Featured Artist: Poppy and Pinecone

Tuesday, October 25, 2011  at 6:58 AM
Elisabeth from Poppy and Pinecone makes adorable watercolor paintings of states, countries, and inspirational phrases.  I love the idea of having such a simple and artistic representation of some of my favorite places.  Here are a few of my favorite paintings, plus an interview!

What is the first piece of artwork you remember making as a child?

I don't remember the very first piece, but I have notebooks dating back to when I was four years old, and they're filled with drawings of my family and believe it or not, many shaky outlines of the 50 states.

What was your first state/country you painted in your ___Love series?


Washington Love by Poppy and Pinecone

What is your favorite snack to eat while sketching?

Popcorn with a little basil and grated parmesan, a bowl of blackberries or Trader Joe's Peach Pops.

Make Voyages by Poppy and Pinecone

Do you travel at all? If you do, is there a particular subject that you tend to paint while traveling?

I travel often! I've spent time in 43 of the 50 states, and am preparing for another road trip next month (and planning a European adventure in the next year or so!). I always bring my sketchbook with me but don't tend to use it until the end of each day. I'll sketch what I can remember seeing  – cityscapes, landscapes, something in a museum. Whatever stands out in my mind from that day.

France Love by Poppy and Pinecone

I know several young aspiring artists. Do you have any advice for a beginning artist?

Don't give up! Try anything and everything. Make a point to sketch every day, but be kind to yourself and let yourself take a step back from your work if you need to. Never work uninspired. 

Thanks Elisabeth for the lovely interview!

Nomadic Vignette is a blog about a traveling girl nomad and her travel sketchbook as she and her husband explore the world.
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