Let me introduce myself, my name is Catharine Graff and I am someone who is passionate about all things beautiful.
When it comes to…
Art: It’s all about what is happening in the moment. It’s hypnotic to paint, especially with the flow of watercolour. It clears my mind and releases emotion. It’s a meditation. To me, it’s not about the finished piece, but being in the creation process. View my paintings here.
Design: When working with my clients, I want to draw out what they are trying to convey in a professional, honest and straight forward manner. Keeping things simple and beautiful is key. View my designs here.
They don’t call me the queen of redesign for nothing. I don’t know who they are, but whatever, it has a ring to it. Refreshing this site means refreshing the resume. They must match. It’s just how things are.
It was time to add some spice to the clean slate I’ve been rocking as of late and make this a bit more me and in the moment. My current big passion is painting with watercolour so adding in some elements and textures from that seemed like a good idea. And, I’ve grown so tired of vertical documents, I’ve seen the horizon and it should be wide.
P.S. Sometimes I fall in love with colours. This season, it’s mint.
So fresh. So clean.
I will be actively putting up my reference photos, sketches and scans of my watercolour paintings on my activity feed so you can have a peek into my process all in one place. As well as taking videos of myself drawing and painting to give a bird’s eye view of how I work.
You may ask, why do I paint?
It’s all about what is happening in the moment. It’s hypnotic, especially with the flow of watercolour. It clears my mind and releases emotion. It’s a meditation. To me, it’s not about the finished piece, but being in the creation process.
Why is my subject matter usually wildlife?
I have always loved animals and I have deep respect for nature. I find a lot of beauty there and want to share it. I am a vegetarian and try to apply that as much as possible to all that I do – even asking companies who I buy from if they suit my lifestyle. You can see what I’ve found and their responses here.
Why am I on here?
At the moment, I freelance as a graphic artist, but I’d love to supplement that with my painting so that one day I can spend more time in my studio creating.
I posted some of my art over at Redbubble and they decided to give me a voucher so I could test out some of the items from my store.
I decided to get a tote bag, studio pouch and a bunch of postcards as I wanted to see how the colour was handled as well as seeing how the art worked with fabric. Here’s a few shots of the items I got.
And some close-ups.
Overall, the best quality of print was on the postcards. They feel very rich and the colour was spot on. A very nice, heavy-weight card stock. I love my tote bag and pouch for different reasons – they feel very durable and sturdy, I can throw in my camera and wallet without feeling like it is going to fall apart on me. The print does look like it bled a bit, but, that’s only noticeable if I hold it an inch from my face. I was surprised how well the fabric took it, it looked like it would be a challenge to print on.
Have you bought anything from me? I’d love to see a photo of it to judge more of the products on there and share to this post. A friend of mine also bought a studio pouch, and these were some of the photos of her purchase. (Thanks for supporting me!)
My friends over at Phantom Compass asked me to design a t-shirt for their Rollers of the Realm game. It was really fun to look through all of their art and combine their elements into this vector illustration.
I always love to see the actual application, which was done by Calhoun Sportswear, thanks for the photo Ericka!