Manor at Fredericksburg, Virginia (December)
 Foggy view of Fredericksburg, Virginia from Chatham Manor (December)

I have been neglectful again of this blog! But this time, I bring sketches down out in the field at some Civil War reenactments I attended recently. I just realized I had posted the top page before, but I'd like to keep these sketches from 2012 together in a set. A certain individual in my life has become very encouraging of sketching and drawing.

Saturday, 29 September 2012


Rack Card (Front, Back) done for this special exhibit at Pry House
While you can discover Gardner's Antietam photographs at the Pry House, I have remembered/discovered that some variety in my graphic-design life is fun! My office job is a whole different sort of design – it's the toys, sci-fi, comicbooks kind of work. Not saying that isn't fun–but if you do it all the time it loses a bit of its awesome factor.
Something about designing for or about history is exciting to me. I would like to explore other time periods though. (My resume and branding is getting a make over this winter!)

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Tintype made at the Pry House

More busyness! September 17th was the 150th anniversary of Antietam. This past May I visited Antietam, and never imagined that I would end up spending so much time in the area!
I spent a long weekend at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum, with this handsome gentleman here. He organized a Soldiers Fair, which was quite fun. For the first time I had my tintype, or ferrotype, made. Chris Morgan, the photographer was wonderful at doing these and knew how to have one stand and look very authentic!

Monday, 10 September 2012

Should I Work For Free & Other Such Advice

After being so quiet on this blog for so long, I have decided to post something more substantial than the usual photo posts I have been doing.

Designed by K. Weihs for the Pry House's Soliders Fair Weekend

It's good to consult such resources as Should I Work For Free when dealing with people who, well, want you to work for free. When people offer me 'exposure'* or a 'good way to expand the portfolio' as reasons why I should do work for them–it makes me cringe. (*If you're the type who thinks I should and can work for no compensation, your friends who see what I've made you... are probably the same type.) I have an in-house design job and do freelance on the side to make ends meet– it just doesn't leave a whole lot of time! 

That being said, I have been doing some work for non-profit organizations and events that I care about. I think it's important for artists and designers to have good communication with the people who want you to do work for them for these organizations. Are they asking you to do work at the very last minute? Are their demands unreasonable? Who needs the added stress and lost sleep of ill-planned design? Know your limits and how you work best before getting into anything. It's more efficient and fun for everyone that way!

P.S. Do check out the Soliders Fair at the Pry House if you're in the area, enjoy history and are looking for something fun to do this weekend!

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia!

Wanderings on an extremely humid day in September. 
My life is more adventures than illustration these days–which is alright. I have been doing a lot of graphic design work lately, and adventures are a nice break from the desk!

Monday, 20 August 2012

Summer Days

As usual, wondering where the time has gone! I used this month to clean, get new tires, work more days at the office, do colonial things and sewing. Thinking of sharing some photos of the new projects when I get the time. Sewing is fun! (I keep telling myself that to convince myself to work on larger projects.)
Currently working on the design/branding/look of a large colonial market fair event that happens here mid-October. Never a dull moment!

Monday, 30 July 2012


Lately have been spending about half my time away from my home! But no complaints. These photos are from last week's weekend – no photos this weekend as I spent it being lazy with my boyfriend who broke his wrist about a week ago.

Paper I bought, and paper I punched! I haven't decided quite what to do with the new paper, I bought it because I love the patterns and colours. Ideas?
One of mine was to use it for some cards or something but the print is a bit large.

Friday, 20 July 2012

PJ Gilligan's Dry Goods & Mercantile Co.

The boyfriend took me to a most delightful place last weekend – an 1860s general store! This place is a fantastic visual study. This would have been the perfect spot to do an illustration assignment back in university! So many interesting things.

I am trying out posting this on a schedule, so by the time if you read this (if it works) I will be on my way to my next adventure! Lately I've been doing more sewing than drawing – but still plenty of design work. It's a nice change, and actually a really nice break to learn something 'new'. And still more adventuring...
Have also been using pinterest as sort of a gathering place to imagery I like, very convenient to me as I am never on the same computer or on my phone when browsing these days. What a nice and busy summer!

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Lovely Lavender.

June sort of flew by! I can hardly believe it is already July. I wanted to blog this past weekend but was without power/water for a few days due to a storm that passed through the area on Friday. Nothin' like a heatwave to help pass the time! But in all seriousness, I am lucky to have power back. 
What do you do without electricity? I spent many hours reading, since it was too hot to do much else.

Earlier in June there was a lavender festival...
Which was nice. Look at those hills/mountains!

Lavender cuttings were procured.
I also got some lavender for culinary use. I suspect I will blog about that, whenever I get around to making something! Anyone have experience baking with lavender?

Saturday, 16 June 2012

And then there was Gettysburg...

Last Friday was spent in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It was wonderful for various reasons. It is very commercialized though, which perhaps felt a little more surprising than it should. I suppose I do not go to many historical places of interest that are so built up? (Not including historic cities!)

Oh, and on Instagram I am lovelywrens . I post photos of various adventures and 'rural life' (I am not sure how one would describe it).
My next post should really be about bonnets or something more artistic. I have been getting ready to do some sewing projects but currently have to much to do before I can sit around sewing. We shall see!

Friday, 25 May 2012

Visiting Antietam & Battlefield Artists

looking up from Bloody Lane...
Almost the end of May already!
Two weeks ago or so, I visited Antietam Battlefield Park, near Sharpsburg MD. (A Civil War battlefield, Sept. 17, 1862.) It was a poor day for it, it was raining awfully. I guess it did create an atmosphere.

I took a group tour bus...and there was not much getting off the bus. It took quite awhile to get there, because of said rain. Quite unfortunate.

It was the single bloodiest single battle day of American history. The battlefield is really well preserved, which makes it even more interesting to go through.

More Bloody Lane (the only off the bus stop!)
Bloody Lane

from NPS website (see link on right)
Also, in the very tiny museum part of the visitor centre they had some paintings by James Hope, a Civil War artist. He would do sketches on the battlefield and then do paintings from them. He did a 12 foot painting which is considered the best visual record of the battle. After he died the paintings fell into disrepair (1930s flood damaged most of his work, rodents and birds destroyed things too).

from National Geographic website (see link on left)

Also in May's National Geographic magazine, there was a Civil War article on Battlefield Art. Here is the online article if you're interested! And the sketches slideshow, which is definitely worth a browse. The use of Chinese white pigment to depict flames and the dark papers with the fold creases are very interesting and inspiring to me.