Sunday, July 31, 2005
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven." Ecclesiastes 3:1
Friday, July 29, 2005
Oh what fun! I participated in Holli's Birdie Swap, and we both had a great time creating goodies for one another. Here is the birdie-related artwork that I made for Holli. I painted this on a pre-fab framed cork board with acrylics. I then embellished with bits of ribbon, ric rac, buttons, sharpie pen and colored pencil. It was great fun to do! Here's a close-up of the detail...
In return for the Birdie art, Holli made me this oh-so-cute "Bunny Bouncer"! I was so touched that she took the time to search out my affinities, and discovered that I was a big bunny lover. How sweet of you Holli to make me something so personal and wonderful! She's a great addition to my bunny collection.
By the way, I encourage you to visit Holli's site, and please do yourself a favor if you're an aspiring illustrator (or an aspiring anything for that matter) - read Holli's great article called "Becoming an Illustrator". It is full of inspiration and practical wisdom for illustrators who long to break into the field. It was Holli's article that encouraged me to start a Blog, get hooked up with Illustration Friday, and approach this adventure with professionalism and fun. I owe you many thanks Holli! Bunny and Birdie Blessings to you!
Monday, July 25, 2005
Oh, I said the book was special to me for several reasons. 4 years after my friends gave it to me and signed it with their blessings, I took it to a book signing in Denver. Mary Engelbreit was at a local ME store signing ME merchandise - so I carried my precious book to the signing and there, side by side with my friend's well wishes was the signature of the one artist who has had the most influence in my artistic life - Ms. Mary Engelbreit. I remember that she told me that she liked the necklace I was wearing - it doesn't get much better than that. :o)
Sunday, July 24, 2005
The charming border is made up of little watercolor washes with pen and ink depicting things at a state fair. Beneath that are kids on a train ride. I really like the breezy, simple style of these pictures. Next is a close up of one of the kids on the train - you can see how minimalist the color and detail are, yet they truly convey the feeling and spirit of the fun of the fair. At the bottom is my meager attempt to emulate this much looser style - it certainly was quick!
Saturday, July 23, 2005
Friday, July 22, 2005
"But the Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, goodness,
Thursday, July 21, 2005
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Sunday, July 17, 2005
Thursday, July 14, 2005
We later moved over to the gift side of the exhibit hall, and I was able to pass my portfolio cards out to several more folks. The last gal I talked to was the president of her gift/card company and she took the CD and asked if I had anything I could show her right then - luckily I had thrown a small version of my printed portfolio in my bag, and we were able to have a portfolio review right then and there. I think/hope it went well - we'll see. But what a great opportunity!
We ended the day with a concert/worship service/teaching from Michael W. Smith and Max Lucado! It doesn't get any better than that! SO, it was a great day at CBA. The convention is supposed to be in Denver again next year, so I'll be there agian for sure.
Sunday, July 10, 2005
Definition: Of, relating to, or characteristic of a major city
I perhaps made a bit of a stretch with my take on the metropolitan theme this week. I wanted to "zoom in" a bit down to the more intimate level of the big city - so I did images from a sidewalk cafe. This is a favorite setting for dessert and coffee with friends after a hard day of shopping in the city. I also went digital this week using Painter to get the desired, more loose look and the cut-out layered effect of the picture elements. (click here to see larger image). Although I was initially quite stumped as to how to proceed with this week's theme, I really enjoyed the process once I settled on my idea.
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Monday, July 04, 2005
Sunday, July 03, 2005
Once I picked these up, I was suddenly in the mood to buy more stuff, so here are a few other goodies I found:
I was in a pastel mood apparently - except for the brown velvet quilt heart.
The little prayer books were so sweet (from a gentler time - the 50's and the 30's) - and the old-fashioned illustrations are wonderful.
I bought two old cookbooks from the 50's - I love their cover color schemes. And the photos inside are great fun. When I'm a bit less lazy I'll scan some in and share. I also found a couple of old postcards - I've been gathering a decent collection of these over the past months. I hope to make e-cards from them soon. The last thing I found were these great Golden Children's magazines from the 60s. They are chock full of great children's illustrations - lots of inspiration there. I really will scan some of the great art for show and tell soon. They were just 50 cents each. What treasures!
Without a doubt, bunnies are my official studio mascot. I've been a bunny collector for forever, and these winsome creatures grace almost every square inch of my space. They inspire me and make me smile. You can read a few more of my thoughts about bunnies here in a devotional I wrote earlier this year.