Sophie and Lili

One of the illustrators I follow on Instagram is Sophie & Lili.  The artist is Jennifer Valez and she lives in Los Angeles.  She does custom illustrations through her website and they are pretty adorable.




She does store appearances around the country.  They book up fast but you can leave with your portrait that day…



 She does besties…

Mothers and daughters..

and whole families…

My friend Carol posted this picture of her and her Mom on Facebook last week and Jennifer sketched them up..so cute!

Prices start at $80 for one adult or child and go from there.  She is having a flash sale for today only (April 5th) for 25% off.  Go to http://www.sophieandlili.com and use code FRIENDS25


Of course I ordered one for myself,
xoxo, kp

Virginia Johnson, Illustrator

The artwork of Virginia Johnson first caught my eye as a favorite artist designing invitations for Paperless Post.  I love her watercolor invitations…




She has done illustrations for Kate Spade


 and Deborah Needleman’s book, The Perfectly Imperfect Home

Chock full of beautiful room illustrations..



 She has come out with her own books..one called Garden Studies is filled with beautiful stickers for all occasions.



She has a blog..




and did a tote bag collaboration with J. Crew


and a textile collaboration with Anthropologie



She used to have a store/website in her native Canada filled with clothing and accessories with her prints.

but then..

All of her work is amazing…



I got a little inspired and used a Michael’s coupon this weekend to buy some supplies to try and paint.  Terrifying but I am going to give it a try!

Meanwhile, you can keep track of Virginia through Instagram

I don’t have time for a new project but can’t stop myself,
xoxo kp

Art on Instagram…August Wren

My current black hole is Instagram.  It used to be Facebook, then the blogs, Twitter and now Instagram.  It doesn’t take long to get sucked into the search page and find someones post that leads to another and then an hour has gone by.  One that I found not too long ago and has become a favorite is August Wren.  Artist Jennifer Orkin Lewis is behind the August Wren art, posting one sketch a day.  Each is better than the next. 

Her sketchbook…

She has a website here where you can shop for prints and find out more about her.

Loving August Wren,
xoxo kp

Caitlin McCaugley on Sale

Being such a huge fan of Caitlin McCaugley’s work, I feel obligated to share the fabulous news that her adorable illustrations are now for sale on her website. I find her work to be so fun and incredibly detailed. Check out her blog here




Prints are $75 and are available right on her site. Love the one of the living room and of course. the jewels! Caitlin’s work is regulary featured in Lonny and on the Lonny Blog.

http://www.caitlinmcgauley.com/

More Caitlin McGauley Love

Seems I can’t really get enough of Caitlin McGauley’s beautiful watercolors..and now they keep popping up everywhere!!! She is on my list for 2011 to paint something for me for sure. She recently painted some of her favorite things for Tory Burch’s blog. I am sharing here in case you missed it!




As well as these holiday beauties…


You can see more of Caitlin’s work here. I am officially obsessed!

Watercolor Perfection

How adorable is this Caitlin McGauley watercolor of Kate Spade’s new London store? Her work just puts a smile on my face. I am dying to have her paint something I can use for trunk show invitation..it’s on my list. I love the details she is able to capture in her colorful little paintings.



Some of her recent work…you can also find her illustrations in Lonny Magazine.
Check out Caitlin’s blog here.

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Patricia van Essche is another favorite. Her watercolors are amazing. I love all of her paintings of the J. McLaughlin stores, her stunning home illustrations and basically all of her work. She was a lucky winner of one of my giveaways and after receiving the necklace she won, sent me a lovely thank you note. The stationery she sent it on was like a piece of art, the thickest paper and written with the most artistic, fanciful handwriting. Her recent take on Fall favorites has been featured on many blogs, but I couldn’t resist adding it to this post. It is perfect.


Visit Patricia’s blog here.

The Art of Friendship by Duane Hampton

On my bookshelves, one of my favorite books is The Art of Friendship, a small coffee table book written by Duane Hampton after the sudden passing of her legendary husband, Mark Hampton. Aside from his prolific career as a master decorator, he loved to paint watercolors of people, places and things. These small works of art were often for birthdays or anniversaries for family and friends. Duane put a sampling together for this touching tribute to her late husband.

A Valentine Card for one of his daughters.

A corner of Albert Hadley’s apartment-notice the birthday cake!

The Hampton’s garden

The White House Christmas Card 1990 for the George and Barbara

This is my favorite..a card painted for a friend’s baby born near Christmas.

A card for a friend’s upcoming baby, dreaming of all the things possible for him.

A birthday card for daughter Kate, in honor of her part in The Nutcracker.

The recipient of this lovely card worked for the National Resources Defense Council, this was a save the date, among other things…

A birthday painting for Duane, after a recent trip to India

A birthday card for a friend celebrating at the Knickerbocker Club in New York

A painting for a friend whose baby is about to be born near Easter. The Easter Bunny and the stork are both racing to the hospital.

I love this book and all of his beautiful paintings!