Artists For Love

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Today’s post is about knowing where you stand. I’m sharing that I stand collectively as a ‘We’ as in ‘We Stand With You’. And which of ‘you’ am I referring to? – well frankly, ALL of You! šŸ™‚

So much has been on the news, that people have turned it off, unfriended palsĀ on their FB page, good people have been so turned off entirely to the world of politics that they have started, even more than usual, to go hiding in their own little bubbles.

By the way, Bubbles will burst eventually.

This is not a time to hide, but to unite, confidently and reach out to other like-minded folks whose sense of solidarity is as important to them as keeping our mother earth alive, healthy and well, as we only have one of her.

And there’s only one of you.

Be inspired today by this gentle artistic movement by visiting Kelly Ray Roberts websiteĀ to learn about Kelly’s take on all this, as well as how other incredible artists like Flora Bowley are showing their solidarity.

Then go explore how you feel about what is going on and learn how you can help heal your own heart by creating your own little piece of art like I did above. We are one.

xo Happy Creating


Autumn Means Production Is In Full Gear

I may have been quite quiet a bit with regards to updating my website this autumn, but I have a good excuse. It’s because I have been changing gears with my Heart and Soul Apothecary Shop with updating it with a brand new website as well as taking various courses over at MakeItInDesign.comĀ hosted by Rachael Taylor along with the latest and newest live and online course at with Art Directors/Agents Lilla Rogers and Zoe Tucker.

While I am catching up on the courses, I am about to migrate this personal website to a new and improved website. As usual my instagram feed continues to showcase the latest in my everyday design patterns and artworks in progress.

And as with autumn, production for the shop becomes a priority in gearing up for the busy holiday season. Tomorrow for example, I will be knee deep, so it seems, with making my aromatherapy candles with organic essential oils. Then lip balms and other skin care products, etc.

I have also been looking into creating clothing and textiles from eco-friendly resources- so if you know anyone, shoot them my way!

Happy creating!


XO Leah

Pattern Exploration Through GTS

This week, I’m in heavy-production mode to showcase my organicĀ apothecary wares at the 47th Annual Riverside Crafts Fair in Garrison at the Garrison Arts CenterĀ and couldn’t be happier nor any busier. With my team behind me, we are making great progress with our new ayurveda products, luxury bath salt scrubs, new tea blends and the like.

So as I start this week, I wish to take a moment sharing a summation of the pattern work I have created for the first assignment of the Global Talent Search hosted by Lilla Rogers.

For those unfamiliar with this amazing competition, we are given mini exercises to warm up to the first assignment of three. With over 1000 people from all over the world entering, only 50 are selected to move forward for round two’s creative ‘assignment’. Ā It’s a thrilling ride, and to see the amazing work on the Instagram feed is a telling story to just how much talent is out there!

I had started initially on an entirely different concept with handĀ illustrating everyday. But theĀ piece just wasn’t sitting wellĀ for me after two weeks of work. I felt that the scale was off in that it would be best read at 11×17 and that wouldn’t do for the requirements of the assignment. And while I do wish to and will add more hand illustration pieces to my portfolio, I concentrated on what I love best about the surface design industry in home decor: the patterns! So I started again, and well, below is my submission for the first round.

What follows are the various patterns that are part of this 30+ pattern collection that I created during this assignment that you didn’t get to see. I start them out in gouache before working & cleaning them up in PS and AI.


So like many other artists that are taking part of this exciting opportunity, with my art brushes crossed, I look forward to seeingĀ the results of the 50 who are selected to continue on in the competition.

Hugs, Leah