Friday, November 7, 2014

Fox Shadow

My family had a wonderful rendezvous in Colorado for my cousin's wedding! We stayed at a camp up in the mountains where all the aspen trees were in their full autumn yellow. It was a beautiful setting and so fun to be with all of my family from CO, OR and CA!

One of the highlights was this friendly fox that visited me one morning. He came so close that I stood in his shadow!


I had to paint him when I got home.




Thursday, November 6, 2014

Over the Moon

Hello! Sometime I will post before and after pictures of our home. We recently moved into a fixer upper and that has been taking up a lot of time! A whole "nother" creative process. My husband and I are expecting in 5 weeks and we currently have 8 rooms under construction. I look forward to things coming together and getting to "nest" like these owls.

This illustration was a special kind of commission. I painted the image so the commissioner could purchase a print! So, I still have the original : ) It will be going up for sale soon!

After creating a personalizable print for Minted.com I thought it would be fun to make one of my own! This print is customizable with the couple's initials, baby's initials or baby's birth date.

You can order this print at my shop!

Here is a look at the process:

Inked and textured with colored pencil
First layer with yellow ochre
Adding color. The colors always look very unbalanced to begin with!
Finished painting
Customized close-up on print!

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 myfonts.com 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 Minted.com 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!