Monday, October 12, 2015

Mermaid Selfie

Started this piece a couple weeks ago when the Illustration Friday prompt fit this idea. I didn't make that deadline or last week's "ink" (notice the octopus and tattoos), but figured it was a fun drawing to post anyway for no special reason.

Enjoying a bonus day off (Columbus Day) and really appreciating the gorgeous weather! It's going to really cool off by next weekend, so washing a few windows, and gathering up some herbs to dry. My husband has been madly working on outdoor projects the past few weekends trying to get a lot done before it's too cold to paint trim and repair the gutter.

We did zip off for an overnight in York Maine to visit his mother, who was house-sitting for a friend. Walked the Marginal Way with all the other tourists and leaf-peepers---I've never seen it so crowded even in the summer! The foliage is peaking, and with the nice sunshine and temperatures, everyone is out and about!

Have a good week ahead! Hopefully I will get a new illustration up before Friday.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Beech Hill Farm Cat

                   "Beech Hill Farm Cat" 2015 Hopkinton Historical Society Annual Art Show.

I entered two prints and this drawing in the show. They always have a nice reception at the Historical Society building, and the show stays up through December  5th this year.

My daughter took the original photo of the cat on the fence, and I went over myself to take a few more pictures of the scenery. When I was there the cat was sleeping under a bench near the ice cream shop, so I don't know how unusual it is to find him on his post.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

End of the summer

I'm in the middle of several art projects, so will just post a few pictures of my very tall sunflowers that I grew this past summer. Alas, it is officially Autumn, and time to dismantle the gardens and prepare for the cooler seasons ahead.

The highest one was about 12' tall.

And of course I want to add a picture of Wiley, who joined the family in July. 
She's getting so big!

Enjoy the first weekend of Fall!

Sunday, September 13, 2015


I woke up thinking that today would be my grandmother's 107th birthday. She lived to be 100, and I'm so glad she got to read the children's book that I wrote about her and the Block Island bird lady, Miss Dickens.

Happy Birthday, Alice!

Monday, September 7, 2015

"old" friends

"Old" friends

Finally finishing an illustration for the latest Illustration Friday topic. I've been busy getting back into the school routine, moving daughter number two back to college, and framing some pieces for the annual Hopkinton Art Show.

It was an absolutely beautiful 3-day Labor Day weekend! My husband and I took on a big project--repainting the deck on the back of our house. It's one of those jobs no one really wants to tackle, but it was now or never, as one needs an extended time without rain. Anyway it looks great, and will hopefully stand up to the winter weather ahead!

Happy September!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Laughing Gulls Print

I signed up for a "print exchange" through the Sketchbook Project this summer. The directions were to make an edition of 11 prints for the exchange.  The paper size had to be 5" x 7" so the actual print will be smaller. One print will be kept for their library, and the rest will be sent to 10 other people involved in this project. I will also receive 10 random prints from all over the world. I've done one of these before, and it's exciting to see how other artists interpret the theme, which this time is "Greetings From A Distant Land". 

I used a vinyl-rubber "Gomuban"plate,  Akua Inks, and Rives Light paper for this image. I did not use a press this time (like I did for the lobster print), as I was home and wanted to see how the Gomuban plate printed by hand. Not bad.

Here is the finished print of Laughing Gulls.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Finished a new print!

White Mountain Gorge, NH

I've been working on this print most of the summer! You can see by the finished plate below that there are a lot of different textures in this image. I've lost track of how many layers in all, but around seven or eight. Sometimes I had to print the same color multiple times to get it dark enough. This print was made using a "soft cut" block, which means I had to print all the layers by hand without using a printing press. The height and squishiness of the soft, flexible block makes it difficult to print with a press. If there is too much pressure on it, it can become distorted and stretched out.

Two more weeks of summer vacation before I have to go back to work. We are in the middle of 90 degree heat wave this week.  I'm trying to finish up loose ends before the new school year begins. I have signed up for a "print exchange" through the Sketchbook Project that is due by mid-September, as well as the Hopkinton Historical Society"s annual art show, which also has work due at that time. I'll put some photos up of my progress in a subsequent post. Stay cool!