Saturday, October 31, 2009

IF - Skinny

This is one reason why I will never be skinny again! Done with micron pens and watercolor in my watercolor Moleskine for this week's Illustration Friday theme of skinny. I don't think you can see it in the scan, but I used some Twinkling H2Os for the first time ever and I LOVE the shimmering effect. I will definitely be playing with these a lot more in my watercolor work.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

It Takes A Long Time To Grow Young

It takes a long time to grow young. - Pablo Picasso

I'm definitely on my way! Don't you just love this cake that was designed especially for me? I know I do. I hope you all had a day as fabulous as mine!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

IF - Fast

My submission for Illustration Friday this week is a quote about the gazelle and the lion. They both need to be fast to survive. This quote reminds me how important it is to get moving every day. It was done with Micron pens and watercolor in my watercolor Moleskine.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A Whole Lotta Lettering Going On

I've been trying to limit my art activities lately to projects that really need to be finished and projects that have a definitive purpose. (As opposed to all those crazy "what if" ideas that are constantly running through my brain!) My Art House sketchbook is at the top of the list of projects that need to be finished. Even though the deadline was extended to January, I feel like I'm running out of steam and would like to be finished with it. The good news is that I finally feel like I've turned a corner and am headed to the finish line. In the meantime, I've managed to sneak a few lettering projects in between sketchbook pages.

A postcard for Kim because we love Seinfeld in this family.

A postcard for Zack who followed his dream to the Big Apple where I wish him success and happiness.

A wedding memento for Bridget and Rick who were married on October 3rd.

A birthday card for Kim who was born on October 3rd.

And finally, the piece I made for Sarah who was the winner of my blogiversary giveaway.

Friday, October 16, 2009

IF - Frozen

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream! This week's Illustration Friday theme is frozen, and I chose to illustrate my favorite frozen treat. This one is for all the ice cream lovers out there (you know who you are!) who I'm sure will agree with this chilling revelation. Go ahead--get yourself a scoop or two. Nobody wants to live a meaningless life!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Let's Go On A Treasure Hunt

Last weekend, Cathy, Casey and I ventured out to the annual open house of Riverdog Studio & Gallery. Riverdog is owned and operated by husband and wife multi media artists Deborah Banyas and T.P. Speer. The studio is situated on 20 acres and was converted from a property that was once a summer camp. The main building is a combination gallery space and working studio that is simply amazing. In addition to their artwork, you can also see some of Deborah and T.P.'s fabulous collection of folk art plus a studio space that has everything an artist could possibly want including a photo studio and wood shop.

A really fun feature of the open house is the chance to go on a treasure hunt on the extensive property and choose a piece of art from the treasure chest if you complete the task. You are provided with a map and the first of eight clues. Each clue leads you to the next and a rubber stamp proves you found each and every one in the correct sequence. If you get to the last clue and return to the gallery with a small head, (yes, I said head) you get to pick out a treasure. Even though a treasure hunt sounds like child's play, trust me when I tell you that it's not.

We spent close to two hours traipsing through meadows, wetland trails, brambles, bushes and branches looking for bee hives, wells, and this caterpillar infestation. Cathy and I thought we would fare better this year since we had Casey with us--she's young, energetic, and grew up on a farm. Even that wasn't enough to help us find clue #2 easily. We searched forever for this small tree infested with caterpillars. The clue said it was "just past" the settler's house. In reality, it was way, way, way, way past the settler's house. I suppose that's the difference between the way city folk and country folk interpret distances.

The very last clue led us to this bad baby in the woods. How creepy is that?

So creepy that we just couldn't stop looking at it and taking pictures of it.

Enough already!

At last, we found the heads! They were sprouting like mushrooms on fallen trees and logs.

These little polymer clay masterpieces are what Deborah uses in her artwork to create whimsical wall sculptures.

Hey, this one looks like Casey!

See what I mean?

Here's my treasure map complete with rubber stamps and the required head. Now I'm off to collect my prize.

Ta da! Here's what I chose from the treasure chest. Isn't he adorable? Was he worth an entire afternoon spent with my friends, soaking up art and inspiration indoors and fresh air and sunshine outdoors?

Yep. Totally worth it.

IF - Flying

The Illustration Friday topic this week is flying. I found the quote by Ponce Denis Ecouchard Lebrun and used that as my inspiration. The illustration was done with micron pens and watercolors in my watercolor Moleskine. The border was added after it was scanned.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Congratulations to Curious Crow!

Here's a big, bloggy thank you to everyone who stopped by to help me celebrate my one year blogiversary and my 26th wedding anniversary. I really appreciate your kind words and heartfelt wishes. The lucky winner of the mystery giveaway is Curious Crow from the United Kingdom. Congratulations Sarah! Send me an email ( with your address and I'll mail the package off to you. Since Sarah likes surprises, I'll wait to post a photo until after she receives her package. I hope you all find something to celebrate today!

PS Pardon my typo. I guess the excitement of my first giveaway was too much for me.