Lauren Taylor Creates

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My Ireland

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I have such a love for this island that I now get to call home. I’ve done quite a bit of traveling around Ireland over the past three years and wanted a way to compile my favorite places and memories. What better way than to create a book full of illustrations, photos and stories of my time so far in Ireland! Blurb is a company that lets you create anything from photo books to magazines. When I saw their gorgeous examples and especially the layflat option I knew it would work perfectly for what I wanted  to create.

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Most of my art is inspired by my travels and I’ve been working on a lot more landscapes recently. I knew I wanted to push myself as an artist and go above and beyond since this project was a personal one. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve created new maps, scenes and illustrations of my favorite places around Ireland. It was fun going back and looking at old photos and being reminded of amazing trips and beautiful locations. 

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After I finished creating the artwork and selecting the photos I wanted to include, I used their free software BookWright to compile everything and layout how I wanted to book to be. It’s totally customizable which I loved as it made it easy to add my artistic twist. 

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The final product turned out perfectly. Anyone who is paper obsessed like me will greatly appreciate the quality and texture of the paper. The layflat book has double thick pages so there are no seams on any of the spreads. This meant I could spread paintings and even text across two pages without worrying about something getting hidden or lost.

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I’m excited to share more of my travels around Ireland. It’s definitely an ongoing exploration as I’m constantly finding new places to visit and I’m excited to soak up all the beauty and inspiration Ireland has to offer!

Thank you Blurb for sponsoring this post. 

Custom paintings from Christmas

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Christmas is my busiest time of year for custom paintings. They are the perfect unique gift to commemorate a trip, for a friend who was recently married or your parents who always wanted a nice family portrait. I love working with clients to turn their memories into beautiful watercolor paintings. Now that the holidays are over and gifts have been given, I'm excited to share with you a few of my favorites from this past Christmas. 

Wedding Illustrations

Travel Illustrations

Interested in a custom painting? Check out the process here and email me with any questions!

Workshop with Andy Evansen

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Since I travel so much I’ve been wanting to do more landscape and plein air paintings however I had always struggled with them. I’m always interested in trying new styles and techniques and one of my favorite ways to do that is through classes and workshops. Last Fall I flew to Minnesota for a workshop with Andy Evansen.  Andy is one of my favorite watercolor painters and I really love the way he captures light and the essence of a location. 

It was a week long workshop in Andy’s studio in Hastings, Minnesota. We worked off of pictures we brought and most of mine were from my travel to South America. Here are a few of my favorites - 

You can find out more about Andy HERE!