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Annie Parsons

Virginia, US

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I am an illustrator, designer, and teacher with a focus on creating bold and beautiful watercolor art for everyday use. I'm inspired by food, fashion history, children's literature, and my home in the Virginia mountains.

My mom Shelley Parsons is a calligrapher and hand letterer, and we often collaborate on fun and easy-to-follow recipes.

In my illustrations, you'll see a variety of handmade techniques, bright and unconventional colors, and a whimsical sense of humor. I hope you enjoy seeing the world as I do!

Recipes By Annie Parsons

Southern Fried Apples by Annie Parsons

Virginia, US

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Southern Fried Apples for the Global Cuisine Challenge.
This winter recipe comes from my part of the world, the mountains of the Southern USA. These sweet fried apples are an easy and comforting dish to whip up on a cold evening, and the cinnamon gives them a warm holiday flavor. Our family loves to eat them as a side dish to pork, roasted vegetables, or bacon and eggs. I created this illustrated recipe with watercolor, oil pastels, colored pencil, and digital media. The title lettering was created by my mom Shelley in watercolor, ink, and digital media, and was inspired by the iconic print shop Hatch in Nashville, TN.

Christmas Eve Sausage Balls by Annie Parsons

Virginia, US

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Every Christmas Eve, my family and I make all sorts of finger foods to eat while we watch "A Charlie Brown Christmas." These Martha Stewart sausage balls are always the star of the show; we make one tray to eat on Christmas Eve, and another to eat for breakfast while we unwrap presents on Christmas morning. In this illustration I wanted to document our favorite Christmas recipe and capture the charming 1960s style of our favorite Christmas movie, "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

I created this recipe as a student project in Ohn Mar Win's Skillshare Class "Food Illustration: Design a Vintage Style Illustrated Recipe."

Feline Fancies by Annie Parsons

Virginia, US

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Fave Memory for the October HandPicked Design Challenge:

This whimsical scene is a tribute to my cat, Jill. Jill is 17 years old, but still incredibly spry and a big food lover. Our family has lots of funny memories of Jill trying to steal bread and desserts from the kitchen. Since she can't have those things in real life, I've created this fantasy scene where she can have a whole buffet of sweets to herself. This illustration was created using watercolor, gouache, ink, and digital media. My mom Shelley created the lettering in ink.

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Virginia Hoecake by Annie Parsons

Virginia, US

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Fave Memory for the October HandPicked Design Challenge:

While most Southern hoecakes are small and fried, our family gives the name "hoecake" to a large, fluffy buttermilk biscuit that we bake and then cut into squares. The recipe for this three-ingredient quickbread has been passed down through at least four generations of Virginia mountain women, from my great-grandmother Rosalie who was born in the 19th century, to my grandmother Clelon who grew up during the Great Depression, to my mother Shelley who created the pencil-lettered title for this recipe, to me, who created this illustration in watercolor, pencil, and digital media. Whenever I make a hoecake, I feel connected to my heritage, proud of the women who came before me, and covered in flour. We love to eat hoecake with cozy fall soups or drizzled with honey for dessert.

Watercolor Roasted Asparagus by Annie Parsons

Virginia, US

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Our go-to recipe for roasted asparagus with watercolor illustration by me and hand lettering by my mom Shelley. This is a fun and fresh weeknight side dish that's totally customizable: you can change up the toppings any way you like!

Pickled Red Onions by Annie Parsons

Virginia, US

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My family's recipe for pickled red onions, illustrated by me in watercolor and hand-lettered by my mom Shelley. We add these red onions to just about everything, they're really handy to have in the fridge.