Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Symphony in the Pond


© kathleen rietz
I love being an artist! I don't know if it was the spicy Ethiopian food I ate for lunch or the intense colors of Autumn leaves against the blue sky on my afternoon walk, but something definitely inspired me to paint on Sunday! I am pleased with how this painting turned out. It is a study of color, light, texture and composition. I used gouache on cold press illustration board. This painting is dedicated to my mom, who always encouraged my creativity.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

"Sketch of the Day"


I drew this composition last night. It took me about 4 hours. The characters are fictional, as most of the characters in my artwork are....but I wanted to show the loving relationship between mother and daughter. I used pencil on cold press illustration board. This was meant to be just a sketch diary drawing, but I think it is strong enough to send out as a new sample.

Sometimes the best pieces of art are done out of pure inspiration, and the sole desire to communicate through pictures what cannot be said with words.© kathleen rietz

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Harcourt - Educational Chart


This is one in a series of 3 educational illustrations I painted for Harcourt publishing.

Springtime

© kathleen rietz
Women and flowers are both such beautiful and magical creations...

Abbey Press - Christmas card illustration for 2007



I have fun with all of the projects I do. I just completed this one last week. Here I have posted the color rough and the finished art. Abbey Press always lets me have a lot of freedom with design and detail, and we have a great working relationship spanning several years. I think my enjoyment shows in my work.

Harcourt - "My New Pet"






Here we have excerpts from a kindergarten book I illustrated for Harcourt, about a boy and his grandfather who adopt a dog. I have included roughs as well as finished artwork to show the progression of my work from start to finish. I used a combination of watercolor and colored pencil on cold press illustration board.