Monday, January 7, 2019

the hoosier state

When Kelsey moved into her apartment this summer, she gave me a tour of her new place over FaceTime. Her roommate Emily had a framed Texas-themed watercolor print hanging in the hallway, and Kelsey mentioned that she would like an Indiana-themed one. So, I made this personalized version for Kelsey! (Sorry for the ugly watermark... apparently people like to steal art online.)

I sketched and painted the little symbols and vignettes separately and then scanned them to the computer where I arranged them and adjusted the colors. I tried to capture some typical Indiana icons (racecar, basketball, Soldiers & Sailors Monument) and some official state symbols (fireflies, sugar cream pie) while adding a bit of personalization (all our colleges are represented, with Kelsey's front and center). Can you figure out what everything is and how it relates to the Hoosier State? (Hint: we have a city called Santa Claus.)

I ordered a giclée of the print on watercolor paper and a custom frame. Even though I finished this in August, I didn't get a chance to deliver it to Kelsey until we visited her a few weeks ago. It looks very cute hanging in her front hallway, across from the Texas artwork!

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