Lots of Lincoln

In Utah there is this thing called Pioneer day. It’s pretty awesome. I love any excuse for extra fireworks, laziness and screen printing a fair amount of Lincoln prints. I thought I would show you some of my favorites from this first edition!

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I’ve been calling this one Abraham Lincoln Vampire Slayer, or maybe Abraham Lincoln Fire Breather…they’re both winners by me.

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And this one is a 1st edition by my friend Dannielle thanks to the Iphone Scribble. Thanks Danni!

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What More Could I Have Done for My Vineyard?

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This is the second piece in a series that I’m working on. It is an illustration of the Allegory of the Olive Trees from Chapter 5 of Jacob in the Book of Mormon. I love the emotions in this story. The Lord of the Vineyard loves his trees so much and wants to do all that he possibly can to save each one. There are tame and wild trees that each need so much attention. “I will prune it, and dig about it, and nourish it, that perhaps it may shoot forth young and tender branches, and it perish not…It grieveth me that I should lose this tree”.

In a moment of despair the Lord of the vineyard cries out in agony, “What could I have done more for my vineyard?” “Have I slackened mine hand, that I have not nourished it? Nay, I have nourished it, and I have digged about it, and I have pruned it and dunged it; and I have stretched forth mine hand almost all the day long, and the end draweth nigh. And it grieveth me that I should hew down all the trees of my vineyard…Who is it that as corrupted my vineyard?”

I admire the Lord of the vineyard so much for his persistence and his love of the trees. I can see the parallel of God’s love for each one of us and His persisting love for us despite all of our mistakes. I have also felt the pain of feeling that my every effort seems to have been in vain.

But of course there is a happy ending! “…there began to be natural fruit again in the vineyard; and the natural branches began to grow and thrive exceedingly”.

This print will be at the exhibition this friday night!

Spotlight: Library of Congress

The highlight of my trip to D.C. was definitely the Library of Congress. I was completely enamored by the place from the start. A good friend of mine gave me a tour and told me about the the details of every design and sculpture. The most beautiful part of the art and architecture is the incredible and powerful principles behind them. So for this weeks spotlight I chose to show off the art that magnified the mission of the founding fathers of the United States.

Angel of Artists

How Divine is Philosophy

There are illustrations all over the walls that support every different facet of education to forward prosperity.

Prosperous Babes

The artists chose to depict these little babes as productive and active in supporting the ideals of the new nation as opposed to fruitless cherubs.

These symbols are the logos for publishing houses to emphasize the importance of literacy.

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Everytime I stand in this room I tear up a little. It is so beautiful that you can feel it through your whole soul!

Column

I also found a nice column to sketch in the Library of Congress atrium!

Speaking of columns I also have a new exhibit coming up this week. I’ll be showing my commercial illustrations in the form of some ornate window displays that I’ve designed. You’re invited to come to the reception this coming friday from 6-9 pm in the Harris Fine Arts Center on BYU campus. If not, the exhibit will be up until July 30th.

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Annnd don’t forget that I’ll be at the Provo Farmers Market off of center street at Pioneer Park!

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Art Lessons!

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I’m offering to teach individual art lessons here in the Utah area. These individual lessons are for anyone who has ever had a desire to learn beginning art techniques. We will begin with the stage that you are at currently and will continue to develop and hone your skills from that point. The tools will consist of basic drawing supplies (H, HB and B lead pencils, gum erasers, paper etc.). As your skills increase we will advance to other mediums such as pen & ink, gouache and acrylic paints.

Lessons are $15 and also the cost of supplies. If you are interested please e-mail me at Normandie.Lu@gmail.com. You can also see my add on craigslist: http://provo.craigslist.org/sks/3922545660.html.

Provo Farmers Market

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I’m so excited to announce that I will be out at the Provo Farmers Market for the next few Saturdays with my illustrations and Deep Peeps in tow! Come see me and my good friend and fellow illustrator Sarah from 9-2!

The Provo Farmers Market is held each Saturday at Pioneer Park located at 500 West Center Street!

Happy Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July tomorrow! I hope you enjoy parades, bottled soda, and fireworks or whatever it is that you do to celebrate the founding of the United States and all of our great nostalgic traditions! This is a sketch I did one day and then another day I turned it into this:

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Also I wrote a song. I’m not really a musician but sometimes it just kind of happens and its kind of becoming a thing:

Last of all, I don’t really consider the fourth of July fully experienced without Ray Charles, and who does?

July Calendars

Happy almost fourth of July! To celebrate the month of July I designed desktop art for you! To get prints you can check out the etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/NormandieL or check me out at the Provo Farmers Market this Saturday!

White & Neon Fireworks
White & Neon Fireworks

download here: http://abstract.desktopnexus.com/wallpaper/1505856/

July Fireworks
Blue Fireworks

download here: http://abstract.desktopnexus.com/wallpaper/1506582/

July Fireflies
Fireflies

download here: http://abstract.desktopnexus.com/wallpaper/1506579/

Happy Birthday Harry Potter!
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download here: http://abstract.desktopnexus.com/wallpaper/1506585/

White July
July White

Download here: http://abstract.desktopnexus.com/wallpaper/1506589/

So I may appear as a fourth of July freak…it may not be too far from the truth. So I wrote a song about my crush in the fourth of July.