Copyright Gretchen Little 2006-2011

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Project Runway Inspired Blue and Orange Art

The other night on Project Runway the judges totally dismissed a cool, artsy look. They said that orange and blue was a terrible color combination. I wore a Liz Claiborne orange dress with blue stripes to the reception of my senior art show back in '83. So..I like orange and blue. Therefore I just had to make something using those colors.  The heart circle Photoshop brushes are by my friend BSilvia at Graphics Illustrations.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Irish Spiral Heart Business Card

This Irish Spiral Heart was one of the very first hearts I drew for the heArt-a-Day blog and it remains to be one of the most popular. Someone just asked if I would sell them the image to use on their business cards, so I whipped these up on Zazzle since I don't just sell my images anymore. It's a LOT less expensive for anyone who might want to use my images to go through my Zazzle shop rather than pay me outright for the image anyway.

I like how this looks on the green background so much I may have to get some for myself.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Steampunk Heart Watch Design

Next week's Spoonflower fabric design contest has a Steampunk theme. This is the main element but I have still to fill in the rest of the design. Stay tuned...

If you want to vote for my "Love" fabric which is based on the Valentine Heart Pattern I put on these keds, go to the Spoonflower blog and click on the link to vote. There are three pages to go through which are randomly shuffled so I can't give you a specific page. Look for the Valentine Heart Pattern by heartaday and click on the image.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Valentine's Heart Pattern Keds

These may be called Valentine's shoes, but I'll wear them year round.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Abstract Autumn Keds

I was playing around with a doodle I made last fall using the Zazzle workshop to make custom Keds. I was just trying to see how it worked. Little did I know how cool these would turn out! If I saw these in a shoe store I'd be all over them!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Walk In the Light

This is my first pair of Keds designed with some of my art. There will be many more. Walk in the light of Brigid's Candle and pick up a pair.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Brigid's Candle

I'm lucky enough to be well connected to the energies of the Celtic Goddess and Saint, Brigid. I'd heard of her but never paid much attention until one night I felt a big presence in front of me and her name popped into my head. If ever there was a calling, that was it. I don't think it's an accident that she is equally revered by pagans and Irish Catholics, because I am equal parts of both earth centered spirituality and my Christian roots.

She has a feast day which is all one of the lesser pagan holidays, Candlemas or Imbolc. It is a day of candles and a sense of the earth starting to wake up after a long winter. Here in east-central Iowa spring is a faint glimmer at the beginning of February but the sun is noticeably stronger, the finches and cardinals start singing their mating songs, and the sap starts to rise in the maples. This is really my most holy holiday although I don't always celebrate it as much as I'd like to.

This simple little candle drawing is my homage to Brigid. May she light your path as well.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Heart Agate Mug Wrap

I took a previous design that was just one heart and made it wrap around a mug. I like it, if I do say so myself. :)

Friday, January 29, 2010

Pink Speckled Heart Art

This looks especially great with the colored inside mug option in either red or black.

I think I do my best work when I don't think about it too much.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

New Home for heArt-a-Day

I started the original heArt-a-Day site on Wordpress in May 2007. Back then I didn't know anything about backlinks or affiliate sites or Google Adwords and I was just experimenting with keeping a blog. Now it's time for heArt-a-Day to grow up.

In the beginning I was rediscovering my artistic self after having learned how to use Photoshop. I set a job for myself to draw a heart a day. I chose hearts because I knew I couldn't screw up drawing a heart and also because I knew that most people liked them. I have said I was planning on doing 1000 hearts and I might get there but probably not any time soon.

In an effort to be completely transparent (and because the FCC now demands it), what follows is my disclosure of how I make an income (or not) from this blog.

If you click on a link to Amazon from this blog and buy something I'll get a commission. But I won't list anything unless it's something I love.

I sell things at Zazzle so obviously I'll make some money if you buy something from there via this blog.

Links to other artists are just because I like them (and sometimes they link back to me). If that helps them make a sale, though, I'm happy to have helped.

Links to Photoshop brush sites are required in order for me to use the brushes for free. And BSilvia at Graphics Illustrations is a great artist friend of mine anyway.

If you click on a Google ad I will make a tiny little percentage per click. I don't control exactly what ads get posted, however. That's Google's department.

At this point I think it's silly for anybody to spend hours and hours writing a blog (or publishing anything on the Web) without attempting to get some sort of compensation, especially when it doesn't cost you, the reader/consumer, anything extra.