Tuesday, October 27, 2009

1 down...3 to go!!!

my latest project(s)...designing some custom nursery art for a student of mine's new little baby brother! this is painting #1~ryan in autumn! there are 3 other seasons left to go. i am almost done "ryan in winter" and then i have spring and summer left to do! this is a big project but i am MORE than happy to do it for the walshes...they are such the perfect little family and i am soooo flattered that they chose me and my art to decorate ryan's nursery:)))
below is my pencil sketch...i always think it's neat to see how artists/illustrators go from the initial sketch/idea to the finished masterpiece:)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

"frozen"-illustration friday 10-16-09...and back from germany!!!

first things first...here is an illustration i did last year entitled "peek-a-boo". i thought it fit this week's illustration friday theme of "frozen". that is little me behind the snowman in my signature favorite colors~pink and orange. i LOVE winter and snowmen so i thought this would be a cute little illustration for a winter card. i wound up using it for an educational poster for the canadian company called sharing books and it is available for download though their website at www.sharing-books.com
second part of this blog...back from germany..with NO pictures...SORRY:( it was a whirlwind of a trip to say the very least!!! carsten's family was awesome and the language barrier had it's ups and downs, but for the most part, it was pretty easy to get along with them...considering my german was non-existent;)
the van gogh museum on sunday took a MAJOR back seat to the untimely and unexpected death of my paternal grandmom:( that was quite a horrific blow delivererd to me by my dad in the country of amsterdam thru a message! i was devistated to say the least and in the middle of a foreign country and completely helpless!!! i tried, for the sake of carsten to carry on with the trip to the van gogh museum bec i know we were in amsterdam for ONLY that reason. i couldn't let him down...he wanted me to see that place so badly considering it was my dream since i was a little girl. needless to say, it had hardly any impact bec i was so preoccupied with the news i had just received:( funeral services are tomorrow and back to work on monday! what a way to end my first trip abroad:(
i have so many things to pick up on starting monday when things hopefully resume to a normal state! hopefully there will be another opportunity to go to europe with carsten again:)
NOTE: wasn't real keen on the city of amsterdam but absolutely ADORED germany and the quaint little town of doerpen:))))

Thursday, October 8, 2009

frieda's fairy princess...and off to germany!!! and ironically, this week's new illustration friday topic of "flying"!

here is a sweet little fairy princess for my boyfriend's niece freida who lives in germany. we are going there this coming wednesday (oct. 14th) for his brother's wedding. i thought it would be a nice gesture to make frieda this sweet little princess...i am hoping she loves it:) i am nervous beyond belief!!! NEVER been out of the country and his family speaks NO ENGLISH!!! i guess i won't be saying much for 5 days, huh?;)
it will be a whirlwind of a trip to say the least. we land in amsterdam on thurs morn and take a train to germany to his parents then to a hotel to stay for the night before the wedding. friday is the wedding, saturday back to another hotel in amsterdam and then...the HIGHLIGHT of my LIFE...the van gogh museum on sunday!!! i am still in shock that i will be going there...it's all i have ever wanted to see my whole life and it is so sweet of carsten to take me there:) and then, home on monday! definitely going to be a whirlwind...but so worth it:)
this weekend i will be painting another fairy princess for my girlfriend laura's little girl mia:) i am hoping that painting will help take away some of my nervous energy and anxiety about the flight/trip on wednesday!!!
just an update- saw this week's new i.f. topic is "flying"...figured this piece was appropriate;) enjoy:))))

Monday, October 5, 2009

aubrey's apple tree...ALL DONE!!!

here it is...all done!!! i can't wait to give it to little aubrey for her birthday next week:)))
next project(s)...4 custom pieces of nursery art for a little baby named ryan. i figured since his mom wanted 4 paintings, what perfect way to incorporate the 4 seasons! timeless and adorable...little ryan sitting under an apple tree in a pile of leaves is my first sketch/painting for the season of autumn. i am still tossing around winter, spring and summer. below is the sketch for ryan in autumn. i am currently working on the painting...

Saturday, October 3, 2009

aubrey's apple tree

here is what i am working on now (well, one of the things anyway). this is a pencil sketch of a painting i am doing for my FAVORITE little girl in the world...aubrey:) it is a gift for her 5th birthday coming up on oct. 16th. she LOVES apples...anything made with apples and this girl is there;) apples and bees are her thing and i can't wait to give it to her!!! i am about 3/4 of the way done the actual painting and i'll be sure to post it as soon as it is complete:) down below is a photo of me and aubrey and her little brother derek...LOVE THIS GIRL!!!