Saturday, April 23, 2016

Home is Where You Bloom

Home is Where You Bloom

A while back I did a piece that was about home. It was an early piece and though I sold one, it really did not blow up my skirt, as my husband would put it. Because I have always thought of home as a blessing, whether it was the home I grew up in or the home I live in now, I thought to take another shot at it.

Inspired with the feeling that spring is upon us as well as seeing the birds starting to visit the abandoned birdhouse outside my window, this is new illustration I created.

 


 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

C is for Cal the Curious Carp

C is for Cal the Curious Carp
 Okay, I was looking at the letter C and decided to add yet another one to my collection. My husband laughed at my choice of using a carp for the letter C, but then was pleasantly surprised. 

Cal swims against the current.
 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

B is for Butterfly

B is for Butterfly

This April has had a touch of February in the air. We've been having a cold spell. 
By now I long for warm days and flowers. 
So with all this cold weather, I was inspired to illustrate a new version of the letter B. 

Here is Byron the Beautiful Butterfly on Blue with Blossoms! 

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This design is also available as a pillow on Fine Art America.
 

Friday, April 1, 2016

A is for Anteater

A is for Anteater

Between getting ready for income taxes and a presentation that I have to do later this month, I have had little time to have fun illustrating. Finally I got a break! 

So here is my newest letter A!
A is for Alvin,
the Audacious Anteater 
holding  African violets 
with his buddy Alex 
the Ant 
illustrated with a Aqua color look 
of course! 

Thursday, February 18, 2016

O is for Owl

O is for Owl

Yep, I was revisiting letters of the alphabet again. This time the letter O became a candidate for another new illustration. Although owl is obvious, it still was fun to tackle. Besides, I have been getting some owl requests from owl fans, including my 3 1/2 year old grandson, Oliver. Not only is the O for owl, but for opening in an oak tree. 
 

Saturday, February 13, 2016

A Second Look

Tulips on a Spring Day

One of the many things I do while watching the flows of people at art festivals, is to watch how they react to my illustrations. Which ones make them smile, which ones do they buy. 

A while back, when greeted by the first tulips of spring, I illustrated 3 pink tulips in a pot. I was so happy just to see the first signs of spring.


But for one reason or another, these sad little tulips did not have much appeal. So it was added to my list of so called do overs.  

Now that I look at the first version, maybe it just was not finished. Maybe they just looked too lonely. It will be interesting to watch and see how people will react to the new version this year. One of the biggest payoffs is seeing people light up with a smile as they walk through my tent, and best of all is making one of my pieces of art their own. 


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Revisiting the Letter P

P is for Poppy
Every once in awhile I revisit a design I have done to see if it could be illustrated better. In this case it is The Letter P which I designed years ago. I am glad I did in this case. Here is the new updated version.