Have you met Susie Ghahremani? She is an artist, designer, and illustrator. Here's one of her illustrations:
She makes gorgeous paintings, too.
I love her use of color, and how she uses patterns of lines to suggest texture, movement, and contour. Not surprisingly, others love her style, too, and she sells a variety of products starring her illustrations. This journal is printed by Chronicle Books:
She sells it on her shop, too, along with many other adorable things. I especially love her cats.
Besides products such as t-shirts, magnets, jewelry, and stationery, she sells prints and original artwork. Check in often to snag a one-of-a-kind miniature painting — they sell out quick! These two are still available as of press time.
I own two of her mini paintings, myself. I believe at least one of them was a gift from my sister (thanks, Sarah!). And guess what: they're of cats! These sweet little paintings are precious to me, and hang on a bulletin board above my desk.
Her work could be a good jumping-off point for an older kid's painting activity involving the use of patterns instead of more traditional textures and shading.
I hope you go and patronize Susie's shop at boygirlparty!
I'm Debbie Way, an artist and writer who enjoys making things.