Monday, September 15, 2014

Back to School!

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The assignment from my rep, Nicole Tugeau, was to create promo art under the theme "back to cruel," depicting the less than positive aspects of returning to school. But this also depicts my memories of mealtimes with my two sons when they were little. There was a period of about six months when they would get so silly and so gross, we scarcely made it through a dinner without having to send one or the other away from the table. As parents, we felt obliged to civilize them, but in truth, they were often hilarious. Still are, though not nearly as gross any more.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sketchbook Skool

It's been a lovely summer, made lovelier by a class I discovered. Knowing that I was going to be working on some less-than-exciting educational illustrations this summer, I was happy to learn from fellow PBAAer Betsy James about a fun sounding on-line course from Danny Gregory, who I've always liked. Danny and several other artists have created Sketchbook Skool, which offers three courses. I took the "Beginnings" course, hoping that it would keep me from burning out on drawing, and I'm happy to report that it worked! The six week course challenged me to break out of my comfort zone and draw IN PUBLIC! In front of STRANGERS!

Each week introduces a different instructor with a different method or focus. I especially enjoyed Tommy Kane, but they were all really good. I have a pretty cool sketchbook to show for my efforts, and I can keep referring back to the videos and transcripts, which are accessible forever once you take the class. (Klass?) Next, I think I'm going to try Storytelling. Never stop learning, that's the ticket!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day!

Photo booths have always been a favorite past time for my husband and our kids, beginning when our first born was just a wee toddler and continuing to the present, though it's much harder for us to all cram into a booth these days. I treasure those photos more than almost any others in our collection.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Playing with Watercolor Pencils

I've been playing around with some watersoluble colored pencils lately, just starting the day with a quick sketch from imagination. Kinda fun!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Children's Book Week

Yesterday marked the beginning of Children's Book Week, established way back in 1919.

When I was painting this picture, I flashed back to when my sons were small enough to fit in a wagon together. About once a week during the summer, I'd take them to the library in the wagon and let them pick out a few picture books. Then they'd play with the puppets or the computers while I picked out a bunch more for them.

When we arrived back home, I'd dump out the bag and let them look over all the books while I made lunch. It was a rare silent spell, with only the sound of turning pages as they pored over all the books, reading the pictures. Those were very happy days.

Books offer a gift that's all too rare these days -- a chance to slow down time.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

To all the moms, and to anyone who mothers anyone, wishing you a day of R&R tomorrow. May you be treated like queen for a day.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Spring is Bustin' Out All Over!

FINALLY! The temps almost reached 70 today, and I'm so giddy I feel like a fresh-hatched chick!