#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

#16 Bloom & Blossom
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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 fotolia.com.