Monday, December 31, 2018

Here's to 2018!

🎉What a year! 
I had so many new art-adventures, got married, and set up new plans for the new year! Here’s to 2018, and looking forward to 2019! 

Here's my 'best nine of 2018!' from Instagram:

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Oregon Wildlife & Holiday Bazaar

This past weekend I shared my artwork at NACC's 4th Annual Christmas Bazaar! I have been so excited to embark on my Oregon Wildlife Artwork Series, and was excited to bring the first few pieces to this event!

A great horned owl and black-tailed deer are the first two creatures in my series!

They're digital sketches, but I have treated them as if it were paper & pencil. These prints (pictured left) are 5 x 7", and have the option of coming framed.

I am looking forward to drawing more of my favorite Oregon creatures! Next up, the brush rabbit!

I want to give a big "thank you!" to everyone who came to our booth! I cannot describe how thankful I am to have such support from great friends, family, and art-lovers!

This spring, I enjoyed seeing the Western Tiger Swallowtail around my studio and along nearby walking paths!

After taking photos and identifying the species, I created a small bunch of butterflies in ink & alcohol-based marker on velum.

These sketches inspired the creation of 3D cards (see left), with delicate wings and thread for antennae. I love how a little breeze flutters their wings!

I am also happy to include them as a part of my Oregon Wildlife Series!

I will be at the Town & Country Christmas Bazaar Nov. 30, Dec. 1 & 2....but that's a story for later! :) If you like, you can follow Brianna Leahy Art on Facebook for more upcoming event info :)

The artwork gifts you see on this post (and more!) will be available at my T&CCB booth!

Thank you again for reading!
-Brianna of Brianna Leahy Art & my booth buddy, Deborah of ChickadeeAndPeeps!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

A Batty Idea: Oregon Wildlife Art

One reason I love Photoshop; it's easy to create a seamless pattern! So as Halloween was drawing near, a batty-bat pattern seemed like a must-have :) I have wanted to create more artwork featuring local wildlife, so why not start with Yuma myotis?

A cute little bat, Yuma myotis can be found near my home in Oregon. I have always enjoyed learning more about creatures and plants, especially those who share the same wilderness that I do. Energized by the thought that creating this art can bring me both joy, and the knowledge to identify this creature in real life, I decided to start a new art series!

I am excited to say that I will be focusing on Oregon wildlife artwork for the rest of this year! I endeavor to create art that inspires interest in learning about the natural world, especially for Oregonians young & old :) To do this, I will focus on local species, & include a bite-size bit of educational information with each art piece!
Currently I'm working on naturalistic wall-art, illustrated notebooks (with wildlife facts inside the cover), greeting cards, & even getting my pattern-designs on cloth (pictured left)!

New possibilities are open to my art-gifts now that I am printing my artwork on cotton cloth, and I am so excited!

I hope to bring a fair bit to my art-booths at events this holiday season as well, so keep an eye out! :D

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Love Birds

Oh how time has flown! And so it has especially fast for two love-birds! I created this set of goldfinch & junco cake toppers out of polymer clay & acrylic paint. I am happy to say, they sat atop my own wedding cake!

After much happiness and exploring Ireland (exciting!), I'm back in the studio! Thank you for your patience in the interum!  

I will be attending multiple arts bazaars before the year's end, so look forward to seeing much much more soon! I've already posted some information on my Facebook page, please take a look! See you soon!


Friday, February 23, 2018

Oh, Hi! : An Ink Sketch

Oh, hi!
Created this little card to send & surprise a friend :) A happy, waving grizzly bear.

Original:  Ink (via brush pen) on vellum with pencil underdrawing. Below:  Print on creme yardstick paper.

Bye for now!

Monday, January 8, 2018

2017 Year of Art!

Happy New Year!

How is 2017 over?! Looking back, I have had so many new and wonderful art experiences this past year! My artwork has traveled to bazaars in Oregon, out to sea on the Tara expedition, installed in Oregon State University, and has been published in a scientific journal! See all below!

*Pictured Left:  Instagram "Best Nine of 2017"

Scientific Illustration:  Marine Host Microbiome Alpha Diversity Measures
Scientific Illustration:  Marine Host Microbiome Alpha Diversity Measures
This illustration was published in Frontiers in Marine Science academic journal, as "Box Figure 1" in the article "Responses of Coral-Associated Bacterial Communities to Local and Global Stressors". You can click on the link above to read the full article! This article was written in part by the Vega Thurber Laboratory, with whom I collaborated on projects such as this as their Resident Artist.

"Marine Host Microbiome Alpha Diversity Measures" compares and contrasts the diversity of microbes found in different marine organism's microbiomes. The figure compares the richness of organisms to one another in a community, and calls the viewer to question their assumptions about coral microbiome richness.

"Coral County" Educational Comic Trio:

This interactive educational comic is part of a science outreach effort, in collaboration with the Vega Thurber Laboratory in microbiology at Oregon State University!

Click here to read stories of the adventurous & troublesome parrotfish, coral crabs & more as they follow research currently being conducted at OSU! Roll-over the comic with your mouse to discover extra aid-bits, and click the CC Library where eager learners can delve deeper into the topics presented in each comic strip!

Art Aboard the Tara expedition.

The Tara now bears a sticker representing the Vega Thurber Laboratory, & my artwork! The Tara sails around the world collecting scientific data and promoting scientific education, outreach, and art concerning the ocean's health. Though I am not on the boat, I am so honored to have my artwork represent the Vega Thurber Lab on the boat (and among their other supporters)!

Members of the Vega Thurber Laboratory contribute their time, expertise and support on Tara's expeditions year round! Learn more about the Vega Thurber Laboratory, or the Tara.

Under Sea & Stars

This year was my very first selling my artwork and wares in person as a pop-up shop! My (online) artwork shop, 'Under Sea & Stars' was present at the Valentine's Day themed "A Bazaar to Love", "Spring 2017 Etsy Team Handmade & Vintage Market", "NACC's Holiday Bazaar", and the "Town & Country Christmas Bazaar". It was a lot of work, and I really enjoyed being able to design my booth space, and to explore what displays and decor enhanced my artwork!

I am also so thankful to have teamed up with two lovely craftswoman to complete our booth:  'Creations by Deborah', 'Roosevelt Kid' & 'Adornments by Meg'. I am glad to have had the opportunity to meet so many other great artists and craftspeople too!

I am also working to fill out a new website for Under Sea & Stars, along with the existing Etsy Store :)

365 Days of Art
 I am happy to announce that I will be participating in the 365 Days of art drawing challenge this year! To do this, I will be posting artwork & art inspiration daily on my instagram @BriannaLeahyArt !

This challenge will encourage me to do more personal art, to challenge myself to tackle new techniques and subject matter... I am excited to get back to it!

This means more art for you to see! So check out my Instagram & keep an eye on this blog; there will be much more to come very soon!

*Pictured left:  thumbnail sketch in pen & copic marker, January 2nd 2018

Take care everyone & see you next week!