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Artist Spotlight — Salli S. Swindell and Nate Padavick: They Draw & Cook

They Draw and Cook 2020 wall calendar

We’re so happy to welcome the family of artists from the popular website They Draw & Cook™. This 2020 illustrated recipe calendar of the same name will treat your senses to a feast of colorful culinary inspiration featuring a diverse array of styles and delectable dishes from different cultures.

Salli S. Swindell and Nate Padavick, a sister-and-brother design and illustration team, have created hundreds of illustrations for magazines and books. Inspired by their love of cooking and doodling, the duo founded the popular They Draw & Cook™ (TDAC) website in 2010. The idea for TDAC formed during a family vacation as Nate was trying to re-create a favorite dish while Salli sat at the counter with her watercolors. Today TDAC features the internet’s largest collection of illustrated recipes created by artists from around the world and has become a big, happy, creative playground where people share their love of food and art.

We happily curated the 2020 They Draw & Cook™ calendar from this varied and talented bunch. Some of them are professional illustrators and practicing artists, while others are passionate doodlers and drawers.


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They Draw and Cook 2020 wall calendar

Artist Spotlight — Kelly Angelovic: Girl Power

Kelly Angelovic Girl Power 2020 wall calendar

We’re thrilled to welcome Kelly Angelovic to our family of contributing artists. Her vibrant artwork and hand-lettered declarations of female empowerment encourage all women to be bold, strong, and confident as a tidal wave of momentum is galvanizing sisters around the world to rise together.

“Working as an illustrator lights me up — it makes my soul sparkle. I am grateful every day (even the hard ones) to have the opportunity to follow the whispers (and bellows) of my heart and soul.” — Kelly Angelovic Continue reading

Artist Spotlight — Terry Runyan: Dogs and Cats Galore

Feline 2020 Wall Calendar

Image from our Feline 2020 wall calendar featuring artwork by Terry Runyan. Click for more info.

We’re delighted to introduce a collection of wonderfully whimsical wall and mini calendars by a new member of our family of contributing artists. Terry Runyan combines cheerful colors, quirky shapes, and lively patterns to create her playful designs. These joyful illustrations and expressive animal portraits are a blend of retro and contemporary styles, elegance, and humor.

Terry Runyan is a visual artist and creativity coach who lives in Kansas City, Missouri. She loves all animals, and her artwork always includes a gathering of furry, feathery, and fishy friends. She works in a variety of media, including paint, collage, drawing, digital, and video. Continue reading

Artist Spotlight — Barbara Dziadosz Loves to Cook and Draw

The Kitchen Art 2018 wall calendar features the charming illustrations of Barbara Dziadosz. The lighthearted 1950s-style illustrations featured in this calendar lend a retro feel to today’s whole-foods movement. Bright colors and fresh textures showcase imaginative food combinations that will have you experimenting with even your tried-and-true recipes — and will encourage you to include the most important ingredients of all: joy and love. Continue reading

Artist Spotlight — Denise Gallagher

This month we are so pleased to chat with Denise Gallagher. She is a wonderful, creative addition to the Amber Lotus greeting card artists. Here is some insight into her whimsical world of illustration.

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Denise Gallagher – Illustrator

 

Amber Lotus has a Q & A with Denise Gallagher

Tell us about your artwork?

I am an artist, an illustrator, and a graphic designer. I worked as an art director in the advertising industry for twenty years before starting my own graphic design and illustration company in 2013. I thoroughly enjoy graphic design, but my true passion is illustration. My illustrations begin as pencil drawings to which I add color, layers, and textures digitally. My subjects are often rare animals, plants, flowers, and bits of ephemera such as pieces of string, teacups, or skeleton keys. My work has been called whimsical, dark, and sophisticated.

What do you do for inspiration?

I find inspiration all around me – in music, nature, literature, and fine art. I am fascinated by vintage etchings of unusual animals and old fairy tales. Sometimes, though, all I need to do to get inspired is to take a long walk or to spend some time in a dusty old bookstore. I find that if I keep my eyes and ears open, inspiration will find me.

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What’s your favorite piece of work that you have created?

One of my favorite pieces is a triptych titled Wrapt, which I created for an all-female artist show called “Grace and Ritual” at the Los Angeles gallery iam8bit. Wrapt is my commentary on the joy and pain of motherhood. I poured a lot of emotion into its creation, and it is filled with imagery that is deeply meaningful to me.

I also illustrated a book of twelve Aesop’s fables, which I used as a gift for clients and friends as well as a promotional piece. It was such an amazing project, from researching the fables to imagining and illustrating each one. I was immensely proud of the end result.

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Wrapt by Denise Gallagher

What are you working on at the moment?

I am currently working on a piece for this year’s “Grace and Ritual” show with the theme “Hidden.” I’m thrilled with how it is coming along. Having the freedom to dig deep emotionally for these gallery pieces is especially fulfilling and almost cathartic. They are experimental and intensely personal. I’m also doing some illustration for children’s television. It is playful and colorful and whimsical and enchanting. I love the special kind of magic that emerges when illustrating for children.

What are you doing when you’re not creating?

When I’m not creating, I am enjoying life with my husband and seven-year-old son, Oliver. From making pancakes and having impromptu living room dance parties to attending symphonies and festivals, our life is a wonderful adventure!

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I make elaborate pancake art ­– a tradition begun by my mom. You can see some of them here: www.prettypancake.tumblr.com

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Where else do you sell your work?

I have an Etsy shop, www.etsy.com/shop/DGIllustration, where you can find prints, greeting cards, and framed art. For professional commissioned work, you can contact my reps at Those Three Reps, those3reps.com.

Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others?

I always dreamed of being an illustrator. Realizing that dream took a lot of hard work and patience. If you have a dream – whatever that dream may be – work your hardest to achieve it. Do your research. Carve out time to devote to that dream and work at it often. Use social media to reach out to others and to get feedback and encouragement. Keep at it. Keep your chin up and realize that a smile and a good attitude go a long way.

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Where else can we find you?

You can visit me on my website, DeniseGallagher.com, on Facebook as Denise Gallagher Design and Illustration, on Behance as Denise Gallagher, and on Twitter as @denisegallagrrr.

Here is a sneak peek at Gallagher’s Holiday Cards that will be available in this year’s Boxed Sets.

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Holiday Boxed Cards – ABDG02

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