#33 Raindrops & Whiskers


This is the first of four pieces in the My Favorite Things col­lec­tion, inspired by the song from the 1960 musi­cal and 1965 movie The Sound of Music. Only the lyric phrases con­tain­ing “and” were turned into Amper­Art designs. I’m glad “whiskers on kit­tens” was one of them. I love cats & kit­tens. I don’t like roses as much as car­na­tions, but “rain­drops on car­na­tions” prob­a­bly would not have won an Emmy.

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In research­ing the style to use for this art­work I found one of the orig­i­nal movie posters, sam­pled the col­ors from which I chose a lim­ited palette (I did not use blue as that would be your per­fect mat in a nice frame), selected the appro­pri­ate type­styles & hand-​​drew the amper­sand, styl­iz­ing it to resem­ble the main title in the poster:

The amper­sand not only con­nects rain­drops and kit­tens and ket­tles and ponies and door­knobs, it also links the last two lines of the song, which appear on all four lay­outs at very top and very bottom.

To fur­ther research this piece, I really enjoyed watch­ing the movie! If you ever need a joy­ful lift & a lit­tle humor, this is the movie to see. It’s won­der­ful & timeless.

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#16 Bloom & Blossom

Bloom & Blos­som: Amper­Art #16


Spring has sprung!


Prior to titling this piece, I wanted to be sure that “bloom” and “blos­som” are not redun­dant. Accord­ing to the dic­tio­nary, while they can mean the same thing when used as nouns, as verbs flow­ers bloom while trees blossom.


The beau­ti­ful flow­ers in “Bloom & Blos­som” were pho­tographed by Jiri Hera, whose work is show­cased on foto​lia​.com.


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