Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Farmhouse Style Watercolor Cows

A friend of mine got me thinking about painting cows.......... not such a bad idea! 

With farmhouse style making a big scene, I think cows are a good thing to get into right now.  They can be cute, especially if you paint them with flowers and put them in a distressed frame.

Brown Watercolor Cow with Flowers by Elise Engh: Grow Creative Blog
Brown Watercolor Cow with Flowers by Elise Engh: Grow Creative Blog
Farmhouse Style Watercolor Cows with Flowers by Elise Engh: Grow Creative Blog

I think watercolor cows can be cute even without flowers.  I'm getting into painting with browns and grays, which is unusual for me. I'm all about bright colors, but sometimes I find so much satisfaction from painting with purple or blue tinted browns.  I've been discovering just how many shades of brown and gray there are......... infinite! 

Isn't color miraculous? I rediscover that miracle every time I paint.

watercolor cow painting by Elise Engh: Grow Creative Blog

Friday, April 21, 2017

Vintage Car Soap Illustrations

I have exciting news!!!

Vintage Car Soap Illustrations designed for Anthropologie by Elise Engh

I've partnered with Anthropologie to design some fun summer soaps!!! I just got my samples in the mail today! 


Last fall, a nice lady from the Anthropologie Beauty Department contacted me about creating some illustrations for their soap program.  At first I thought it was a joke-- I love that store--- how did they find me?! I replied and said yes, I'd love to work with you guys! Then the ball got rolling and I got to work sketching, painting, scanning, emailing, etc.

It was a ton of work, but oh so worth it!! 

yellow VW van illustration by Elise Engh: Grow Creative Blog

After a couple of months and many many revisions later, I handed over three large watercolor and ink vintage car illustrations in digital form to Anthropologie!  They put them on their soap packaging and now they are being sold in their online store and some of their brick-and-mortar stores too.  These little babies will be in all 215+ Anthropologie stores this summer!  I can't wait to see them at the City Creek store in Salt Lake City!!


Ok, enough exclamations, time for some photos....

Mint Wagoneer illustration by Elise Engh: Grow Creative Blog

Vintage Car Soap Illustrations designed for Anthropologie by Elise Engh
Pink convertible watercolor illustrations by Elise Engh
Vintage Car Soap Illustrations designed for Anthropologie by Elise Engh

Monday, April 17, 2017

Photos of the Week

I carved out some time to enjoy nature last week and nature did not disappoint!

pink blossoms: grow creative blog
pink blossoms: grow creative blog
black bird on a ranch in Spring: grow creative blog
Russian Olive Branch in Spring: grow creative blog
utah lake shore

Lately I have been given the gift of gratitude, and subsequently, the gift of joy.  Spring has that effect on me.  I live for the colors, the smells, and the energy of this time of year.

We haven't had any interest in our family adoption wise so far.  It has been four months with no contact with any birth parents and it is easy to get discouraged.  I keep hoping and praying that if we are meant to raise another child, that the birth mother of that child will find us when the time is right. I pray for her, whoever she is and cling onto hope and gratitude, for that is my road to happiness.



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