Drawing “cute” illustrations

A while back, I worked hard to learn about illustrating in a “children’s book style.” I really studied up on it. (See below for the links to the posts I wrote on my progress.) This week I wanted to do a cutesy illustration of a boy with a box of chocolates and a little girl. I firstContinue reading “Drawing “cute” illustrations”

Only 16 Days til Christmas!

I had a list, a mile long, of all the creative projects I was going to work on this month. The best laid plans and all that! Instead, (in addition to everyday life), I’ve been going to parties, decorating the house, and shopping, with a little creative time squeezed in. Since, I’m starting to feel likeContinue reading “Only 16 Days til Christmas!”

Digital Intervention with Photoshop

For the most part, I like to keep my art hand drawn or painted. The exception is when I’m working on designing a repeating pattern. But sometimes, my 20 years of experience with Photoshop, comes in handy with my artwork. I painted this tree a couple of weeks ago and thought, “It really needs aContinue reading “Digital Intervention with Photoshop”

Focusing and following through

My last post was about “Coming up with Ideas.” A few of you commented that you have no shortage of ideas. This makes sense as Maya Angelou famously said, “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” The “ideas” post was from the early days of my creative resolution. While reading through myContinue reading “Focusing and following through”

For my Dad – a painting of memories

A few weeks ago I was walking through Barnes & Noble when the book “Wherever You Go?” by Pat Zietlow Miller and Eliza Wheeler caught my eye. I love Eliza Wheeler’s illustrations. I loved that she created worlds and scenes. I was really inspired by her work. I wanted to try to create my own scene and I decided that a homemadeContinue reading “For my Dad – a painting of memories”

Please vote for my Sandcastle pattern in this week’s Spoonflower contest! Thank you!

I would be so grateful if you took a minute to vote for my pattern “Sandcastles on Long Island.” Just click here: http://www.spoonflower.com/contest_voters_temp/new?contest_id=306 Uploading a pattern to Spoonflower is something I’ve wanted to do for years, since I first read about Spoonflower in Country Living. I used their Sandcastles contest as extra motivation to finally uploadContinue reading “Please vote for my Sandcastle pattern in this week’s Spoonflower contest! Thank you!”

2015 – off to a great start!

So far I’ve been working on several of my 2015 goals and it’s only the first week of January! Here’s what I’ve hit so far. Lettering and Doodling – Every couple of days I pull out my sketch book and doodle and practice my lettering. I’m finding that I can create more whimsical, simpler illustrationsContinue reading “2015 – off to a great start!”

Back to the drawing board with Beach Girl’s Face

Last week I struggled with the face of my “beach girl” in a fun watercolor painting where she was floating in a pool. I “erased” her face several times and destroyed the paper. It was extremely frustrating. Looking back I realized that just diving in to paint her face was a bit of a mistake.Continue reading “Back to the drawing board with Beach Girl’s Face”