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With the encouragement of my husband, Shane, I created my first blog post on June 24th, 2009. By that time I had already filled my family’s vintage airloom trunk full of personal and emotional drawings. With the beginning of my blog, my creative thinking began to change in a subtle but important way that allowed my work to blossom from it’s cathartic roots of scattered loose paper into collected and completed projects on my blog.

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For the past 7 years you’ve followed my work as it has grown and evolved over time and I’ll continue to share my process with you on Instagram, my events with you on Facebook, my life with you on my new blog, and my portfolio with you on my new website.

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Thanks for following me to bigger and better things!

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Posted in Art

Much Ado About Nothing

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I recently created the illustration and design for
Capitol Shakespeare’s 2016 performance of Much Ado About Nothing.

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Follow me on Instagram to get behind the scenes content
including work in progress shots featuring this illustration.

New Video!

I’m delighted to share this punchy video my kick-ass video expert husband put together of my creative process. I love our creative partnership. Seriously though, watch me pen slingin’ and flingin’ some paint around as I complete a stylish drawing from scratch.

Style Reflections | Illustrations by Bree Reetz

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A T-shirt girl longing for summer. Style Reflection Illustrated by Bree Reetz
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Skeptical about embracing lavender as trending. Style Reflection Illustrated by Bree Reetz
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Ready to take on the challenge. Style Reflection Illustrated by Bree Reetz
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It’s a rare few who can shrug into a citron sweater and feel comfortable in their own skin. Style Reflection Illustrated by Bree Reetz

 

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Good bye 2015!

My favorite series to come out of this year has been my adventure partner series.

My husband and I grew up in the same neck of the woods geographically but wouldn’t meet each other until high school. But we’re convinced that had we known each other back in those days, we would’ve been inseparable. The first illustration I did in the adventure series imagines us exploring together in a slightly Wes Anderson style. I’m still in love with that illustration, and from what I’ve heard, so are many of you. So I was inspired to keep imagining our adventures and illustrating them. If you follow my work closely you’ve already seen some of this work. But I’m proud to wrap up this series as we wrap up this year.

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Illustration by Bree Reetz

In 2016 I look forward to creating more whimsical bodies of work that echo themes, characters, colors, or style. Creating sets of illustrations that are harmonious together is a goal I’m already striving for as we enter into the new year. But you know me, illustration is my passion. I’m always striving to push myself and my work.

And so we’ll close out the year with a set of meaningful quotes from 2015 that I hand painted in bubble-gum (or what I like to call) power pink.

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Presenting Shakespeare 1,100 Posters From Around The World

“Just as centuries of theatrical artists have reimagined his works through the lens of their own time and culture, so too have illustrators and designers.

Presenting Shakespeare is the first book ever to showcase theater posters for Shakespeare’s plays. The posters have been designed by an international roster of artists representing 56 countries, from Japan to Columbia, India, Russia, Israel, and New Zealand to England and the United States and beyond.”

“This stunning selection of the best in Shakespeare posters from the nineteenth century to the present was chosen from the collections of museums, theaters, and individuals.”

And I’m honored to say that the poster I designed and illustrated for Capitol Shakespeare’s production of Macbeth was sought out and featured in this publication’s broad and beautiful collection of international posters representing Shakespeare’s plays.

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Designer Fabric & D.I.Y Luxury Zipper Bag Project

 

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If you’re familiar with my work, you’ve probably seen my iconic design featuring leaves in rich colors like Monarch yellow, Bittersweet red, and blushing pink. Dappled with chilled berries against a crisp black background, this print is finally available as a luxurious satin fabric that is now part of an exclusive D.I.Y Luxury Zipper Bag Project. This project kit will be available in two colors of leather that is soft to the touch and will feature my designer satin fabric as it’s interior. Combining high quality materials with simple bag making techniques makes this project the perfect place to start sewing your own luxury accessories.

Now that’s something you can be proud of.

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Ready to make one of your own? A limited number of kits will be for sale at my pop-up shop located in Modern Textiles during Small Business Saturday. A tutorial on how to make this D.I.Y leather bag is coming soon.

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Muse by Bree Reetz for Modern Textiles

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Recognize my style above? That’s because this bison is part of a
new line of whimsical animal panels that I’ve created for Modern
Textiles.
Want to get your hands on my first publicly available
illustrated fabric panels? Get these new high quality 100% cotton
illustrated fabric panels here. Read their recent blog post and find
out more about my line Muse for Modern Textiles and our on-going
collaboration. When you you take a closer look, you will even
discover great tutorials that guide you through each project step by
step. There’s so much sewing fun to be had with these illustrated
panels! I hope this finds you inspired to make things. Enjoy!

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New Work by Bree Reetz

Illustration by Bree Reetz

Exciting things are happening behind the scenes in my studio! What sort of exciting things
you ask? Well, I am busy creating a whole new series of work set to release on 1/1/16.
The illustration you see above is a continuation of the adventure partner series, and a sneak-
peak at the kind of content that will populate my site in the new year! So if it’s a little quiet
around here, know that it’s because I’ve got my headphones on and that I’m working away
behind the screen!

Imagination Exercise at Elim Children’s Center

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I was invited to Elim Children’s Center to give a little talk about being an artist. We talked about how artists never stop using their imagination, that drawing requires practice, and that when you combine observational drawing with imagination – you get style. They learned how to draw a stylized sleepy cat, a dog, and a pigeon over watercolor. The results were fantastic! I wish you could see each up close, because each drawing has it’s own personality!

Capitol Shakespeare Presents: The Comedy Of Errors – Illustration & Design by Bree Reetz

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I’m excited to share with you the branding I created
for Capitol Shakespeare‘s summer play:
The Comedy Of Errors. They decided to set the scene
for this production in one of my favorite eras, the roaring
1920s. So it was especially fun to dive into that era,
bringing a modern look to some really snazzy Art Deco
inspiration. If you’re in Bismarck ND, make sure to get
yourself to one of their free performances: July 22-26 7pm.

The Comedy of Errors is the story of not one but two sets
of twins who are separated at birth. One set ends up in
Syracuse and the other in Ephesus. The twins from Syracuse
set out on a journey to find their mother and brothers. Once
they arrive in Ephesus however, they are constantly mistaken
for their twin brothers and all sorts of hijinks ensue!
The Comedy of Errors is full of humor, wit, and of course
a happy ending.

Is this “permission” word undermining your authority?

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Apparently, former Google exec, Ellen Petry Leanse thinks so. You can read all about what she really thinks in her opinionated article. Personally I think that the issue is much more dynamic than what Leanse would have you believe. There are many comments on the article but some of them manage to make you think. For instance, Robbert Sheppard insightfully responded saying:

“With all due respect, it is clear from the content of this article that the writer doesn’t have a background in linguistics. She says, “I began to notice that “just” wasn’t about being polite: it was a subtle message of subordination, of deference.” This sounds plausible enough on the surface, except that when you dig into the language, one of the primary ways that we express politeness in English is through deference: “would you mind…”; “could you…”; “if it’s not too much trouble…” We soften a request to make it seem less of an imposition. Things like this are especially important in email, where you don’t have facial expressions and intonation to soften your language.”

Personally, I agree with Sheppard. But I also think that this sentiment expressed by John F. Kennedy in 1962, gets us even closer to the heart of the issue.

“Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” ― John F. Kennedy

Blogger, Debbie Cameron, explores just these sort of prefabricated interpretations in her recent blogging on the topic saying:

“What this advice boils down to is ‘talk like a man’. The writer doesn’t even try to argue that there’s some inherent reason to prefer ‘less body language’ (whatever that means) to more. It’s preferable simply because it’s what men are said to do. Men are more successful in the workplace, so if women want to emulate their success, the trick is to mimic their behaviour.

Even in the 1990s the flaw in this reasoning was obvious. Men’s greater success in the workplace is largely a product of their privileged status as men: just imitating their behaviour won’t give women their status. Yet here we are in the second decade of the 21st century, recycling the same old advice.”

I’ve been reading a lot of reactions to the topic over the last couple of days and felt compelled to add my own. As you might expect from an artist like myself, my ideas are probably best expressed in the illustration. I hope this inspires you to dig into the background of the topic and do some thinking of your own.

Gorilla Illustration

Gorilla Illustration by Bree Reetz

Shane and I recently explored the Como Zoo & Conservatory. One of the first animals I saw, was a gorilla. As we watched him lumber his way down the side of the hill, I silently willed him to come closer. And to my astonishment, not only did he come closer, he came right up to our viewing area, sat down and looked out at us with thoughtful eyes, his chin in his hand. I waved shyly and then leaned over to Shane and said, “I hope he likes people watching.”

Speaking of Zoos, Radiolab did an interesting podcast episode about Zoos that you should listen to. I for one, will never look at a Gorilla the same way again.

Hiatus Kaiyote

Hiatus Kaiyote Illustration by Bree Reetz

We had a chance to go see Hiatus Kaiyote perform in person on May 12th at Fineline in Minneapolis. Everything about the show was great, the music is so full of life and it always leaves me feeling empowered. Nai Palm poured herself out for the show with killer vocals and genuine smiles. And she’s got great style as well, I couldn’t resist drawing a portrait. Check out the music for yourself, it’s been swingin’ in my speakers and my soul.