Friday, December 31, 2010

Artist's Choice - Stephanie Ruble

My choice this week was to do a painting of a football playing moose that I had sketched a couple of years ago (and had always wanted to do something with).

Happy New Year!

Artist choice

Wishing you a colorful year full of Health, Happiness and Success!
acrylic on canvas

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Artist's Choice

I guess this one is one of my favs for 2010.  I love doing trees and branches so it was fun to do so many in a different way.    I am so looking forward to the New Year and starting some new projects.  

Final piece of 2010.

Going to be painted soon. Unfortunately not in 2010. Drawing up thank you cards for New Years has taken up most of my time. I'll make sure I post it soon on my blog. Hope everyone had fun during the holidays! See you all in the new year!
chris harrington

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Artist's Choice

Update: 12/26/10 Added cow and sheep for variety of shape and textures.

This week's assignment is the perfect opportunity to get some critiques on this landscape. Do you see any "awkward" parts? Is there a better way to arrange these hills? Your input will be very much appreciated. Thanks. *****

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

All I Want For Christmas....

Merry Christmas, everyone at WaWe!!
Sorry I haven't visited for a little while - just been a bit snowed under (although not literally - unlike our UK members).
I hope you all have a great festive season, and look forward to catching you in 2011.

Winter Activities

Here is my submission for "Winter Activities". I have really been enjoying seeing everyone's creations and over the last year I have learned a lot about watercolors. I have also started a new blog and I have new goals which includes posting more often to Watercolor Wednesdays. I am looking forward to experiencing another year you awesome creative types!!!!

Winter / Christmas

The IF theme was "Mail" and I love to combine the themes with holidays. And it fits here to! Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!  ~Kathy

Monday, December 20, 2010

Winter Activities

I design a Christmas card every year for a friend of mine, and this is the one for this year! We spend or winters this way..well's raining right now!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Winter Activities - Stephanie Ruble

I painted this image at the beginning of the month for the Winter Activities prompt. Then I got an email from Illustration Friday with the prompt for this week, Phenomenon, which I thought also worked for this painting. It would be a big phenomenon if penguins started to ice skate! Maybe they’d even start a penguin Olympics! Okay, probably not. Here’s my penguin skating with his birdie friends:

Winter Wildlife

So for this theme I thought my bird was the perfect choice. She is a tropical bird but I adopted her in December for my birthday. I just remember her being alone in a cage at the back of the room during a snowy day. Best pet ever.

Question: How to make a banner

Hello All,

What size should my watercolor painting be if I am using it for my blog banner?

Thanks in advance!


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

winter wildlife

Sorry to be out of the loop lately but i have been ill for the last few weeks.  Blah.   Finally feeling a little better.     I did this design last winter.  It was done in watercolor and I added the border and type in photoshop.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Winter Wildlife

A greeting card illustration I painted a while back.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Winter Wildlife

An 'ice' way to enjoy to holidays - chirp, chirp!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Winter Wildlife - Stephanie Ruble

I was thinking about a girl starting to make a snowman when I wondered what would happen if a baby polar bear crossed her path.

I'd like to think they might be friends, that is if the mama bear or the girl's mother are not around.

Winter Wildlife

"You can do it, Melvin!  Stand up to those big ole Meanies!"  Melvin heard Mama's voice in his head.  This time he would stand up to Thomas and Bart!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Winter Wildlife

I'm not sure this is the kind of "Winter Wildlife" you were talking about!

Season's Greetings!!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Snowwomen demand equal time!

Sadie wants you to see her Holiday Dance...Lets all join in!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Skating with my Bunny

Nothing like a nice day out with the bunny.
Watercolor and Photoshop.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December challenges and banner

I thought I'd post the challenges and the banner in case anyone wants to start painting before they have a chance to update the site.

December Challenges
1-7: Snowmen (traditional or unusual)
8-14: Winter Wildlife
15-21: Winter Activities
22-31: Artist's Choice To End The Year

The December banner (which inspired the first challenge) of snowmen made out of sand. It's snowing at the beach, which is hard to see in the small version, but will hopefully show up when the banner is live:

Monday, November 29, 2010


Here's another recipe for theydrawandcook holiday competition. Once again I used chickadees. (Ive been very obsessed lately :) I always loved cranberry chutney but I prefer baking so I made it into a pie!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Cold, autumn, winter, brrr etc.

Hi All,

Here is a smattering of wintry goodness. Even though we are heading into summer down here in Australia, these are the winters of childhood-- growing up in Montreal.

This is also my submission for They Draw And Cook's holiday recipe contest.

Hope you like! (the illustration, and the recipe! :)


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Hug


giving thanks

So… we don't actually celebrate Thanksgiving down here in the good ol' S of A, this is the closest thing I could find…
This is what I am most thankful for: Nadene and I on one of our many walks along Table Mountain :)
Happy turkey day everyone!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


The cook was busy in the kitchen and the smells of the holiday filled the air. The turkey was especially happy he was a guest for a change!

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Not a new one, but fitting for the prompt.


A cute little chickadee that drinks hot chocolate to keep her warm in the winter time. :)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Snow Dog - sruble

The Snow Dog image and haiku I did a few years ago seem to fit the topic this week:

Snow Dog!

Here’s the haiku, in case you can’t read it in the image:

Big white puppy dog,

Looks just like a polar bear,

Likes to hide in snow

I’ve always liked this big white puppy dog and polar bears too.

What’s your favorite animal that likes snow?

Friday, November 19, 2010


Thank goodness Aunt Sally got carried away in knitting Terry's scarf as the extra length has come in handy while Terry and her friends watch their first snow fall.....

Thursday, November 18, 2010

That time of year again?

Buurrrrrrrr...For most of us, this guy...He can take the harsh winters.

Many more wintery themes to come within the next month or so on my blog, so stop by I promise there will be plenty! Winter is my favorite time to paint.

chris harrington

Take care!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Just Riding Around

When I was a kid I had a bike I just loved and somehow got my dog Louie to ride around in the basket.  It was so much fun and we saw lots and lots of interesting things too.

Children Playing

When I was a kid, I used to love cardboard boxes. Making forts and houses, kitchens and cars and everything imaginable. With the coming holidays, I'm also reminded of how during the preparation of our holiday dinners, my siblings, cousins and I were often shooed outside during the day to play...and to stay out of the way of the adults!


Patrick, the very small polar bear, didn't mind the cold…
He could only think of lunch but where was he going to find a goldfish at this time of year?!

I recycled an old ink and bleach drawing by adding the goldfish.

Winter Fun

Thanks for the awesome inspiration. This started as an old illo that I completed for NJ SCBWI illustrator conference two years ago. I re-drew, re-painted  and replaced some of the characters. 

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Feelings of Fall.

My first illustration here on Watercolor Wednesdays! Although the topic is a tad bit late I wanted to submit it. Been busy, but hope to do many more in the future! yay! Catch ya all later!
Chris Harrington

Young Mermaids at Play

Summer or Fall even the young Mermaids love to play. Especially with the cute orange fish!

Let It Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

There is something so very magical about the first season's snow.
All white, bright, clean and crunchy!
I love it.
To all my wonderful friends here at Watercolor Wednesdays
I wanted to let you all know that because of my scheduled
relocation and work schedule, that I won't be able to
participate in WAWE for a little while.
I have to take a break to catch my breathe and rest
for the long journey ahead. I will be back after some
rest and after things are settled.
I'll be by to visit of course. You talented Ladies
and Gentlemen are AWESOME!!!. Keep posting all your
fabulous work and encourage each others. Linda
I send you all my love my talented friend.
Everyone have a wonderful Holiday Season with
family and friends. Be blessed!
Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Fall Fun

Good heaven's Walter, I just raked those leaves.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Kids playing in Autumn

I love Fall! It is my creative season. :)

The feelings of Fall

I did this one a while ago (last fall) but I still like it.    I decided to put a border around it using photoshop.   I used watercolor and then used colored pencil to get more detail in the work. Fall is such a nice time of year.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Autumn fall

Pandas too like to frolic in the falling leaves of autumn…

Happy Fall everyone!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Feelings of Fall

This little girl has brought her own beautiful leaves to the beach. As we don't have many to toss about! Acrylic on heavy bristol board

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Dance of Fall

Happy Fall Everyone!

Autumn feeling

Here is an oldie but a goodie. It is of course Spring here in the southern hemisphere, but admittedly it still feels like Winter!

Hope you are enjoying Autumn/Fall in the north -- it really is one of my favourite seasons...

Oh, and just wanted to let you all know that I am having a giveaway on my blog for the release of my new children's book! Please visit! :)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Gypsy Dance

Wisdom the Fortune Telling Gypsy is dancing and spreading her Magic under the Moon light! I can hear the violins playing in the background...