Monday, December 15, 2014

Inspirational Quotes Illustrated

5x8" Moleskine Watercolor Paper, Yarka Professional Watercolors

I received my copy of Cloth Paper Scissors today and I always flip through magazines from the back to the front. The first page I opened to was page 91, which is a review for Lesley Riley's book, "Inspirational Quotes Illustrated: Art and Words to Motivate." (I just love that title.)

I was happy and surprised to see one of my two pieces highlighted. That's my art top left, "Nothing Standard Here" with the quote, It always seems impossible until it's done. -Nelson Mandela

Did I tell you this book has perforated pages so you could tear out a favorite and hang it in your studio for inspiration or even frame it?

This is a lovely book. One to sit quietly with in an overstuffed chair with a blanket and a cup of herbal tea (spiked if you prefer.)


Friday, November 28, 2014

My Art is Published in Lesley Riley's Book

24x36 Acrylic on canvas
(Self portrait)

I've had to wait months and months to be able to show this painting to you because it was chosen to be published in Lesley Riley's book, "Inspirational Quotes Illustrated: Art and Words to Motivate."  The first release of this book "Quotes Illustrated" can be purchased on Amazon as a collector book. The second release has 30 more pieces of art/quotes and has been picked up by Northlight Publishing.

The quote I chose to accompany this painting is:
So you see the imagination needs moodling, long inefficient happy idling, dawdling and puttering. -Brenda Ueland

I am proud and grateful to have two pieces of art published in these books. (Thank you Lesley.)

See the ad for this book in the right sidebar. Click on the photo of the book, or the links above, to purchase. This book is full of beautiful, inspiring artwork and quotes. A lovely and meaningful gift.


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Drawing in Public...EEK!

I'd love to gain confidence with sketching in public. EEK! So I gave it a go at the Thanksgiving gathering today. I tried to chat and draw and not let my nephew and niece (Cody and Chelsea Rettig) realize I was drawing them. But they knew. (The look on their faces kind of gives this away.) At least they didn't ask me to stop. At least I got a cartoon out of the experience.
If you celebrate Thanksgiving I hope it was wonderful.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Acrylic Study with Julie Prichard

Ha, I signed up for Julie Prichard's class "  8 Great Paintings"
last November. I had painted the first layer, let the canvas sit for a year, and just finished the painting today. That is why I appreciate Julie's classes being forever!

This study was about layering and blending colors in some mark making which I love to include.

This is a 9x12 canvas. I primarily used Golden Fluid acrylics, a smidgeon of Golden High Fluid acrylics, Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid (Satin). And one flat brush. I highlighted the markings with Golden Iron Micaseous that stuff.

Chris Cozen and Julie Prichard have published a valuable book for acrylic painters titled, "Acrylic Solutions...exploring mixed media layer by layer" (Northlight Books)


Mixed-Media Painting on Cradle Board

This is inspired by a study from two classes (Tabletop Drawing and Painting Your Garden) I took with Diane Culhane   over on Carla Sonheim's creative-adventerous blog 

Carla offers a variety of classes which she teaches herself or hosts for other instructors to teach.
I'll say it simply: Good stuff, a welcoming spirit, and good results from Carla's classes.

This is painted on a 6x6" cradle board. I used YARKA Professional Pan Watercolors, Golden Acrylics, Golden Bead Gel, Golden Modeling Paste, Liquitex Glazing Medium, Liquitex Gesso, India Ink, Black Ink, brushes and a palette knife.


What painter am I enthralled with this week? Pierre Bonnard
How about you?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Two Reasons Zebra Likes Ballet

Okay, I know that Zebra may need therapy soon.
I had a grand time crosshatching that skirt.


Monday, November 3, 2014

Zebra Hooks Up

What I'm using to create:

YARKA Professional Artist Watercolors (Pan)
Micron Pens
Gelly Roll Pen (White)
Martha Stewart Glitter Marker (Silver)
Pentel Sunburst Metallic Gel Pen
My Imagination (My Favorite Supply)


Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Elegant Line of Modigliani


Old dip pen and Higgins Black Magic Ink in a Moleskine sketchbook. This was done as an assignment for Sketchbook Skool. Instructor Jean-Christophe Defline asked us to sketch a simple drawing in B&W of a person. Do you know how badly I wanted this to be in color? I chose my favorite artist... well, he's in the top three, but if I have to pick one he's it. Who is your favorite?


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Illustration for SCBWI Local Event


This is an illustration in watercolor and ink for my local Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) event.

The participants had the chioce to write a picture story or illustrate one. I was given a picture story written by another SCBWI member to illustrate. The title of the story was, "The Science Project." The stories and illustrations will be on display in Columbus, OH sometime in the next two months.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Sketchbook Skool: Draw Your First Day of School

Session Three Of Sketchbook Skool is focusing on Storytelling.
Mattias Adolfsson asks us to draw from our memory of our first day of school. I remember that day vividly as it is one of my happiest memories.

(Watercolor and Ink/ Moleskine)


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bull in the Bathroom Story

Yep, it was a pretty normal day today and yet I still can come up with a bull in the bathroom story. The last two paintings I did  you may have noticed that I didn't include a gag line. I'll be having a GIVEAWAY for the gag line that comes closest to what I wrote. Stay tuned. Once I decide on what the PRIZE will be I'll invite you to get your creative-funny-sarcastic thinking caps on!