Sketching with Adobe and the Ipad Air

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I'm completely head-over-heels in love with my Ipad Air, my new Adobe drawing apps and my Adobe Ink & Slide!  For a while now I've been drawing with Adobe Ideas and the Wacom Creative Intuos Stylus.  This has been a really great combo, and I've loved the results (see my Instagram feed).  But now, with the addition of these two new apps, I'm able to do more and thus I can experiment more.

Ipad, Adobe Line, Adobe Ink and Slide, 2014 by Jenean Morrison.

I've really been opening myself up to this new way of working.   Adobe Line is actually a great tool for precision, but I've been enjoying the organic results I get from loosely playing with shapes and color. 

Ipad, Adobe Line, Adobe Ink and Slide, 2014 by Jenean Morrison.
Ipad, Adobe Line, Adobe Ink and Slide, 2014 by Jenean Morrison.

I resisted buying an ipad for the longest time.  I just didn't see the need for it in my life.  When I finally got one several months ago, I realized I'd been missing out on a whole new wonderful way of creating art!  I had no idea how much I would enjoy this, and I love the effect it has had on my work!

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Ipad, Adobe Line, Adobe Ink and Slide, 2014 by Jenean Morrison.

If you try any of these apps or products, you must let me know what you think!  I think you are going to fall in love, too, if you haven't already!  You can see more of my drawings here in my Ipad Sketches gallery.

Weekend Work

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I love weekends!  One might think that since I work from home the weekends aren't any different from the weekdays.  But they are!  I find I can be hard on myself during the week, telling myself to be more productive, make more designs, answer more emails, blog more, etc.  But on the weekends I can just let it all go.  And I'm often more productive on the weekends because I'm relaxing and not pushing myself to do more.

Jenean Morrison Drawing-- Acrylic and Marker on Paper, 2014

This is a series of drawings I did over the past week, with the majority of them happening over the last couple of days.  I've mentioned this before, but I love moving from design to drawing to painting to crafting and back again.  I think it keeps the work fresh, and it certainly keeps my brain artistically stimulated in a way that I love and need.

Jenean Morrison Drawing-- Acrylic and Marker on Paper, 2014
Jenean Morrison Drawing-- Acrylic and Marker on Paper, 2014

I have quite a few of these in the works so I'll be adding them to the site soon.  Some work better than others, but overall I am happy with the mix of painterly elements and the more strict graphic line work.

Jenean Morrison Drawing-- Acrylic and Marker on Paper, 2014

One of my Instagram friends said the one above reminded her of one of the old "canned ham" travel trailers.  I love that!  I love how abstract work lets the viewer contribute to the story!

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I hope your weekend was awesome and that you had lots of time for relaxing/working!

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This Art Has Cooties

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I'm absolutely thrilled to be a part of an awesome group show happening tomorrow night here in Memphis!  The show is called "This Art Has Cooties," and was curated by Elizabeth Alley.

Jenean Morrison "The Eclipse"  Acrylic and Marker on Canvas

I've known Elizabeth for years and have long admired her beautiful art! This show features 15 female artists from the area. I can't wait to see everyone else's work. 

Jenean Morrison "The Adventure", Acrylic and Marker on Canvas, 2014.

I've been exploring some new styles with my paintings over the last six months, and I'm really happy with this new direction.  (For those not familiar with my previous style, here are a few of my paintings from 2013 and before.)  I created a lot of new work as I prepared for this show, as I wanted to have several paintings to choose from.

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This art combines so many of the things I'm passionate about-- there is obviously a strong connection with my pattern design.  And I've most certainly been influenced by the beautiful quilts I see every day in my Instagram feed!

Jenean Morrison, Acrylic and Marker on Canvas, 2014.

The show is tomorrow night (Friday, June 6th) at Marshall Arts, 639 Marshall, Memphis, Tennessee. View the Facebook invite here. The show is also listed in the Memphis Flyer "We Recommend" section!  And Fredric Koeppel reviews the show here.  Hope you see you Memphis folks there!

Lovelorn Quilt Pattern + Sew Memphis Event

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Hi friends!  I've got some fun stuff coming up this weekend, including this fabulous event at Sew Memphis!  I love my local fabric shop SO much!  The shop is absolutely adorable, and they are carrying the entire line of Lovelorn fabrics!  I hope you Memphis folks can join us this Sunday from 2-4!  We'll have some door prizes, snacks, wine, coffee and great conversation!  Oh, and all of my fabrics will be on sale!  Yay!

Lovelorn Fabrics by Jenean Morrison

Speaking of Lovelorn, I just had to share this photo from Free Spirit Fabric!  The main print is one of my favorite prints from the collection, and I seriously love the dress, the model, the flowers, the fence-- it really captures the spirit of my designs and this collection!  Big thanks to Melissa at 100 Billion Stars for picking out this pattern!

And here is a free quilt pattern for you!  I designed this quilt which uses all of the fabrics in the collection.  I have to say, I think it would be just as cute using one colorway!

I'm looking forward to seeing some of you guys on Sunday!  I'm also going to be a part of this fabulous group art show on Friday--- more on that in the next post!

Lovelorn Quilt by Jenean Morrison

Have a great week, friends!

Early Morning Patterns

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Whenever possible, I like to start my mornings by making art.  If I'm in the middle of a painting, I like to jump right into it first thing with a cup or two of coffee.  If I'm not working on a painting, then I usually sketch or make some patterns- or both.  Lately my favorite tools for doodling and sketching are my ipad, stylus and Adobe Ideas.  Here are a few of the designs I've created recently.

Early Morning Patterns by Jenean Morrison
Early Morning Patterns by Jenean Morrison
Early Morning Patterns by Jenean Morrison

This design is available on lots of cool tech accessories over at Gelaskins.

Lift by Jenean Morrison for Gelaskins
Early Morning Patterns by Jenean Morrison

This design is available at Nuvango, also!  I love seeing the work come to life on cute products!

Scribble Flowers by Jenean Morrison for Gelaskins

NYC!

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I just got back from a fabulous trip to NYC where I walked the National Stationery Show, Surtex and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.  What an inspiring week in one of my favorite cities!  My husband joined me on this trip and that made it extra-special!  He's such a huge part of my business (and, obviously, my life) that I love it when he gets to join me for events like this!

As many of you know, I set up at Surtex back in 2005.  I met my agent at that show and signed with her, so I didn't show again while I was with her.  In fact, I didn't even attend.  So it was really great to be back walking the shows and soaking up all of the business and design inspiration!  I made these little hand-drawn pouches and filled them with my colorable postcards, then I gave them out to some of my favorite friends, artists and clients.  I really love doing unique, custom work like this!  I think it makes for the best gifts!

Hand-drawn pouches which housed my postcard sets, given to some of the awesome people I met at NSS.

Hand-drawn pouches which housed my postcard sets, given to some of the awesome people I met at NSS.

Coloring postcards available exclusively at Greatly.

Coloring postcards available exclusively at Greatly.

Coloring Postcards by Jenean Morrison

And, speaking of these postcards... they are now available exclusively on Great.ly!  If you haven't heard about Greatly yet, you must check it out.  It's a wonderful marketplace where makers and tastemakers (bloggers, editors, etc.) can connect, and it is going to be HUGE!  I'm so happy to be a part of it!  You can also find my coloring wrapping paper there, stocked in several boutiques!

Color-Your-Own Wrapping Paper by Jenean Morrison

Well, alrighty then, I just wanted to check in with you guys real quick and say hello!  Now it's time to get back to returning emails and catching up on some things (you know, like loving on this handsome fellow)!! 

Seriously, this guy could be a professional model, right??

Seriously, this guy could be a professional model, right??

American Patchwork and Quilting Radio

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Hi guys!

I'll be on Pat Sloan's radio show this afternoon at 3PM CST!  I met Pat this past year in Monica Lee's Smart Creative Style course, then we connected again at Quilt Market in Houston.  I LOVE Pat's energy and passion-- I can't wait to catch up with her today!  And today's podcast should be especially great as the other guests are Rachel Hauser of Stitched in Color, Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness, and Nancy Mahoney!  You can listen along or, if you miss the live version, download the podcast right here

Flower Designs Coloring Book

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Available now on Amazon, my Flower Designs Coloring Book is filled with 50 great floral designs for coloring!  I think y'all are really going to like this one!

Flower Designs Coloring Book, Volume 1 by Jenean Morrison

This was so much fun to design-- the ideas just flowed!  I made sure there was a nice mix of computer-generated and hand-drawn imagery, with lots of different floral styles mixed in.  I've always loved coming up with flower-based designs, so it was a real treat to put this together.  And, as with all of my coloring books, the designs are on the fronts of the pages only!

Jenean Morrison Flower Designs Coloring Book
Flower Designs Coloring Book by Jenean Morrison
Flower Designs Coloring Book by Jenean Morrison

Here are a few pages that I have colored digitally:

Flower Designs Coloring Book by Jenean Morrison
Flower Designs Coloring Book by Jenean Morrison
Flower Designs Coloring Book by Jenean Morrison

If you're on Instagram, please post your colored pages and tag me so that I can see!   I love seeing how you guys choose to color the pages! 

Here's a free coloring page for you.  Enjoy!

Lovelorn

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Lovelorn, my new fabric collection for Free Spirit Fabric, will be making its debut at Spring Quilt Market next month.  Melissa at 100 Billion Stars has been hard at work making samples for the show.  I love working with her on my collections because she really knows how to make the fabrics shine! 

Ottomans in Lovelorn Fabric by Jenean Morrison.

Melissa also takes the best photos, and often enlists the help of this sweet little cat!

Anna Maria Multi-Tasker Tote in Lovelorn Fabric by Jenean Morrison

The tote above is Anna Maria Horner's Multi-Tasker Tote-- I love this pattern!  The dress below is a Kay Whitt pattern, found at McCall's.

Dress in Lovelorn Fabrics by Jenean Morrison.

Of course the curious cat has to check it out, too!

Dress Featuring Lovelorn Fabrics by Jenean Morrison.

And finally, here is a quilt I designed using all of the fabrics in the collection.  Good news!  We'll be offering this as the free quilt pattern when the fabrics are released this spring!

Lovelorn Quilt by Jenean Morrison.
Lovelorn Quilt by Jenean Morrison

You can view the entire collection here.  It starts shipping in May, so look for it in your favorite shops soon!

Uppercase Magazine Surface Pattern Design Guide

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I'm excited to share that my work will be featured in the Uppercase Magazine Surface Pattern Design Guide, available next month in Issue #21 of Uppercase!  I love this magazine so much, and am so happy to be included in this guide alongside some of my favorite designers!

Cover art by Jan Avellana.

Cover art by Jan Avellana.

I submitted nine patterns, and three of the ones below will be included in the guide. 

Jenean Morrison Uppercase Pattern Design Submissions

This magazine is really special, as most of you probably already know.  If not, you should pop over to the site and have a look around.  Uppercase is always filled with great design inspiration, and is one of the most beautiful magazines available today!  If you want to subscribe starting with the April issue, you can get $15 off your subscription using this code:  USPDG2014

Also, be sure and check out this video where Uppercase editor Janine Vangool talks about how to stand out in Surface Pattern Design.  Great information mixed with some gorgeous imagery!