What I Listen to

by Catherine Cotton

Listening to audiobooks and podcasts while I illustrate is something that I love and do on a daily basis. It has been such a blessing to listen to amazing words of wisdom and historical works that I otherwise, if I'm honest, would not take the time to read or listen to. I thought I would share some of my favorites that have been most impactful to me lately! Some of these listed are just fun and interesting and some have deeply impacted my journey with Jesus. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have! 

The Sisters

by Catherine Cotton

Hi friends!  Today on the blog, my dear friend Elizabeth is going to share the story behind two illustrations that I did for her family.  Their family dynamic is so special and it was a joy to get to illustrate them!

Thanks for the introduction, Catherine!  Like she said, I’m Elizabeth.  I’m so happy to be able to share the story of what Marry Me In Spring has meant to my family! 

First, a little background.  My family is basically the modern version of Little Women.  I have three sisters: Sarah is our oldest, I’m in the middle with my twin sister Anna, and Mary Claire is our youngest.  We also have awesome parents who we love.  We spent our college years living in different states until all the sisters ended up at Baylor University for one year.  Baylor also happened to be the place where Sarah met her future husband, Kyle (who is the perfect brother we never had).  Kyle proposed to Sarah at the Dallas Arboretum, and my sisters and I got to surprise her after she said yes!

Wedding season was on.  We wanted to give Sarah a memorable gift, something she would treasure as her gift from her sisters.  Sarah is our resident fashion guru, and even designed her own formal dress in high school.  When she found her wedding dress it was the epitome of her style: elegant, classic, but still right on trend.  We knew that she would want to remember it forever, so we decided to have Catherine illustrate Sarah in her gown from her bridal portraits.  Catherine’s illustration made Sarah look like she was straight out of a fashion designer’s sketchbook, and it captured her personality perfectly.  On the morning of Sarah’s wedding we ate breakfast as a family and surprised her with the illustration.  It made the day even more special.

6 months later at Christmas, Sarah gave us the best present ever: an illustration of the four sisters together.  She wanted to give us something as a reminder of our special relationships as sisters and this unique time in our lives.  The illustration captures our personalities, similarities, and differences.  It was the most thoughtful gift, and we were all so surprised.  She had prints made for the sisters and one for my parents to have at home.  

Every time I look at my illustration, I’m reminded of this sweet season of life with my family and how grateful I am for my sisters.

The Farm

by Catherine Cotton

"Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it."
Anne of Green Gables 

I have a special place in my heart for farms. My grandparents had a farm in North Carolina and I grew up visiting them on a regular basis. My family and I would pile into the car and drive 24 hours to this small farm town near Raleigh. We would fish in the pond, pick blackberries, skip rocks, ride golf carts and play in the doll house my grandpa built. When I was asked to illustrate this special farm for Katie and her grandparents, I was more than excited. Katie's grandparent's lived on their farm for over 50 years. They raised their family, made their livelihood and many wonderful memories there. This farm is beautiful and it was a privilege to illustrate it as well as make prints to give to her family. 

One of my favorite parts of Marry Me In Spring is hearing what the client thought of the finished product. Here is what Katie said, "My grandparents absolutely loved the picture!! My grandmother couldn't stop looking at it and told me that it was one of the most thoughtful and unique gifts they've ever received. Thank you again for everything you did, it was perfect!!"

This feedback just makes my day. It fills me with joy knowing that I have this opportunity to capture one-of-a-kind places and special people.