Friday, December 19, 2014

Happy Holidays to You!



Is this bunny a guardian angel or an oversized ornament? 
All I know is Santa owl is quite tired and needs some help crossing things 
off his gift list! Bun can help, maybe.
:::
I was happy to receive some of my bag designs in the mail this week. 
Baby bird and doggie bag have been around, but the floral patterns are new.
The print quality by Society 6 never disappoints.


These come in various sizes and the patterns are available on other products, as well.
Take a look, especially if you still have some shopping to do!


 The lovely talented Margot Kingon created wristlets, change purses and pencil cases 
with my new fabric patterns, these printed by Spoonflower
I just got them today and they look super sweet!
ps - Margot is exhibiting some of her mixed media work now at Catalyst Gallery in Beacon NY.


I love the pale pink and blue linings she chose.
I'll probably see if I can place a few of these in local shops 
and maybe even do a little give away here on the blog.


These are my favorite custom Christmas paintings painted on the front door of 
If I Were A Toy store over the last few years. They closed up shop last winter. 
It still feels a little strange not painting a theme there each month.


Court Street Carolers 


Gift from big Bear


Bear made it as a smaller illustration also.
You can buy A Gift for you as a print or cards in my Society6 shop - Allyn Howard
Also available as cards *only in my Etsy shop - Blip Blop Shop 


Thanks for stopping by.
* I hope you're enjoying a wonderful holiday season *
All my best!
xo, A

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014

My studio, my dad, a Christmas painting and gifts on Etsy


Hi! Today I'm sharing a few things I wanted to share, so I am. 
I'm sharing :)
Above, a sketch - Birds, suitable for framing.


My dad turned 73 on Tuesday Dec 2nd - hard for me to believe. Happy Birthday dad!


He likes waving to me once I'm on the train at the Amtrak station in Richmond. 
Always makes me happy.


Lately, I've been attempting to declutter my space where I live and work.
It's not easy for me. I hang onto things, but it feels nice to let go. I feel lighter. I think.
I moved a couple of paintings. Cata Caquinho, above, now hangs in my living room. 


This is Cattie, a cute Steiff cat from childhood. No, I would never give her up.


This is a corner of my studio/kitchen area. It probably still looks cluttered to many of you, 
but for me, it's good. And, I've moved a bit more since this, too!


Crash Bunnies is now above my drawing table, along with dogs, Ruben & Cooper
Pirate bird and others...


I painted this little winter scene last week.


It's bun's 1st Christmas.


I recently had to get a crown after cracking my back tooth on a pistachio :/
My new dentist is Pasha on 5th Ave and 17th St, Brooklyn.
I think he did a fine job, although my temp popped out eating a breakfast burrito!
Time will tell.
This photo was taken along 4th Ave and you can see, the light was fantastic that day. 


Above, is the lovely, talented Yuko Katakawa at this year's CBIG portfolio review.
It's held each year at a public school on the Upper east Side.
I just love this little cape-coat! 
I thoroughly enjoyed my meetings with Beth Terrill, editor North South Books
and Patti Ann Harris, now at Scholastic. It was a great experience. 
CBIG does a good job of organizing it all. I'm really happy to be a part of this group.


Now, onto gifts! I gave this to my friend, Margaret as a little house warming present. 
She likes whales and this one from Clayopera on Etsy couldn't be sweeter! 
Take a look at her other ceramic pieces, all fun and whimsical.


My sticker :)


If you're shopping for charming toys this year, Hazel Village makes super cute animals,
like these two. I found them at the Union Square Holiday Market last winter.


little tree


My Christmas and holiday cards are available in my Etsy shop, Blip Blop Shop 
take a peek :)


An inkling of an idea - overindulgent animals...
You know who you are!
:::
It's almost the weekend. Have a fun one!
xo, A

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

almost Thanksgiving 2014


: Thomasina Turkey hosts a Vegetarian Thanksgiving :

Thomasina blew outta Brooklyn on her scooter
back in 2010, after learning just what was in store for her!
She's since lived in the woods with her family and friends.

I painted this several years ago for If I Were A Toy store.
Most of you know that I painted monthly custom scenes 
on this store's front door since 2010. 
They closed shop earlier this year, but my doors live on here :)

I share this one every year because I like it.
Hope you have much to feel thankful for this year.
I do.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

xo, A

Friday, November 7, 2014

Can I share my lunch with you?


Happy Friday! Hello fall. 
It's been blissfully mild so far and the trees look beautiful with their multi colored leaves.
I hope it remains a friendly season :)
:::


It's true, the holidays are around the corner. 
I'll add some Christmas & holiday cards to my Etsy shop next week, 
but for the next few days (thru Sun Nov 9th) 
Receive $5 OFF ALL of my products in my Society6 Shop, pillows, bags, art prints, 
everything ... plus Free Delivery. Just click - AllynHoward to grab your deal


* This is a small sampling of what's in my shop *



It's probably obvious that much of my work is inspired by springtime, 
the colors, flowers blossoming, birds singing 
... that kind of thing. 
However, I do love fall and even wintertime (sometimes). 
New York City is especially magical during the holiday season.
 I'm happy, just as long as I have on enough layers to stay warm.




mugs, rather mug (double sided- see who's on the other side)






cards and more, yes more :)



Thanks for stopping by!
I really appreciate you guys visiting Blipadee to read my posts 
and those of you who just take a peek to see what I'm up to each week.
It means a lot to me. Enjoy your weekend.
xo, A

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A List - Halloween, Fabric, Art, Red Hook, some People & a Dog


Halloween Party
I painted these animals for If I Were A Toy store last year.
I had a great run painting their glass door with a seasonal, often monthly theme for 
about 3 years, before they closed up shop. This was one of my favorites.


and then there's  fabric, I received 2 of my samples from Spoonflower last week.
The printing is pretty good. I'll probably play around with the repeat more. 
I simply chose "mirror" option on the site. 
Margot Kingon has offered to sew a few small purses for me :) 
I'm not sure how much I want to get involved in manufacturing products, but it's 
nice to place some pieces in shops or sell online and see how they do.


I currently sell bags, pillows, prints in my Society 6 Shop, but as other artists know,
the profit margin is quite low. You can place your products and art on the market quickly, 
with ease and get high quality printing, it's just not the most efficient way to make money.


and then there's  Artist House Party Presents
Christopher Joy, of Gorky's Granddaughter, has opened up a gallery on the UES
 The Opening for Diagonal Triangle was Oct 19th and includes my friend 
and fellow scenic, Bryon Finn (with his work below)


As you can see, I failed to take good, or even mediocre, shots of the artwork.
Just visit the site to view paintings by other artists in the show-
 Elana Herzog, Julian Kreimer, Sangram Majumdar & Sarah Walker
or better yet, go see it in person!
It's up for another 2 weeks, the Closing Reception Nov 12th, 2014



*Check out 5 Questions with Bryon Finn on Angela Fraleigh's blog this week- it's fun and insightful!


and then there's  my neighborhood...
I ran into neighbor, Gabriel as he was visiting with one of my favorite dogs in Carroll Gardens. 


This is such a lovable happy pup! These people are very nice, too ;)


and then there's  Graham Willoughby
I've known him forever and he remains one of my favorite people.


On this day, I admired the way he carried laundry on his head, so he could
carry his daughters' small jack-o-lanterns home in hand.


and then there's  Red Hook
I worked on a small job in a prop guy's studio down on Van Dyke Street last week.
This area is just great. 


I lived on Van Brunt Street back in 1991.
My roommate and I had a terrific space and each had our own studio, but the neighborhood is
very different today. Besides, the charming shops and restaurants along cobble stone streets, 
there are the buildings down on the water, like Pier 41. 


I could smell the salt air, hear seagulls and ducks as I painted set pieces and props.
Plus, it was a quick walk to Fairway to enjoy lunch outside.



I somehow missed this Fire Boat last Friday Night, but production assistant,
Ron Pritchard, captured it. Apparently, a fireman had just been married and this 
was part of the celebration.


and then there's  Halloween. I sure loved it as a kid!
I no longer dress up (tho I will if asked ;) Here is one of my 1st -

#tbt


Happy Halloween!
xo, A

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