I’m very pleased to share that one of my photographs has been accepted for the Best of Botanicals exhibition opening on May 22 at PHOTO, a fine art photography gallery in Oakland, California. The national juried exhibition will benefit the San Francisco Botanical Garden. It will be on display until July 12, so if you’re in the San Francisco/Oakland area I’m totally jealous! I hope you’ll visit the gallery and tell me all about the beautiful botanical imagery.
“Winter Fencerow” ~ Haley Montgomery
Happy Monday! Today I thought I would share some recent graphics created for a brand new event in
Starkville — the King Cotton Crawfish Boil. I had a good time with this little mudbug! The event is going to be a fun one and it benefits the Starkville Main Street Association. So if you’re in the Starkville area, be sure to get your advance tickets for April 26!
If you’ve followed Small Pond Graphics on Facebook or Instagram, you’ll recall seeing some of these watercolor images. I had a great time experimenting with them over our spring break trip to the farm a few weeks ago. I’m offering some Easter card designs this year that can be personalized. If you are interested in placing an order, just email me the information listed on the images.
This little white bunny was a favorite with the Facebook commenters, and I love it as all-season sweetness for girls and boys. Below are several personalized calling card designs. Let me know what you think. I’d love to create some for your little bunny!
Today, I’m excited to share that one of my photographs was accepted in the Insta-Artist exhibit currently on display at the Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center in Dowell, Maryland. The exhibit features 142 amazing digital photographs — all taken and edited with smart phone apps — and I am honored to have this shot included in the show. The exhibit was juried by Ryan Hill of the Smithsonian Institute’s Hirshhorn Museum and will be on display through June 1 in the Annmarie
main gallery. I haven’t been able to travel to see it, but if you’re in the Maryland area, the Annmarie Center looks amazing. You can view all the exhibit photos online in this Facebook Album. Prepare to say Wow!
Taken with Hipstamatic iPhone App
In late February, I had the opportunity to be the keynote speaker for the Mississippi School Public Relations Association (MSPRA) annual “Nuts & Bolts” conference. It was very inspiring to me to meet public relations professionals from around the state who are telling the story of public education in their communities. They are a smart and creative bunch!
I presented two interactive sessions on the basics of graphic design and branding. I thought I would share some of the presentation slides to start off the week. The Graphic Design 101 session was catered toward non-designers and included tips, tools and examples the conference-goers could use to create more effective print and digital pieces. The branding session included some basics of the concepts of branding and group exercises to help attendees come up with new ways to talk about their school districts. It was fun getting to meet these professionals and witness the creativity they use every day.
The conference was in Jackson, MS, and the team put me up in a beautiful historic hotel. I’ll share some photo views of the surroundings later this week along with some of my impromptu walk through Downtown Jackson after the conference. Have a great Monday!
I’m not exactly sure why I decided to call these the “Gentleman’s Set” except that they have a decidedly non-girlie slant, and I love the simple black imagery. These block printed designs are new in the print shop, featuring black ink on oatmeal recycled French Speckletone paper — one of my favorites. I’ll be adding several new designs printed on these 4 x 6″ cards.
Bicycle | Chair | Thumbtack | Spectacles
By the way, you may have noticed a change in the print shop. When I started the shop, I named it “The Frogkisser” because I sometimes call myself a frog kisser for hire. However, over the holiday break as I was thinking through the business, I decided the extra name and graphics were a little too much to manage. I wanted to simplify and bring everything into sharper focus. [Yes, even marketing professionals need to re-evaluate, re-tool and refresh!] So, this January, I’ve re-imagined the print shop as “Small Pond Graphics Hand-Drawn” which allowed me to simplify my vocabulary and graphics a bit and bring more consistency to my different creative endeavors. I hope you’ll check back often as I add new designs and prints!
It was a busy January with some projects for events in Starkville, and I thought I would share one of them this morning. I was able to do some illustration work for this Spring’s unWINE Downtown wine tasting event hosted three times a year by the Starkville Main Street Association. The Spring edition is often held close to Valentine’s Day, so I wanted to do something that would share the love! Here’s a glimpse at the sketches and the finished poster design. Enjoy!
Today, I’m excited to share a recent client project completed for the Starkville Convention & Visitors Bureau. Each year, the organization promotes a spring even series called Savor Our South. I’ve had the privilege of designing the campaign since its inception. This year’s poster is one I actually created for the 2013 campaign and re-worked this year with new colors. For the design, I had fun with some watercolor painting to give it a vibrant feel! If you’re in Starkville this spring, I hope you’ll join us for some of these great events!
I’m excited to share these sweet new prints I’m adding to the Print Shop today! During my holiday dreaming, I decided I wanted to incorporate more of my personal illustration work into pieces for the Etsy shop using some of my sketch journal entries and hand-drawn words. I’ve added a few new pieces of equipment to my office “tech” to allow me to print with great quality and color permanence, and I hope you like the results as I start sharing more of the pieces. I’ve had a goal for the last few years to incorporate more illustration into my daily work. It’s exciting to see some of the work come together.
You may have noticed from some of the sketch journal entries that I’ve been inspired by patterns and doily-type shapes recently. The sweet shapes fit so nicely with this sentiment we’ve probably all heard from our grandmothers… Pretty is as pretty does. I’ve created the design in pink, yellow and lavender color ways, and I’m excited to add one to my own Baby Girl’s decor. I hope you enjoy!