Here is a second experiment into ink, gouache and watercolor media. I often talk about simplification in all things, even in my art. When I look at this, it seems […]
I naively thought that while I was on maternity leave, I would have more time to paint. Just call me “Naive Nancy.” All you parents out there, have a laugh […]
As you fine readers know, I am a visual artist. Painting, drawing, cartoons…they are shown here in hopes of drawing people in and sharing a visual dialogue. My husband is […]
Not much…he’s rather shy. For some reason, even as a kid I have always had a fascination for foxes. I used to wear ears and a tail and demand that […]
Because that’s what he is… Another puppy dog for the homemade sketchbook with the nice, creamy paper.
Continuing the theme of Canines from a previous sketchbook post… Also, FREE SHIPPING in my Store through midnight, October 13th.
This was “inked” and colored and tweaked from the last sketchbook post I made. I think it’s a pretty good start, but want to adjust the typography. I really enjoy […]
Oh, how I love October! We haven’t had to use the air conditioner for a while, and instead can leave the windows open. There is a snap of chill in […]
This one looks akin to a Fabio Harlequin romance cover. Watercolor, gouache, ink on thick, nice paper.
Yep, that’s what it is. Fun with gouache and ink on really nice paper.
Our local art store, the Artist & Craftsman, is having a little contest/show on October 15th. The rules were to buy a 5″x5″ toned art board and paint it. SO, […]
Played with mixed media to create this affable fellow. I’m thinking of setting up a store at Storenvy.com in order to sell some original artwork, but I need to build […]
The other day I decided to go through my collection of old, filled up sketchbooks to mine for ideas. I forgot that I made this one back in 2008 (?) […]
Some days, I would enjoy very much just reading, and completely ignoring the papers and to-dos which threaten to pile up around me. I drew this in a tiny sketchbook, […]
Here is a portrait of one of my own. He actually posed like this after I handed him a biscuit one day…it was such […]
Apparently, military “style” is one of those lasting fashions. (According to Real Simple magazine, anyway.) I liked the photo of the model, so I drew a very simple-shapes oriented piece. […]
Trigger is a Black Labrador Retriever who is the 4-legged child of my very good friend, Uncle Sam. (An actual person…not referring to the USA here.) The actual size is […]
So we’ll end this week of posts on an inspirational note. Practicing your art can only help you. Luckily I find time to do a little practice each day, whether […]
Took a break from the computer for this post today. A note: comic book board pages are not meant to take on watercolors. Still, painting and drawing by hand leave […]
WoW, playing with gradients will really add a bit of dimension to a work! I should have had Rainy Janey for today’s post, as we’ve had flash flood warnings due […]
Sometimes I am approached by friends or family to make pet portraits. I’ve also been commissioned to create favorite animals (that are not pets) such as a group of sea […]
I saw a lady walking by one day who had these giant purple glasses on, so she (and the copious amounts of rain we’ve had this summer) inspired this little […]
I feel this is self-explanatory. Books and reading and libraries always make me feel peaceful and happy. It’s always fun drawing these little spines, but goodness, I need to learn […]
This just made me giggle. I don’t use Adobe Illustrator very often, but am endeavoring nonetheless.
This feels like a page out of a story book. A lot of my sketchbooks are little one page glimpses of story. I’ve never written a whole children’s book, as […]
I know I can finesse this to be better, but I want to get home and hug my husband. Have a great rest of the week!
I have a feeling I am not alone with this sentiment. When cell phones became “necessary” among my peers, I was a year or two out of college. Now they’ve […]
I was going through an old folder of drawings last night and found this, which I’d never finished. It still had some inking that needed doing, and no color. So, […]
A fashionista for Thursday, inspired by Audrey Hepburn, from My Fair Lady. How I love her. Looking at her makes me happy. Have a great weekend, all! I will see […]
It has been a very wet summer for us here in the Southeastern US, and I have been longing for a nice pair of rain boots as I now have […]
I love the idea of “living in the now” so I wanted to make something clever. This is the first hack at it, and I think I have a few […]
Actually, I was daydreaming about making pizza while I was taking a walk, but this has more of a punch line.
…but here in the Southeastern US in the middle of July, “glory” is not what it seems to be after walking outside for half a minute. However, the phrases “Chia […]
I seem to be on a light bulb kick, eh? It’s such fun, scribbling in a tiny sketchbook, these little ideas that trickle in and make me smile. This is […]
I have had such fun playing with little happy ideas and seemingly small, everyday items. If only love could power all the lights and everything in our house…we might get […]
“Look for the Bare Necessities…” (yes, I just went and watched that part of The Jungle Book on Youtube.) It’s a good philosophy. Hello all, Happy new week. I […]
I love playing with words, and punctuation. Don’t you love the word “ampersand”? It almost sounds like a shore bird. And as you can see, there is an ampersand bird […]
Poor ole Sasquatch, or Yeti, if you prefer. His Yeti girlfriend needs some space, I guess. Photoshop is a vast ocean, a bottomless pit, of possibilities. I feel as if […]
It’s funny how I will drink specific things out of particular cups. Things just don’t taste right out of the “wrong” mug. It’s the same with spoons for ice cream […]
It’s more comfortable for flying! I got inspired after reading a book called Skellig, by David Almond. It’s a young adult book, and was quite a good read. If you […]
Yesterday we had buckets of rain and frightful lightning, so I turned off the computer and dove into my tiny sketchbook. My dear husband always has fresh flowers from our […]
More fun and practice with Photoshop. Plants are great (and sometimes difficult) for drawing, because they have gesture, just like figure drawing. This drawing was done on a random piece […]
When filling another sketchbook, I like to go back through and find ideas that were good that I may have forgotten. This one was in here, so I redrew it. […]
But I like drawing them… I’ve always liked fashion illustrations, and got inspired by Dadu Shin’s blog “i don’t like clothes.“ I’m trying to further simplify my style, while learning […]
So, give yourself a hand…or fin. I don’t know why my corniness amuses me. It just does. Find this humor on t-shirts and iPad cases, etc.
The other day it finally got a bit warm here in the Southeastern United States. I say “finally” because we are usually already sweltering at this time of year, but […]
For some inspiration, I have turned once again to Michael Nobbs’s e-book, Start to Draw Your Life. Today I have finished a drawing on velum, colored with Cotman watercolors and […]
As you can see, this was scanned from my sketchbook; I some how always draw my best work next to the spine! (What I think is my best work, anyway.) […]