Thursday, August 27, 2015


My husband, Michael's aunt saw this illustration and wanted something similar.  She really liked a particular photo that Zack Wussow took of her son, Alfred, attacking/joking around with Mike at our wedding.
I drew it in Illustrator and then had the good people at Minuteman Press print it.
Illustration by Sarah Louise Burlhis

The cousins posing with the drawing

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

East Hartford Workspace

I told you about the community studio I had at the University of Connecticut and then I told you about the studio space I made while living with my parents and then I got married and moved into an adorable little apartment with my new husband so now I'm going to tell you about the space we've created together.

We have a room in our apartment that has several names, including, but not limited to:
The Office
The Study
The Studio
The Craft Room
The Sunny Room

It's where we both go to get work done and to draw. It's where I go to work from home on these blizzard days when I can't get to the office in Massachusetts. It's where craft projects happen.

I can't really take credit for the setup; that was mostly Michael. It turns out he's really good at room layout and making a space work.

Going down the hall into the room.
Stash of combined sketchbooks & art supplies.

Our desks. Can you guess whose is whose?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Bridesmaid Gift

This is the last post about our wedding, don't worry.
I know every bride says this, but the truth is, my bridesmaids were/are actually the best. Obviously, their gift needed to be special. I drew their lovely faces in my sketchbook, then brought it into Adobe Illustrator and created a vector drawing that I sent to Wedding Chicks, who printed 6 fair trade totes made out of recycled cotton.

The bride (me) is the one in the top middle.

Here is the print out (I steamed it a week before this photo, then let it get wrinkly again).

Next it was time to fill the totes. Luckily I am a graphic designer for American Gourmet Group, LLC, which is the parent company of a chocolate company and a gift company, so I had a lot of great resources. I picked out some chocolatey treats that I thought each girl would like, and then our product development/visual merchandiser helped me pick out lotions and other nice things, and then our packaging person professionally wrapped them in cello and tied them with custom ribbons.
Custom ribbons I printed for each girl (one of our wedding colors was teal).

I really enjoyed putting together gifts for these 5 very special women.

This is me holding a tote for size.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wedding Invitation & Program

I really enjoyed designing our wedding invitations and programs and creating them with the help of Michael and my younger brother. Here is some of our handy work:

Cell phone shot after my then-fiance, my younger brother, and I finished cutting everything out and gluing everything together on my parents' kitchen table.

Invitation next to an enthusiastic RSVP card from people that love us.

Front & back of the wedding program

Program and bridal flowers on a pew by Zack Wussow Media

We had both blue and white programs. Photo by Zack Wussow Media

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Thank You for My Bridal Shower!

A few weeks ago my bridesmaids and family threw me the most gorgeous shower in the history of showers.  Part of the way I wanted to say "Thank You" was by drawing a picture and mass producing it in an Andy Warhol inspired "low art" frenzy.

Almost Mrs. Michael Burlhis getting "showered"
When you have this many thank you notes to do, you are probably spoiled loved deeply.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Manchester Studio

After I graduated from college (was that really almost 3 years ago?  Yikes) I was able to live with my parents to help pay off student loans and save up some money.  Depending on your setup, I would highly recommend this option.  It was very helpful as I was trying to get on my feet, and it was wonderful to be surrounded by family at the end of each day.
Anyway, for years I've been supplementing my income by being commissioned for paintings and drawings. I needed a place to work, so I set up an "Art Studio" at my house, which really means "The half of my bedroom sectioned off with a chest of drawers and an art supply shelf."  It's been wonderful. 

As I mentioned in my last post, I'm getting married (in about 6 weeks!).  This means that I will be moving out of my parents house and making a new home with Michael.  It occurred to me that perhaps I should document this lovely work space before I pack it all up and set it up completely different in a new place.  After all, that's what I did with the lovely studio space UConn gave me senior year.  Enjoy:

Books and natural light are important.

More books, supplies, works in progress, pieces that had to lean against the wall because my closet is full, chair for thinking and reading and sketching.  I might add that while you may not be able to stand up fully under them, caped ceilings are the epitome of coziness.

My dad built me a book shelf that I promptly filled with my stash of filled sketchbooks, expensive magazines (Juxtapoz and Hi-Fructose are my favorite ones to splurge on), Art History books, Art Philosophy/Religion, Art Business, and other must-haves.  This is the shelf about a year ago.

And this is the shelf today.  Look, I've already started to pack!

This wall usually has brainstorming clippings from whatever my current project is.  But the stiletto stays constant because that's ALWAYS inspirational.

My messy stash of supplies.  Dividing the room with furniture helps me play a psychological trick on myself.  I have a bedroom and I have an art studio, and they are 2 different spaces for 2 different purposes.

View from the blue chair.

Once we get our East Hartford apartment all set up, I will post photos of that.  It will be fabulous because it will be a shared space, like in college, which is so wonderful for creativity and community.  I can't wait!