I have not meant to be silent for so long, I thought when I got laid off from my job, I would have all the time to write my blog, instead I am creating artwork and trying tirelessly to market it! When you don’t get a paycheck, your life is so up and down trying to make ends meet! Do you ever just feel overwhelmed, spending so many hours at your desk just producing, producing, producing. The hours fly by, the weeks, the months. I feel remiss in saying that often I get in a funk when so many challenges are thrown at me. But then, I have to pull myself up, and as Cher would say in the movie “Moonstruck”,
Have you ever watched “Undercover Boss”? I cry at each show, many have health issues,
large families to support, and work so hard. Thankfully, and most importantly, I have my health, and a roof over my head!
Thank you to all that support me with your kindness and thumbs up. In the past 6 months, I feel so much gratitude for having the ability to be a creative person, I love being an artist! When I scroll through my photos on my computer, I have much to be proud of and need not be so hard on myself. Right now, I am most excited of my work with West Elm. They have been so supportive of my art, and stationery products! Here are some of the photos that I would like to share of my past Pop Up Valentine Event at West Elm. Whenever you feel frustrated with yourself, take a deep breath, say to yourself “snap out of it”, keep perservering in your goals, know that loved ones around you want the best for you- and…go for it! Much love, eileen
Starting my 2014 year with working on designs for stationery notecards and gift tags
I have been silent for awhile, it has been three months this week that I was laid off from my graphic design job. You would think with all the extra hours, I would be posting blogs on a weekly basis. Those hours were spent catching up on rest, getting rid of stuff that clutters your house, your mind, and spending time with friends that were missed. Being a creative person, one needs to replenish the creative spirit. One of the ways I started doing this in the New Year was being around creative like minded people. When I was in Los Angeles I was so excited to attend a calligraphy workshop by the talented Lauren E. from Blue Eye Brown Eye. The workshop was held at one of my favorite blogger’s studio, DesignLoveFest in the downtown Art District. Bri’s upstairs studio is an a wonderful building full of creative artists that compliment each other. The space is called
The Unique Space
1275 E 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Neighborhoods: Arts District, Downtown
The Calligraphy Workshop
I grew up in Hollywood, so most people when they think of cowboys, think of John Wayne, famous for his slow drawl and distinctive gravelly voice. He is most famous for his Western movies like “Stagecoach” (1939), “The Alamo” (1960), and “True Grit” (1969).
“Escondido Dale” watercolor by Eileen Tomson
I graduated from college with a BFA in Illustration, and one of my favorite illustrators, just happens to paint images of horses and cowboys. His name is Don Weller and he grew up in Pullman, Washington, his passion being horses and art.
Mr. Weller graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Fine Art. He moved to Los Angeles where he spent his time doing graphic design and illustration. His work appeared on record covers, posters, and magazine covers. Later in life, he ended up moving with his family to Oakley, Utah, where once again he came back to his love of horses. After I graduated college, I had a greeting card company named Jag Graphics, located in downtown San Diego. I received a framed present from an artist who knew that I admired Don Weller’s work. He received it at the San Diego Communicating Arts Group. It has made it through many moves from San Diego, to Seattle, Northern California, Los Angeles, and all the way to Nashville, TN. I must really be fond of this poster! Don Weller would be proud. Below are some of my favorite paintings that Mr. Weller did. I love the sense of humor in the work with the Marlboro man looking in shock at a cowgirl doing a yoga pose.
“Marlboro Man in Shock” by Don Weller
“Waitin and Watchin” by Don Weller
“Family Tradition” by Don Weller
“Next Loop” by Don Weller
The symbol of the Olympic games is composed of five interlocking rings,
- blue PMS 3005C
- yellow PMS 137C
- black PMS 426C
- green PMS 355C
- red PMS 192C
The design was originally designed in 1912 by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, co-founder of the Olympic teams. The six colours, including the white background, reproduce all the colours that appeared on all the national flags that competed in the Olympics at that time
“The blue and yellow of Sweden, the blue and white of Greece, the tri- colours of France, England and America, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Hungary, the yellow and red of Spain next to the novelties of Brazil or Australia, with old Japan and new China. Here is truly an international symbol.”.
The emblem of the union was two interlaced rings (like the typical interlaced marriage rings) and originally the idea of Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung for him, the ring symbolized continuity and the human being
The Olympic motto is: Hendiatris, which is Latin for “faster, higher and stronger
Repetition of Dog – eileen art
Street Art in Amsterdam
Repetition of Cats
When Marilyn Monroe was asked what she wore to bed at night, her reply was
“Two drops of Chanel No. 5”
Chanel No. 5 is a classic perfume that has been around for almost a century. The fashion designer Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, launched this unique perfume in 1921 in Paris. The perfume was named after her lucky number, which was five. It was the first designer perfume, and the most famous of all perfumes by Coco Chanel.
Chanel No. 5.
It has been said that the artist, Andy Warhol, gave Chanel No. 5 a new breath of fresh air with packaging that he designed for Chanel’s 75th Anniversary. Warhol’s contract stated that he would only design the packaging for Coco Chanel’s perfume if the original elegant square shape of the bottle remained unchanged throughout time. The perfume’s square shaped bottle had a modernity about it, unique to its time of release, with black and white as key elements.
To this day, Chanel No. 5 has the same square shape, never to be updated to anything other. The famous packaging that Warhol designed helped the sales of the perfume by being bought by many of his celebrity friends that he partied with at his famous New York studio, The Factory.
The main components of the Chanel No. 5 are four flowers: rose, ylang-ylang, jasmine, and sandlewood, with jasmine being the most important ingredient.
Shane Bowden, BFA, MFA, AIPP
The artist Shane Bowden was born in Brisbane, Australia on March 7, 1974. Mr. Bowden now works in Honolulu, Hawaii, his gallery is called LeBlank . Mr Bowden has been called Andy Warhol on steroids. His Chanel No.5 series are original hand pulled silkscreens on canvas.
Louis vs Coco
Chanel Chanel Chanel
New Stripe Channel