bittersweet business

I’m obsessed with bittersweet. There are a few varieties, some invasive, some not. Of course the kind that grows in my yard is the former, but it’s still very beautiful.

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My mother introduced me to the vine when I was a teenager and I’ve been enamored by its bright orangeish-red berries, its golden-yellow coverings, and I absolutely love the way the tips of the vines twirl and wind into pretty coils as they taper.

I’ve illustrated a sprig to play around with in my branding exercises.

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Branding is hard work, especially when you have to brand yourself. It’s something that I’ve struggled with consistently throughout my career, but I think I’m finally starting to really own what I love in life and leisure, so it’s starting to show through my in my work.

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…I also love it because it looks old-timey ;)