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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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.

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.

Friedrich Nietzsche Quote Lettering by Bree Reetz

lettering by Bree Reetz - The national quote

lettering by Bree Reetz - Simone Beavoir

lettering by Bree Reetz - Do it or don't

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!

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.

Story-time!

BreeReetzStoryTimeIt’s been a while since I’ve been in school, but today I got to join in on class with my charming nephew Will for story-time! These kids got a sneak peak of the picture book I’ve been working on and the whole class was a great test audience! They had some good questions and I really enjoyed being able to show them my process video so that they could get a better understanding of how I used both my hands and my mouse when I made the illustrations for this book.

Adventure Partners

 

Illustration by Bree Reetz

My first crush was on a boy who took me on an adventure in the woods. We roamed over his parent’s seemingly endless plot of rural land in awe. We hunted for and found treasures in the leaves, we built a fantastic fort out of sticks, and we spent the golden-hour together with flushed cheeks and fresh air blowing through our hair. When my Mom came to pick me up I told her I would marry him. I was really young and didn’t know what I was talking about. My Mom just raised her eye-brows and smiled.

But I knew there was something special there. I really liked the idea of having a life-long adventure partner. That idea stuck with me as I got older. And I consider myself extremely lucky to actually have found that adventure partner. My husband is the best adventure partner I could imagine. We enjoy walks through the woods, reading next to the river, exploring abandoned ghost towns, and traveling together. We’re always talking about big ideas, making each other laugh, and we know how to have fun like two overgrown kids. In fact we’ve talked about our childhoods and determined that we would have made great adventure partners back then if only we had known each other. And that my friends, is the spirit of this illustration.

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.