Now Available: Gift Certificates for Commissions, Custom Illustrations, and Portraits

These commissions represent a single piece of artwork, perfect for a portrait of one person or many, together, or a place or house that matters to you or someone you love. They can also be used for wedding invitations, save the dates, or whatever else you can imagine fitting on a page. And because it's the holidays, we came up with a way for them to be tucked under the tree, or presented as a Valentines, Mother's Day, or Engagement gift. we'll even do the wrapping for you.

Nothing makes me happier than spending my working hours drawing or writing, which might seem like an obvious statement but is something I have to remind myself of constantly, as many of you, I am sure, can understand.

I made a promise to myself, about a year ago, that I would stop filling up my days with the jobs that pulled me away from my drawing board (I really do have one, just a very modern one!) and my writing, either physically or mentally.

I knew at that point that I would be spending the bulk of my work days on some really wonderful picture book projects, getting to add artwork to books by some of the best authors out there, and it's been wonderful to have long stretches of time to do nothing but draw, and lovely to see projects stretched out now on my calendar, filling up last year and next year.

Recognizing that a calendar like this would mean a whole lot of solo, sedentary hours, I also made a promise to myself that it was time to bring back and to redesign my weekend sewing workshops, so that the time I did spend away from my family and my creative work was about connecting with other artists and makers and with the individuals that I had come to know online through my work, in beautiful and inspiring places... but more on that later. And, thanks to my family over at Windham, I would design fabric again, with those exact individuals in mind.

This year I offered up a very limited number of family portraits, in time for the holidays. The response was terrific and the project was a lot of fun.  And when I began to work on them, these pictures of homes and loves and babies and one particularly funny looking dog, and to read about the stories behind them, I realized, really, how much I loved doing them. A friend was in my home studio one day and was looking at one piece in particular, and I told him that I had watched the family in the picture, through years of being connected to them online and through workshops and industry events, grow from their wedding, watched as the babies arrived, seen pictures of the quilts and the dresses and the renos and the moves to other cities, and as the dog become all grey on the nose, and he said "it's amazing that something like the internet makes it possible for families to have their own personal artists, like they've got their postman and their dentist and their shrink and their babysitter". And I told him, because it was the first thing that came into my mind, that I would love to be thought of that way.

That conversation led to my decision to find other makers online and commission them to make things for me and for my home, which has become sort of an obsession and which will be the topic of another post - with photos - soon, and to my decision to continue to offer these small commissions to my customers and friends.

OK, back, literally to the drawing board. As always, you can reach me directly with questions here.




LIFE SIZED / Catskills 

A new series of signed, limited edition prints by Heather Ross


This series of large format prints is based on my drawings of the wildlife around my home in the Castkills. Each will depict it's subject at it's actual scale. This project has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember, and I hope someday to line both walls in my upstairs hall with nothing but these portraits, from the teeniest framed image of a cricket or ladybug to the field mice who jump around in the tall grass at the edge of my yard to the largest, most lumbering black bear. 

The first of the series is a Red Fox, drawn from memory of a sly little female who crept up to my kitchen door a few months ago. These are printed on very thick, creamy Epson Velvet Paper, which has a soft surface and gives colors a birght, saturated glow. It looks beautiful in a frame or without.

I plan to introduce new members of this series several times a year. The Red Fox will be followed by the White Tail Fawn, also printed at actual size, available mid-winter and shown below. This is the first in a continuing series, previous buyers will always be notified first of new artwork releases, and new artwork will always be announced to our newsletter readers the day that they become available.

For more information, to purchase, or for a sneak peek of the White Tail Fawn that will be available mid-winter, please visit my online store.



Wooden Hangers, Tiny Artwork, and Baby Gifts

I am way behind on a certain somebody's baby gift.

When I had a baby she sent me something, something she had made herself, within a few months. That, in case you didn't know this, is the window of acceptable time for handmade gifts. I swear. But then she had a baby and I put "baby gift for Anna Maria" on my to do list, which is where it still sits, with no little satisfying line through it at all.

Two things, perhaps, that qualify as an excuse: One, she has babies more frequently than I do. But then again, that excuse is sort of canceled out by itself, since she found the time and made me a gift even though she has more babies than I do. Two, there's a bit of pressure to make her something really really beautiful. And useful. If you've been to Anna's home you already know that it doesn't have time for anything that isn't both. 

So Megan and I rifled through the files on the dvd in Heather Ross Prints and found a few small images that we could put on some useful things, like these kid's sized clothes hangers that we found on Amazon, and busted out the modge podge.





The artwork used for this project and the directions for how to decoupage can be found on PG 45 in Heather Ross PRINTS, which can be purchased here

The artwork used above: 1. Clothespin Dolls, 2. Shown in Playing With Horses, & 3. Ugly Ducking, Blue.


My book of essays, now available for pre-order on Amazon


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