Monday, September 15, 2014

Close up of Sally and Fawn

     I haven't posted for a while, but I have been busy in my studio.  I'm working on a couple of Christmas card designs which I don't want to share until closer to the holidays, I'm working on two 16 x 20 oil paintings that I'm excited about and hope to finish in the next week, and I've been working on the project above. It's a small area of an illustration I'm doing to participate in a show for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. I'm struggling with the correct lighting across the entire image.  I need to make it look darker, more like nighttime and I'm afraid I'm going to destroy it. AAAHHHH!!!! I took a photo to preserve this pretty little area just in case.  I've gotten out of bed every day for the past week saying to myself "today I'm going to finish it." I work on it, say its done, put it up to dry, and continue to stare at it wondering why I'm not happy with it.  It's kind of making me crazy.  Wish me luck.  Today I'm going to finish it (or accidentally ruin it). 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Illustration Friday - METAMORPHOSIS

     When I was brainstorming the idea for this one, I was doodling butterflies, dragonflies, frogs, cocoons, etc. and had the inspiration to mix them up a little.  This is a metamorphosis gone terribly wrong, or maybe beautifully wrong.  The original was a simple sketch in one of my sketchbooks that I wasn't going to take any further but it was so dull in color that I just wanted to digitally tweak it a bit.  I ended up tweaking a lot.

Friday, August 22, 2014


     These are a couple of miniature 2" x 3" oil paintings that I finished yesterday.  The one on the left is from a photo that my son took when we were in Florence last October.  I'm going to attempt to do this one in a larger format and see what happens.  My drawing and painting style has a tendency to be so tight.  I try to paint every detail and I end up losing some of the energy and freshness that comes through in some of my miniatures. (Its pretty hard for me to itty bitty detail when I'm working this small.) The challenge for myself is to stay loose and try to be as pleased with the larger one as I am with this one.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Illustration Friday - KING

I sketched this idea out first and used some watercolor pencils. It looked like this

when I dropped it into Painter Essentials to work on it digitally.  I'm very happy with the digital version. I suppose even kings might have crazy families who don't show them the proper respect. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

The Villa

The Villa
11 x 14 oil on gesso board.

I just finished this piece.  Its the front of a villa right outside of Florence, Italy.  I don't love traveling but I love to be in other places once I've traveled.  (How does one get there without traveling? hmmm.)  My step-daughter's wedding was so beautiful and the trip was truly inspiring.  I've done several mini paintings and I'm currently working on my 5th larger one.  I have quite a few more photos to work from but eventually will run out and will either go back to painting still lifes (which I enjoy doing) or I will have to take another trip somewhere gorgeous.  The world is a beautiful place and with billions of glorious places, people, and things, I should be permanently set up.  The trick is paying attention and I think I'm getting a little better at that.

Monday, August 4, 2014

new logo

I recently did two of these marble logos for myself, they're 5" x 5" oil paintings.  The other I posted a few days ago.  I think this one is my favorite.  I also think I need to do more marble paintings.