Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Bouquet -IF

Bouquet is Illustration Friday's word of the week, so here is an unseasonably springy inking from The Fairy Book


Inktober Fun-Sized Paintings

October is the month where lovers of all thing spooky creep and crawl out of the woodwork.  I wouldn't really consider myself a real scare-seeker, but this year I decided to participate in inktober with a "Scary Stories" edge.  For all you who say that my attempts at cute fairies are "scary," this is me trying:


Hope it was a good one for you!  

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Have Brushes - Will Travel

My very very last helpx took me to a little village called Ballydahob (which I mention purely because it is such a cute name) in a house called "Hare Moon," a fitting title for a very themed house.  I was taken in to do a bit of creative painting in the house.  First was the tree in the stair well.  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get any all-encompassing pictures of it.  In some cases it really seems like an iphone camera would be of more use than my fancy one.  Ah well.  

I had my lovely assistant (and resident junior art critic) pose with the new tree.

The Hare Family Mural

 Wonderfully lit, I must say.

I also made this little guy for some good friends I've got over here, as a thankthankthankyou for being so nice to the blow-in.

I'm kicking back now in Tullamore for my last few days in Ireland (before I get deported).  So, as for you in the wide world: fare well until we meet again, and thank you for being so kind.  As for those friends in the USA, see you soon.  Get ready to partay!
Love to all everywhere, anywhere and nowhere.  And YOU prepare yourself for much more art.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Sneak Peek

I've been meaning to get back to doing the weekly Illustration Friday, so here is a sneaky peek of my latest big personal project, The Fairy Book.

Still loving Ireland, and so so thankful for a roof over my head and awesome people to call friends.  God bless! 


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

This morning I left my Northern Ireland home.  It's been swell and I got to learn about sheep finally! Here is the parting gift that I made for my hosts.  They had been asking me to draw up a farm plan as reference for future helpers.  So I did.

 Today I begin a pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick Mountain which is where Saint Patrick was supposed to have fasted 40 days.  I will be walking more or less with my feet all the way from here (the northeast coast) to there (midwest coast) for mass atop the mountain on the 26th.  Should be a wild ride.  The name of this game is liveing outside my comfort zone for a month, so no steadfast planning.  God's planning this trip for me :).

Friday, May 22, 2015

Oof, it has been a while since I updated.  I can blame it on the fact that I am very excited about the things in my life that are unrelated to internet availability and the creation and documentation of consistent art.  You see, I am finally working on a sheep farm!

Since I last updated strange, unexpected, exciting, beautiful and ugly things have happened.  If you would like to learn about the things I've learned through it, you can read all about them in my book Ten Gazzillion Things at a Barns and Nobles near you.

Since I don't really have anything else to share for the moment, here are some of my favorite sketchbook moments:

actually it was god-awful, but beggars can't be choosers hey? 

And here, for your perseverance in this long-winded post, is a more brilliant segment of a pen pal letter if I do say so:


Thanks for bearing with.  See you next time!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Olaf the Dancing Kitty

I'm in Scotland now!  And although I am on the go, I am still doing all the art things!  So here is what I've been working on for a kind lady client back in the ol' USofA.  His name is Olaf and he is a puppet made to honor the memory of a beloved real-life, full-sized kitty.  

Animal portraits used to be one of my least favorite things because, it takes a very long time to find something in an animal's face to make it individual.  Call me breedist, but all them cats look the same, whereas people have more distinguishable features and mannerisms.  That is not to say that they are all exactly the same, BUT one wrong move and it looks like any old cat.  There isn't too much room for play, is what I' saying.  
So when I thought about how I could make this project fun for myself, the great Beatrix Potter and her personality-infused animals sprung to mind.  The photos of Olaf reminded me a bit of the Gentleman Foxy Whiskers, in his waistcoat and finery.  So I drew him like this: 
But was deemed too serious for Olaf's temperament.  He was a silly cat.  
So I took Beatrix Potter into the 21st century and gave it a bit more of my own style.  



Until next time!  Love,