Saturday, February 24, 2007

Illustration Friday - "Communication" #2

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Everybody loves a good belly laugh!

Thursday, February 22, 2007

"Morning Visitors" - Illustration Friday - (Communiation)

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Here is the final painting titled "Morning Vistors". My preliminary color sketch was posted on Tuesday.

I posted this painting late last night, but have decided to submit it for Illustration Friday. I am doodling all the time, and hope to submit another drawing specifically created for IF, if time permits.


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Also, I found this drawing I made when I was 4. My very first pet was a snail named Sammy. Here Sammy is eating. I do not remember what we used to feed him, but I remember walking to the IGA to buy it. Weird. I could not fit the entire drawing on my scanner, but in the drawing Sammy is in his fishbowl, and a girl is sprinkling his food into his bowl. She has a big smile on her face. I assume the girl is me. I always loved my pets! : )

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Preliminary Sketch - Lady Bug & Snail

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It's always interesting to see how other artists work, and I enjoy it when they post their progression of a work of art on their blogs. I learn a lot from it.

This is a new illustration I am working on. I did a pencil sketch first, transferred it onto illustration board and tightened up the drawing. Then I placed tracing paper over the drawing and worked up a color comp with Pantone markers on the tracing paper. I then went in and had some fun with pen and ink. I do not usually do that part, but I was actually liking the way the color comp was looking as an illustration, and wanted to experiment a little to see if I could make it look "finished". I sort of like the brightness of the Pantone colors and how they bleed into each other on tracing paper, and the character of line which flowed from my pen quill.

I hope I end up liking the final color illustration. If not, at least I have this one...which I am actually kind of liking!

Monday, February 19, 2007

Just for fun...

Here is another vase I made from a recycled iced tea bottle. This is one of my faves....I love these colors!

This is a pendant I made using the ancient technique of casting molten silver in a carved out cuttle fish bone. Cuttle bones are very soft and can be carved into and hollowed out easily using sinple tools. The cuttle bone can only be used once, so each piece is an original. I took a metalsmithing class last year and this was my favorite piece I made.

Thank God, it is 40 degrees here today! I will take the dog for a brisk walk and I have a massage scheduled this evening. The snow is melting and it looks like the cold spell finally broke.

I want to take my acrylic paints out and begin experimenting with them. I have not used acrylics in years. All in time, I suppose...I feel so driven to create art lately. I hope to have a new promo piece done this week or next.

Hope you are well. Here's to creating great art!

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Mosaic Objects #2

For my series of crosses, I first made a 4" cross template out of cardboard, and then cut and sculpted the crosses out of Sculpy, which I then baked in my oven. Then I added the cut stained glass. The grout has little flecks of metallic gold in it, which you cannot see in this photo. I gave this cross to a friend for her birthday.

This is a detailed photo of a vase I made for my entryway.

I made a series of mosaic pendants. First I sculpted the pendants from Sculpy, baked them and then add the mosaic glass. Each one is different. These sell for $12 each.

I love to make mosaics, but I think it's been a year now since I have made anything. When I started creating mosaics, it was an obsession for me. It was a time in my life when someone I loved was away, and I needed a creative outlet that was not defined by anything or anyone...something which has been a struggle for me because I have spent so many years making commercial art. I enjoy making things for people and giving them away.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Illustration Friday - "gravity!"

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Mmmmm....a glass of red wine, a fountain pen, some Pantone markers and Illustration Friday...what a blissful combo!

I just could not help but picture these young pranksters and their water-filled balloons when I read the theme for Illustration Friday -- "gravity". A quick sketch is all I have time for. I am working on a new project this weekend.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Bumblebee Spring!

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Yes.....the forecast calls for 6 - 9 inches of snow with 30 to 40 mph winds tonite and tomorrow. I am trying so hard to keep my sanity. is my latest design! Bumblebee Spring! CHEERS!

Friday, February 09, 2007

Illustration Friday - crash

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Poor Humpty!

Little Miss Sunshine (Illustration Friday-"crash" #2)

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I had forgotten about all the photos I had stored in my camera. Until tonite. I had taken several photos of Sunshine in various poses of sleep. This is the sketch I put together. Just a quick sketchbook sketch, but I needed to draw tonite.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Friday, February 02, 2007


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This is my childhood family pet, Hilda the Daschund. I drew this portrait when I was 5 yrs old. Hilda had sparkley brown eyes and a red leather collar. My mom saw my creative potential, and loved all of her children dearly. She saved my artwork in a folder, which now belongs to me.

Speaking of's been so cold here, I have not been able to walk Sunshine for 2 weeks. The sun comes out in the morning and disappears after lunch, and either way it is down right BUTT-FREEZING weather. The wind chill is MINUS 15 degrees Farenheit. I am glad to be working from my home studio.

I keep seeing these ads on television for travel to tropical destinations with white sand beaches and brightly striped cabanas, and quite frankly, it is KILLING ME! : (