“crazy plant lady’s heartbeat” illustration
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“crazy plant lady’s heartbeat” illustration

I’m just letting Art Brain wander right now. Which means I let her work on whatever is the most appealing at any given moment. Earlier this year I got an iPad Pro and have been working in the app Procreate to see if I can warm to digital illustration.  Which is something I greatly admire and have wished was part of my skill set for a long while.

I’ve finally reached a point where I feel like the stuff I’m making there is worth sharing. There’s been a lot of really horrible art making during the learning process and as strange as it sounds, I’ve enjoyed that part. There is an element of freedom in failure that I have come to appreciate. 

One of the things that I like about Procreate is being able to easily change the colors of elements to create variants. It changes the vibe of stuff and I’ve started doing some color study illustrations. I love color so much, just want to submerge myself in the subject. Below are two color variations of a recent illustration I completed called “Crazy Plant Lady’s Heartbeat”. I know which one I’m partial to. The only difference between them is the background colors. Which do you like better and why?



  • Carolyn Ghearing
    Posted at 13:51h, 06 December Reply

    Dear Crazy Plant Lady, aka Lynn;

    I love what you created! My eye enjoys the cream background mightily..the colors and shapes are much more pronounced. While the dark background is pretty , everything seems to recede.
    Will you be telling us which one you prefer and why? I hope so…you are an inspiration..
    Thanks Lynn

  • Selena
    Posted at 14:08h, 06 December Reply

    Beautiful, I think I like the dark because it is more emotional… Do you get the handiwork satisfaction feeling from Procrete? That is the part I miss in digital…

  • Susan+Dunne-Lederhaas
    Posted at 14:43h, 06 December Reply

    I really enjoy the light background, as it is more soothing, but I always choose “soothing”.. I adore this design, and it is so “you”!

  • Jeannie Evans-Van Hoff
    Posted at 15:01h, 06 December Reply

    I prefer the dark background. It makes the colors pop and I find that the whole design is highlighted. The white background makes everything less dramatic for me. I love the design. I’m still slowly (oh so slowly) learning my iPad.

  • wendy+richardson
    Posted at 15:09h, 06 December Reply

    almost impossible to choose… but i think the dark. the lighter one is airy and summery, and the dark is rich and earthy. love the design. it’s beautiful.

  • Barbara Schneider
    Posted at 15:42h, 06 December Reply

    The dark background emphasizes the colors and shapes. Beautiful work.

  • Katie McGrath
    Posted at 17:36h, 06 December Reply

    I like the dark best, perhaps because it is reminiscent of older still life paintings, which emphasized dark/light contrasts. Both are fantastic!

  • Stephanie Morris
    Posted at 06:37h, 07 December Reply

    I like them both…I think the dark best as the light is just a little too polite.

  • Rosalyn Schultze
    Posted at 10:25h, 07 December Reply

    My preference is the first illustration with the dark background. The colors seem to ‘vibrate’ just as they do in Amish quilts with their black backgrounds. The light colored background appears more delicate but is also lovely.

  • Jolie+Zimmer
    Posted at 10:25h, 07 December Reply

    I like the dark one. Vibrant! Reminds me of Vietnamese—or Laotian?—applique art.

  • Lee
    Posted at 05:42h, 08 December Reply

    I like the dark one so vibrant and rich looking

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