Friday, May 26, 2017

Jeremy Duck - Acrylic


Jeremy Duck 
Love this super bright and fun painting. 
I think the Library kids will love it too. 
Who doesn't like rubber ducks!

You can see more of Jeremy in my book, The New Adventures of Jeremy Duck. It is available at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle. 


Monday, May 22, 2017

Jeremy Duck and Rubber ducks - Acrylic

Another kid's painting for the Hufnagle Library 
exhibit in Glen Rock, PA. this summer.


You might recognize the duck, it's Jeremy from my book, 
The New Adventures of Jeremy Duck


Just a quick peek at my messy studio!!


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Baby Goats in Pajamas

The kids at the Library should enjoy this painting.

I did use layers of glazes in the sky and the clouds. I don't usually use glazes in my children's art, but it worked well up there in the sky.

Don't you wish you were a baby goat!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Baby Goats in Pajamas


The goats are progressing nicely - 
up in the clouds - 
wearing pajamas!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Baby Goats in Pajamas


Nothing cuter than baby goats - unless it's baby goats in pajamas!

I was invited to exhibit at the Hufnagle Glen Rock Library this summer. The kids at the Library need something fun and whimsical to look at - baby goats it is!



I found pictures of baby goats and created a composition I thought was fun - the goats would be jumping in the air. I used gesso to paint in the bodies and acrylic markers to draw the outlines.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Trees in Acrylic and Collage


JUST TREES

Painted Paper saved this painting. Lots more collaged paper filled in the foliage of these trees. More definition and more color. Some of the leaves even fell onto the shadows. 

BEFORE . . .

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Trees in Acrylic and Collage



JUST TREES


More Painted Paper.
The foliage needs more collage. I got out my stash of painted paper and cut little squares of matching colors.

The foliage before . . .


The foliage after . . .
 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Trees in acrylic and collage

JUST TREES

This large painting is a year old. Over the months as I looked at this painting, I felt it was unfinished. There is some collage - the mountains on the horizon - the tree trunks - and some paper in the leaves of the trees. It was the paper collaged in the leaves that spoke to me. These strips of paper were distracting and separate from the foliage. So - back to the easel.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Spring Flowers in Acrylic

The paintings are simple and stark. I like the drama of the dark background against the bright flower colors.

I don't usually paint realistic floral paintings. It's a nice change.





Thursday, April 27, 2017

Spring Flowers in Acrylic

Spring is here at last. Grass is turning green. 
Flowers are blooming.
COLOR 
Color greatly appreciated after the brown and white winter.

 I am starting two small (5 x 7) acrylic paintings
 of spring flowers.


For the under painting, I am using acrylic markers. 
They work very well on small works, and for drawing.



Monday, April 24, 2017

PAINTED PAPER COLLAGE


Big pieces. Little pieces. Lots of color.
Layers and layers as you build it up.
Just Play !!


Thursday, April 20, 2017

PAINTED PAPER COLLAGE

I've cut the painted tissue paper to make the silhouette of the animals.
I love the diversity of the surface of the painted paper, it adds so much interest to the painting.

Now for the collaging - I choose the papers that have the colors I am interested in using. I lay them on the canvas to see how they look. Such a variety to chose from.









Monday, April 17, 2017

Painted Paper Collage

I feel inspired to make some collages with my new painted tissue paper. Something simple. I have two rectangle shaped canvases, tall and narrow. Perfect for a Giraffe and a Flamingo. That's what I will collage. Colorful and fun.

First I cover the canvas with a dark painted tissue paper.

I draw the animals on white drawing paper to make a template Then using the template I cut the painted tissue  paper for the main body of the animal. Pink for the flamingo and yellow ochre for the giraffe.



Thursday, April 13, 2017

Painted Paper Collage

PAINTED PAPER COLLAGE

It's time to replenish my painted tissue paper that I use for collage.
I love making this colored paper. It's fun, just plain fun.
                    ~ PLAY  ~  

Monday, April 10, 2017

Bees Bees Bees in Black and White

The Beauty and the Drama of the Bee.
They love the flowers. They are our circle of life.
Spring is coming - Don't forget to plant your flowers.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Bees Bees Bees in Black and White


BEES
The drama of their light and dark lend themselves perfectly to pen and ink.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Turtle in Colored Pencil


TYRONE THE TURTLE

I've named my turtle Tyrone. 
A Scottish name meaning "island dweller". 
Seems appropriate.

I will be sorry to see him go. These turtles have been such a part of my art life these last few months.
It's going to take something really different to
 take their place on my drawing board.

I added the finishing touches with the black pencil. Deepening the shadows and the nooks and crannies. 
It makes a big difference, a dramatic difference.

I'm going to have Tyrone framed and matted for the 
Reptile & Amphibian Exhibit at the 
Nixon Park Nature Center in York, PA. 
See you there in June!!


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Turtle in Colored Pencil



TURTLE

Many days,
Many hours,
and many layers later . . .

My turtle is almost done.
 I've built the colors with layers and layers of colors.
The colors have been blended with a burnisher. 
I have used nearly every pencil I own
except BLACK. 
I save the black pencil only for the finishing touches,
 never in the build up.

I love the texture and the colors of this little reptile.
But I have to say, after more two months of turtle drawing, 
I am done with these guys.


Monday, March 27, 2017

Turtle in Colored Pencil

ANOTHER TURTLE
~ this is my last ~ I promise!!


Colored Pencil on Bristol Board.
I've started with the underpainting, working in layer after layer of colors.

This reptile painting if for the 
"Reptile & Amphibian Art Exhibit"
at the Nixon Park Nature Center, York PA.

This will be the second year I've entered this exhibit. 
All the paintings in the exhibit are surrounded 
by the real live versions of themselves.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

WAITING FOR OUR WINGS

          WAITING FOR OUR WINGS


I thought I was finished with this painting, but that little nagging voice in my head kept saying - it's not right - still not right. The composition was good - the golden ratio - but you couldn't see the focus. Everything was too bold. So I toned it down with white tissue paper and glaze, forcing the flow around to the focal point. Now I am done.

                                   Before the tissue paper . . .

Monday, March 20, 2017

I am a 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Finalist!

I am a FINALIST in the 

2016 Foreword INDIES 

Book of the Year Awards!


Finalists were chosen by Foreword’s top three editors and are now off for final judging by our panel of librarians and booksellers, each experts in their field. 
Winners will be announced live from the 2017 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago on June 24.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Drawing Dancing Turtle in Black and White


Turtle Doodling

Ball Point Pen. Just drawing without a plan or idea. 
All I was doing was drawing a turtle shell.
Just the back, the turtle back.
And this is what happens when you just let the drawing happen.
I don't plan it or sketch it first. I just draw what comes to mind.
The turtle shell first, then something needs to be wearing
the shell. Does it have to be a turtle.
No, why not a person. 
And if it's not the turtle - then where is the turtle?
Well he's dancing. Of course.
With a disco ball in the back ground.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Reflecting Turtle - Pen and Ink


REFLECTING TURTLE

Turtles and more turtles. I'm still drawing turtles . They have so much texture and patterns. So fun to draw. Add the reflecting element, and this drawing is busy bust busy. So my style!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

WAITING FOR OUR WINGS

           WAITING FOR OUR WINGS

Back to the winged critters and the challenging composition. I was given excellent advice - my composition lends itself to the "Golden Ratio." I added a few elements to lead the eye from the bottom right, across and up and over to the top right - which is my focus.  Finished again - for now.

                       GOLDEN RATIO composition

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Pen and Ink Turtle Drawing - Steampunk

STEAMPUNK TURTLE

Pen and Ink on Bristol Board, 10" x 11"
Very labor intensive. This took a week, about 2+ hours a day.
I drew passionately, passing up all opportunities to vacuum, do my laundry, even make the bed in the morning. 
I did make it to work on time, barely. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Pen and Ink Turtle Drawing - Steampunk

Half-way done. 
Many hours later, the inking is well on its way. Hopefully only another six or eight hours to go and my Steampunk Turtle will be complete.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Pen and Ink Turtle Drawing - Steampunk


The Preliminary Sketch

I know this is difficult to see. But I've been asked how I start a pen and ink drawing. I begin with a pencil sketch - faint pencil because I do not want to damage the paper. Then, using the pen, I stipple fine lines around the shapes. Just enough for me to see the sketch. At this point the pencil lines are erased.

The detail pen work comes next . . .

Monday, February 27, 2017

Waiting for our Wings

WAITING FOR OUR WINGS

I've added more critters and leaves and feathers to break up the strong vertical line and bring the left side over to the right side. Now I feel the eye flows around the painting.

Finished - for now. I will put this painting aside and let the critters fly.