When I first started to create my graphic artwork, I frustratingly failed. Working in Photoshop (years before Procreate was ever a thing), I was only utilizing one layer and found it extremely difficult to achieve the look I wanted, so I gave up temporarily.

Fast forward a few years down the road to when my husband and I got married at Glacier National Park in Montana. While on our honeymoon, we stopped in at one of the tiny ranger station gift shops where I stumbled upon this book. The artist was creating work similar to what my style was, and he explained his process in the introduction. That simple paragraph was all I needed to learn how to approach my process differently. Now I work in layers (still in Photoshop) and my artwork consists of anywhere between 50 to 250 of them depending on the complexity of the piece. Working in layers gives me more options than traditional painting – for instance, I can hid certain layers while working on others or copy a layer and play around with the color without having to go back and redo it if I don’t like the result.

This year I've decided to participate in the #marchmeetthemaker challenge, where I’ll be showcasing my brand and the person behind it (me). Thanks, @joannehawker for creating this challenge to help showcase all the creatives in the world and giving me the boost I needed to get a little out of my comfort zone!

Day one - brand introduction:

About Danielle Lehoux and Lehoux Art:

My passion is creating graphic artwork similar to a block print style that is loosely inspired by the vintage “See America” posters of the National Parks. Being a native Mainer (8th generation to grow up in Cape Neddick), I consider myself lucky to have such strong roots in such a special place, and enjoy creating artwork that reflects the beauty of my surroundings. My favorite subjects are birds and lighthouses and my art is largely based on hiking and birding adventures as well as road trips throughout Maine and NH.

As a graphic artist, I use a stylus as my “paintbrush” and my computer screen as my “canvas”. Before I officially launched my business in 2015, my artwork mostly served as a sort of artistic travel/adventure journal for myself. As I created more, my vision shifted to include wanting to provide others with the ability to purchase a unique token of a favorite trip or memory in the form of art prints, magnets, note cards, coasters, trivets, stickers, and more.

Stay tuned for more meet the maker posts throughout the month!

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Yellow warblers’ nests are frequently parasitized by the brown-headed cowbird. Upon recognizing one of cowbirds' eggs, yellow warblers will often smother it with a new layer of nesting material. They will usually not try to save any of their own eggs that have already been laid but produce a replacement clutch. They have been known to build as many as six tiers of nests in some cases! Sometimes, the parents desert a parasitized nest altogether and build a new one.

Read more about the Yellow Warbler here.

I fell in love with warblers during last year’s spring bird migration in southern Maine. There are so many different types ranging from the drab to the brightly colored. The yellow warbler certainly lives up to its name and I was lucky to spy these fast moving birds during a few birding adventures. I hope you enjoy my Yellow Warbler artwork inspired by my birding experience last spring.

Prints are now available in my online shop

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