Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving Theatre

Tried to finish this up in time to post on Illustration Friday this past week. I'll squeeze it in under the deadline tonight, as a new word comes out tomorrow.

Brrr, feels like winter around here---thankfully no snow yet! Enjoy your  weekend and stay warm!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

"Paper" for Illustration Friday

For this week's IF prompt "paper",  I drew an illustration of a girl making a sheet of handmade paper using a mold and deckle. In the water is the shredded cotton pulp that she is scooping up.

Here are a few examples of high school student work involving molds and paper pulp.

The students make low relief sculptures out of plastercine clay. Then they cast the sculptures using plaster of paris. After peeling out the clay, they press sheets of damp handmade paper into the plaster molds, and allow the paper to dry. These raised paper designs are painted and attached to the fronts of their handmade books.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Illustration Friday "smooth"

The IF word for the week is "smooth".  I was thinking about the smooth flat stones needed for skimming across water when I drew this little guy. You've got to get the right shape of rock, and the right flip of the wrist, to make a successful series of skips. Hopefully I've captured this tricky pose.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

the Sketchbook Project continues...

I've been working on new illustrations for this year's sketchbook, which has to be mailed in by January 15th. This is the 4th year that I've signed up for the Sketchbook Project, and while I've always made the deadline, it's usually a race at the end. Guess that's what makes it fun and exciting!

I used colored pencil and pastel on this one.

                                               Still working on the next two drawings  

Looking forward to adding color to this one

Halloween came and went without too many "trick or treaters" at the door, which means leftover candy in the house. At work, there were door decorating contests, as well as faculty and student costume awards. Our costumes weren't super exciting but we had a good time with it in the art wing.

Friday, October 24, 2014

MFA Visit

I spent the day at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston on a field trip with a group of students from the high school where I work. There are 2 popular exhibits at the museum now, Goya and Jamie Wyeth.
I especially liked the Wyeth show, as his subject matter in this exhibit is painted from his environment in Maine. Lots of gulls, ravens, rocks, and even pumpkins fill the canvases. Photography was not allowed in that gallery, unfortunately. The Goya exhibit was interesting but crowded, and I would have liked to have more time on my own to absorb all the information. We only had about 3 hours to explore the museum, so as a chaperone I tried to cover a lot of ground. Overall it was a successful day, as we had a good time and all made it back safely on the big yellow school busses!

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!