We’re getting ready for our 3rd Annual LRS Artists Retreat!

Over here at Lilla Rogers Studio we’re getting ready for our 3rd Annual Artists Retreat for our represented artists. Starting this Sunday, it’s three days of making art together, learning new things, schmoozing with top VIPs in the business, eating well and more. Here’s my garden where we’ll hang out the first day. Follow along at #lillasretreat on Instagram.


Guess who is coming to our Retreat? We’ve got VIPS from companies such as Blue Q, Hallmark, Quarto, teNeues, Candlewick, Sterling Publishers and Janine Vangool, Publisher of the highly acclaimed UPPERCASE Magazine. She’s hanging out with us and I’m sure she and I will concoct some pretty interesting ideas beneficial for both brands. And that, my friend, is how we do business around here. I always say “Play business like it’s a game.” That means: have fun with it.

We are honored that Mitch Nash, the founder of BlueQ, will be attending our Retreat. We love BlueQ!

I’m getting the back garden prettied up. I like an informal setting, plying everyone full of lots of good food and drink to inspire creativity, ideas, and relaxation. I’m going to lead my artists on a very cool art project which I show you in a later newsletter. Stay tuned!

Imagine what my artists are going to do with all this goodness on Day Three: Craft Day! I’m giving each of them blank tote bags to decorate. We’re talking inks, fabric paints, sashiko thread, gem setters, Helen Dardik rubber-stamps, sequins… See that little face in the middle? That’s my test piece, LOL. When Flora Waycott and Kate Mason come (a few days early from Australia) they’ll make a little sampler to test the materials.







Helen’s new watercolor and more!

Have you seen Helen Dardik’s videos on Instagram where she magically paints her art in time lapse? You can see more here.

Helen Dardik

Hsinping Pan


Katie Vernon


Kate Mason


Jessica Allen

Hope you enjoyed the show.



P. S. Read what our artists have to say about working with our agency here!









Linda Ketelhut’s Incredible Journey in the Sonoran Desert

Our artist Linda Ketelhut took an amazing journey in the Sonoran Desert to see the Saguaro’s in bloom!  She participated in a workshop “Ha:san Bak Harves”.  She recently ambushed Lilla Rogers’ Instagram account @Lillarogers  for a day and shared her unique journey with us. Linda writes, “It was a privilege and joy to share in the tradition alongside 3 generations of the Tohono O’odham and learn more about their culture and the Saguaro’s place in it. Hope you enjoy it!”.

All photos by Linda Ketelhut

We loved learning about this unique process and being part of the journey with Linda!  See her portfolio here and all of the images from the Takeover Day here on Instagram @ Lillarogers.




What Makes A Great Product?

What makes a great product?
Strong contrast helps the product stand apart.
Gorgeous color palette is a must.
The imagery is easy to ‘read’ quickly.
The artist’s style is distinctive and exceptional.

Here, you see excellent examples of the above, by our artists. Enjoy.

Suzy Ultman  

Kate Mason

Sarah Walsh

Flora Waycott

Suzy Ultman

Sarajo Frieden

See tons more products here!



Carolyn Gavin’s Home Decor Collection

It’s so rewarding to see our artists’ work come to life! Here’s our artist Carolyn Gavin’s gorgeous home decor line for TAG, Ltd.  She has such a masterful loose paint style and adorable quirky lettering. Carolyn created this delightful art in the Make Art That Sells: Creating Collections for Home Decor course.  Lilla co-teaches this class with esteemed colleague Creative Director Margo Tantau.
Artists: This is our LAST session we will be running live. This is your chance to get your work in front of a top art agent and creative director. Class starts today on Monday, August 7th. Don’t miss this opportunity! Sign up here.
Here’s the art board Carolyn designed in our Creating Collections for Home Decor class. We pitched it to TAG, Ltd. and they snapped it up:
Ta da! We’re crazy about this collection that TAG Ltd. created from Carolyn Gavin’s work from her presentation. In fact, that cup on the upper left is on Lilla’s desk holding her pencils.

Check out more terrific products Carolyn has with Anthropologie:

Art directors: See more of Carolyn’s gorgeous work here.
Join Lilla this Wednesday, August 9th at 1:30pm ET on the Make Art That Sells Facebook page to get help with your first class assignment.
Lookin’ for some great art? Contact us to license, buy or commission art for your fabulous project. We are happy to help you!


The Studio Ladies


See how Zoe uses an inky pen and quirky lettering in her art.

I’m delighted to show you our artist  Zoe Ingram’s fresh new Home Decor line for Creative Co-Op! This very cool collection was created in my Make Art That Sells Home Decor Course.  I love her fine inky line and charming lettering. It’s so rewarding to see our artists’ work come to life.

Art Board designed by Zoe Ingram in my Creating Collections for Home Decor class.

See more of Zoe’s work here.

photos by Creative Co-Op


The Studio Ladies


Get your mitts on new work by our artists! Check out these presentation boards.

Art directors: Get your mitts on this work for your amazing products! This is art that my artists did in my e-course Make Art That Sells: Creating Collections for Home Decor. I create 3 trend boards for each home decor course of what I think are the next trends. And the cool part is watching how these brilliant artists translate those trends into their own style, leading the way.

Trina Dalziel




Flora Waycott


Mara Penny


Mara Penny


Lookin’ for some great art? Contact us to license, buy or commission art for your fabulous project. We are happy to help you!

Katie Vernon’s Home Decor Collection with Anthropologie

Sometimes one of my artists will do work that they love, either in my courses or just for the pure joy of it. The cool part is seeing the variety of products the art ends up on when we pitch it to various companies. Teepees for Anthropolgie by Katie Vernon? Yeah.

photo Anthropologie.com

This is the magical piece that Katie did in my home decor course. She is the queen of pretty greys and watery blue greens.

Art Board designed by Katie Vernon in my Creating Collections Home Decor class
Lookin’ for some great art? Contact us to license, buy or commission art for your fabulous project. We are happy to help you!

Jessica Allen’s New Home Decor Collection. Farm House Vibes.

Take a look at Jessica Allen’s beautifully painted home decor line for Creative Co-Op. She created this work in our Make Art That Sells Home Decor course. It’s so rewarding to see artists’ work come to life. The next class starts Monday, August 7th. I’m eager to see what new art comes out of it.
Below you can see Jessica’s work from class and the charming products that were made from her art. First, here’s the art board designed by our artist Jessica in our Creating Collections Home Decor class:


Check out these delightful plates that Jessica got as a result of her classwork.

See more of Jessica’s collection here.

Here’s another stunning art board that Jessica did in my class. I love her use of black.
…and ta da! Here are the gorgeous pillows that Creative Co-Op made from her art:

Art Directors: Lookin’ for some great art? Contact us to license, buy or commission art for your fabulous project. We are happy to help you!
The Studio Ladies

SCAD Atlanta seeks a part-time professor of illustration to join the team that nurtures award-winning future illustrators.

SCAD Atlanta seeks a part-time professor of illustration to join the team that nurtures award-winning future illustrators.  Ideal candidates will add dimension to the department by possessing extensive industry experience in illustration for traditional and digital media, and comprehensive knowledge of the history of illustration. You should have strong drawing skills, a unique style, aesthetic and viewpoint, as well as published credentials, accolades and industry recognition.  The desire to encourage students to experiment and generate work in a range of styles and media is also essential to this role.
⎯ Terminal degree or its equivalent in illustration or a related field
⎯ Experience in licensing and surface design preferred
⎯ At least three years of commercial illustration and college-level teaching experience preferred.
For more info and to apply, see here: https://scadjobs.scad.edu/postings/17091