Friday, October 10, 2014


For this week's Illustration Friday post, I am submitting an illustration I created for a book named "Solomon Starbucks Striper" written by Roy Rowan. This illustration depicted an underwater statue in the sunken "Andrea Doria" guarded by an octopus named Philoctopus.

Solomon S. Striper

It's nice to be ending a busy week without a lot on the agenda for the weekend. I need to pick another bag of apples, and make some applesauce and apple crisp. I wish I had Columbus Day off on Monday to extend the weekend a bit, but not this year. Enjoying the peak of the autumn leaves' bright colors. It has been a successful year for tourism here as the trees have been exceptionally beautiful and the weather fairly pleasant! 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

The Sketchbook Project 2014-15

I guess it's time to get started on my 2014-15 sketchbook for the Sketchbook Project. I believe this is my 4th sketchbook, and every year I kind of put it off during the summer, and scramble to finish it by the due date in January. This is the 3rd time my sketchbook will revolve around the adventures of a little mouse. Not exactly sure where he'll end up but I think he'll be visiting the homes of some nearby humans, and observing their activities.

The purplish sky didn't scan well. The pages are thin so the watercolor layer is a bit uneven, and the colored  pencil on top is not showing up as well as it does on the actual drawing. Oh well.

Enjoying a beautiful autumn day! The foliage is almost peak here, and the colors are lovely this year!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Money Mouse

Inspired by Illustration Friday "money"

Enjoying a Fall-ish weekend. It has been quite cool in the mornings here, with temperatures near freezing. Hoping to hold off on a real frost as we are still picking the last of the green beans, cukes, and tomatoes. I also need to harvest the basil and make a big batch of pesto. Going apple picking is also on the agenda. Gotta take advantage of the nice days we have left!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Illustration Friday, "Radio"

Remember bringing giant boom boxes to the beach? Not so much anymore! Everyone has ear buds in, or they are using little funky speakers.

I've been busy getting back into "school mode"and that's my excuse for being lax on my blogging, It takes a little while to adjust to a much fuller day, and not be too tired to work on art projects for myself. I'll squeeze this IF sketch under the wire and get it posted before the new one comes tomorrow!

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Mouse Pirate (Illustration Friday---Skull)

     Here is my take on this week's Illustration Friday theme---"Skull"

Enjoying my last week of summer vacation! Will have to get some school stuff ready this week in preparation of my first official day back next Tuesday, but will try to take advantage of the nice weather! It is sunny and in the 80's for the next few days!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Lighthouse Print

I've been working on a new block print, and finished it up yesterday. The image of the island and its lighthouse is from a photo I took while we were camping in Maine, on Penobscot Bay. I think it is the Indian Island Lighthouse, Rockport Harbor.

                   Step One/Two---Cutting out the white areas and printing two layers of blue

Step Three---Printing the brown layer over the blues

                                         Step Four---There was also a layer of green

 Step Five---The final black layer

                 The finished print ready to be signed and numbered. There are twelve prints in this edition.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Journey--Illustration Friday

Illustration Friday  "Journey"

Wow! The summer is flying by! I'm going back to work in two weeks, and I'm just starting the process of mentally preparing myself for the transition back to the classroom. This will be my 30th year teaching art at the same high school. I still really enjoy my job, but it seems hard to believe that I've spent more than half of my life in Room 701!