Tuesday, October 18, 2016

creative tuesdays :: treehouse

Treehouse is the theme this week at Creative Tuesdays. Thanks again to Michael for hosting.

I managed to finish this drawing yesterday. It’s a self-portrait really. Me – always cleaning (my motto: If you’ve got time to lean, you’ve got time to clean!). My husband – reading the newspaper (or his ipad!) in the kitchen.

He doesn’t pick on me for being a neat freak and I don’t nag him for reading (and re-reading) the paper.

My treehouse looks a bit hodge podge as treehouses go. A few years ago, I bought a book at the used bookstore about Building Your Luxury Dream Home or some such title. I will never be able to buy or build a LUXURY dream home…but I find some of the architecture features very creative. I’ve incorporated a few of my favorite windows here!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

sunday sketches :: girl at window

It’s been one of those weeks.

I went with my husband on Tuesday to the doctor. We find that as we get older, it’s best to take a second pair of ears whenever we go to Doctors. Anyway, he’s had a cough for a couple weeks now. He coughs mostly at night, so he can’t sleep. I can’t sleep. The dog can’t sleep. It’s been a grumpy house.

They didn’t treat his cough but did send him to the emergency room straight away. Abnormal heart beat…so he was in the hospital for two long, boring days of tests and new medicines.

I’m lucky that the hospital is near our house so I could come home every few hours and let the dog out. But after a while, I didn’t know if I was coming or going!

Anyway, he is home now. Still coughing, unfortunately. More doctor appointments coming.

And just now I walked the dog. Beautiful warm sunny fall day. Then I saw a snake in the street sunning itself. It coiled itself up and I ran as fast as my legs could carry me!

I’m never walking again. Until winter anyway!

Posting this to Sunday Sketches -- hello to Alexandra in England! I missed last week, so I’ll be sure and check in with other Sunday Sketches posts this week! (Note: I don’t have Google Plus so can’t leave comments on those blogs. Unless there is some easy way to do this without upgrading that I don’t know about? Let me know.)

Monday, October 3, 2016

creative tuesdays :: red riding hood

“Here is a slice of cake and a bottle of wine; carry them to old granny. She is ill and weak, and they will refresh her."
– from Little Red Riding Hood.
The theme at Creative Tuesdays came at a perfect time for me. I’ve been reworking some of my older pieces to include in an upcoming portfolio review. This one I originally did back in March.

I reworked the faces a bit, more color here and there, and have added a wolf waiting for Little Red Riding Hood!

Hopefully it is improved a bit!

Thanks to Michael for another great theme!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

sunday sketches :: cat pattern

Still playing with patterns. Of course, I had to do something with cats!

I drew them, then traced them in Illustrator so I could make symbols to repeat. Still debating whether or not I should color them in. I think I like them this way though.

Posting this to Sunday Sketches -- hello to Alexandra in England!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

creative tuesdays :: pattern

Pattern is the theme this week at Creative Tuesdays. Thanks again to Michael for hosting.

If you’ve been following my blog for any time at all, you might remember these faces. I decided to use some of them again to make a fun pattern of Hats.

I colored them in Photoshop. Then, used the Offset feature to make a repeating pattern.

It’s then that I noticed a few “pockets” of too much white, so I added a few more flowers here and there. Ta da….that’s my pattern!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

sunday sketches :: tell me a story

This weekend was good for catching up on some reading. Of course, after a chapter or two, I doze off! But it’s been a good weekend for napping, too!!

Posting this to Sunday Sketches -- hello to Alexandra in England!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

sunday sketches :: end of summer blues

I was feeling nostalgic about summer coming to an end. I remember those back to school days. That ‘where did the summer go?’ feeling.

Those of you with kids still at home are probably whooping and hollering for joy!! I remember those feelings, too!

Yesterday was exciting for me. I was the featured illustrator on Kathy Temean’s Writing and Illustrating blog. Check it out when you have time.

Also, I see that today’s post is a call for illustrations. If you are thinking of illustrating (or writing) children’s books, head over there for info and maybe submit some work for a critique. It's a great opportunity to put yourself out there!

Posting this to Sunday Sketches -- hello to Alexandra in England!

Friday, September 2, 2016

lazy days

Lazy days? Well, for some, I guess! Not for me.

I’d love to kick back and enjoy the last few days of summer but I signed up to attend the Middle of the Map (Kansas SCBWI) Conference in November. It seems far away, but I also signed up for a portfolio critique. That means a lot of work to get ready in the next two months!

I always have to allow myself time to rework something. At least 10 times!!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

repeating patterns

Now I can’t remember what triggered this obsession, but I’ve been doodling and making repeating patterns for the past week or so.

I must have been reading something and it sent me to spoonflower.com. This site has been around for some time but I only just re-discovered it. Has anyone purchased fabric or paper from the site? Or have you created designs for them?

I did some daisy doodles and turned it into a repeating pattern. Then I colored it in Photoshop.

I spent some time researching how to make a repeating design. Draw. Cut. Rearrange paper. Tape. Draw. Remove tape. Rearrange paper. Tape. Ad nauseum.

Then I found an automatic command in Photoshop and in Illustrator. But hey, I like to do things the hard way first!!

Not sure I will upload and print any designs on fabric. Well, not unless I come up with one that I really really like. For now, I’ll keep doodling. I need more practice.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

creative tuesdays :: plum

Plum is the theme this week at Creative Tuesdays. Thanks to Michael for hosting.

Can you guess who this is? Any fans of the Clue game?? That game used to be my favorite. I’m guessing that it was Professor Plum in the Library!!!

I had fun making this drawing and decided to keep with a minimal color palette for the theme. So, in the end, I just colored it in Photoshop using the hex color specified by Michael.

If anyone is looking for a good, fun challenge, please give Creative Tuesdays a try. We post every other week … which I love. Sometimes, it takes me a few days to mull over the theme before I dive into a drawing. Learn more about Creative Tuesdays.