Tuesday, December 10, 2013

8th Annual Crafeteria

At my table!
The 8th annual Crafeteria hosted by Frances Vintage boutique was held last Friday, December 6th! Had a great time, despite the very cold weather (for Phoenix).  Bundled up in my hat and fingerless gloves, I braved the cold for 4 hours while chatting with holiday shoppers, friends, and downing cups of hot tea. At my table were prints, greeting cards, pendants and brooches.

The turnout was awesome!  People already started showing up right before 6 pm when the event started. Since it was my first time at Crafeteria, I was not quite sure what to expect sales-wise.  But soon I had my first customer, and the night was a success!  The weeks of preparation were definitely worth it.  Next time, I would bring more Christmas cards, as they almost sold out.

A big thank you to Georganne Bryant of Frances for hosting this annual event and supporting local artists and businesses!




Saturday, November 23, 2013

Crafeteria Feature on the Frances & Smeeks Blog

The 2013 Crafeteria is coming up soon!  Today, the lovely people at the Frances Vintage boutique in Phoenix has featured me on their blog. The Crafeteria is on December 6th, and from now until then, the Frances/Smeeks blog will be running features on the participating artists.  Check it out here!


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Crafeteria 2013!

Received some exciting news this weekend!  I have been selected to participate in the 8th Annual Frances Vintage Crafeteria in Phoenix on December 6th!


I am thrilled and honored to participate!  Over 200 artists applied and 45 were selected, so the competition was stiff.  I'm just so excited as the event has become bigger and more popular over the years.  There will be live music and food, and you can shop for some special handmade gifts for the holidays.  So much fun!

I will be posting more about the event in the weeks to come, and sharing some of what I will be creating with you all.  For now, time to get to work!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Floyd Cooper at Tucson Festival of Books


This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the 5th Annual Tucson Festival of Books at the campus of the University of Arizona.  It was 2 days jam-packed with books and information galore! 

This year's line-up of children's books authors and illustrators included Peter Brown, Jerry Pinkney, Matt Phelan, Lester Laminack, Adam Rex, SCBWI Arizona members Molly Idle and Lynne Avril, and the gentleman whose book appears above, Floyd Cooper.

The one-hour presentation given by Floyd was a demonstration of his painting technique, a subtractive method where he removes paint with a kneaded eraser. He learned this technique when he briefly worked for Hallmark cards and has been painting this way since 1983.  Most of his picture book illustrations are painted on a 15 x 20 Bainbridge board, including spreads.  He begins by spraying the board with Krylon fixative, then sketches in his drawing with an orange Prismacolor pencil (the pencil lines dissolve as paint is applied to the painting).  A very thin wash of burnt umber oil paint is applied next, which remains moist and workable for about 6 hours.   He then builds up the illustration by taking away paint with a kneaded eraser, which leaves highlights.  Below is a 5-minute video from the workshop where he talks about this method:


After the highlights are established, local color is added with thin layers of paint. Depending on the piece, Prismacolor pencils and/or pastels are added as well. Below is a printed example of a finished illustration:


In the latter half of the workshop, we had a hands-on opportunity to try out his technique using charcoal and a kneaded eraser.  It is definitely a different way of thinking and working.  He makes it look so easy! I found Floyd Cooper to be a very warm, humorous, and generous artist.  I felt very fortunate to be able to have a front seat at this workshop.  Definitely worth the 2-hour drive from Phoenix!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Illustration Friday: Ocean


For this week's Illustration Friday topic, a new piece I recently painted for a Valentine card!  It's been a while since I've posted on IF, so it feels good to be back.  Been feeling restless lately, so I tried something different this time.  Instead of painting on canvas, I used Arches 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper.  For the texture, I brushed on clear gesso, and painted with acrylics, with just a touch of colored pencils.  I like the soft mood of the painting.  Will be doing more, maybe on heavier watercolor paper next time.