• The Mini Violin in Three Dimensional Watercolor

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    I started playing the violin when I was eight years old.  Learning to play demanded lots of focus and discipline.  I have a weird obsession with repetition.  If I like a movie or a song, I will watch or listen to it over and over again.  If I write something–anything–a story, an email, even a text, I read it several times before moving on.  When I was coaching a dance team, I think my students knew I was notorious for making them “go back to the beginning and do it again.”

    As for the creation of this piece, I am exploring a more focused direction in my work, recently.  I am very interested in creating work that integrates watercolor with collage and three dimensional elements.  I have always had an obsession with miniatures and photography.  I love macro photography.  This violin is only about two inches tall and made out of watercolor paper, painted and cut out.  It is hand sewn together.  The strings are made of fishing line.  This style is the direction that I am planning to take my work in.  Stay tuned! –pun initially unintentional, but definitely intended.

    Amy DeCaussin specializes in Illustration.  View her work here, amydecaussin.com.

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    and other creative projects contact Amy: amydecaussin@gmail.com.

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  • Happy November

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    Happy November!  I created this little tablescape with cut paper.  I also included hand painted watercolor, machine sewing and embroidery.  This piece was photographed to create an illustration diorama.  I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving!

    Amy DeCaussin specializes in Illustration.  View her work here, amydecaussin.com.

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    and other creative projects contact Amy: amydecaussin@gmail.com.

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  • Happy Halloween

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    Happy Halloween!  I am really excited to do more work like this.  I really enjoy incorporating other elements into my watercolor.

    Amy DeCaussin specializes in Illustration.  View her work here, amydecaussin.com.

    For illustration, image licensing, agent representation,

    and other creative projects contact Amy: amydecaussin@gmail.com.

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  • A Thank You Note

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    My Grandparents sent Cam and I a wonderful card and gift for our wedding anniversary.  They are very thoughtful.  I love getting mail from my grandparents.  I made them this thank you note.  I wrote them a private note inside.

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    Check out more of my “Snail Mail” here.

    Amy DeCaussin specializes in Illustration.  View her work here, amydecaussin.com.

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    and other creative projects contact Amy: amydecaussin@gmail.com.

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  • A Letter to the Sisters and Clarissa

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    I wrote a letter to the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal, regarding my best friend, and their new member, Clarissa.  Clarissa and I were college roommates for 4 years.  Since Clarissa will be potentially living in the Catholic convent for the rest of her life, I thought I could share with them some wisdom about living with her.  I found creating this letter to be extremely cathartic.  It was a way for me to celebrate all of the time I was so blessed to spend with Clarissa and also to work through all of my feelings during this time of change.

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    Clarissa and I only communicate through handwritten mail.  You can read my last post to Clarissa here.  You can also view more of my “snail mail” collection here.

    I wrapped up the letter to the sisters and wrote a separate private note to Clarissa.

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    Amy DeCaussin specializes in Illustration.  View her work here, amydecaussin.com.

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    and other creative projects contact Amy: amydecaussin@gmail.com.

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  • Clarissa’s Flight

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    After a long time of discernment, my best friend and former college roommate of four years, Clarissa has decided to become a Catholic Nun.  This weekend she joined the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal in Brooklyn, New York.  There, she will live in community with other Catholic Sisters and devote her life to serving the poor.  You can read more about Clarissa’s journey here.  Clarissa spent a lot of time over the last years trying to decide if this is what she really wanted to do, however I never realized that it would have such a large impact on my own life.  Clarissa and I will never be allowed to catch up on the phone, video chat or email again.  The sisters are a “low tech” group.  Although, there will be opportunities to visit Clarissa, for the most part, our only form of communication will be through hand written letters.  Although this is a large adjustment for me, I look forward to writing some really nice letters, and receiving some as well.

    Clarissa and I went to art school together.  We walked across the stage with our degrees in art & design, illustration together, and we had our senior thesis gallery show together too.  It’s an interesting end to the story of college, since we went in blind with a group of other girls, and in the beginning we did not even have the same major.  I could go on and on about Clarissa and all of our fun times.  Maybe they will come out in my blog periodically.

    I am looking forward to writing and drawing notes to Clarissa to send in the mail.  I can’t wait to see what she sends back–as she is a very talented illustrator.  These letters will be posted in my “snail mail” category, and are already beginning to serve as a great way for me to challenge myself.

    This first piece was sent to Clarissa to open on her flight to her new life in New York City.  It is signed at the bottom by my husband Cam and I.

    Below is the outside of the envelope I sent the note in.

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    Amy DeCaussin specializes in Illustration.  View her work here, amydecaussin.com.

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  • Let the Journey Begin

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    Another handmade card 🙂  This one is for one of my best friends, Clarissa.  My husband Cam and I sent here this card in the mail as she is preparing to enter the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal–the Catholic convent.  You can find more handwritten mail sent to her in my “Snail mail” blog category.

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    I made the envelope out of scrap paper.

    Amy DeCaussin specializes in Illustration.  View her work here, amydecaussin.com.

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    and other creative projects contact Amy: amydecaussin@gmail.com.

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  • Choose to Sail

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    “If the wind flips your skirt, choose to sail.”

    This sketch in my journal was super fun to draw!  I think I like drawing people more like this, abstracted and less realistic.  What do you think?

    This journal entry is drawn in black ink, colored pencil & watercolor.

    Amy DeCaussin specializes in Illustration.  View her work here, amydecaussin.com.

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    and other creative projects contact Amy: amydecaussin@gmail.com.

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  • Things I Like

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    Doodle time in my sketchbook!  Some mindless sketching, these are just some things I really like.  This is drawn using black ink, colored pencils and watercolor.

    Amy DeCaussin specializes in Illustration.  View her work here, amydecaussin.com.

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    and other creative projects contact Amy: amydecaussin@gmail.com.

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  • Phoenix Drivers Don’t Need Blinkers

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    Once a Phoenician no blinkers are needed.

    While cruising down the 101

    We keep our driving uber fun

    And six traffic lanes

    is super plain Jane

    When you flicker your light

    to pass on the right.

    Amy DeCaussin specializes in Illustration.  View her work here, amydecaussin.com.

    For illustration, image licensing, agent representation,

    and other creative projects contact Amy: amydecaussin@gmail.com.

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