Tuesday, August 18, 2015

My Art Show

Well, my art show was a success!  Gallery Calapooia held a reception last Friday August 14th.  So many people showed up.  It was really very nice.
Here is one of the front windows at the gallery.

I sold several pieces of art and all of my cards!  So, I have been making a few more to take down to the gallery.
I came across some map type paper recently.  You might notice the use of my map paper in these new cards.
 Flowers.  I have to make flowers, they're just fun to make.
 Tea time.  Another favorite pastime of mine.
 I'm not a coffee drinker.  But, I just felt like making a little cup of coffee.
  And my favorite, little boy sailing.  Probably getting ready to throw a line in the water!

Monday, August 3, 2015

A Dress made of Flowers

Well, as you can see I like cutting up paper and gluing it together.  I like it a lot.  I was inspired to do this piece one day last week.  On my way to get a bit of lunch for myself, I saw a young girl on the street with her mother, I think.  Anyway, she was twirling and showing off a new dress.  At least that's what I thought as I drove past.   This is the sketch I did, very light, I hope you can see it.

After lunch I came back to my studio and made the sketch.  Then after I started working on this I realized I wanted her dress to be covered or made of flowers.  This is what I came up with.
I think it's kind of fun.

Illustration done on 140 lb. watercolor paper,  using acrylic paint for the background and various scrapes of paper.  I use Tombow liquid glue which drys clear and is acid free and archival.

Friday, July 31, 2015

August Flowers

Just a little something to brighten your day. 
 Another cut paper design.  Available at Gallery Calapooia in Albany, Oregon.

It's another whirlwind weekend for me. Tonight, my husband and I are invited over to our good friends home for cool drinks and lively conversation. Then, later in the evening our daughter and her family arrive for the weekend.  The best part is they will bring Phillip with them.  My sweet, wonderful grandson!  Who by the way loves me very much.  I can tell.
On Saturday morning (very early) my friend Julie and I head off to Salem for the last class of our block of the month.  I sincerely hope I will finish that quilt one day.  Fingers crossed.
Then next week my beloved cousin Robin is coming for a visit! She is coming all the way from South Carolina!   We have so much fun together, always have.  Wrapping up the week with a family reunion in Bend Oregon.  We all stay at my Aunt Patty's dog ranch.  (She raises Cairn Terriers.) 
With any luck I will post a few photos of the reunion.  We are a zany bunch.  Should be interesting!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Quiet Bear is published!

 The sweet little book I have been telling you about for so long is finally available for purchase at the link shown below.  This was written by a lovely young woman named Gretchen Leary and illustrated by yours truly. Gretchen decided to self publish this piece.  So, I hope you can take a look.  I just ordered my copy!
It sells for $14.40 on www.lulu.com


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

August Art Show

I'm sorry I have been missing in action at my blog.  Like everyone else in the world, I have been having a busy summer.  Spending time with my little grandson, Phillip.  Going the quilt camp, and lately, working like mad on my upcoming art show at the gallery. (Gallery Calapooia, Albany OR)
The gallery has had a couple people leave the gallery, which leaves more space to fill.  Yiikes!!  That means me!  So, even though I have a lovely children's book I'm suppose to be working on, my publisher is quite nice about me working on other projects as well as their projects.  So....that is what I have been up too.  Painting, cutting paper and framing things to beat the band.  I'm almost finished.
I thought I would share a little study I did of Lois, my sweet and devoted dog friend.  She is a Pembrook Welsh Corgi.  The kind without a tail.  She has a pretty face.  I'm not sure this really captures how lovely she is.  But, I like it anyway.  I always have a picture of her in my art shows.  Don't know why I started doing that?   Anyway, here it is.
This is a watercolor, done on 140 lb. watercolor paper.  5x7

Monday, July 6, 2015

It's Time to Quilt!

Well, it's that time of year again, when I go off to Sisters Oregon to take a quilting class.  I also do a good bit of relaxing by the pool and reading.  Very refreshing! 
I'm taking a class on Thursday.  I look a lot like this at the beginning of the class.
In my mind this is how the class should be.  They look like they're having a good time, and I can confirm, that a good time is had by all!  (I think I'm the one with the big white collar on her dress)
This is a real photo of the firemen in Sisters hanging quilts the morning of the show.  Be still my heart!  The quilts are stunning and so are those firemen!
See you in a week!  Then it's back to book illustration!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Starting a New Book

Well truthfully,  I've been working on this book for awhile now.  Lots of sketching.  Lots of character drawings.  Trying to figure out the layout of the book.  But, mostly trying to decide weather to illustrate in watercolor or in cut paper.  As you know, I have fallen in love with cut paper.  I just can't seem to leave those little scissors alone.  At any rate, this is a bit of a run down of how I go from sketch to final illustration.  I hope you enjoy.
Thumb nail sketch, very small.  I always love the first sketch the best.  It's so spontaneous!
A more finished sketch at the 100% page size.
Then I start building the parts of the illustration.
Tuti was first.
And the finished illustration.  I did a watercolor wash background and then started building from the background, right up to placing the scissors in the foreground.  I took a photo of the finished artwork instead of scanning.  I think it shows more depth.