Saturday, October 11, 2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Minted Journal/Notebook Cover Challenge

This is my entry for Minted's current contest:

Customizable Journal/Notebook cover. You can customize your hidden love message and your own initials : )

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Red Fox Ribbon

Minted hosted a contest for customizable children's art, called the "Never Too Early" challenge.  I usually cringe when I enter a Minted challenge that requires personalization options and increased Photoshop skills, but I feel like I am starting to get the hang of it after much trial and error.

I am very excited about this entry, because it is a new style for me and has opened up a whole new world of ideas. It is a mix of fine art and Photoshop, which means I can't slip the original into my portfolio like I usually do. I will have to order my own print from Minted if I want to show it off!

This print allows you to personalize your daughter's name and birth date. My little niece, Dayla, helped me pick out the colors stating that she has, "Only seen red and orange foxes, so why would you do anything else?" Well, that was easy : )

The date happens to be the due date of our little one who we are expecting in December!

Here is a look at the process. I started with a pen outline and then watercolored it in. I scanned the image and then carefully erased the line in Photoshop because I felt it took away from the clean simplicity. Next I downloaded "Paper cute" from and added the text.

I have a fun idea for a boy's illustration, so I will have to wait for the next challenge. Next time I will forgo the pen and use a soft pencil line that I can manually erase!

Finally Home! Lets Catch Up.

Summer is always a crazy time for everyone! This summer we get to enjoy 2.5 weeks at home, starting a couple days ago! My husband and I direct an over night summer camp during the month of June. Then we had a week of wedding festivities out of town, then we immediately left for a week long conference in Kansas City! Soon we will be going to Oregon to visit my family. By the time we get back, school will be back in session!

I have fit bits of art in here in there. Mostly contest entries for Here are my six entries for the Art Fair Challenge: Wild Hare, Dachshund, Strawberry Plant, Oregon Mushrooms, Turtle Shell Top and Turtle Shell Bottom. I will be very pleased if a couple of them win a place at Minted!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Mr. and Mrs. Peacock

I did this commission in April for a friend's wedding. The couple had their first date at the zoo, where they were chased by peacocks! Then, on a beautifully warm April evening they got married at the zoo! It was a beautiful wedding.

I also found some cool iridescent watercolor from a sample sheet, to make them shimmer!

Here they are matted, packaged and ready to go!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Mollie Wabbit

When a 6-year-old girl's birthday wish is for your and your husband to come to dinner, you have to paint her something special! Introducing, the Mollie Wabbit!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Mr. Owl

Mr. Owl is all dressed up in feathers and ready for tea! 

Sometimes my paintings go through an awkward stage, where the colors are unbalanced, too hot or to cold, sometimes I lay down the wrong color, or textures don't look right. So many things can go wrong, especially since I am still learning through trial and error on some of my favorite illustrations! Mr Owl went through such a horrible awkward stage that I seriously felt sick to my stomach for 2 hours while I tried to "fix" him. I was ready to start the hard work of re drawing him (with out a light box for tracing.)  I have always been able to problem solve my way out of these situations, and I was able to with Mr Owl even though it seemed pretty hopeless! Kinda goes with his grumpy mood. He was a stinker to paint! But now he is done and I think he looks great!

Working with watercolor can be very challenging, but I don't think I will ever trade it for digital! The feeling of accomplishment is great!