Sunday, December 16, 2007

Illustration Friday: Backwards

The tree started to fall backwards from the weight of the ornament! A little Christmas card I painted this year. Happy holidays!

Monday, November 05, 2007

Amanda Shepherd Introduces New Book with Friends

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of seeing children's book illustrator Amanda Shepherd introduce her new book, "Fiona Loves the Night" at Changing Hands bookstore in Tempe. Amanda painted an owl during the presentation and explained her working process on the book to the many children (and adults) present.

She also had some friends from Liberty Wildlife attend -- 2 beautiful owls! Amanda auctioned one of her paintings with all proceeds going to Liberty Wildlife. The event concluded with Amanda signing her books for her fans and friends.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Illustration Friday: Alphabets

Here's a piece from earlier this year for this week's topic -- D is for dinosaur and donut! I always thought it would be fun to do an alphabet book. Maybe that's a project for the future. A happy Labor Day weekend to everyone out there!

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Illustration Friday: Twist

There's a twist in the piggy's tail! This is a recent piece I completed. I'm experimenting with textures and a heavier, yet softer painting style in acrylic. Let's see where this goes ... Hope you all like it!

Monday, May 14, 2007

Illustration Friday: Citrus

I was on vacation in the Central California coast when I saw this week's topic and just knew I had to post this when I got home. It's the image on my business card, playing on my last name, which is Lemons. Done in acrylic and colored pencil. Happy Monday!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Illustration Friday: Polar

Here's an illustration from my past for this week's topic. This was a Christmas card that I drew in colored pencils and sent to family and friends. You can see the texture of the paper. It was one of those greeting card packs made by Strathmore with the deckled edge. The bottom has a red deckled edge which I didn't include in this scan.
Looking at this made me think that maybe I should resume the handmade cards this year ... hmmm.

Ladybug Bag -- Any Good Sewing Books, Magazines, Hints?

I recently completed this little ladybug bag. The body of the bag (not including handles) is about 5 inches tall. It was supposed to be a gift for my niece who will be 6 years old soon, but I decided it didn't look quite as professional as I'd like. I was trying for something similar to the bag in the back, which was store bought. But I guess it's not too bad for a first try. Live and learn!
I welcome any suggestions, comments, or if you know of any good sewing books or magazines on this topic, please feel free to let me know!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

First Friday Gallery Show

As mentioned before, all this month I'm participating in a group gallery show by the AZIF (Arizona Illustrators Forum) at ArtStageSound here in Phoenix. Opening night was Friday, March 2nd. Lots of friends and family stopped by. It was great to see all of our work together. We hope to make it an annual event. Here are a few photos of the night ...

Molly Idle, Julie Gissler Barry, Mikela Prevost, and me.

AZIF members and friends.

Some of our cool work!
Some prints and books for sale.

More members and friends ...

Friday, February 16, 2007

Sprout Ward

The final version of Sprout, now called Sprout Ward. This piece will be included in an upcoming gallery show by the AZIF -- Arizona Illustrators Forum, at Artstagesound in Phoenix during the annual Art Detour the first weekend of March.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Illustration Friday: Sprout

It's been a while since I posted on my blog, or participated in Illustration Friday! The months have flown by. I shouldn't be making any excuses (the holidays, etc.). But one of my resolutions this year is to post regularly to my blog. For this week's topic, the sprout ward in a vegetable hospital. I'll be doing the final painting for another project as well -- more on that later.

Stay tuned for the final piece ...