Watercolor Wed.2

Last Wednesday I complained about my ineptitude with watercolor.  This week, I plod on, with three quick attempts at the same subject. Above is the most successful with regard to the look that I want.  I found that if I did not plan in pencil at all, I got a better result. This first attempt […]

The Lake

Sketchbook Project  2013               Graphite  I’ve entitled this sketch,  ” At the lake” because…   I’ve  always enjoyed trips to a lake.  But..there’s something exciting and a little bit creepy about the surroundings;murky water, snakes, mystery lurking.  This sketch captures how I felt as a kid, near the lake.

Beginning, Staying and Straying

Sketchbook Project Pages 9-10 I’m working with pencil on stipple paper again, with the tiniest bit of liquid pencil and white acrylic.  Just playing a little with scale and the concepts of beginning, staying and straying.

Smudging

Sketchbook pages 5-6 graphite on block printing paper To smudge or not to smudge.. three schools of thought, I think.. Some are opposed to using a finger or an implement to blur and fill with graphite, feeling that it’s a muddy and lazy process.  Others feel it’s the only way to modulate values.  Still others […]

Whats a Skullbunny?

A very dear young artist friend of mine, put out a request for artist renderings of a mythical creature she tagged Skullbunny*. The only prompt for the creature depiction was some variation of a bunny skull attached to any sort of creature body. Why?  These depictions of Skullbunnies became part of an imaginative multi-media gallery […]

Zero2illo Zine-I’m on page 22!

I’m excited by a brandy new zine published by Jonathan and Lea Woodward.  It’s all about illustration.  In the first issue, you’ll find a website review, an article about illustrators and the importance of active participation in the illustration community.  There’s a gallery of illustrators, (I think I mentioned that I’m on page 22).  You’ll […]

New Digital Painting

I’ve played with a single scanned textural element in an other wise all digital painting.  In this case, you guessed it, it’s the mountain. I created it with acrylics on watercolor paper, scanned it and popped it into this digital painting. This “Mountaintop” piece is available as an 11″x 14″ high quality print.

KiDs aRT:sTiLl LiFE

Any memories of  a pear, a Chianti bottle, and a bicycle wheel propped, draped, lit, and placed  in front of you on a rainy Monday morning?  Ring any bells?  Art class and the mandatory still life. What I think makes this time-honored and very useful drawing exercise somewhat more interesting, is the freedom to choose […]

OOps..it’s not fair

Wrong sibling!  It’s been corrected now, but when I first posted the paintings of siblings Annie and Gabe, I goofed and gave older sister Zoe credit instead of Annie.  So, to make things FAIR, because it is of paramount importance whenever the word “sibling” is conjured, I’m posting a painting based on a photo of […]

Illumination Sunday

There is a pinhole in my thick skull which is finally excepting illumination.  I’ve been so busy working diligently to bring my drawing and digital painting skills into line with what I know I can accomplish, that I have forgotten the light, the spirit, the magic of telling a visual story, naturally. Particular rays of light emerged […]

NJSCBWI-Workshop assignment!

I’ve got to finish my homework.  The annual NJ Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators “Illustrator’s Day” is coming up, and I’m procrastinating. “Illustrator’s Day ” is an action packed all day workshop. It’s a really cool event, but both the up and downside is dum dum dum dum-homework.  This is how it works: […]