Thursday, January 28, 2010
This is just a rough beginning for something that will be on a page in the new book I am illustrating, "Angels at my Side." It will be a lovely little book for children. The artwork will be lighter than most of my work, with pastel shades and gentle images. It will be out this spring! It will be great for Mother's Day, we think, with a special poem for mothers and lovely springlike imagery and colors. I hope everyone enjoys it! I enjoy the chance to try some different colors and images, but I've always had a few angels in my paintings.
This was a large-ish painting based on an image I saw in an old, old book.
One of my earliest paintings was an angel holding a little dragon.
I'm sure there are more but that's all I can find for now!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
I'm going to be very busy for the next few weeks working on a new illustration project that I am very excited about, and before I embark on that here is one more painting of rainbows and strangeness that I did in my down time. Sort of some Eve/Lillith associations here but really I just wanted to do something colorful. In the cold dark winter months where everything is beautifully monochrome, I still do crave color. I am starting to anticipate the return of colorful things emerging from the earth.
Anyway, that is all for today...will be unveiling some of my new illustration work soon!
Thursday, January 21, 2010
"A Scarlet Wish" is based vaguely on an image in my mind when I hear a song by that title by the Legendary Pink Dots. This was just a quick little monochrome (mostly) thing. I'm going to pretend this has some applicability to Valentine's Day (applicability - is that even a word?) because of the red ribbons. I will let you decide if it fits or not...but I present it nonetheless!
Saturday, January 16, 2010
It's been quite a year so far with a lot of family illnesses and trips to the hospital for minor things, after that big pre-Christmas snow storm, but things are hopefully getting back to normal now. And here we are already looking at hearts and shamrocks everywhere in the stores! I really love the white and red and hearts on snow sort of imagery associated with Valentine's Day, even though I've never been into the holiday (I'm much too cranky for things like that).
But because I love snow and hearts, I have a lot of Valentiney art in the vaults! Here's a print of one of them that I have in my Etsy shop. I still have a lot more snowy winter art as well! It's been a good couple of weeks, the Eve Hallows book that I illustrated (By Freda Roberts and Eva Rice) now available on amazon.com, Barnes and Noble online, powells.com and other sites! And we are starting work on another book for which I am the illustrator. More on that as it develops!
Happy 2010 now that I can finally start enjoying it!
Thursday, January 7, 2010
This is the culmination of the project I worked for the past six months or so, illustrating this lovely new modern Halloween tale :
Eve Hallows is a whimsical tale of courage, benevolence, and hope. Good witch Eve desires to use her gifts to bring healing and joy to the children of the world. Accompanied by her two enchanted stooges, Niles, the aviate broom and Oliver, the sassy pumpkin, she visits the homebound Kyle and his friends on 'All Hallows Eve' teaching them the lesson that charity brings more magic and opportunity in ones life. Written by Freda Roberts and Eva Rice, Eve Hallows is the first in the many to follow. Published by Mirror/ Page of Wonder Publishing.
You don't have to wait until Halloween to enjoy it! There's full color art on each page. If you do purchase a copy we'd love if you'd write a review on the site from which you ordered it!
Monday, January 4, 2010
Here is the second in my paisley sorcery series. Series? I didn't mean for it to be a series, but the paisleys keep coming out of things. In this piece, a potion wizard is preparing a concoction in a cosmic landscape, from which flow monochrome paisley forms into a green sky. Strange sigils glow amidst fire hued orbs. I don't know if I'll have more like this but it seemed like a good idea for the moment!
Oh I had something else I was going to write a post about too but I wrote about this instead. I'll get to the other one tomorrow!
Sunday, January 3, 2010
My inspiration for the beginning of 2010 is late 1960s/early 1970s psychedelic horror movies that I've been watching lately. Most of them are not nearly as psychedelic as the movie title, the opening credits, the amazing weird soundtrack noises or the promotional materials would have you believe, but they still create an interesting atmosphere.
Blue/green/red color palettes, ominous dark trees and towers, long hair, long dresses, knife-wielding women, and weird pointless squiggly loopy things and colorful blobs. That's where it's at. I just gave these the first titles that leapt into my mind. In this case, it's "Paisley Priestess" and "Mistress of the Purple Tower" for these...ahh but there are many other things I could have called them. Well here they are for your review. Thanks for looking!