Friday, July 20, 2007

Illustration Friday - "Poem"

This is an illustration I did for a publisher last year. It was for a poster with the poem "Over In The Meadow" to be printed on it. I have typed out the poem below the illustration for you to read.
Over in the meadow
In the sand in the sun,
Lived an old mother toadie
And her little toady one.
"Wink!" said the mother;
"I wink!" said the one,
So the winked and they blinked
In the sand in the sun.
-by Olive A. Wadsworth

52 comments:

  1. It's beautiful, Kate. Just perfect for a summer day.

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  2. Oh so cute! I love amphibians. My five y/o daughter is obsessed with them this time of year! And you draw them so well!

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  3. Beautifully done and love the poem too!

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  4. Dig-it, like the momma toad, she has a nice smile.

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  5. This is darling. I admire your skill and how you capture a moment. I can see how well your work suits children. Enjoy your weekend!

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  6. I love your detail on the frogs, they are wonderful!

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  7. This, again, is beautiful! (Again) I love the textures and the expressions! Its so nice and warm! Great!

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  8. Thanks everyone! You always make my day with your positive comments!

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  9. a perfect image for a very fun poem. seeing your happy toad made me happier too. thank you.

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  10. lovely work, sunny and happy just like the poem.

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  11. Sorry that it's taken so long for me to get over here, K...better late than never I suspect. Your illustration work is, of course, wonderful. I, too, very much enjoyed Olive's poem.

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  12. Reading this makes me smile (as well as seeing this excellent art).

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  13. I think your work is peaches but I have an un frog/poem related question... when is your website gonna be done?

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  14. Oh, now I have another question. why do I have to wait to be 'checked out' before my comments are posted to your blog? I can understand why you would want to review the more scandalous posters like Steve, studio Lolo and God help us Ginger but I'm uncomfortable being lumped in with all them others. I think I should get special treatment like the peach I am. Don't you??

    ian

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  15. Ian Sands - Re: my website, I have no idea how to make a website. A friend who knows a little bit about web design is supposed to help me, but she has 2 kids on summer break and a hubby who now works 2nd/3rd shift, so it is just not getting done like I had hoped. Plus I have not done my part to help design it because I have been so busy with work this summer. My goal was to get it done this summer, and it needs to get done. I am just not sure how to do it. There is probably a good tutorial out there somewhere...just one more thing I need to find time for.

    Re: Why do I moderate comments? When I first set up the blog, I did not have any of my artwork posted anywhere else on the web. So it was my main source of reaching clients, potential clients, promoting myself and keeping clients up-to-date on my latest artwork. I also knew that members of my church and family and friends would visit often - some of them being kids - and I wanted to be able to keep tabs on the sort of content left on my blog. I have only had to reject one or two comments that I did not think were appropriate in content or language. Most people who comment are pretty positive and supportive, and so I may go ahead and change my settings in the future. Maybe.

    Also, I do plan to and hope to set up a blog showcasing my students' artwork (mostly kids) and my experiences as a teacher when I begin teaching this fall. The college through which I will be teaching is a Christian college once attended by the Reverend Billy Graham, and for whom one of the buildings is named. Again, I may choose to moderate the comments people may leave on the blog because I want my students and their families to be able to enjoy the blog showcasing the students' work without concern that someone may have left a destructive comment. It's imortant to me. You have a daughter, so maybe you understand?

    -kate : )

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  16. Ah cute poem and the perfect painting to illustrate it! Always such beautiful work Kathleen. Hey, btw, you're tagged *wink*! Check out my blog for more info ... I think you know where to find it *smile*. Can't wait to learn more about you!

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  17. a very nice painting - you've illustrated the frogs so well ;)

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  18. It's a beautiful illustration! ps: thank you for your nice comment on my illo.

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  19. Hello Kate, it's lovely as always. You made amphibians look warm and friendly, I have never seen that before. Very nice.
    Did you get that children's book commision ?
    It's reassuring someone else is working through the summer, sometimes I get the feeling everyone is on holliday.

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  20. Hey Julia - No, I was not awarded the children's book that I had hoped for last week. The editors chose an illustrator with a "retro" style. Oh well. : ) Thanks for asking. - kate

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  21. hello kate :)
    thats my 1st time to see your blog, U have such an awesome Illustrations ^^ I really like ur drawings especially the sunshine drawing lol..
    thanks alot about the kind words U wrote about my drawings ^___^/
    have a cool weekend .

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  22. You do really wonderful work- it is always refreshing to visit!

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  23. Ohhh that poem is sooo adorable! I just love it! Thanks for sharing with us! *HUGS*

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  24. This is delightful! Toads can't help but make you happy. Especially winking ones :)

    I'm a 'scandalous poster?' What's Ian talking about?! And Steve and Ginger? Yep, we're a scandalous bunch!

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  25. Beautiful and warm!! Love this piece a lot!

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  26. Amazing work on colors and details!!
    Just beautiful!!

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  27. Those colors glow! The large view really shows how incredibly beautiful this is.

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  28. What beautiful, fun frogs, Kate! Congratulations on another fine piece!

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  29. whoh, what can I say except the details of this is AMAZING!

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  30. Ohhhh I love this! Great piece for a great poem!

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  31. Nice!!! I really love these frogs, you drew them with charecter. Auntie K, this is a really good one!!!

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  32. Thanks Alice! Still a fan of frogs, huh? I love you, Sweetie!
    Love, Auntie K.

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  33. Hey Kate, I tagged you. Stop by GFT if you are interested in participating!

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  34. I love toads. I especially love when I find them in the garden after it rains. Such lovely art and poem. xo

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  35. Kate, you are so incredibly talented. The detail in this piece is amazing. What a beautiful painting!
    Thanks so much for all of your lovely comments about my shop. You're such a sweetheart. Hope to see you there soon! Take care,
    Deb

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  36. Thanks, Deb, you're the best!

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  37. oooh! So lovely! I love toads. The colors are so bright and colorful.

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  38. hi.. i like so much...
    Nice blog..!!
    8 )

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  39. great piece and very friendly....

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  40. Over by the computer
    In the hum and the glare
    Was the young artist Kate
    With the sassy blonde hair.
    "Click" said the mouse.
    "Frick" said Kate.
    So she dragged and she cropped,
    Then she stopped while she ate.

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  41. Rrrrrramone -- that was HILARIOUS! Hee hee...I am honored. : )

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  42. I don't generally say this, but that is one handsome frog. Beatifully crafted!

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  43. I like the color palette which creates harmony for the image. Is is a watercolor or gouache may be.

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  44. Amazing details on the frog.

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  45. Awesome toadies. Great rendering.

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  46. wow! it looks so real to me and i like the poem, too.

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  47. Oh Kathleen! I missed this one! You're such a pro! I love everything about it!

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  48. Thanks everyone! You are all so kind! This was a fun one to paint!

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  49. You so captured the spirit of the poem...makes you want to slip in and wink along with them!

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