Category Archives: Graphic Design

Montana’s legendary art pioneers: Bob and Gennie DeWeese – The Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Newsmakers

I took every painting, drawing, and printmaking class I could from Bob DeWeese when I was getting my art degree, 1970-74. He commissioned the first work I ever sold while I was a student. He stopped me right before Christmas … Continue reading

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‘Printing for Kingdom, Empire & Republic’ – Review – NYTimes.com

  Do you love type?  I cringe whenever I think of the boxes of letterpress lead type I sold in a yard sale in the ’80’s.  The person buying it planned to melt it down.  The New York Times today … Continue reading

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Out Of Chaos – Art

On the left is a plastic basin and lid I use for acrylic painting, and on the right are the palettes of my watercolors.  In the cold winter weather we have in Montana this time of year, I tend to … Continue reading

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In ‘Pemberley,’ James Picks Up Where Austen Left Off : NPR

In ‘Pemberley,’ James Picks Up Where Austen Left Off : NPR. I just listened to this wonderful interview on NPR with the author P. D. James about her new book written about the continuation of Jane Austen’s story of Pride … Continue reading

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Gift Ideas For The Nature Lover

This Rocky Mountain nature watercolor is a painting I initially created for a souvenir tee shirt manufacturer.  It’s a timeless design for people who love nature.  Now I offer it on numerous gift items online, like jewelry, mugs, shirts, tiles, … Continue reading

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Downtown Bozeman, Montana, Pen and Ink

This is a pen and ink illustration of the historic downtown of my hometown, Bozeman, MT.  The original is about 28 inches wide.  Where it’s always a pleasure to shop, the downtown’s slogan. copyright 1983 I was a member of … Continue reading

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Oh No They Didn’t! – thirteen movie poster trends that are here to stay and what they say about their movies

Oh No They Didn’t! – thirteen movie poster trends that are here to stay and what they say about their movies. Illustrators, check out this analysis of cliche movie poster designs. Very clever. 1. Tiny People On the Beach, Giant … Continue reading

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Vineyard Grapes Wedding Invitation Design by My Letterpress Alice Flynn

I’ve had this basic vineyard wedding stationery illustration for a while, waiting for the appropriate use, and also wanted to use this inky script font for something… they came together in the Vineyard wedding invitation sample for My Letterpress.

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Energy Conservation Illustration, Bike and Pool It

Illustrated and designed to promote energy conservation, biking and car pooling, this poster was created for AERO and the Montana Dept. of Natural Resources and Conservation. pen and ink copyright Alice Flynn

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Art Trading Card Pinecone Watercolor by Alice Flynn

This is an art trading card, ATC, I painted yesterday.  It is pen and ink and watercolor. If you have not yet heard of art trading cards or ACEO’s, here is a bit of history courtesy of wikipedia. The dimensions … Continue reading

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100,000-year-old art studio uncovered – Light Years – CNN.com Blogs

100,000-year-old art studio uncovered – Light Years – CNN.com Blogs. Wow!  Abalone shell containers with pigment and tools for grinding ochre… a painter’s studio in a cave in southern Africa, 100,000 years old. See the CNN blog post.

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Call Me, Telephone, A Mixed Media Painting

This is a painting on canvas that is 16 inches by 20 inches, just finished today.  It is a mixture of acrylic painting, ink, and heat transfer (no paper).   It isn’t a traditional collage. I experimented with a photo I … Continue reading

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The Girls

This is another drawing done with a Venus Velvet No. 2 pencil on Arches rag paper. It is matted with a muslin wrapped mat, framed under glass.

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Rest In Peace, Steve Jobs, and THANK YOU for the Mac I love

It’s hard to even know what to say about the sad passing of Steve Jobs.  I have said many times, “I love my Mac”.  I am offended that people consider the admiration of the incredible talent and ingenuity of Steve … Continue reading

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Pencil Drawings, Making them Public

In the 1970s, I started creating very detailed, large pencil drawings, No. 2 Venus Velvet pencil on Arches rag paper.  I think it’s time that I post the pencil drawings on the blog.  This will take a bit of time … Continue reading

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Embracing Mid-Century Modern Style

I was born in 1951, and I live in a house built in 1951.  You may recognize this photo from an earlier post about my Fiesta Ware in the corner of my kitchen counter. It has taken me decades to … Continue reading

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“What Font Should I Use?”: Five Principles for Choosing and Using Typefaces – Smashing Magazine

“What Font Should I Use?”: Five Principles for Choosing and Using Typefaces – Smashing Magazine. Read the article.  I don’t have much to add to this, except don’t forget to look at the pictures!

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Inside Google Search · Search by Image

Inside Google Search · Search by Image. Here is another tool to find unauthorized use of your art and design on the internet. There are 4 ways to search… drag and drop, upload the image, copy and paste the image … Continue reading

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Are You An Artist And Reference Hoarder?

I just listed these vintage vocabulary picture work sheets in my Etsy shop of old stuff, Mistress of Merlin. I am both fascinated and repulsed by the current trend of “reality shows” that depict the lives of hoarders.  Every cable … Continue reading

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Finding Inspiration In Old Toys

I have finally decided to give up my vintage croquet set and sell it on etsy.com/mistressofmerlin.  It had been gathering dust in the garage for many, many years.  I don’t even remember the last time we took it out in … Continue reading

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