Monday, September 22, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

a quick doodle

From my home office, I can see into the living room. This is a common sight.

If the sun is shining just right, there will be a cat or two in the picture, too. But today it’s only one lazy dog.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

fairy tale – cinderella

This month’s assignment at Year of the Fairy Tale was to make collage pieces for Cinderella. No people. Just symbols.

First we were to paint lots of different types of paper with watercolor. Things like envelopes, graph paper, music sheets, kraft paper, whatever kind of paper you have as long as it was thin.

After the paper is dry, then out comes the glue stick!

I had made a bunch of sketches – using simple shapes – to represent symbols from the story. Here are a few of my ideas:

The fireplace where Cinderella sits and rests after her work. (The yellow on the floor was supposed to be light reflected from the fire. Now it sort of looks like the floor is on fire!! Help! Help! The house is on fire!!)

An invitation to the ball comes from the prince who lives in this castle. (It looks a bit wonky. A fixer-upper perhaps?)

“Bring me a pumpkin from the garden,” says Cinderella’s godmother.

With a touch of her wand, the pumpkin is transformed into a carriage. (It’s supposed to be windows on the carriage but now I look at it and they sort of look like eyes! Creepy? A little.)

“You must be home before the clock strikes 12,” warns her godmother.

Cinderella’s ball gown – made of paper towel, tissue and magazine glossy paper scratched up with sandpaper -- the latest fashion of the season.

And last, one of Cinderella’s glass slippers, dyed pink to match her gown.

And they all lived happily ever after.

Friday, September 12, 2014

in the garden

The gardens in my yard are starting to look pretty droopy and sad. Not enough rain and now we have cooler temps at night. Fall is coming.

But here is a snapshot of what’s going on this week.

Poppies, Marigold, purple Salvia and a Mexican Sunflower.


Tomatoes times a million!! (I’ve been having tomatoes at every meal for weeks now.) I do love fresh tomatoes though.

And one lone watermelon. The vines stretch for miles … almost … but there is just the one melon. It should be ready to pick this week. I hope.

Happy Paint Party Friday!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

my apologies to...

Alexej von Jawlensky

This is based (very, very loosely) on his painting titled “Portrait of the Dancer Alexander Sakharov.”

It’s ok. You can laugh. You won’t hurt my feelings. If you Google the original painting, it will make you smile, too.

Monday, September 8, 2014

my apologies to…


Here is “Cat with Parasol.”

I spent most of the weekend working on pieces for Year of the Fairy tale. This month’s assignment is to do collage pieces. I’m having a heck of a time. They aren’t coming together like they look inside my head!


So for now…just a quick doodle with a cat. What else?

Friday, September 5, 2014

some silly paintings

In my search for fine pieces of art to mimic in the series I call “my apologies to…”, I came across this photo and couldn’t resist.

Here is Carmen Miranda. She was a little before my time but I do remember seeing her in a few old movies.

Here is Kitty Miranda … just as pretty ... but not as famous as her sister ☺

And I have to thank Tracey Fletcher King for the inspiration behind this drawing. I saw this Dude on her blog a few weeks ago and just had to get one for myself.

On the package, it says “Fred” and “Mr. Tea.” I just call him Fred. I find myself saying “Good Morning Fred” to my tea every morning. Is this crazy or what?

Linking to Paint Party Friday … a great place to visit. It usually takes me all weekend to get through the blogs listed each week. Thanks to EVA and Kristen for keeping this going.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

my day job

I never show on my blog anything I do for my day job. Most of the time, it’s very corporate-looking stuff or proprietary info that would get me fired for sharing.

But this was a fun little project that I can share bits and pieces of. It was actually quite long but I’ll just show a few of my favorite drawings.

I was tasked with creating a graphic novel to showcase a new product.

We like to try new and fun ways to keep our audience interested. Our audience is internal to our company…so you, the general public, would not have access to this.

Here are sketches of my two characters. I did nine of each.

Actually, I did more than that but narrowed it down to nine of each.

This is to show the evolution of some of the sketches.

Draft 1, our characters at the burger place.

I thought it needed a little more detail.

Then I decided to keep it cleaner and add digital color. I did several separate sketches of texture that I could use as walls and floors and stuff like that. But those were added in with Photoshop.

I had to make room for dialog and other text (which I’ve pulled from this image.)

Here is a view of our characters at home.

The gist of the story is “if you buy this product, it will help you track your healthy lifestyle.” That’s about as much info as I can share.

And this is why I LOVE my day job.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

12 dancing princesses

Here is my latest assignment for Year of the Fairy Tale.

I drew and painted each one separately, then made a compilation in Photoshop. I couldn’t figure out how to “ground” them so I cut up an old watercolor painting and made a floor.

Check out what some of my fellow classmates have come up with!!