Monday, June 23, 2014

Illustration Friday - SUMMER

 (This image was updated on 5-25-18
acrylic with digital enhancements)

Below is the original. 
It was done in watercolor and acrylic on a piece of 5"x7" clayboard 
with just a bit of digital enhancing.

As with most of my illustrations, after a couple of years I look at it and see where I would like to do things differently. The result is the piece below.

Still not satisfied, I combined both looks and ended up with the first image at the top of the page.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Illustration Friday - RETRO

     A few weeks ago the Illustration Friday word of the week was RETRO.  I was too busy to put any time into it, but I sketched out a quick idea and this week I had the time to finish it. This is done with watercolor, acrylics, and colored pencil on Bristol paper with some digital enhancements.
     I love old-fashioned soda fountains!  Many years ago I was working in Winter Garden, Florida, in a beautiful little downtown Main Street area when, lo and behold, a soda fountain opened up across the street from my job.   The first time I walked in was like walking into the past.  There was even some golden oldies music playing on a radio, specifically "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance."  I would treat myself to a chocolate diet coke over there a few times a week after lunch and before long I had five cavities.  That pretty much ended my daily treat routine.  However, at the soda fountain pictured above, the sweets have no calories and they are actually dentist recommended. I think this might be what heaven is like. 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Florence Delicacies

12 x 16 oil

I just finished putting the varnish on this one today.  It's ready to go into a show at Maria Stein in a few weeks.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Illustration Friday - TEMPTATION

I'd like to give a shout out to all the good dogs in the world who have refrained (as far as we know) from giving into temptation.  To all the bad dogs who were not quite so strong - we love you anyway.

Sketch done in Painter Essentials.