Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Illustration Friday - Juggle

Moody the Clown attempts to juggle his multiple personalities.

Okay... that was just weird.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Foam Boy

Meet my new buddy Foam Boy. I needed a model for some illos I am doing, so I made Foamy out of some squished styrofoam balls, drinking straws and pipe cleaners. I think he came out kind of cute.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Keene Owl Project

I'm happy to be participating in the Keene college owl project. In conjunction with Keene's children's literature festival the college is asking children's illustrators to donate an illustration of an owl (the school's mascot) to their wonderful collection of original children's book art. And since Keene not too far from where I live and my old high school mascot was also an owl I was happy to contribute.

I started out with an owl on a branch.

I thought it turned out all right, but I figured Keene had plenty of owls sitting on tree branches. So I tried to think of something that might be a little more unusual. Something you don't usually see owls doing. Like, I don't know, shopping for moth-mallows at the local Owl-Mart.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Egad, I've been tagged.

I've been tagged by Edna Cabcabin Moran. Actually, I think I've been tagged a couple of times in the past but never got around to actually writing anything. I suppose it's because I can't ever think of anything interesting to say. But this time I'll give it a go. So this is for Edna and all the folks who have tagged me in the past and I never responded (sorry!)

8 Facts/Habits About Me

1. Um... well... um.... Okay, this is going to be harder than I thought. Oh, I got one! I like to sew. Clothes, curtains, slipcovers, dolls, you name it. My most ambitious project was probably my daughter's flower girl dress - 9 yards of satin and tulle with under-skirts and over-skirts and tons of frills. Someday I hope to try quilting but I just don't have the time right now to start another hobby.

2. I horde fabric. Squirrels stash acorns every where, I've got yards and yards of fabric stuffed all over the house. And I'm gonna use all of it... some day. Maybe when I start quilting - yeah, that's it!

3. I also horde seeds. I pour over the seed catalogs every spring and buy all sorts of odd-ball vegetable and flower seeds. I always have high hopes of planting a lush jungle of vegetables. I daydream about canning bushel baskets of tomatoes and spending crisp fall afternoons canning pickles. But then I get busy shuttling kids to soccer and swim lessons and the poor little seeds lay sleeping in there little paper packets all summer long. Sigh. Maybe next year.

4. My grandmother was a painter too. She had a job painting Xmas displays for The First Christmas Store back in the 40's and 50's. Here's a picture of the type of lawn displays they created. I still keep her brush jar on my work table.

5. I have an odd house plant. It's called a stapelia gigantea. Stapelia gigantea is also called a carrion plant because the flowers are big fleshy things that look like star fish and smell of rotted meat. Although I'm curious, I'm also a bit relieved that mine has never bloomed.

6. I have been entrusted with the family's oldest heirloom. Some families have precious jewels or rare paintings they they hand down through the ages, mine has a pink Christmas cactus. Yep, a Christmas cactus. This particular cactus, has been handed down through six generations of my family. Someone said I had the only healthy cuttings left from the original plant. Let's hope I don't kill it!

7. I grew up in Bradford, PA which is located in Pennsylvania's oil country. Growing up, I had oil wells in my backyard.

8. Phew, just one more. Um, I can plan the piano and the clarinet but neither of them very well.

Now I just have to think of someone else to tag...