Wednesday, December 15, 2010
The Santa and Reindeer image was done for a sweat shirt/tee shirt design that I did one season for members of my large Italian family, mainly the kids. We have this get together every Christmas Eve, over 25 relatives usually show. We've been doing this since 1983. I was working for a transfer design company at the time, so I put this image together and got a good price on a bunch of transfers. And a flattering, not so funny thing happened. One of the other employees, who worked in the screen printing room, actually tried to steal my design. Apparently he had a little side business of his own. Luckily one of the other guys caught him and grabbed up all the extra transfers and gave them to me. Let’s hear it for the good guys! Long story short, he didn't last too much longer there!
Happy Holidays Everybody!!!
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
This was done with prismacolor markers and pen and ink. Looks like I have a copyright date on this one from 1997, so it fits the prehistoric theme this week. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all that will be celebrating!
Thursday, October 21, 2010
I added a bit of photoshop magic for a little drama.
I created these three, back when I was doing art festivals. They are basic line drawings scanned into photoshop with color dropped in. They are about a foot tall. I printed my threesome out, then pasted them on cardboard backing. I put a hole in their little heads, and tied a string for hanging. On the bottom, another hole was made to attach one of those little plastic pumpkins that are sold at various party stores. I then filled the pumpkins with small candy treats. They were quite the hit that Halloween season.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
"The love that moves the sun and the other stars."— Elizabeth Gilbert—Eat Pray Love
I am not sure what makes a proverb and proverb and a quote a quote? I didn’t look it up to find out if there is a difference, they seem so similar. One thought I had was; maybe it’s like a good wine that needs to age. Could be a quote must stick around for a good 50 years or so, to even be considered a proverb. Just a thought. I like the quote above, so that’s my challenge word for this weeks Illustration Friday.
I’ve been reading the book Eat Pray Love. When I saw the movie was coming out with Julia Roberts in the lead role, and this great storyline, I knew that this was a movie I wanted to see. Once every now and again, a so called “Chick Flick” comes out, and I know it’s my solo movie. That was my intent when I purchased the book. I am trying to finish it before the movie’s run, is over. I just can’t seem to read this book fast, and I don’t want to. Also, since I’ve been enjoying it so much, I’m thinking about making this a girlfriend movie instead of a solo movie, seems like it should be shared.
At this point I’m about 15 pages away from India—at this rate, I may be watching it on DVD! As I read her adventures in Italy, I’ve been feeling such pride in my heritage. The detail the author gives on the beauty of the language, may be why I’m savoring it so.
I grew up with the Italian language. I was pretty much engulfed in it. Yet, I never learned to speak it. I picked up a few words here and there, some good, some not so good. Somewhere around the age of 13, I attempted to learn it, on the count of my Uncle Cosmo was coming from Italy to visit his sister, (my grandma Luisa) who he hadn’t seen in 50 years—can you imagine? There was even a big write up in the local newspaper. In any case, my limited attempts fell by the wayside. I only realized later in my life how much I took it all for granted. The dialect had been a part of my life until I was 29 years old. That’s when my grandfather died, and that’s when the language all but ceased. My Uncle Tony would stop by and visit with my Aunt Yolanda, (we called her Auntie Yo) and they would spurt out a few words here and there, but it wasn’t the long procession of words that once was. And little by little I began to notice it's absence, and began to miss it.
Just a little story to end with that sort of carries this point home on just how much I missed the language and dialect after it was gone.
One day I decided it was time to buy some decent pots and pans, so off I went to Sears. I was in the kitchen section, hidden well within the tight rows of kitchen goodies, when I heard the sweetest sounds coming from a few rows over to the side of me. A mother and her daughter speaking to each other in Italian! The old women had to be in her late seventies, and was going on and on in such a flurry of words, and with so much enthusiasm! It was as if my grandmother was speaking again! I hadn’t heard this kind of on-going dialogue in so many years, so I stayed hidden away, sneaking from row to row just to hear the fluency of the language. I don’t think they knew I was eavesdropping, they seemed way too preoccupied with their own task at hand. It brought back good memories. I felt sad and grateful at the same time.
PS-- I told my girlfriend Linda I wasn’t going to write a lot this week. She said, "Yes you will"--sometimes I hate when she’s right!
I'm wondering now if she’d like to travel to a movie with me—I mean how often is it that you can see 3 countries in 2 hours, in addition to a bunch of wonderful quotes!
Friday, August 27, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
3 : a surrounding influence or environment (an atmosphere of hostility)
In the dictionary they had a few definitions for“Atmosphere” and it was interesting to me how the one above emphasizes "an atmosphere of hostility" It would have been just as fitting to say "an atmosphere of peace" How often as people we choose to emphasize a negative thought over a positive one. At times it seems we are so conditioned, that we're not even aware of it.
And sometimes, it's just plain hard to be aware enough of our thought process, to just stop, and rethink the thought. What if, say for only 3 minutes straight, the whole world thought only one positive thought, at the same time. Would something change in our Atmosphere?? As John Lennon stated so well in his song “Imagine”-- "You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one, I hope someday you'll join us and the world will live as one."
This is my contribution to Peace.
Created with marker and pen and ink.
I share with you my Peace Wizard.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
I will forever believe in Santa. Enough said.
This illustration seemed perfect for star glazing. I love drawing angels, almost as much as I love drawing trees and tree spirits. I created this piece with colored pencil and marker. I also cut out the top layer of paper on each of the clouds. At the time it was probably a blunder, if I remember correctly. Yet the cut-out worked, and turned into one of those “happy accidents.” My one art teacher always talked about “happy accidents.”
On a closing note: I will be off on vacation for a few days, Yay!! I will be taking with me a book called “Gift from the Sea” by Ann Morrow Lindbergh and my sketchbook. Oh, and my family too. On this short, all too short vacation, I will remember to look up to the night sky and make my wish.
To all my Friends, Artist, and Dreamers—May all your wishes come true~
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
I like the word "Whimsy" and "In the land of Whimsy". To me, being in the land of Whimsy is a state of mind, it's where I can just let go and create for the pure joy of the process. It's not always an easy place to get to, it's kind of like meditation. It's hard for me to just allow myself to relax enough to get there, but when I do, it really can set the tone for my day.
So that's how the blog title became. Have a good day and may a bit of "whimsy" be with you!
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Sometimes it's hard to just stay the course. To push yourself when your muse has temporarily deserted you. You know she'll be back--it's summer, maybe she's taking a little vacation. In her absence, I've tried to keep to the path. Even if it’s only little steps to keeps the motivation going.
I've been in limbo. As of right now, I have five submissions hanging out there. One is a contest to Writers Digest. With that one, at least there will be a sense of closure by October. As for the others; with two of them it's time to pull them back, and move them on. My question: How do you know when it's time to move something on? In the case of the poem and illustrations I sent to Spider magazine, it's been over three months now with no response. I'm not sure of the proper protocol. Do I send a quick email stating my intentions to move the piece on? Or, do I just resent it out? I am playing by all the rules. No simultaneously submissions! As for Highlights, I've had a story in limbo for close to a year now. I've been so busy with other work, that I have just let it sit there. I think with that one, it's probably fine to move that on. A year seems long enough.
So what have I been doing to stay the course? I've been doing the social networking thing. Let’s see--Jacketflap, Twitter, Facebook and Linked in. I've update my resume, worked on my profile and tried to keep up with contacts. I have been at the drawing table a total of two times. I’ve sold one small picture to the Kelly Light’s fundraiser. I've listened to a couple of pod cast on Illustration Island and I have searched out contacts to send future submissions to. Not bad
Away from the artistic side. I've manage to get myself and the kids to the beach almost every Friday this summer. Also, I’ve gotten a late start on my garden--but it's in! Not thriving, but I have hope. And...I have applied for a part time job, and have had an interview. Again, I have hope! Soon I will be having a garage sale. All too soon! And soon I will be off to Kelley Island with the family for a short getaway. And some how before those two events I need to get back-to-school supplies and clothes. All in all, I guess the summer is moving by quicker than I can keep up with. So in the absence of my muse, I will stay busy until her return. I am getting antsy for the drawing table, that's a good thing. Autumn is just around the corner and that's always been my most productive time. The cool breezes will be much appreciated this coming season!
To all my friends out there: Stay the course, be creative and enjoy the rest of your summer!!
The photo above was taken last summer on our getaway to Kelleys Island in Ohio.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
I had thought a few day back that I would take a photo, and then do a pretty color drawing. Yet to do that would be the way I usually work, or if I’m not using photo's for reference, then I am drawing from what's in my head--that stuff comes easy and natural. The IF linked (below) came real easy. Yeah, the hard stuff for me is the sketching from real life! There is nothing more frustrating! All you have to do is look at this post of my Robin, to know how much I struggled with sketching--quite frankly I suck! lol. I really could use more practice, which is why I decided to draw from life today.
I like to visit Lynne Chapman's blog-an Illustrator's life for me. Now she is a sketcher! I even put wording on the my picture, like she does, hope she doesn't mind that I copied her idea, but I think it's cool. If you haven't seen Lynne's blog, you should really check it out. She's amazing! I have her link under blogs I like.
So if anyone has any thoughts on sketching, or what inspires you. I would love to hear what you have to say.
As for me, this little Robin has been my muse this past month. I hope the babies don't fall out onto the cement below, or to the side of the fence which houses the dogs.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
For my "linked piece" I decided to just let my pen have free range and leave my brain out of it. Usually when I do this a tree appears, ask anyone who knows me well and they can tell you, I have been making trees for many years. “Tree people” in particular. It was fun and relaxing to do my tree, especially after four months of working out sketches and layouts and color for the submission piece. Just to do a simple black and white with pen was enjoyable--and isn't that what it is all really about anyway?
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
It's been a long time since I have interpreted text to illustrate. That part went smoothly. I knew the pieces and parts I wanted to highlight, and being that I intend this for a magazine format I wanted to do 4 spot illustrations. So as I’m getting into it, I’m thinking that the drawing end of it was going to be the most time consuming. And maybe it was? I should have tracked my time for future reference. Mental note on that.
So today I decided to take a break, post a post and scan some of the pics. Below is one of the pieces from start to finish. I may still tweak the little guy. All in all it was good to be figuring this all out and shaking off some of the dust!
Friday, January 1, 2010
Yesterday I turned fifty. I seem to have been taking stock these last few months. My perspective is different than when I turned forty, my energy level is definitely different, my looks and my body are taking a hit. I feel the need to be more vigilant with exercise and food. Yet my priorities and my goals feel more solid than ever.
Then there are those things that haven’t changed throughout the years, my commitment to my family, my love of spirituality and nature, and my art.
On the topic of art; of course that is what this blog is mainly about. I was thinking this morning about how much more spontaneous I was 15 years ago. Back then I was doing art fairs. I was creating illustrations for kids along with cards, puzzles, bookmarks. I was just having fun with it, and seemed more in tune with myself and my art. Thinking about this, I seem to separate my art. For example when I did art for the children's booths at art festivals, I allowed myself to be me, to have fun with it. Yet, whenever I put the “I want to get published” spin on it. I clamp down, and get too serious with my art. This has always left me frustrated and unable to complete projects, or lose confidence in myself. I think if there’s a resolution to commit to, it would be to lose the seriousness of it and get back to enjoying my art, for the love of doing art. Deadlines and commitment, the “seriousness” can stay, but having fun with art, I miss that. I really am glad I started this blog last August; I had my doubts-I tend to be quite private and blogging is not my nature. Doing the blog has helped me stay grounded. Most of all I’m grateful to finding other artist out there blogging who share their style, techniques and creative process, that helps me to stay the course. Then there’s Illustration Friday! Wonderful bonus!
Happy New Year to all my creative friends! Keep Doing what you Do! THANKS for all your inspiration!