Thursday, July 24, 2014

Illustration Friday "repeat"

This week's theme, "repeat," seemed a little challenging. I wanted to do something that wasn't the most obvious solution, so I went with the idea that little kids always want their favorite story read over and over "again…again…again."

(Plus my friend's dog gets to make her debut in one of my drawings)
Otherwise my summer is flying by! During the last couple of weeks, I flew to Maryland for a visit with several friends, and a trip to the Delmarva Peninsula (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia) for some beach time. After driving back to New England, the rest of my college friends and I spent time in Connecticut for our annual summer reunion. 

 Laughing gulls on Rehoboth Beach

Now that my big trips are over, I'm focusing on getting artwork together for "Uncommon Art on the Common" which takes place on Saturday August 2nd in Goffstown NH. This annual show has a large assortment of different types of art from a variety of local artists. I've ordered more mat board and other supplies, so next week will be a busy one. I just hope the weather will cooperate! 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

"Santa Barbara" print

Last summer, a group of my college friends met in California to celebrate 35 years of friendship. We started our trip in the beautiful city of Santa Barbara. I wanted to create a block print to commemorate our time there.

The sketch on tracing paper to be transferred onto the block.

Inking up the block with a blend of brown and blue.

Cutting around the tree tops was tricky.

Prints drying.

 The final stage of the block and the finished design.

This print ended up with 6 layers. Hope this makes the process of reductive block printing a little easier to visualize.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Illustration Friday "beard"

The other night I started sketching a man with a beard for Illustration Friday, but I didn't have a good idea of where or what I was going to end up with. Somehow he became a rather benevolent biker dude.

Trying to beat the heat today by sitting in front of the fan, and working on a few projects. I have 2 new prints in works which I will share in another post. It's really too hot and humid to move around too much. I did get out for a 4 mile walk earlier this morning, but even then it was pretty oppressive! I'm keeping an eye on my vegetable garden, and an hoping to pick my first summer squash soon. A lot of the day lilies have opened, so it is pretty colorful right now. Stay cool!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Illustration Friday "summer"

Black and white drawing using black Prismacolor pencil on a Canson mixed-media paper

Completed with watercolor and Prismacolor colored pencils

I'm sure some kids are getting out of school this week due to the rough winter and the multiple snow days. Hope they are jumping for joy when the bell rings!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Tulip Prints

Just finished printing the final layer of my "tulip" print this morning. I'm finding the smaller, card-sized designs are no less time consuming than a larger image. I ended up using a magnifying glass to carve out the final areas with the smallest gouge carving tool. I will post the sequence of color layers that made up this 4 color reduction block print.

There is a light yellow first layer, and a deeper yellow layer second layer.

A light green layer

                                                           A fourth and final dark green layer.

The finished design!

Once the ink dries completely, I will package up the cards and their envelopes and put some in my Etsy shop. I'm trying to decide what to work on next---something bigger I think. I especially like doing landscapes, seascapes, and rocks, as well as birds and flowers.

I've been enjoying the beautiful summer weather we've been having! It's really nice to bring my studio out onto our screened-in porch, so I can enjoy the gardens and hear the the birds. One of the birdhouses has a noisy brood of House Wrens. The parents are flying in non-stop with food for the babies. Hopefully they'll fledge soon before the poor parents get completely exhausted! My husband has been working like a fiend too---weeding and planting his perennial gardens. The yard looks great, and is definitely an inspiration.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


Illustration Friday"Contraption"

Countdown to the end of the school year, and hopefully more time to work on my art projects!

This is not quite done, but I'd like to post it on IF before the week ends!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Happy June!

Been busy, busy, busy, finishing up the school year and working around the house and yard. Finally some nice weather and a chance to do some outside things!

Here is a little card design that I am working on in my "spare time."

Have a great week!