Friday, April 29, 2011

Spring gardening

I'm having a hard time figuring out what to post. My sketches can't be shared just yet and my Nikon lens is in the shop. I should have it back in about a week. It'll be so nice to have focused pictures again!

I'm really anxious to get my veggies in the ground. I'm running late, as usual. Just waiting for the gardner to remove those roses, then it's show time. These tomato cages are so colorful! I think I'll splurge on a couple to jazz up the backyard. It needs a lot of help.

My irises are almost ready to bloom. Really hoping my lens is back in time! Here's a pic from last year.

My boys both got glasses this week. They're so excited 'seeing' in high definition now. I'm still waiting for my new glasses and contacts to come in. I hadn't realized how bad my eyes had gotten in the four years since my last exam. I can actually wear their glasses with my contacts in and see perfectly! I can't wait till my new ones come. I'm tired of everything being blurry.

Here they are with a glasses wearing friend.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Spider Magazine June

My illustration is in the new May/June issue of Spider magazine! It accompanies a recipe for Batidos

Here are a few closeups.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Pumpkins, sick kid, & a garden

I've been working on a whole host of pumpkins & Jack-o-Lanterns. Let's just pretend they're Easter Bunnies, ok? They're part of a new collection I'm working on.

One of the reasons I've been a stay at home mom is shown here. When you're sick, you just want to be home with Mom, right? Mom and the dog, of course. My youngest was sick all of last week. The week before Spring Break. I had a lot of work to do, so we brought his big bean bag chair into my studio along with the quilt Gramma made. He was so cozy and I could work. The dog also takes his job seriously. He spent tireless hours comforting his boy.

This unattractive monstrosity is doing a good job of holding the pool net, but it's seen better days. I can only work on small parts of the garden as I go along. This will stay like this for now, but I'm dreaming of a variety of color, texture, and height here someday. I'm just not a formal garden kind of person. In other gardening news, I'm having a row of roses removed to make room for an in ground vegetable garden. I can hardly wait! It all starts this Friday. My Nikon lens is in the shop, so I'll try to dig up a camera to show you.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Peaking in to say Hello and some Randomness

Right now I'm watching this painting class by Will Terry and I'm learning so much!!! Major revelation for me in the first 15 minutes of Part One. Check it out! I'm thinking of purchasing his How to Illustrate Children's Books title also. I absolutely love his artwork! He was also kind enough to answer a question of mine via a video podcast.

I am in love with these two paintings I picked up at HomeGoods yesterday. I've been on the lookout for a good poppy painting for years and at $50, this one was in my price range.

Today my friend Andi Butler shared a link to this post on Decor8 about the popularity of bike inspired art and fashion. Imagine that! I'm on trend.

I bought this plant last year. Loving it! I need to remember what the heck it is and get a few more.I'm still dreaming of overhauling my tired, overgrown landscaping, but with collapsing fences and other not so fun things to pay for, it'll have to wait for the time being. I may, however, rip out some ugly rose bushes and replace them with a vegetable garden for this year.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A tease and a call to action

I'm working on marketing and creating artwork for the licensing market right now. It's so frustrating that I can't share any of it with you. Above is just a little bit of something I've got on the drawing board today.

As you probably know, the life an illustrator has a lot of highs and of lows. The joy of landing a job or a contract and the lows of not getting it or a project that's suddenly put on hold. I'm just coming down off of a high and if I must be honest, I'm wallowing a bit in the lows. That's not to say that I've given up or am sitting around doing nothing. I'm not as productive as I could be right now, but I am still accomplishing some things and I'm definitely promoting the heck out of myself. I want the next high of a new project. I'm hooked.

I keep submitting my artwork to every possible prospect I can find. I am creating new work, but I'm not waiting for it to be finished before I promote myself. If I did, I'd be forever waiting for the right moment or the right art. For me the right moment is now. The new work will be ready for the next round and so on and so on. You get the picture. If you're still waiting for your work to be at the right place, stop waiting and start promoting. You'll always be improving. Remember, you're not satisfied yet because you can see where you are or would like to go with your work. There's a place for your work right now where you are, so go out and get it!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Friday, April 1, 2011

Some Bunnies

I felt the need to draw something today. Here is the result.

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