Archives: Etsy

Bookwhale

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Book Worm, Etsy, Handmade, Illustrations, Process

I’m sure you have heard of bookworms, but have you heard of bookwhales?  They are a real little subculture and so interesting.  These particular whales gather in their cozy knits and talk about their favorite stories.

They chit chat when they attend their weekly book clubs of course.  Fascinating.

This cute little guy is available in my shop.

I would love it if you would say hi, comments are my favorite.  Have a great day!

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Chirp.

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Etsy, Illustrations, Parenthood, Process

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I had an epiphany this weekend.  Since I’ve been “out of the game” or at least feeling like it for so long, I didn’t know how to get back in the saddle.  I love my baby girl SO much and I feel guilty even uttering any negative words that can come off as excuses for the brakes being pushed pretty hard on my illustration life.  Back in the day I had time to let my mind drift, sketch and let that sketch turn into something.  In the back of my mind that has still been there but growing, falling over and getting back up again in this new chapter called motherhood has taken first place.  Rightfully so but there are other art mamas (you inspire me!) that are doing both and then some so I can do it too.

My epiphany was that I had to change my art process.  Completely.  There aren’t enough hours in the day and I am the only piece of the puzzle that can change.  So I got back in my saddle aka desk chair and got to work.  A couple weeks ago baby girl took a 3 hour nap so I was able to completely ditch my old watercolor palette, wash it out and refill it.  There were paints I had squeezed into the corners of my palette and they were bleeding into my paint puddles, my watercolors were rock hard and crusty (a huge no-no).  So once I reloaded it and used it for the first time, it felt so great.  This is how watercolor is supposed to act.  Free flowing and unpredictable.

This little guy appeared and I hope many more appear to join him.

Chirp watercolor print available in my shop.

Just Paint.

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Etsy, Illustrations, Process

My Home

It’s taken me awhile to get back on the art horse.  Not going to lie.  I have been trying to find my groove again and even though I haven’t been painting painting, I’ve been reading.  To date here are my absolute favorites.  And I mean getting dangerous with the library late fees territory:

Water Paper Paint: Exploring Creativity with Watercolor and Mixed Media  - Heather Smith Jones

Watercolor Painting, A Comprehensive Approach to Mastering the Medium – Tom Hoffmann

And of course I can’t forget YouTube:

I have been messing with my process too.  Order of operations is big for me so first I would just dive into the watercolor paper with my sloppy paints.  I didn’t get anywhere because I didn’t know where I was going.  I am extremely methodical with my digital art but watercolor is a completely different beast to me.  So, I would read and watch other painters I admired and try what they did.  Some sketch, then bring the sketch into photoshop and compose the image, then print out the image, then use a light-box to trace it onto the watercolor paper and then go for it with the paint.

When I follow those steps, by the time I get to the painting phase, I’m paralyzed.  Watercolor paint is so expensive, watercolor paper is not cheap either, then you add in the brushes…..everything I paint better be a masterpiece at this point.  That is what I hear in my brain, that very loud annoying voice.  What I am finding that works for me (knock on wood that doesn’t jinx it) is that I sketch out elements I might want to paint on computer paper.  Just scribble and freely draw.  Then when I think I have my elements, I will sketch out a composition.  Then I come to my paper and freely draw my composition but not too much.  Everything doesn’t have to be planned in advance, a nice mix is nice.  Lastly, it’s time to paint.  Parts can be wet into wet, other parts wet onto dry, etc.  But I eat that elephant one bite at a time.  Oh and chanting that no one is going to see this helps too.  I tell myself I’m painting for me (which I am, it brings me joy) and if it doesn’t turn into anything it isn’t a big deal.  I think this mind play is working for me.

I am taking in all of these opinions and methods of how other painters work and finding what works for me so I can just paint.  That is by far my favorite part.

The painting above is called My Home and 6×8 prints are available in my shop!

Sale!

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Etsy, Good News, Handmade, Illustrations

sale!!

I’m having a 20 percent off sale in my Etsy shop!  Just use the code “BIRTHDAY2012″, the sale ends Monday, August 20.

Illustration Friday – Lonely

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Etsy, Illustration Friday, Illustrations

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I used to get a little lonely when I rode the light rail, so I figured this little guy would get lonely at the bus stop.  Hope it doesn’t take too long to arrive.

This is my attempt for the theme of Lonely for Illustration Friday and it is also an entry for 52 Designs.  Now available in my shop.