August 28, 2014

Then We Had Tea

Then We Had Tea   11"x14"  Acrylic on paper


This was an illustration I did to accompany a short story in a children's magazine.
All of the little pastries and refreshments made me want to climb inside the paper and sit down on the bench log beside the raccoon & fox. Letting the soft music of the rabbit musical duo surround me. Accordion and cello arrangements? Yes, please! I imagine that bear has quite a bit of interesting stories to tell once he's finished his sweeties. 

Of course, I had to include a wee bit of chaos which always seems to happen at large gatherings of any variety. A young Mr. fox has spilled his tea and broken his cup. Right now he's deciding whether or not to mention the incident.

Growing up I had lots of tea parties, and they were always the theme for my young birthdays. Needless to say, I would have adored this true afternoon woodland tea, complete with a pie-carrying-giant-sized-badger.

Off for a good 'cuppa myself. These days I enjoy it while painting. 

August 27, 2014

Seascape

Seascape   8"x10"  Acrylic on Paper

Here's the craft/project appearing in this month's issue of Babiekins. A sheet of fun cut-outs to place on the back of an otherwise lonely fishbowl, or aquarium. Nothing like having your own mermaid and narwhal for friends! Plus it gives your fish a bit of company.

Here's an illustration of the basic idea behind the project, to help you visualize your fishbowl transformation.

Hop on your seahorse and pick up a copy.


August 26, 2014

You're Quite a Catch

You're Quite a Catch   7"x7" Acrylic on paper

Another illustration I did to accompany my little craft project appearing in the latest issue of Babiekins. This print I've made available for sale in the shop features a bit of typography. (There's nothing like a quirky old saying to convey the heart's affections.) Tomorrow, I'll finally share the featured craft project and the version of this cat that appeared with it in print. 

My own copy of the print magazine is currently in the mail!

I promise all these ominous cats and fishbowls will be relevant by tomorrow.

August 25, 2014

Brother and I

I was asked to do several illustrations for the very sweet children's fashion magazine Babiekins, and now the issue is out! So over the course of the next few days, I'll be sharing them with you.

One of the things I did was a little project you can cut out of the magazine, with a trusty pair of scissors and the help of an adult (if you're of the small persuasion). I did an illustration to show children cutting the image out of the magazine, so this isn't the project itself but something that accompanied it. It's a how-to illustration.

Brother and I   8"x10" Acrylic on paper

Big brother is helping his little sister. I'm especially fond of that cat who's looming over the fish tank, with a paw hovering over about to bat the water.


More to come shortly!

August 20, 2014

Feathers & Tunes

Feathers & Tunes   8"x10"  Acrylic on paper

I was probably among the last to transition from cassette tapes to CDs, I was quite happy with my square little friends. I had compiled quite a few of my own mixtapes, which I still have. I suppose the cassette still holds a soft place in my heart, even when I had to rewind them with a pencil after a Walkman mishap.

An owl in a snazzy sweater with a mixtape of her own has been a bee in my bonnet for quite a while. My brand new Moleskine sketchbook finally coaxed it out of me. I can already tell that this is the beginning to a wonderful relationship with my notebook!


 I also intend to incorporate a bit of typography with a variant of this print in the future. 

Until then, this print is now available in the store!

I love how she's taking her music very seriously. What a hoot I had with this!

August 19, 2014

Head in the Clouds

Head in the Clouds   10"x8" Acrylic on paper

Daydreaming is part of my artistic process. I admit a freshly sharpened pencil and a blank page can make you feel a bit like a pioneer into the unknown. They say "She has her head in the clouds" like it's almost a bad thing, but what do they know? 

Give me a good ol' Dixon and I'm off! Now, I just need an aviation hat and a reliable bear to navigate.

Confession:
I already have an aviation hat..