Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Illustration Friday - CITY

WOOHOO! Unbelievable timing. We just got back from visiting my step-daughter and her husband in Las Vegas and the IF word of the week is . . . CITY!  Everything is fresh on my mind and the photos I worked from, freshly imported into the computer. 
I started with a quick acrylic painting:

I took a photo of this, dropped it into Corel Painter and violá.
Next step is to finish up the painting and now I can use the digital version as reference.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


Oil on gessoed illustration board (this finished piece shown has a little digital enhancing - just a little)

Sometime in early 2014 the Illustration Friday word of the week was SPACE and I came up with this idea. I didn't finish it in time to post it on IF but in April of that year I put the image on my blog post and called it Personal Space. A pretty WHIMSICAL idea of personal space. I recently decided to redo it, making it more colorful and fun (more whimsical) and I wanted, in the end, to have an actual piece of artwork in my hands instead of just an image that only exists in cyberspace or print. On top is the redo, on the bottom is the digital version from April 2014.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

The First Pearl dummy!

Yahoo! These are the printouts for my second book dummy - "The First Pearl"
This is my second completed dummy this year. I'm going for 3 in 2016!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Baby Dragons #4

I'm so happy to be posting a piece here again. I've been busy elsewhere and it's been over a month since I've finished an illustration. Here's number 4, and the last, in my baby dragon series.  All four are different views of the same moment and were done to practice my illustration skills. They are all 8 x 10 oil paintings on clayboard with the exception of the bird's eye view. That one is a 5 x 7 on gessoboard. I have a manuscript in the works that was inspired by the first little guy seen below. I'm sharing the other 3 pieces so that they're all on one page together.


Friday, October 23, 2015

My illustrations at The Ostrich and Frog

     I haven't done any new pieces in the last few weeks because I've been getting ready for the opening (tomorrow!!!) of The Ostrich and Frog. Here's my own little section of the store.  Several prints of my illustrations have been matted and shrink wrapped, a few printed and mounted on wood panels, and there are also a few originals scattered throughout. Only two in frames at this point but we're just getting started! Prices on all range from $18.00 to $65.00. Keep in mind that I am still a work in progress and those originals could be worth thousands some day!
    I've also been busy getting ready for painting classes that I'm going to be teaching at the store. I've come up with 12 images so far. Some ideas my own and some relying on inspirations I found online. Here are all 12 of the 8 x 10s pinned up in my home studio. In class we'll be doing 16 x 20s over the course of about 2 hours. I'll post a link to the schedule as soon as I can. I'd love to see family and friends over there as long as none of you heckle me. Be kind, I'm new to this.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Ostrich and Frog mural

     This is a mural I completed today for a new shop opening up in Covington, Ohio. The photo doesn't highlight the beautiful light turquoise color of the wall. It has a gorgeous decor! The boutique will be carrying prints of some of my illustrations as well as whimsical artwork and handmade home decor items by the owners and other artisans.
     What I love about this place is their desire to make art fun and get more people doing it.  They will have some of the coloring books for adults out and available to sit and color in. They are going to be offering the sip-and-paint classes (some of which I will be teaching) as well as classes on watercolor, sculpture, easy woodcraft, etc. Their philosophy is "to heck with the DIY concept, let's DIT - Do It Together!" They're planning to open on October 22.