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...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Cat Magic

Here's my late entry...
Inkwash and PS

I really like the themes for the month and I've enjoyed looking at some really splendid stuff, can't wait to see what the second half of the month will bear :)

Well done all 'round!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Cat Magic

If the truth be known, mice actually adore cats & they respect their "cat magic" and hope to learn the secret of having nine lives! (ACEO, 3.5" x 2.5") ink pen & watercolor

Monday, October 18, 2010

She was a Witch

She never doubted for a moment that she was a witch.
Watercolor on 140 lb. hot press windsor newton watercolor paper, and Photoshop.

Fairy Godmother or Witch

Is she a Fairy Godmother or Witch? Look closely and I think you can figure it out!

Acrylic on heavy Bristol board

Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Fairy Godmother of Sweets

"There is nothing that a cup of tea and a pistachio macaroon
can't cure" said the cubby little Fairy. Cinderella and her
fairy Godmother stayed at home and had a tea party instead.
This is traditional watercolor which is then scanned into
my computer and finished in photoshop.
Have a great week everyone.


Here is for the challenge of the week.    This design is a combo of watercolor and colored pencil.  I did this a few years ago so my style has changed since I have done this.  

Bewitching Hour

A small, quick piece 5" x 5" watercolor & ink pen. I'm busy preparing for three major exhibitions. You can find where & when on my blog. We've got some wonderful art going on at Watercolor Wednesdays--great responses everyone!


Hi everyone, It's been a while I know, and oddly as I scanned this to post and say "Hello, I've missed you and here's what I've been up to" I see the post has a Kitty-Cat theme - so a two-fer - bonus! In between a lot of life stuff and a couple of project deadlines I recently took some open watercolor classes. I've always worked in either acrylic or inks, and so I joined the class to better understand the technical components of watercolor and how to gain that 'control' - you know what I'm talking about, right? Anyway, this was a small side experiment that I just had a little fun with. I never intend to use watercolor in my children's book illustration, but it was kinda cool to see how one of my characters made it onto the Arches. This was using Cotman (I'm such a student!) on 90lb Hot Press Arches. Good to be back, I've missed you all! :)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Cat Magic

Potter the cat thought he was magical.  But a little mouse had other ideas.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Cat Magic

I"m halfway through a personal month long project to paint something with a pumpkin in it every day this month and it's been fun to also work the Watercolor Wednesdays and IF themes into it. Here's my "Cat Magic" (with pumpkins, too.)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Here's the painted up Back Beat Betty.
This first version is straight watercolor and gouache.

This one was manipulated a bit with Photoshop.

I added two layers.
One filled with purple in the dark areas and set to multiply with a 70 percent opacity.
The other is a duplicate of the purple layer that I added noise to with the noise filter and then reduced the opacity to 50 percent.

It gives it a better feeling of her being in a spotlight up on stage.
I think I might have to go in and add her shadow that would be cast by the spotlight. Not sure about that though.

I also might go back in and add some more details to her to make her look more like a bobcat.
Notice she doesn't have any whiskers or any markings.
I have a good reference pick that I have been using for her so I'll go back to it and "plus" her up.

She's the first in a series that I want to do.
It's a series of Beatnic animals.
I have to get to the library and see if I can actually find any books on beatnics.
I'l also have to look up some musical phrases to be able to name the rest of the characters.
Some of the ideas for characters are a cat fish, yak, toucan, squirrel, mouse, sloth,...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

logo size

Hi-Can you let me know the size of the logo for this blog?  I have Novembers and I want to get that worked on now since I have some free time.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Captain Winky

We like to dress up around here for Halloween. Even the cat.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Cat Magic

Cat Magic

This cat couldn't find a Rabbit to pull out of his hat. So one of his mice friends will have to do!

cat magic

I did this for a greeting card.   It was never published though.

A Bewitching Hour

My first Watercolor Wednesday post! I am so excited to be able to participate!
I've always thought that sunset was the most bewitching hour of the day, especially during the fall...

Friday, October 8, 2010

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Bubble Bubble...

This was a part of a book I did in 2005. Thought it would be perfect for this week's prompt.

Sorry I haven't been submitting much lately, but I have been working in other media than watercolor and, well, it IS Watercolor Wednesday, after all.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Haunted House on the Corner

This was done with Gouache and India Ink.

Bewitching Hour

I started doodling this while I was waiting to pick up my son this afternoon. This was wicked fun! :)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Bewitching Hour

All the Halloween creatures have gathered for the stroke of Midnight! I love Halloween so this was great fun to create!

Little and Big - a sketch

I did this sketch for Little and Big - but when I tried to paint it, all the action was lost and it came out dead.  For example I tried painting that whirly shape behind them in a solid colour, but it just didn't work.  In the end I decided to just post the sketch.  Any advice??

Bewitching Hour

I love Halloween so I have a lot of designs for that holiday.   Here is one I did last year for a post card to send out.