Friday, December 7, 2012

Bubblegum Dreams

Another new piece for the portfolio. This is actually an idea I got while working on 
PiBoIdMo last month. I'm thinking there's a story in this.

Monday, December 3, 2012

My Process — Ellie the Elephant

After a few frustrating weeks, I decided to take a break and paint for me. 
I just needed to remember what makes me happy—painting!

I started with collage.

Then I slathered it with paint. FUN!

I painted Ellie, then cut her out.

Then I sewed her a skirt, but as fun as it was, it didn't work.

Painting in miniature.

Assembling the elements.


Well there was a bit of futzing around in Photoshop, but I won't bore you with that.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Drawing & Experimenting

I've been experimenting this week. I'm trying to bring the pencil lines I love into my finished artwork.

This little girl is from my sketchbook.

Here I just colored the sketch in Photoshop.

And here she is drawn in black color pencil which I scanned & 
layered over an acrylic painting in Photoshop.

I'll post another one in this technique tomorrow.

Thursday, October 25, 2012


I think I've mentioned that I'm starting to write my own stories. Well, the whole idea can be paralyzing. A story can go in so many directions! It's almost too much freedom, to be honest. Anyway, all that fear can freeze up the creativity, don't you think? When I sat down to thumbnail out a story I'm working on, I just got stuck. No matter how much I tried, I had nothing. As a way to get myself out of that space, I decided to try thumbnailing a published book I really love, Creepy Carrots, illustrated by Peter Brown. The way it's laid out is genius!

All I did was go through it page by page & drew thumbnails. I learned a lot and it kept me drawing even though I felt stuck. 

I've since thumbnailed two of my own stories and it was so much easier 
than it had been before this exercise.

Try it! You'll be surprised at what you notice as you do this.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Peter Brown at Hicklebees

 Tracy Bishop and I met the amazing Peter Brown today at our local
children's bookstore, Hicklebees. He's promoting my favorite book of all
time, Creepy Carrots!!! If you haven't seen this book yet, 
run to the bookstore right now and buy it!

If I haven't already convinced you, this will:

I love all of his books. I already have Children Make Terrible Pets and The Curious Garden 
and You Will be my Friend are on my list.

After the signing, we got to hang out and chat. Thanks Peter!
We're so lucky to have a bookstore like this in our area.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012

Writing & Sketching

Over the years, I've resisted writing my own stories. Writing is hard! I see how much time I spend improving my artwork, so the idea of working on an equally difficult craft at the same time seemed too overwhelming. But the Universe has other ideas for me. I've been getting so many signs that I need to write lately. It's like there's a crowd of people outside with signs that say 'Write already!'. I still ignored them, but then the stories just started coming. I'm keeping them safe in a little notebook. Taking them out one by one & working on them. Some come as pictures, some as words. Here's a little snippet from one of those stories. I'm really hoping I can turn one or two into actual books.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Day of the Dead Donut Art Show

I have work in another group show at Psycho Donuts. Please come by and visit if you're local!
The show is up now. 

Psycho Donuts
2006 Winchester Boulevard  Campbell, CA 95008

I used a combination of craft paper and an old copy of Huck Finn for
the collage. I had to work hard to keep this simple and let the paper shine.

I painted on top of the butterfly prints to make them pop.

If you were following my abbreviated attempt at Sweet Squares, 
these may seem familiar to you. I was using the squares to test out ideas.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

New Work

This little fox is having a very bad day.

Which gets better…

…with a little help from her friends.

Which is what I got from my friends, Tracy Bishop, Christina Forshay, & Jennifer Meyer. Thanks Ladies! I also updated my portfolio.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Sweet Square #7

It's proved difficult to keep this up everyday.
I'm juggling too many balls at the moment.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Sweet Square #5

I was too busy yesterday with sketches. Today's painting reflects some disappointing news I got today.
I've done my moping and am ready to move forward. Things will work out the way they're supposed to.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Sweet Squares #4

Day 4. I'm really enjoying the freedom of painting something so small with no expectations. Joyful!

You can see who else is participating on Diandra's blog.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Sweet Squares #3

Today's square took a bit longer, what with the drying and all. 
I used this to plan a painting for an upcoming Halloween show. 
You can see the matte medium is still wet.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Sweet Squares

I'm joining my friend, Diandra, in her Sweet Squares project. 
She was inspired by Melissa Sweet at the LA SCBWI conference. 
Since I have a major art crush on Melissa, I'm joining in. It was so difficult!
She explains it here.

To make me feel better, I'm adding this sketch from the weekend.

Sunday, September 2, 2012


I'm getting ready for our local SCBWI Illustrator's Day. 
I printed up some business cards that are in keeping with my Pig illustrations in my portfolio.

Instead of paying extra to round the corners, I used local child laborers (aka my kids) to cut them. 
We thought leaving one corner squared was cool.

I also 'piggified' my Twitter background.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Work in Progress

I thought I'd show you a bit of the behind the scenes of the illo from my last post. 
You can see the sketch here.

I paint in acrylics. Here you can see the underpainting in a purplish blue.
I paint over that in thin washes.

When it's all done, I outline it using various colors of Pitt Artist's brush pens. Then it's into Photoshop for some fixes, enhancements, & assembly, if needed. I usually paint different elements on separate layers, then assemble it digitally, but for this I didn't think it was necessary.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Friday, August 24, 2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Sketching, sketching, sketching

I'm busy sketching for a project, sketching for fun, 
& sketching for new additions to my portfolio.
So many ideas swirling around & so little time.

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