Saturday, October 30, 2010

Sketchbook Project — Frank E. Stein

I managed to squeeze one more Halloween sketch into my trusty sketchbook. Happy Halloween to you all! I hope it involves lots of chocolate!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sketchbook Project — The Mummy & Some Tea

I am so happy that I joined the Sketchbook Project! It's really helping me with the practice and pure enjoyment of drawing! It was the best decision.

I'm loving this little mummy guy and his cat!

I'm a hardcore iced tea drinker even when it's freezing outside. No wonder I'm always cold! I do like hot tea, but I rarely drink it. It's just not as satisfying as iced tea. I like it black with a touch of lemon and absolutely no sugar or sweetener of any kid. I run from herbal teas!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Sketchbook Project — Pumpkins

Not your average pumpkins.

Five days left to order your very own 8x10 Semi Custom Collage Portrait for only $50! That's almost 50% off!!! There are only 10 slots available for this awesome price!

Monday, October 25, 2010

From sketchbook to finished art

This piece is part of what I'm calling my Boy Series. My son pointed out to me that I'm always drawing girls, so I've made it a point to draw more boys this year. My Racing Boy is another one from this series.

This is the sketch from my Sketchbook Project.

This was the perfect piece to experiment more with these matte acrylic paints from my friend Tracy Bishop. They're Jo Sonja's Artists' Colours. They have a nice tooth to them when they're dry. It's a great surface for my color pencils.

For the boy, the dog, and the boat, I worked as I usually do on toned paper with Caran d'Ache watercolor pencils. I painted in the blue around the boat so that I could get the glow around them just right. This also made it much easier to assemble everything in Photoshop without having to create an accurate clipping path around the image. I saved a lot of time this way and it looks more natural.

Here's what the water looked like before I colored over it. I wanted more punch to the color, so I ended up using Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Watersoluble crayons. I used them over the entire background. In the sky, I used a damp brush to blend the colors for a smooth look. For the water I left them dry.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Illustration Friday — Racing

I just couldn't pass posting this illo again for this week's Illustration Friday theme. He's just right for it!

There's still time to get this Spidery Trick or Treat bag that I designed. I've ordered one for each of my kids and I'm so excited about it for two reasons: #1-Well, I designed it! and #2-This is a much better option to the plastic pumpkins or pillow cases we've used on previous Halloweens. You can buy your own here.

I've also made this beautiful fall print available in my Etsy shop

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sketchbook Project — Ice Cream Man

Just a random bit of silliness inspired by my oldest, ice cream loving son.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Sketchbook Project — Witchy

A little Halloween sketch in my Sketch Book Project. Being a witch was my favorite costume as a kid.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

It's raining so it must be Fall!

Fall is my favorite season and pumpkins are my favorite thing to paint. I just love pumpkins! This is a painting I made many years ago and it has been hanging in my house ever since. I've just listed a print of it in my Etsy shop. It's the perfect image of Fall! 

FYI: I'm so excited that it's raining. Don't remind me that part of my roof isn't covered. I'm sure it'll be ok, right?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Sketchbook Project — Sailing

This one was inspired by Joy Steuerwald's 'Where the Wild Things Are' piece over on Sketchables. I liked the ideas of all that water. I also like to do night scenes. I'm keeping with my fast and loose edict in my sketchbook, but this one did take a little more time. It's been awhile since I did a finished pencil drawing like this. Even so, it's not as finished as I used to do them.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Ladybug Magazine

Here's my work in the October issue of Ladybug magazine! I have always wanted to be in on of the Carus magazines! They are such beautiful, high quality magazines.

Photo by Angela Matteson

My Twitter friend, Angela Matteson, sent me this photo. I hadn't even seen it yet. So happy!!!


Here's a close up of the grasshoppers. You may remember the other grasshoppers I did here.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Sketchbook Project — Trees

It's no secret that I LOVE trees. I am fascinated, inspired, and awed by trees. Here are a few new pages from my sketch book. I'm managing to keep it loose, so far. My goal with this project is to stay loose and have fun. So far so good.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Sewing and Needlework

I used to sew my own clothes back in high school. I've sewn on and off, mostly off, since then. Recently I have been sew inspired by all the talent out there in blog land. I have a long sewing to do list which mostly includes home dec sewing, but I'm sneaking in some just for me projects.

These are next on my list after I finish my new pajamas. I'll be making Amy Butler's Liverpool tunic in her fabric Momento in Midnight (say that five times fast) from Mimis. On the right is some clearance fabric I found at Beverly's. I wish I knew who the designer was! I'll be making pajama pants with it. One can never have too many pajamas, right?

Here's a free pattern I found on Sew4Home! I love that site!!! It's supposed to be a travel sewing kit, but what I really needed was a new needle book. I have so many needles!!! I just had to make this cute kitty since I used to have a black and white cat. I just realized that I forgot to put the button on his tie, oh well. On the right is a special place for my grandma's beautiful scissors. I really enjoyed sewing by hand and doing some simple embroidery. I got some of the felt from Heather Bailey. Great stuff!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Topiaries Everywhere--Watercolor painting

As I was driving my kids around to their various activities this summer, I noticed there were topiary plants everywhere. One bank had a whole collection of the oddly shaped bushes. Their shape is so fun and kooky, that I just had to create some art with this theme.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Updating an old illustration

I've been revisiting some old illustrations that never felt right to me. Photoshop is an amazing tool for updating. I can change colors, fix some anatomical problems, and brighten some things. I don't know how I lived without it in the past!

This little girl loves her bunny a bit too much. This illustration was inspired by my youngest son who also loves our dog a bit too much. The dog runs when he sees him coming. The text reads, 'Everybody needs somebody to love.' I may add this to my Etsy shop later. I'll keep you posted.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Morning Warm Up

I just wanted to pop in and say hello! I've been busy sewing, though, mostly I'm trying to coax my machine into cooperating. It's acting up a bit :(

Here's a quick color sketch. I felt the need to make some art this morning, but time is short. I've had this sketch for awhile, so I colored it quickly in Photoshop. I'm not sure how long it took, but I put the emphasis on speed so that I wouldn't over think it. It was fun! I just love red barns, don't you?

I've updated my Etsy shop with lots of prints and originals. I'm now printing on Epson Ultra Premium Photo paper in Luster. The new prints are gorgeous and most are matted. Check it out!

I hope to post a giveaway later this week. Hint: it's something for Halloween. Can you believe it's October already?
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