Pack up All Your Cares and Woes 11"x14" Acrylic on paper
Here's a little something I painted back in April and I'm just now able to share it with you. That's how commissioned magazine illustrations work. It's such fun, but it's hard not to reveal it sooner.
And so the setting: A young girl heads off to find adventure and the unknown down a country road. She's got all of her troubles and worries behind her, and roaming geese and freshly cut flowers are on her mind now! I wanted to capture her embracing a bit of Wanderlust.
The magazine it appears in just arrived the other day, so I'll share what it looks like in the print issue with you after the holiday. By the way, Happy Independence Day tomorrow (for all of us Yankees). Hope you get to do a bit of traveling yourselves - or enjoying grilled corn outside, smothered with butter & herbs, which is what I'll be doing.
...I have and always will love this night of the year.
A night when anything magical and fantastical can present itself. Such as a chance encounter with a member of the fairy-folk! A very interesting meeting on that subject are the Cottingley Fairies.
If you aren't familiar with the film based on these fantastic girls and their story, you really should get acquainted with Fairytale: A True Story. I adored this film when I was a little girl. These three pictures are the photos captured by Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths of their fairy friends.
Living off of Cecily Mary Barker and her illustrations along with that movie, Mama and I would always build little houses from leaves and sticks on Midsummer's Night. Along with a little sweet and refreshment in a miniature tea set, we would make sure the fairies had enough supplies to dance the night away. And in the morning there would sometimes be a gift in exchange, a flower, a daisy chain, and one year some Raspberry Lotion & Gardenia Perfume (which I refused to use, since they were too precious).
It isn't only the fairies that I love tonight for, it's the memories with my mother. I'm so blessed to have a Mama that I have so much in common with.
So, get out and scamper tonight. Catch some fireflies, drink tea outside by the moonlight, and keep your eyes peeled for the wee fairy-folk!
The Great Peach Expedition 8"x10" Acrylic on paper
I've written and illustrated a story for Ardent Magazine, on the joys of picking peaches at a U-Pick and taking them home to create a bowl of comforting Peaches and Cream.
Plus the accompanying illustration was a blast to dream-up. Showcasing the necessities for any proper peach hunt. Binoculars, compass, and map. The inspiration behind it was Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom meets hungry fruit enthusiasts.
This was such fun to do, and every endearing word I said about the fruit, I meant.
I'm absolutely in love with this series, titled Pretty in Pink after the soft peach background enveloping each of these fashionable & unique gals. I'll confess, Emma Deer and Leah Bear have proven to be the hardest for me to think of parting with.
By the way, summer is sneaking up on us, just five days until it officially begins. I'm so excited!
Finally, the last painting for the mini-series of animals in designer clothes is Tasha Wolf, wearing Dolce & Gabbana.
She's pushing along her retro bicycle, going for a ride in the basket are some lovely posies and a ferret named Jerry. Over head a friendly blue-jay says hello to her while she's on her way to the local market.
The tiny ferret is one of my favorite parts about this painting. How he's adventurous and full of spunk leaning over the basket while the bicycle rolls along.
Emma Deer & Tasha Wolf Both 11"x14" Acrylic on paper
This was such a fun series for me to do. I'm dubbing the collection "Pretty in Pink".
I'll be showing the photos I've taken of Betty Magazine with you all soon!