Tuesday, December 8, 2009


I've been invited to show some of my work at this wonderful event at the Bridewell Gallery in Liverpool. There will be a performance of Eliza and the Bear, by Eleanor Rees, an exhibtion of foresty, wintery themed artwork, mulled wine and an open fire! The gallery is in an old police station and is a listed building. It'll be a great night, although Jesse and I can't attend because we leave for Boston the day before! The date of the event is December 19th.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


Here's another card I've made for this cold season. It's a pencil drawing printed on ivory card stock. I'm selling these and the Christmas cards in packs of four, with envelopes, for $15 on etsy. I'll also have them at the craft this Saturday (and next) in Liverpool.

Monday, November 30, 2009

christmas card

My newest painting with a Christmas theme. This is a watercolor on hot press watercolor paper. It doesn't have the rough texture of cold press, which I am getting used to and beginning to like. The purpose of this is for printing Christmas cards, which I will be selling at the Christmas fair at the Bluecoat in Liverpool, along with books and bags. The Liverpool Illustrators have a table both Saturdays, Dec 5th and Dec 12th, so come by if you can!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

on the streets of liverpool

The penguins are out on the trail in Liverpool City Centre. It's really neat to see them here and there. I saw two in Lime Street Station just a minute after getting off the train from Manchester! I found my Dry New World penguin on Albert Dock and took a few photos. (Amazingly, it wasn't raining.) The Innovation Park penguin is next to town hall, and I found this photo of it online. (I don't know that kid) Next time I'm in Liverpool I will head over to find it in person.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

for sale!

Yes! I now have a store on etsy where people can purchase my wares. 

Like this new hand screen printed bag!

Here are a few shots of the address books I've made. The tabs are typewriter written!

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

go penguins

I painted two penguins for Liverpool's Go Penguin public art project. There over a hundred beautifully painted  five foot tall penguins which will be in city centre this winter. 

My first penguin was sponsored by Liverpool Innovation Park, which is which was also the HQ for the project and the studio were most of them were painted. The photo on the left is of my first penguin still in progress, and the photo on the right is the back of it when completed.


My second penguin was sponsored by the Environment Agency. This is my interpretation of their concept and basic design: Liverpool under a burning sun and a dry cracked landscape. Don't ask me why they wanted penguins aimlessly walking around, but it does look pretty cool. This was almost the opposite landscape to my first penguin, very warm colors (no green at all!), but they seem to match anyway.


Check out the project's website to find out more about it. I'll post pictures of them once they are on the trail! http://www.gopenguins.co.uk/site/

Thursday, November 5, 2009


Manchester Artists' Book Fair! This Saturday! 

I'm busy getting ready, making lots of little journals and assembling editions of The Birthday. I'm also making paperback books of my drawings, which I'm very pleased with. 

It'll be an exciting day and I'll certainly post photos early next week. Come by if you are in the area!

Also, I have put new work on my website and added a book arts section, which will soon be filled up with photos of my recent book works.  Check it out! www.marylundquist.com

Sunday, October 18, 2009

more and more

New bags! And my first attempt at photo exposure screen printing. I'm very pleased with my American Sign Language alphabet design, even if they are off register. (Each one is unique!) I plan to set up an 'etsy' shop very soon, so if anyone is interested in purchasing a lovely tote please stay tuned!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

tv and cheerios

At long last, I have painted again! This is a small watercolor, just to keep it up and to add another editorial illustration to my portfolio. This image was in sketch stage for a long time but when I came across it recently and had a clear vision of the finished piece. Isn't it nice when it all seems so simple?

Monday, October 5, 2009

treehouse bags

 I began drawing treehouses a few years ago. I did a lot of pen and ink drawings in this style, but I don't seem to have any real record of that work, which is too bad. The image keeps coming back, and working its way into my new methods of art making. Here is a screen print: a new bag design. I used paper stencils and a borrowed screen (thanks, Jane!). 

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

alpha bag

Hip hip for the screen printing! Jane brought her screens and materials into the studio yesterday and so I made these alphabet bags. There are five bags and six or so prints on paper and they're all for sale. I'll be selling them at the Manchester Artists' Bookfair, along with handmade books, cards and bookmarks. If you would like one but can't make it to the fair, please get in touch through email! Prints are £4 and bags are £6 (+shipping). There's also much more to come! 

Friday, September 18, 2009

emma's garden

A few weeks ago, Jesse and I stayed with our friend Emma Gregory. She and her family were nice enough to host us for a week when we were in need of a place. I did lots of drawings of their beautiful back garden, which feels like a little world of its own. It gives you a sense of wonder to sit out there, surrounded by jade, ivy and an apple tree. I discovered the hidden snails, fallen apples, and spider webs. It has inspired me to some day put as much care as they have into a garden of my own. This is the best I can do for now.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

for the first time...

This is a new etching, which I made today in the studio. It came together so well after sitting for a couple of minutes with the plate in front of me, ready to be drawn on. I took the images from different pages in my sketchbook and put them together in this weird little world. Jesse says it reminds him a bit of Saul Steinberg and I don't mind that at all. The writing on the ribbon is based on a poem that I didn't write, but maybe I'll really be like Steinberg some day and come up with clever words of my own. 

I'm really pleased with this piece.

Thursday, August 20, 2009


This is the back cover to an album design I have been commissioned to create. It's a lot of fun so far. Certain things are cut-outs and I scanned it in a collage-style, using blue-tack to stick the pieces on and have them hover above the painting. See the tiny shadows? 3D! I'm going to atempt to put the track titles somewhere on the back, too....We'll see about that.

More to come in the future...

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

monoprints on tuesday

In the print studio yesterday, the illustrators group worked with monoprinting, a basic yet challenging technique. It took me the better part a the morning and several cups of coffee (becuase it turned out to be decaf!) to come up with the flying bus image. I really like it and am happy with the colors and fuzzy quality of the lines. It's a start anyhow! We'll be in the studio again next week so stay tuned.

For links to the other illustrator's websites, see our blog: liverpoolillustrators.blogspot.com

Monday, July 27, 2009

a little something

I wanted to post something....so I decided on this sketch that I did today while sitting in Oomoo Cafe. That plant is amazing and I really enjoyed drawing it. It's funny, I seem to have a thing with drawing in cafes, it just works for me. And this is a particularly nice cafe, too!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

private view at editions gallery

Here are a couple of photos from the private view last Friday. The place was packed! Thanks to everone who braved the horrible rain and wind and made it there! 

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

the magnificent seven

I am exhibiting my newest work at the Editions gallery in Liverpool, July 9-30th. It is a group show, consisting of seven Liverpool based illustrators who have spent the last few months working side by side in the Bluecoat print studio. 

The reception party will be at the gallery on the 17th of July, 6-8pm. (Good fun and good art!)

Be there or be square.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

the book!

The Birthday is a children's story that was written by Jill Tomasetti and illustrated by myself. Above are photographs of the digitally printed version of the handmade book. I made an edition of 4 digital and 4 original versions.

Below are images of the book made from original etchings. The cover is printed using drypoint card. This version is larger than the digital ones and the pages are Fabriano Rosaspina printmaking paper.

I will be exhibiting these books at Editions Gallery in Liverpool from July 9th. They will be a part of a show I am in, Magnificent Seven, with six other illustrators based in Liverpool. We formed as a group during a residency in the Bluecoat's print studio this Spring.

Thanks to Andy and Hannah for lending me their camera. Thanks to Emma for teaching me how to print, I will always be in debt to you for it. Thanks to Jesse, for so much.

 And of course, thank you Jill for writing this story. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

the birthday

I have been very busy lately, with traveling to Dublin, getting over a cold, changing flat bike tires, and making books! This book business has been a successful project and I am almost finished with it. My good friend, Miss Jill Tomasetti, has written a story for me and I have illustrated it using my newly aquired printmaking skills. This is the first story that I have illustrated from beginning to end and I chose to make them etchings, which is a techinque that suits my style really well. The line quality is amazing! 

The story is called The Birthday and is about a girl who goes to the park on her birthday. It is a unique and simple story that I made seven illustrations for.

"What do you think, Isis?" she said to the small bird under her bed.

The plan: I decided to make eight books, four of which will be the original prints on printmaking paper and four inkjet copies on high quality paper. So far I have made two of each, and hope to construct the rest this weekend. 

"Her feet soon led her to the park, where a friendly little dog noticed her crown and wished her many happy returns of the day."

This past weekend was the second Liverpool Artists' Book Fair, where I shared a table with my friend Jo Moore. I showed my books there and get very good feedback from the visitors and other book artists. I also made cards with my illustrations on them and brought the bookmarks that I made last year, both of which sold well and it was encouraging. The weekend was fun and I was inspired, so I plan to get involved with the book arts fair in Manchester this fall. 
Go books!

 I promise to post photos of the books as soon as I get my hands on a digital camera. They really must be seen to be understood, words just won't do. Jill's story is wonderful and I'm going to send much simpler versions of the book to children's book publishers. Why not?

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


A very good friend of mine is getting married and commissioned me to design her wedding invitations. This is the 'Save the Date' card without the text. The couple bicycle a lot and I thought it was fitting to draw in a cute three speed!
Here is the invitation: two bicycles, a tall tree, birds, leaves on the tree... all good things. The couple are going to add text to this one as well. It will be folded three times and put into square envelopes. I can't wait to get one in the mail! Unfortunetly, Jesse and I won't be able to go to the wedding because we're living in England. It will be wonderful I know! I'm also creating a marraige contract for them, which all their guests will sign. It's a lovely Quaker tradition and I am so glad that I am able to be a part of it.