Thursday, October 22, 2015

There is a Fairy in the Garden!

One of my favorite things to draw are fairies.  My Mom used to send me outside to look for the fairies when I was little.  I was always sure I would spy one.   So, here is a piece with a little garden fairy flying by to check on the flowers, done in cut paper.

First the sketch.
Next, I did a watercolor background on watercolor paper, of coarse!  My new favorite skill is linocut. So, I made some leaves and stamped them in the background.  Then I start cutting up colored paper and gluing them down.

Here is my hand gluing a flower in place.  These flowers were kind of thick with layers so, I really had to hold them down for awhile.  Just a minute or two.
And the finished illustration!  Notice I changed her back wing.  They are both done with tracing paper now.  Looks better I think.
I hope she is happy in her little garden home.  I sure had fun making it for her.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Working on New Things

I went recently to an illustration retreat.  It was held at Silver Falls State Park. Very nice.  The retreat was put on by SCBWI Oregon/Washington groups.  So, a lot of people attended.  Forty eight illustrators to be exact and two instructors.  LeUyen Pham and Caldecott winning illustrator Eric Rohmann.  I was star struck to say the least.
I learned so much, my head can't hold all the information.  I had a great time.
Eric Rohmann had us play with some lino cut.  I had never done that before.  Didn't really know what I was doing.  But, have been playing with it since I got home.

Here is a wee angel I made.  I think I'll make some Christmas cards with her.
Then, I thought...hey why don't I do lino cut artwork for the background of some of my cut paper art?
Might be interesting.  It turns out it was interesting to me.  Yay!

Here is the beginning of a new piece.
And the finished work.  Lino cut for the background town and trees. I printed the town and colored it with colored pencil, then cut it out.  Cut paper for the boy on the bike and the street.  The background map is just that, a paper map.
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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Commissioned Artwork

Well, those of you who know me, know I almost never do commissioned artwork for people.  I have had way too many times when it didn't work out well for me.
I do lots of commissioned work for publishers and love that.  Probably because I have an art director telling me what they want and I know I'll get paid in the end.  Anyway, a very nice gentleman convinced me to do a piece of art for him.  Here it is.  I must admit, I enjoyed making this very much. 
It is for a very special girl.  A girl who has been through some very difficult times in her short life.
It is based on a dream she had recently.  A dream that convinced her that her life would get better and the good news has.  I hope this artwork will always be a reminder to her of how strong she is and the care and love others have for her.  This work was commissioned by her CASA workers.
In case you are not familiar with CASA , it stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates.  In other words, regular folks in the community volunteer their time to help hurt and abused children.

Here is a close up of the jack rabbit in the background.  The snow covered hills in the background are pages from an old Bible.  My hope was that this young girl may find comfort someday in the words.
I used the 25 Psalm and a few others as well.

O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.

I am not a super religious person but I am spiritual.  I guess I would not have taken this project on if I wasn't.
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Fine Tuning

Here is a wee update on my ongoing portfolio.  I am trying to put together a cut paper portfolio, as I was advised to do about two years ago, when I attended the Advanced Illustration Workshop put on by the Highlights Foundation. 
My process has been slow because of the book projects that came along.  I'm happy for that!  But now, I'm really trying to put this cut paper collection together.  For those of you who don't have a portfolio.  Let me tell you, it's hard.  It is heart wrenching.  I go back and forth.  Taking things out and putting things in.  Gosh, I'm tired.
Anyway, here is the latest addition.  Idea came from a watercolor illustration I had done for my old portfolio.  But, I thought the idea was good so, I made it again, in cut paper. 

This shows a bit of the process.
Working on my sailor boy.  You can see I had another face made and decided to make him look more surprised.  Another hand is sitting off to the left as well, I was not happy with it.  This little guy is about 5 inches tall, as is.
Now, I did the big fish.  I cut out all those scales.  Seems like a lot of work. But it was kind of fun.
Those grey tweezer type things on the right, are just that, they make it easy to pick up the pieces of paper and place them with glue.
Finished product !  I think it's going in the portfolio. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Book and Life Update

Well, I have some sad news.  Red Heart Books who is the publisher of Detective Punybutmighty, is closing.  They let us know last week.  I have been letting the news sink in.  So that means the two books I was working on will not happen.  At least not from Red Heart Books.
I was working on a wonderful story by my cousin Robin Morris called Tuti's Hair Cut.  I was so looking forward to that one.  It was going to be done in cut paper.  Also another Detective book was in the works.   Sending out a big thank you to Red Heart Books for giving me such a wonderful opportunity.

Oh well.  Onward I go.

Getting ready for a SCBWI Illustration Retreat at Silver Creek Falls in Oregon, coming up in October.  It should be lots of fun.  I always get a little nervous before going to something like this.  But, I guess it's good to push yourself.
Here are a couple new cut paper illustrations.  Not sure if they will go into the new portfolio or not.
I originally did this in watercolor.  So, I thought why not see what it looks like in cut paper.
This design was one of my greeting cards a long time ago.  Now, redone in cut paper.  I guess I'm recycling my ideas. 

Friday, September 4, 2015

Birthday Cards

Making a few new cut paper birthday cards to take to the gallery. 
I work this afternoon, so thought I would refresh my cards display.
Hope some folks come in today.

Have a safe and happy Labor Day !

Thursday, September 3, 2015

New Book

Well, it took us a little while but, the second book that I was lucky enough to illustrate is now available at
I used my Dad's old teddy bear as a model as well as a young lady that lives in my neighborhood. Thank you Lily!   This is a picture of Ted with the book "The Quiet Bear".   He seems to be happy with how it turned out.  What a relief.

I'm busy working on two books at once!  Yikes!