Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Cone Flowers

Working on something for the gallery.  I seem to be doing pretty well at my little gallery.  Kind of nice. (Gallery Calapooia)
Now, I think I need to clean up my studio space a little.  There is teeny tiny pieces of paper everywhere!

Monday, March 2, 2015

New Character

So, I'm working on a new character for a book I get to illustrate.  She goes by the name of "Tuti"
Here are my first studies of Tuti in watercolor and in cut paper.  The jury is still out on which way I will illustrate this book.  But, so far most people seem to like the watercolor image best.
I'll keep you posted.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Bath Time

I guess that's what I'll call this piece of cut paper art.  Working again on my cut paper portfolio.  This design has been in my sketchbook for awhile now.  So, I thought I should maybe make it into an illustration with cut paper.  It started out with a watercolor background, but it just was not strong enough and didn't have enough contrast.  I was trying to make the boy taking a bath and his boat the focal point.  I think it works.
Let me know what you think.  Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Still in Love

Well, I'm still in love with cut paper.  It's true, I admit it.  Here is a little study of flowers that I plan to frame and take to the gallery sometime soon.
There is even a wee bumble bee in the upper right corner.  Wings made with tracing paper!  Sometimes I'm so clever, I can't even believe it!

Monday, February 16, 2015

New Work

I've been working on my portfolio a little.  Here is a step by step  (sort of) of my latest piece of cut paper art.  I really need to thank the wonderful Joy Chu for introducing me to cut paper.  So, thank you Joy, you opened up a whole new world to me.

This is how I start out...with a sketch.  Just an idea, kind of loose, but the idea of it is there.
Then, I tape down a piece of watercolor paper and paint it a nice background color, this one is painted with acrylic paint.  I let it dry, then I can start cutting and gluing paper shapes to it.  (This looks kind of abstract.)  I found out that having the heaving weight of the watercolor paper feels more stable to me, that's why I use it.  Any heavy paper would work.
Next, I start cutting and gluing my main figure together.  You can see she is not that large.  Still need to cut out her other hand.
And here is what the final piece looks like.    I got all finished with the bookcase and kept placing the girl on top to see what it would look like.  Just didn't seem complete.  So, I put a picture of a old woman in the background and a plant in the forground.  I think it looks more like a library now.  
Well, that was fun!
Thank you for stopping by.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine's Day.  Spend it with someone you love or at least someone you like a little;)
I have been married to the same person for almost 34 years, so I'm thinking, I might have a date.
Lucky me!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Feeling Happy

I have had a nice day.   Went up the freeway to meet up with my cousin Mary Elizabeth and took her name sake with me our Aunt Mary Ellen.  We had a nice lunch and a good visit.  The purpose of the meet up was for me to pick up an old family baby bassinet.  Mary Beth had it at her house and I need it.  My daughter is expecting a baby in May and I wanted to get it all spiffed up with new bedding for the new little mister that is showing up soon.
Anyway, mission accomplished.  Now, I need to get busy.
Hear is another cut paper card, available at Gallery Calapooia in Albany, OR.