Makayla

Makayla Illustration by Bree Reetz

A few months ago I stumbled onto this video blog called Makayla’s Vanity. Makayla candidly opens herself up to the world by sharing her thoughts and ideas on youtube. She covers everything from her pixie-cut to bigger topics like being yourself and being confident in your own skin. From watching her videos I feel sure that she is adorable, thoughtful, and sweet. When I was 16 I had my own pixie-cut and my thoughts about life were all crammed in the pages of a journal that I did my best to hide. And that’s part of why I think Makayla’s vlog is so great. She’s not hiding, she’s sharing her herself and her insights with us as she grows. For many I think she’s probably a friend from afar. For me she’s an inspiring example of transparency. So this illustration is for you Makayla! Stay beautiful!

Mural Reveal

Photo by Brooke Kupcho
Photo by Brooke Kupcho
Photo by Brooke Kupcho
Photo by Brooke Kupcho
Photo by Brooke Kupcho
Photo by Brooke Kupcho

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Here is the final post chronicling the mural. Brooke Kupcho captured some shots of the finished mural at the opening party for the shop. I hope you enjoy the photos and I encourage you to stop by the store to check it out in person. The hand-lettering is original and designed by myself with the help of Sam Gunderson.

Pilates for Winter Wellness

Pilates Illustration by Bree Reetz

Pilates is an exercise routine that uses deceptively minimal movements with natural resistance to tone your muscles and build your body’s core strength. I took a semester of Pilates in college and when I began I was disgusted by how hard repetitions of simple movements initially were. Most people giggled through the class but a shy and adorable older woman who had retained her workout clothing from the 80’s (including leg warmers) and myself were determined to get better. And behold, by the end of that semester we were no longer struggling. We were confidently winging our way through the routines by the time the class was over. The strength I gained while taking this class stayed with me for years. This simple effective exercise taught me how to activate my core and fortified my muscles. But on my own I lacked the motivation to push myself further. As you might imagine, in my daily routine most of my heavy lifting happens in my head with pencil in hand. And so until recently my fitness had been on the back burner while my creative endeavors were (and still are) set to boil. However it’s always in bad taste to neglect yourself and so lately I’ve been making consistent efforts to jump back in. During the fall a friend and I took up jogging just in time for it to get cold. And now that the snow has started to fly and temperatures are dipping into single digits – exercise now happens in front of the fire place. My husband and I are doing Pilates together. It burns but it’s a good burn. I’m looking forward to toning my muscles. Each session I feel stronger than the session before. This winter I’m investing in my wellness.

Mural Part One

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I was asked to do a mural installation in the Others Shop downtown Fargo to help welcome people into the door. This is my first post showing you the very beginning of the process. This awe inspiring blank wall is a whopping 8×32′ big!  I’ve done some mural work before but this was the largest canvas I’ve ever had. I decided I didn’t want to do this one solo and so I convinced my artist friend Sam Gunderson to collaborate. And thank goodness I did. Not only did he bring another valuable perspective – he also brought an old projector. This project would have been infinitely more difficult without that lovely old projector. If you ever see one snatch it up – it’s gold, simply gold, my friends! In this post you can see the lines beginning to come together on the wall in pencil. This script font was entirely hand rendered and designed by yours truly. Stay tuned for more!

Kegs & Canvas | Fowlers Heritage Company 2014

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Photos by Shane Reetz.


Highlights from Kegs & Canvas at Fowlers Heritage Company

Surrounded by adorable clothing, sipping a caramel latte from Stumbeanos, and playing with watercolors. I had the opportunity to meet and greet many of the people coming through – one of them was new to the area and looking to get into the art scene, another went through the Graphic Design & Communications programs at BSC and had heard about my work through one of my professors, friends and family stopped by to share smiles and hugs, and others were mostly there for the hard cider. Fowlers was a fun location to draw, the ambiance was great and the company was even better.

 

Hand Painted Tea Cups by Bree Reetz

Fall is here!

I don’t know about you, but for me it’s the season of a good spicy Chai latte. Mmmm.

Speaking of lattes, I’ve got a new trio of hand painted tea cups that will be for sale at Kegs & Canvas this Thursday where I’ll be drawing at Fowlers from 5-9pm – downtown Fargo.

Hand Painted Mugs by Bree Reetz

Why hand painted tea cups? Well, product illustration and design is something that really interests me. I like to surround myself with things that make my day brighter. And some days it’s grabbing a cute tea cup out of the cupboard that does just that.

It’s not just tea cups though. It’s the fabric of your pillow case, it’s a print on your wall, it’s your shower curtain, it’s a card you picked out especially for someone, it’s your calendar, it’s your phone cover, a bumper sticker, a magnet, a temporary tattoo, the dust jacket that convinced you to buy your favorite book, and so much more. These are all every day things that can be made beautiful, whimsical, and treasured by the touch of an artist. I’d like to be that artist.

Alley Fair 2014

I’ve been invited to install an art piece on an unexpected canvas at Alley Fair 2014. Stop by between 11-7 to see my art in progress!

 

Alley Fair will continue the dumpster art project to create and display public art in alleyways. During the event, artist, Bree Reetz and designer, Jordan Nelson will be creating original works of art during the event.

The swell of extraordinary artists and makers’ in the Fargo area will set up shop with their unique and unexpected goods. From trinkets to treasures, the Artist and Markers’ Market is Fargo’s own alley emporium.

Saturday, September 20th 11am – 7pm (free)

Location
Alleyway south of Main Ave, between 9th and 10th St South –  enter on 9th St
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