Sunday, December 20, 2009

Rendered Speechless

Just started a web forum for illustrators called Rendered Speechless Illustration. It's a place for illustrators to gather for fun and inspiration. If you are an illustrator, we'd love to have you join. Find a comfy chair and join us!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

May peace, happiness, and health be yours!

Wishing you peace, happiness, and health. May you have enough time with those you love to feel connected and comforted, and enough time in quiet solitude to reflect on life.

Sunday, November 15, 2009


Writing 50K words in a month is an experience similar to swimming in the arctic ocean or doing a technical drawing on the floor of a preschool classroom. Yes, it can maybe be accomplished, but why? I'm at the halfway mark for both words and days, but the ideas run thin. After all, it's really short stories that I love and have the attention span to either read or write! :-o
The image is of my published works... shortish, non-fiction, occasionally wordless, and fun!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Missing Deutschland

Have you ever lived in a place that was fascinating and interesting, but language and cultural differences made life more difficult? Going to the store to buy something as simple as flour took a dictionary and understanding of the many kinds of flour available in another country? They used a numbering system, like 405 and 550. It was a mystery, and at the time, there weren't expat blogs to help figure it out. Eventually we figured out enough to cook Lecker (tasty) food! Here are a few photos of our German home:

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Collaboration can set us free!

These two sisters are just starting their journey together, but they have already learned something about collaboration that we all should know! And besides, they are just plain cute!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Incredible Edible Studio Tour

This was the first day of the an incredible (and partly edible) studio tour. I had 53 tour-ists visit the studio. It was a day of laughter and joy. There was time catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. They came from a range of places around our planet: Connecticut, Australia, Switzerland, Gig Harbor, Seattle, and right here Ma and Pa Kettle Land. (If you have read The Egg & I by Betty McDonald, you will know the place) I learned as much about the visitor's art and lives as I shared about my own. Everyone had such interesting comments that I started writing them down. One I chuckled about all afternoon was, "It's a good thing you have a woodpile outside to hide the ugly building". Now I call it Tin Can Studio because it is in a metal building. Here we concentrate on inner beauty, rather than outward appearances. See for yourself! And come visit!

Friday, September 25, 2009

स्टूडियो StudioTour

First, I'm confused why there is another language before my title. It's a mystery. I typed "studio", and the mystery font appeared. So those of you in who can read it have a special invitation to the the studio tour! And maybe the translator link will help everyone else! My studio will be on the Port Townsend Studio Tour, October 10th and 11th, from 10am-4pm. There will be 47 art studios on the tour this year, with all kinds of art represented. Port Townsend is a little seaport with a very cool Victorian center. It's a great place for restoring your soul! The website describing the tour can be found at:
Come visit!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Selfish giant rethinks world view

The Selfish Giant has banished children from his garden and built a wall to keep them out. When Spring arrives in the countyside, his garden remains snowy and cold. He is rethinking how he has affected the world around him.

The story is by Oscar Wilde.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Life is fragile! Egg family journey

The egg family has gone on a journey. Happily, the word has spread that child car seats save lives, because life is fragile, and eggs know this only too well!!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Evolution of an illustration

Here's how I work when creating an illustration. First, I generate lots of ideas in thumbnail sketches. I try to not get stuck on the first idea that comes to mind, as better ones may come up after some thought. The thumbnails are small versions in the same proportions as the final illustration. Time is well spent creating thumbnails. Usually there will be more than one idea that makes a good composition, and that can be developed too.

Next, I paint a value study in the same media I plan to use for the illustration.

Then I paint two or three color studies using the value study for a guide.

And finally, I make a pencil sketch, sometimes ink it with waterproof ink, and paint the illustration. A few changes can be made to composition at this point, but not too many for it to work.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

A few new illustrations

Here are illustrations from this week. They are done in watercolor and ink, and one uses gouache also.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Shoeless in Seattle

Might be shoeless in Seattle, but these just wait patiently for a walk!

Recent illustrations

We'd better warn Jack of what's to come. I don't think he's read the story.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Ogre : Oh Grrr

Here's an Ogre, or is it Oh Grrr, who has spent too much time shoveling snow this winter, and now apparently is deceased! Oh Dear.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

A few assignments

If you want to grow as an artist, classes help. I'm taking a couple of graduate courses in the school of illustration at AAU-SF. Here are a couple of them.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Green Bunny & Friends

Green Bunny and his friends, Kitty, and Robot are not too busy for cookies. The story is a twist on a folk tale. Green Bunny is real however. First, he was a dream. Then he became a green fleece stuffed animal for a child. Now he has a life of his own.
The illustration is done in gouache and ink.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

May your Muse be with you in 2009

Wishing everyone a healthful, joyful, peaceful, creative 2009. May your Muse be with you in all that you do!