Friday, June 27, 2008

Illustration Friday - Fierce

I gave myself 15 minutes to come up with a piece for IF this week. Of course some would have you believe the fiercest animal on the planet is a wild animal like a lion or a tiger or something like that. But I happen to know, the most terrifyingly vicious beast on the face of the Earth is a Chihuahua.

Here's a coloring page version so you can make one the same color as that special little doggie in your life. :)

Hey, check it out, Erin colored in her own pooch and posted it on her blog. Maybe we should have a coloring contest - the prize could be a Chihuahua. (just kidding!)

Sunday, June 22, 2008


This is a quick study. It was inspired by a girl that I saw in a restaurant last night.

Chicken - Part 2

I finished my chicken from last week's Illustration Friday. Here she is with the basic colors blocked in.

And here is the finished painting (all done in Photoshop).
Why did the chicken cross the road? We may never know.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Illustration Friday - Hoard

Chipmunks are famous for hoarding nuts but if I were a chipmunk I'd hoard cookies instead. I'd take an Oreo over an acorn any day.

I did this sketch at the playground this afternoon. If you ever are in need of a brutally honest critique just show your artwork to a group of 10-year-olds (grin)

Here's another version. Not real happy with it yet. May try again.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

My First Quilt

For some reason I felt compelled to buy a copy of "Quilts and More" magazine at the grocery store the other day. I've always wanted to try quilting but I'm really impatient and don't have a lot of time to quilt. The solution - itty bitty quilts. I found these great little coasters in the magazine. It was sewn by hand using English paper piecing and applique (I did use a machine to do the binding) It took me two evenings to complete. It wouldn't have been my first fabric choice but I had it laying around. But even so, I was pretty happy with the results.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Illustration Friday - Punchline

So, why did the chicken cross the road?

This is a painting in progress. I hope to have some time later this week to finish it.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Illustration Friday - Forgotten

Okay this is a stretch, forgive me. But I have lots picture book ideas that I scribble in notebooks and then forget about them. Most probably should be forgotten but I've decided to go back through and start seeing some of the better ones to fruition. This is a spread that I just finished for one of my "forgotten" stories.

Sunday, June 01, 2008