This illustration was created for the They Cook and Draw holiday recipe contest in affiliation with the Food Network. It's illustrated in gouache and finalized digitally. I created the recipe myself and its's easy to make. I couldn't help but add the reindeer; although, it's not an ingredient in the recipe! To see the illustration and comment on the They Draw and Cook Web site, click on link: http://bit.ly/hJLvmP
This illustration was created for the They Cook and Draw holiday recipe contest in affiliation with the Food Network. It's illustrated in gouache and finalized digitally. To see illustration and comment on the They Draw and Cook Web site, click on link: http://bit.ly/fB2fxo.
This apple sauce is made in a tagine, the Moroccan heavy clay cooking pot with a cone-shaped dome lid. I love cooking with tagines. If you have a favorite tagine recipe, I would love to hear about it!
The monarch butterfly is in remembrance of Gwen, my English Grandmother, who passed away from bone cancer on Nov. 21, 2010. She was 90 years old and was as fiesty as ever until just a few days before her death. On the Saturday before, a monarch butterfly flew by me. It made me think of her soul, on its way to making its journey to the afterlife. Thanks for taking care of me Grandma! I will love you always.
As you can see, the peacock is a series of random ink spots--rather quite elaborate spots at that. Add feathers and the peacock becomes quite the prancer. If there is a paradise, I imagine it could be a bit quirky and beautiful at the same time.
Little Walking Timb Bomb is from one happenstance ink blot. Antennas, two legs, feet, tail and some mean-looking, shark-like teeth were added. Make of the little fellow what you will but whatever you do, don't put your fingers in his mouth . . . ouch!
Have you "spent" any time resting under the sun lately? Sunface is what I call a paper mosaic, that is tiny cut bits of paper collaged to Bristol board. The background is painted in gouache.
The sun is my sign and is representative of self expression, creativity, personal power and life force. In Roman mythology, the sun was represented by Apollo, the god of light. So in essence, Sunface in Sky is me.
I did an earlier study using paper mosaics. Please click on link to view: http://bit.ly/aZP3Wm. The best part about creating art with paper bits is the actual pasting down and forming of the image. The worst part is cutting and preparing the hand-collaged paper the bits are cut from. I prefer to use hand-painted bits rather than magazine bits because they have a heavier texture and a more earthy look overall.
This won't be the last of the paper mosaics. I have plans in the making for more pieces along with the combining of other mixed media materials. Instead of Bristol board, I'm going to experiment with a wood surface as the board tends to buckle what with the use of heavy white glue, which is essential. Again, artist Paul Klee is an inspiration as with the first paper mosaic I did.
This illustration is from an original pencil drawing. Collage layers were added in Photoshop. The image was printed on watercolor paper and hand colored with gouache. Pen and ink was then added to enhance the line work.
This vulture study is from an original watercolor and mixed-media drawing. Vultures use their wings as transportation and are excellent navigators of the wind. They are very patient creatures waiting for just the right moment to land on their prey and eat.
Vultures can see meat from far away and have a keen sense of smell. The Mayans regarded the vulture as a death eater. It's October, the month of Halloween, apropos for ghouls and vultures alike. Vultures like to regally sit together on roof tops and in trees, in many numbers, and peer down very quietly.
Vulture Study 1. This mixed-media painting is a study of turkey vultures, trees and people. I have used watercolor, pen and ink and collage.
Vulture Study 2. The man on the left, at first, was not a man at all but just a series of lines with no intention. Later, I saw in the lines, a man. I added a few more defined shapes and color. Case in point: there are images in random shapes, you just have to look for them.