Its that time of year again, this time caught me a bit by surprise, before I knew it, November is here and Jingle Bulbs is up and running.
For those who dont know, I have been painting and selling handpainted ornaments for many years. It is a fun diversion for me from the illustration work, I love hearing from my customers every year.
I feel honored that they let my artwork become a part of their Christmas. Here is a sample.
I got this idea from Martha Stewarts Living magazine, her pumpkins were oblong, I couldnt find that shape so this is what I could find here in Florida, little ones. She suggested using crepe paper, my very smart husband suggested using ace bandages that stuck to each other, that worked really well. They do look a bit like terrorists, but they are supposed to be mummys, I like them they are cute... Happy Halloween.
Halloween Ghouls.... I needed something for the my Halloween Bunco party. I needed to have a way to mark the tables. I saw something interesting in a shop in SanFrancisco so I thought I would do my version.
But with no room left in my luggage I decided to make my own. I really enjoyed painting them. Happy Halloween!
Recently I had the opportunity to visit the Highlights Company for the Illustrators weekend. I always enjoyed seeing how other illustrators present their artwork so here are a few of my favorites.
This first portfolio is of Laura Jacobsen's work. What I really liked about this aside from her wonderful work was the clever presentation, I like that these pieces can be taken out individually. Also the paper she matted the art on had her artwork printed on it, which really tied it all together. The box itself was imprinted with her logo which you could see above.
I thought this was a really fun way of presenting promotional pieces. Mike Dammer did this art and I thought the whole package really worked well together.
Here is another very great way of getting some attention for your work. Terry Taylor is a 3D artist and she had this 3D presentation. The photo isn't the best but the art was beautiful and really fun to look at.
Another artist that I have watched for many years is Judith Moffatt, her work is cut paper, and beautiful.
She sells her art on Etsy, I was lucky enough to have 2 pieces of her wonderful art, she was a hit at the highlights party. Her costumes with her husband Bill are wonderful, always fun to see what they have come up with.
Another artist that I had the pleasure of getting to know is Sherry Neidigh, she has been creating these amazing signs for Trader Joes. Now next time I am near a Trader Joes I will have to stop in.
After a seven hour plane ride, listening to the Kardashians on plane tv, I was able to try out my Ipad for drawing, using my pogo stylus is like drawing with a Q tip, but I put all the details in with Photoshop once I got home. It was fun and on the next plane ride this Friday I plan to explore more. I love my Ipad....
It is very hot down here in Florida...which leads me to the Mermaid Box that I painted a while ago.
I had this box in my studio forever so I decided to paint something on it for the guest bathroom to put toothbrushes, etc in,
So here it is....in progress...
My first real attempt at digital illustration, I like the freedom to be able to play around with colors, I dont like that I cant seem to retain the details that I would like once I flattened it down, so off to Lynda.com for alot more training. All In all it was a good learning experience, hopefully the first of many more.
This May my artwork is in High Five Magazine. I love doing work for the Highlights company, they are wonderful to work for. I was very happy with the printing also. On Easter it was fun to sit down with my 4 years old friend Sienna, she loved Thats Silly.
It doesnt look busy now, but it was, at least 500 kids past though our painting on rocks. This is Emily my wonderful daughter that helped me out, whew, I learned many lessons. The first one being kids especially little kids are very happy painting anything, rocks included. The second one is next time bring a tablecloth. I guess the last thing is people in general are very nice and forgiving, one parent was upset that I used acrylics that wont come off his shirt, until I explained if I used temperas they may not come off his car seats. One big learning curve, we had a wonderful day all in all. Came home played scrabble, she beat me, for the second time, a great day. Time to bone up on my scrabble....
In Winter Garden Florida the Bloom and Grow Society is putting on a festival. They hired me to paint rocks with kids. I had fun coming up with these ideas... The weather is beautiful down here, and I am looking forward to the festival.
For some reason, after I saw a wooden easter egg painted looking like chocolate, I had a need to make a bunch of them, so last year was all chocolate colored eggs, this year has some color..its fun, wooden eggs, acrylic and Scribbles 3D Paints , which have a mind of their own. My advice, have alot of Q tips available for the Scribbles not behaving, for clean up, and have fun.
Here in Ocoee Florida the town offered a free rain barrel and a wonderful day in the beautiful weather, to paint our rain barrels. Mine is still a work in progress, but I thought it would be fun to share. This is my friend Shari, also an artist. Her barrel came out great.
And then some others...
This woman is a quilter, I really liked the freeness and idea of this.
And then this is mine, I didn't plan properly. So it is getting a new finish and waiting for another weekend where I am home and wanting to be outside. It is collecting rain though, so thats good. They were harder to paint than I thought.
This is where I am at now, I think bigger may be better with the artwork...