Sunday, August 26, 2007

Illustration Friday - "Visitors"

©Kathleen Rietz
For this week's Illustration Friday topic, I decided to reuse an illustration from my collection. It is titled "Morning Visit", is one of my favorite illustrations, and is featured on the home page of my art website. To me, it just seemed appropriate for this topic.

Saturday, August 25, 2007


My sister gave me my birthday present early this year. We drove to Lake Geneva, WI for a mini getaway this week. It was just so nice to clear my head and get a different perspective on my life. And, of course, I had my camera handy. Those of you who visit my blog with any regularity know how drawn I am to this world's little creatures....especially bumblebees, ladybugs and an occasional spider. I include them in my artwork and photos all the time. I hope these photos I took offer you a moment of calm and relaxation...maybe even fascination. I love to visit this little world through the eye of my camera.©kathleen rietz I was a little heartbroken that the bees in this photo were not in focus. But I just loved the way they looked together, the honeybee and the bumblebee meeting for lunch on this cluster of tangerine-colored flowers.

©kathleen rietz This little grasshopper was also enjoying lunch, too busy to notice me.

©kathleen rietz I could not resist the angle of this plump bumblebee on this pretty yellow flower...

©kathleen rietz Just another nice close-up of a bumblebee sipping nectar.

©kathleen rietz This little bumblebee had her back to me, and her sweet and simple pose seemed so perfect for a future children's book illustration.

©kathleen rietz This was the view of the creek which could be seen from the condo where we stayed. It truly was serene, and the highlight of my summer 2007. Thanks for the "early" birthday present, Flip. : )

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

What Do Dogs Dream About..??

©Kathleen Rietz
I am headed to Lake Geneva for a few days with my sister, so I thought I would leave with a quick sketchbook doodle. I drew Sunshine the other night before heading to bed, while she was sound asleep on my art room floor. On rare occasion, Sunshine wags her tail in her sleep, and I wonder "What is she dreaming about?" I'm not talking that twitching, REM sleep thing dogs do where their paws and eyelids twitch and they breath funny or yelp. I mean, her body is still and she literally wags just her tail. Sometimes she stops and then wags her tail again. I figure maybe she is dreaming about one of her favorite people or seeing an image from a ride in the car or a run in the park. Or maybe she is chasing squirrels out of the backyard.
Have a great week! -kate : )

Saturday, August 11, 2007

My New Website is Coming Soon!

My friend Pam is helping me to make my long awaited website a reality. We are stumbling through it together, learning as we go. Pam is such a great and loyal friend. Here is my "bio" page.Tonite we worked on puttng the home page up on the web. It's not much to see yet, but you can check it out..I am pretty excited. : ) Click the link below!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Illustration Friday - "Emergency"

©Kathleen Rietz
He was really no good for her. What had once seemed like an emergency situation to her had now become a routine part of their lives. She was miserable, but could not find the strength inside of her to leave.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Illustration Friday - "Missing"

"M"is for "missing". And....monsters.©Kathleen Rietz
I'm not going to claim I created this illustration for Illustration Friday, nor s-t-r-e-t-c-h my explanation to try and make it fit the topic. I honestly do not have time for IF again this week. But I just finished this illustration for an SCBWI Illustrators Network Gallery Show which will run all of October 2007 in Chesterton, IN. This is a show which will exhibit children's book illustrations. I have 2 pieces in the show ("Morning Visit" & "Symphony In The Pond"), in addition to this illustrated letter "M", which I created for a silent auction. The entire alphabet will be illustrated by various children's book illustrators.