Summer Inspiration

Summers in Minnesota are short so I spend as much time outdoors as possible. I draw inspiration from wildflowers and plants growing along a nearby trail that winds along a creek through meadows and woods. My new Orange Grove art was inspired by one of those walks. Of course we don’t actually grow oranges in Minnesota but my branches needed a pop of color so they evolved into an orange tree! I guess that’s the great thing about inspiration, you can never be sure where it will lead you!

Travel always inspires me and a trip to Washington D.C. and Philadelphia this summer was a visual feast of monumental architecture, amazing museums and superb people-watching. I love discovering patterns in unexpected places when I travel, like a beautifully sculpted medieval coat of armor I spied in the National Gallery of Art that inspired some new geometric prints.

Clockwise from top left: Wildflowers along my favorite walking trail; new Orange Grove art; new geometric prints: Benday Stripes and Surf; Sculpture in the National Gallery of Arts; Visiting the Lincoln Memorial in D.C.

Clockwise from top left: Wildflowers along my favorite walking trail; new Orange Grove art; new geometric prints: Benday Stripes and Surf; Sculpture in the National Gallery of Arts; Visiting the Lincoln Memorial in D.C.

Flowers in Abundance

I’ve had a number of requests for floral designs lately. Maybe it has do with the brutal winter we’re having — I know I’m ready to start thinking about spring. I haven’t done alot of florals in the past so this has been an interesting challenge. It’s not that I don’t like florals, on the contrary. But since florals are such a popular and enduring theme for artists and designers I just wasn’t sure what I could bring to the party. But once I got going I had a lot of fun working with flowers. Here’s a sampling of what I’ve been working on.

(All products shown are mock-ups. Artwork is available for licensing.)

Cutting Garden by Kris Ruff-blog

Wild Flowers by Kris Ruff-blogPoppies by Kris Ruff-blogLazy Daisy by Kris Ruff-Blog