Friday, January 14, 2011

"Big Bad Mouse"

This is my entry for Illustration Friday for this weeks "Chicken" theme.

I believe there's a little bit of chicken in all of us :)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

A new year ...a new beginning ?

One of my new year's resolutions is to try to keep up with my blog.

I painted this end of the last year (seems so long ago already) and I the way it turned out.  I'm trying for a bit more abstract in the look of some of my paintings and I'm trying to get away from the cutesy folksy paintings I usually paint.  I still love those of course but I enjoy going in new directions.

This little one is called "The Wishful Fairy" and she's waiting to grant you a wish ...I sure could use her on a daily basis, couldn't you?

I'll try to post more tomorrow, I have several new paintings that haven't made it to eBay yet and I'm thinking of giving Etsy another try.  My biggest problem is organization.  So much to do and I'm the biggest procrastinator I know, I'm still the person I was in college, cramming at the last minute or is it seconds!  Well, the paint brush calls and Zeke is looking to go out (he hasn't noticed it's snowing yet) he'll be back in flash, that dog hates getting wet!

Friday, March 12, 2010

"Subterranean" for Illustration Friday

Here's my entry for this weeks topic "Subterranean"

There's a deep dark well in which we reside and seek solitude

where ideas are born, nurtured or sometimes laid to rest.

I am not Always a procrastinator!

Okay, this is for all of you who think you know me, I am not a procrastinator  ...well at least not today.  I have to admit, one of my favorite movies (and yes, it was already ancient by the time I saw it as a kid in Virginia), is "Gone With The Wind" and my heroine was Scarlett, with all her faults and strengths, there's one phrase that stuck in my mind even back then "Tomorrow is another day".  Well that motto has served me well most of the time, but I had a few paintings that needed my attention, so I went back to painting and here they are (I tend to ramble on). I'm told I write the way I speak, it takes me a while to get to the point. 
Here's my "Unicorn Dreams" which I just posted on eBay, and I'm actually really happy with the way it turned out.  Sometimes when I start a painting I have a general idea of where I'm going with it, but then the brush takes over and well get the idea!

I also finished this little one, entitled "Clingy" can you see why?

I doodle constantly when I'm at work, I design Kitchens and usually I'm on hold with vendors on a constant basis and well, you know how boring that music is ..sometimes a really cute doodle gets turned into a painting ..multitasking at its best!

A rainy March Day

I'm sitting at my computer looking out the window and thinking to myself I really need to paint!  It's such a gloomy drizzly day and frankly I'm a bit more motivated right now to curling up on the couch with a good book, my cat and my warm fuzzy blanket,  then climbing to  the 3rd floor (my tiny little studio) and painting.  Today feels like a lazy day.  I don't get those very often because I'm usually working, cleaning or painting and whenever I get "the lazy day feeling" I end up well ...feeling guilty!

Enough said, I probably will paint because I do have a few new creative ideas.  I just found a ready source for my paints, Micheal's has finally started carrying Golden acrylics so I no longer have to order them and wait for them to arrive.  If I run out, it's a 15 minute drive instead of waiting a week for them to arrive by mail.  

I finally tried a few prints and they came out fairly well.  I've never made prints before of any of my paintings, so this was new to me.  If they seem to do well, I may invest in a better printer.  I have several printers now including a laser, but for some reason (probably my great photographing skills) I never seem to get the colors exactly right. 

I adopted a new Kitty and Limone finally has a sister (oh, yes, he's thrilled and doing somersaults), no seriously, he's adjusting very nicely, just acts like he's doing me a huge favor by being nice to her, all the while he has this pained expression on his face.  I'll have to photograph the two of them and put them on my blog, maybe next week.

I've listed several new paintings on eBay and I'll probably list a few more tonight.  It's really difficult with the poor lighting to get the photos just right (it's my story and I'm sticking with it)!

Here are a few I'm working on, feedback welcomed :)

This is the first in a series of nursery rhymes and fairy tales I'm currently painting.  This one is called Little Miss Rabbet.  I'm doing all my little characters as bunnies.  I love bunnies, and when I'm not including a cat in my paintings, rabbits are the next best thing ..they're like a cat with long ears and a short fluffy tail ..ok, just got another "look" from Limone!

This one is called Little Red Bunbun Hood.  I love the Little Red Riding Hood theme and I've painted quite a few paintings of this theme over the years but this is the first rabbit I've ever painted witha red hood and dress ..I sort of like the way she came out. 

Well, this is my blogging for the day and probably week ..I decided I'm getting off  my lazy behind and marching myself right upstairs to paint!

Thanks all :)

Friday, March 5, 2010

This is my entry for this week for Illustration Friday's topic "BRAVE"

This is a painting I recently painted and currently have on eBay for sale.  I love the expression on her face, such determination that I decided to name this particular painting 

"Face your Fear"


Sometimes in order to face our fears we have to be proactive.  In this case a nice sensible baseball bat and a loyal companion Kitty is all it took to conquer her fear of "The Closet Monster"!

Friday, February 19, 2010

"Propagate" for Illustration Friday


 What some may see as weeds others see as wildflowers

Books I love

  • Kim Harrison "Rachel Morgan" series, Richelle Mead, Stacia Kane, Patricia Briggs and Karen Chance