Friday, December 12, 2008

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

balloon


Here is my submission for IF's topic 'balloon' As soon as I saw the topic this image popped into my head. It was really fun to paint this one. As always thanks so much for all your comments!

Friday, November 28, 2008

red riding hood


Here is my take on one of my favorite fairy tales. Painted in gouache.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

I got tagged!

I got tagged by the very talented Senta
If you haven't checked her blog out yet, please do so now, she does amazing work and I especially love the way she draws the lovely ladies.

These are the rules:
1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Mention the rules.
3. Tell six quirky yet boring, unspectacular details about yourself.
4. Tag six other bloggers by linking to them.
5. Go to each person's blog and leave a comment that lets them know they've been tagged.


The details about me:
1. My favorite color is purple
2. I still have my childhood teddy bear
3. When I was little I used to want to grow up to be Elvira Mistress of the Dark. (I still love her!)
4. My socks never match
5. My feet are always cold
6. My favorite superhero is Superman (but Batman has the coolest villains).

The people who's work I admire and am tagging:
1. Jeremy Vanhoozer
2. theartofpuro
3. Vanessa Brantley Newton
4. Kate
5. Doug
6. C.B. Canga

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Pretend


When I was a little girl I used to pretend that I had a pet monkey. Sometimes I still do:)

Friday, November 14, 2008

Serendipity


I painted this little dancer last night. When I scanned it in, there was this weird shadow across the image, that I actually liked so I duplicated the effect with paint to make a subtle background.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Wise



I went for the cliche. I have always loved owls and I have never painted one before so I thought now would be as good a time as any. This style is a little different for me. I wanted to paint something without any shading, just flat blocks of color and patterns. (I've been re-reading The Art and Flair of Mary Blair). I'm still experimenting with colored papers and trying to work the paper's color into the design.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

More cats


Here is a small painting of my two cats Veronica and Betty. I was experimenting painting in gouache on colored paper. I like it but I need to practice some more.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Repair






Just one kiss will 'repair' him.
I thought it would be neat to show the second one too (on the black background) which I painted over a year ago. It's really cool for me to see my progress and see how much we continue to learn and grow as artists as long as we keep trying.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Holiday Cards



Here are my second and third holiday card designs. I also created these in Painter, which I am still trying to learn. So far I really like it. Painting digitally saves a lot of time, and it's much easier to correct my mistakes. However I still prefer painting the traditional way but it's good to try something new now and again.

Late


I promised my mom a new painting for her living room months ago and I still have not finished it. This was my first attempt, but I wasn't completely happy with it so I'm working on a second version now. Since it's been months past the original time I planned on giving it to her, it is officially late. (sorry mom :)
p.s. Thanks to my good friend Shannon for his advice on this one.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Holiday Card 1


This is going to be the first in a set of 4 holiday cards that I am making. This is also the very first time that I have used Painter and I absolutely love it! I can't believe I haven't used it before. I am so happy with the way this card turned out, I can't wait to make some more.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Strings






Here is my submission for Illustration Friday's topic 'strings'. (Please click on the image for a better view.) These are a set of Christmas ornaments I just finished that are going on sale at a local high school's fund raising arts and crafts fair. I know the interpretation of the topic is a little loose but they all have a red string tied to them to hang on the tree, so I thought it fit. Thanks for looking!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Sugary


Here is my submission for Illustration Friday's topic, 'Sugary'. I had a fun time painting this one.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Sunflowers


Here is my submission for Illustration Friday's theme, 'packed'. This painting is 'packed' full of sunflowers and was a present for my grandmother who happens to love sunflowers. Your comments are always appreciated. Thanks for looking!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Black Seahorse


Here Mr. Mackel, this darker one's for you :)

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Seahorses

I was asked to participate in a local high school's fund raising arts and crafts fair, so I am busy working on some new paintings to sell. I made these four seahorses to be sold individually as prints, and I really like the way they came out. I might make some other colors too, just for fun.

Halloween Kitties



Fall is my favorite time of year so here is a painting I did over the weekend of my two cats, Veronica and Betty having some Halloween fun.

Friday, September 26, 2008

kids


Here' s just a quick sketch I did of some kids. A young Jack and Meg White maybe. . . . ?

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Bride Part 2





I just finished this illustration for the invitations for my bridal shower. It is pretty girly, but there's nothing more girly than a bridal shower, so it works. It's sort of the bride of frankenstein barbie-version. As always, your comments are very appreciated. My blog is only one week old but I have already gotten some very encouraging comments from people. Thank you everyone who has taken the time to visit my little blog!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Bee Girls



Here is my submission for Illustration Friday's topic, 'clique'. This one was was painted with gouache, and I have included my initial sketch with it. (I think she looks a little cuter in the sketch version.) I hope you enjoy it. Your comments are always appreciated. Thanks for looking!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Bride


My wedding is coming up at the end of this year and I am designing the invitations for my Halloween-themed bridal shower featuring who else; the Bride of Frankenstein! I made this pastel of the Bride, but I think for the invitations I'm going to do something a little more cartoon-y. I will post the new version after I finish it. Any ideas/ suggestions are very appreciated. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

witch bath



I just finished this painting about two weeks ago. I was experimenting with oil painting on panel instead of canvas and I realized that it is not for me. It took three times as long to dry and I couldn't control the paint the way I wanted to. I'm not completely happy with this painting, but it was a great learning experience and a fun subject to paint!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

first entry


This is my first entry for Illustration Friday and my first blog post!! This is a pastel painting I did a while ago as a background for one of my animations from college. The animation didn't turn out as well as I hoped, but I do like the background paintings I made for it. I hope you enjoy it. Your comments/feedback and very appreciated. Thanks for looking!