Momma Moore's Apple Pie

This month’s theme for #PortfolioClub was to illustrate instructions or a recipe for something.

I chose to illustrate my late-mother’s recipe for her apple pie.

I used her very recognizable (to those who knew her) handwriting and included items she collected and loved: Noah’s arks, porcelain, Staffordshire dogs, sheep…

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Hello there!

Wow! It’s been a minute since I updated here! I have been focusing quite a bit on my emerging abstract work and setting up the new website. Please take a look and let me know what you think!

I have decided to give my (public) illustration life some love and have joined the #portfolioclub challenge. Illustrators from all around the world get a theme challenge on the first of the month and are to post their interpretation on the last day of the month. We can make it what we want.

cover art from Noel Daniel’s book “The Circus 1870’s - 1950’s”

cover art from Noel Daniel’s book “The Circus 1870’s - 1950’s”

This month, the theme was “Circus”. I have been enamored with the imagery of the vintage circus for years. Not a big fan of the traditional circus practices but the imagery can be inspiring. I wanted to do something that did not celebrate the values of the traditional circus so I chose a twist: The Forest Floor Circus. Would love to see an author come up with a fabulous story to go with these illustrations!

I’ve been practicing my pattern-making skills so decided to add a pattern to coordinate with the theme.

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Next, to update this website - stay tuned!

Cocoa Beach

My husband and I just returned to Massachusetts after visiting my in-laws in Cocoa Beach, Fl for five days. I brought along my sketchbook and some art supplies. I managed to create ten new little studies. I was so inspired by the plant life and pallette I found there. The sun-soaked beach they live on was especially inspiring!

Summer Studio

I have moved into a studio space for the summer to explore painting abstracts in a focused and larger format. It’s a dream come true! Surrounded by wooded pathways that lead to beaver ponds and rushing brooks. Inspiration waits for me every day!

“Vernal”

Please follow my Instagram account for abstract work https://www.instagram.com/jane.m.houghton/

Folio Focus

I joined Rise, Design and Shine’s Folio Focus group recently. I wasn’t sure if or how it would dove-tail with the Fifty Figures project I’ve been chipping away on. I have been using it to push some ideas around with the intention of finding my digital voice. So, the results have been mixed and sometimes rushed. I have turned a corner with Illustrator and it’s all I want to do at the moment.

Theme: Boho Bugs

Theme: Boho Bugs

Theme: Celestial spirit

Theme: Celestial spirit

Theme: Hobby House

Theme: Hobby House

Theme: Barnyard characters on a growth chart

Theme: Barnyard characters on a growth chart

Fifty Figures Goal

The 100 Days Project, when I did 100 Botanicals and Bugs, changed the way I drew. I loosened up and found my voice in interpreting vintage botanical illustration and most important, I had fun. TO that end, I have set a goal of creating fifty figure/character illustrations. I will not be doing this in fifty days as is sometimes the rule for these types of endeavors. I hope to gain a richer vocabulary in creating the human form. Here are my first three pieces.