Lately in October

October 28, 2014

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I took a trip to Seattle to visit a few friends then drove north to Diablo Lake. The water turns a bright turquoise when sunlight hits it.

Danielle Kroll - October Sketchbook

“Patrick the Poodle is trained to nip the heels of lingering houseguests.” Sketchbook page

Danielle Kroll - October Planter

A ceramic planter I made for my friend.

Danielle Kroll - October

I took a trip to the Hudson Valley last week and fell in love with all the towns and the beautiful Catskill mountains. I grew up not too far from this area but for some reason never really explored the towns. Although it was raining the whole time we did  get a chance to do a small hike around the lake in Minnewaska.

One of the first places we stopped at was Dia:Beacon and let me tell you, it was truly breathtaking. The building itself used to be a Nabisco factory and has the most gorgeous natural light seeping in. Not to mention the art… Sol LeWitt’s collection was my favorite but everything was so well curated. And you can really get up close to the art; nothing is roped off, which really changes the experience. Definitely need to take another trip back there.

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October 26, 2014

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Sketchbook

October 23, 2014

Danielle Kroll - Sketchbook

Danielle Kroll - Sketchbook

Danielle Kroll - SketchbookSome spreads from one of my sketchbooks. Thank you to the Design Observer for featuring me in their Hunter/Gatherer sketchbook series!

Halloween Party Printables

October 15, 2014

Danielle Kroll - Vanitas

Danielle Kroll - Vanitas

Brittany Jepsen runs one of my favorite blogs, the House that Lars Built. I always appreciate someone who loves using ALL the colors of the rainbow as much as I do. So it was a real treat to collaborate with her on this imaginative Halloween party. The theme is vanitas, which is an art history reference describing the brevity of life and nearness of death. I created the invites and menu which you can download and use for your own spooky soirees. Stay tuned for the recipes on Brittany’s blog!

Also, if you need an extra kick to get you into the Halloween spirit, how about listening to this Dead Man’s Bones album? If you haven’t heard of the band Dead Man’s Bones… it’s a side project of Ryan Gosling’s and their one album is actually really good. For me, it’s one of those seasonal albums that I can’t wait to hear when October rolls around.

Swatches 02

October 9, 2014

Danielle Kroll - Swatches 02

Swatches 01

October 8, 2014

Danielle Kroll - Swatches 01

An exercise in color and pattern.

Coffee and Tea

September 24, 2014

Danielle Kroll - Coffee and Tea

I liked coffee and he liked tea and that’s why we never could be.

Lounging

September 17, 2014

Danielle Kroll - Lounging

Perfect weather for lounging on a lawn with some wine and a good book, wouldn’t you say? Let’s hope it stays this nice for the weekend!

Floral Prints in the Shop

September 10, 2014

Danielle Kroll - Floral No. 1

Danielle Kroll - Floral No. 2

Danielle Kroll - Floral No. 3

Danielle Kroll - Floral No. 4

I just added four floral prints to the shop!

These were made when I splurged on a big pack of color-aid paper and started playing around. My Grandma always told us, “never skimp on buying food.” As a working artist I say, “never skimp on buying art supplies.” You’d be surprised how much better your work can look when you invest in the expensive paints and paper. My brands of choice are Holbein’s Acryla Gouache for paint. For paper I like Bockingford tinted paper in cream and Arches watercolor blocks. Personally I like a textured paper but different styles call for different materials so shop around and find what feels right for you!

Map Paintings

September 1, 2014

Danielle Kroll - Map Paintings

Danielle Kroll - Map Paintings

These are some oldish pieces I did for the beautifully designed World Cup issue of Howler Magazine. The written cities are where matches took place in a specific year. Sadly I don’t know much about geography (or soccer) so it was cool to do some research for these! Lots more maps in the magazine.