from passion project to profit (art licensing)

From the top 1). sketches along the way 2). Studio M catalog/web site photo 3 - 6). pages from my winter 2014/2015 100 days of sketchbook project 7 & 8). more sketches back and forth with my lovely clients Anne & Cathy 9). my final pdf presentation 10). from my front garden my art planters spilling with colourful annuals

I'm a big believer in passion projects because they have been so incredibly beneficial to my own creative growth and for my art licensing business. Our friend and colleague Jennifer Orkin Lewis and before her the fab Lisa Congdon were the first artists I can remember having daily passion projects that I was paying attention to. Then came the very popular #100days project which is when I think I officially hopped on this bandwagon. I had just joined Instagram (very late to the party) and having a 100 day project gave me something new I created to post each day - if you go way back in my susanblackdesign IG feed you'll see my first floral drawings (with collage) sketchbook project, an every night with Netflix winter habit and the project that lead to this great art planter project with Studio M (and others). Next I did 100 day project of line drawings which I turned into my own self published colouring book Cats & Flowers, Flowers & Cats which I sold in my Etsy shop, locally and sent out as a gift/promotional pice to all my favourite art licensing customers. It's been amazing how much NEW work came from that line drawing/colouring book passion project ... a new colour-it-yourself multi sku gift collection with Midwest/CBK, a colouring Art Heart with Demdaco, a colouring greeting card with Design House Greetings and sold at Trader Joe's and best of all 2 new full size colouring books with Andrew's McMeel - the first 126 page book Inspired Garden is available now for pre-order at Amazon - yay !!


my new colouring book !

Shown here are 22 pages of the 126 pages found in my new POSH colouring book Inspired Garden with Andrews McMeel Publishing. 126 drawings inspired by a bunch of my most favourite things in life. Nature, flowers, gardening, more flowers, cats, inspirational & motivational words and sentiments more cats and lots more flowers ... oh and lots of butterflies and bees too ! Available for pre-order at Amazon.com here. Such a fun project !


new for Studio M

New flags, mats & more for Studio M (formerly MagnetWorks) see my new designs (from the top) 1. Pumpkin Patch 2. Joy & 3. Happy Fall available in flags, mats, mailbox covers & yard signs here + call Studio M customer service to find a retailer near you in Canada & the US (and maybe overseas too ;-) thank you Anne Brown, Sue Todd & Cathy Gigliotti at Studio M for continuing to be such wonderful supporters of me & my creative business !



a few of my favourite blooms from late spring and early summer

I especially love the top photo of lupins, the quintessential Nova Scotia wildflower.

Still, what I want in my life
is to be willing
to be dazzled—
to cast aside the weight of facts

and maybe even
to float a little
above this difficult world.

Mary Oliver

I'm trying to come back home, home ... here at this place, this blog. It's a slightly new place but still very familiar.I am trying to find my voice again. It make take time ... but please know it is my intention to be here once again.


pink red layered floral

6 x 9 on paper - red & pink layered floral - gouache, assorted pens, markers & gel pen - Susan Black © 2015


red black floral

9 x 12 on paper - red & black floral - collage, assorted pens, markers & gel pen - Susan Black © 2015