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.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Making Quilts with Paper

It's getting to be that time of year when all I can think about is quilts.  Yes, I quilt.  Not very well, but never the less, I do give it a try once in awhile.  In fact, every July I go to Sisters Oregon for a quilt class.  Sisters has a huge quilt show the second Saturday in July and the week before the show is Quilters Affair.  There are a variety of classes given everyday.  My friend Julie and I have signed up for one class.  That's really all I can do.  Some people take a class everyday!  There is no way I could do that.  I have a hard enough time keeping up with one class.
So today, I made a couple paper quilts.  These are small and may get sold as cards at the gallery.  But for now.  I'm just enjoying making them, and dreaming of making a real quilt soon.

5x7 cut paper cards.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Paper Flowers

Just a couple more cut paper cards for the gallery.  The sunny weather should be here for good this coming weekend.  I'm looking forward to it.  All my flower pots are planted.  Now, to get the weeds out of my flowerbeds.  I hope I can make a little dent in my yard work, but who knows.  My grandson is coming for a visit...I can hardly wait!
 So, this is kind of a more graphic flower in cut paper. 
On this one, I even wove paper!  So, cleaver, I can hardly stand it.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Getting Back to Business

Well, I will admit I have really had my head in the clouds over this new grandson.  It's almost all I can think about.  But... I do have to get back to my artwork.  At least a little bit.

Here are a couple new cut paper cards I made for the gallery.  They are on display now.

Fairly simple designs, but lovely none the less.  Only $6.00 each at Gallery Calapooia.  Each is an original piece of art.  What a bargain!

Today, I opened the local newspaper to find a wonderful story with photo of me!  All about the book signing tomorrow night for Detective Punybutmighty and the case of the Drool Monster, by Cheri Partain.  Very nice story in the Albany Democrat-Herald, if I do say so myself.  Here is the photo they ran.
I wish I had combed my hair.  But, that's they way it goes.  You can see all the illustrations from the book scattered out in front of me. 

Okay, now back to thinking about my grandson, Phillip.  He really is wonderful!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Book Signing

It's really happening!  A real book signing and I get to sign a book that I illustrated!  So fun!
I hope if you are around that you'll stop by and see both Cheri Partain (the author) and I.
All the information is listed below.  See you soon!
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Saturday, May 23, 2015

He is Here !!!

Meet my first grandson!

Phillip Steven McCafferty born May 14, 2015 at 11:38 p.m.
Weighing in at 7 lbs. 14 oz.  21 inches long.
Mom and Dad are beyond happy and all are doing well.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Cat and Mouse

Don't you wonder what that cat is thinking.  Oh wait, I think I know.  But, I like to think that they are going to make friends.  A stretch, I know. 
This is another cut paper piece I created for my August show coming up in August at Gallery Calapooia.  I suppose I should paint a few watercolor paintings as well.  Just to keep my hand in.
If you didn't see the little mouse, he is sitting on top of the yarn ball.  Biding his time.

Oh, by the way.  No grand baby yet.  We're all still waiting.