Friday, February 22, 2013

Banana Slug Bash

This is what banana slugs and snails do after the sun goes down. Tonight they are celebrating a particular slug's birthday!

I painted this for my dear friend Piper Hobbs (inspired by her wild imagination) to celebrate her birthday, which was quite a while ago! Piper was the first "stranger" to buy my artwork when it was on display in Omaha. Since then she had sold many of my prints and paintings in her delightful shop, and continues to encourage me in my pursuits. We have become good friends and I always look forward to visiting her and her husband in Shenandoah. I always leave with my sails filled and new inspiration : )

Many of my painting have a hidden snail. I decided to make an appearance at the party in snail form. Piper, which slug would you like to be?

Here is the drawing and a picture of the process.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

SCBWI poster

Here is my illustration in action. I really like how Dorothia flipped the owl on the right side! He looks great! Looking forward to celebrating my 30th birthday at the SCBWI conference this April : )

You can click on the image to make it bigger.

Monday, February 11, 2013

One hour to paint!

I really wanted to paint today and started thinking about it the moment I woke up, but I ran out of time! Probably because I had a really strong cup of french press coffee, causing unfocused energy and a bazillion chatty phone calls. After getting 2/3rds finished with my to do list I told myself that I could sit down and paint as long as it only took me one hour to draw, paint and post something.

Here it is!

Someone has been drinking sleepy time tea instead of french press! I am really happy with this sketchy and loose result. Sometimes I annoy myself with my neat and tidy watercolors. I need to loosen up!

Now it has been one hour. Time to get back to reality and fold some laundry.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Alannah's Horse

I am doing an art trade with my cousin Alannah! Every week (or so) at school she has the opportunity to create and paint a ceramic piece that is fired over the weekend. My Aunt and Uncle's house if full of cool ceramics that she and her brothers have made throughout the years. I always admire them all when I visit their home in California and asked if she would make me a little ceramic fox!

In return I offered to paint her a picture. She knew exactly what she wanted: a paint horse, white with brown spots, feathers in its hair and one blue eye! Perfect! I like a girl that knows what she wants ; )

I finished her horse last night:

Here are a couple examples of Alannah's sweet ceramics. I can't wait to meet my little fox! I will show him off when he arrives.