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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Peppermint Cane Tea

Peppermint Cane Tea
Illustrated Recipe
© Kerry Schofield
(click on artwork to enlarge)

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

Friday, November 19, 2010

Obsessive Warhol

Source: Photography - Wikimedia Commons
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Artist Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987) was 58 when he died after routine gallbladder surgery in New York State. New York City's chief medical examiner said Warhol died of an irregular heartbeat. 

The primary beneficiary of his estate was the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, created by Warhol. The total value of the estate estimated at the time was between $75 and $100 million. In addition, he left up to $750,000 to his two brothers and executor of the estate, Fred Hughes.

After Warhol's death, his 27-room Georgian-style town house, which he had bought for almost $250,000, was put on the market for $6 million. The town house was over-filled with the purchases of many years of shopping expeditions. He had managed to keep only a few rooms clutter free. Every other space was piled high with unpacked shopping bags or cartons. The dining room was almost impossible to enter. The staircase was crowded with objects. Over 24 people spent several months cataloging 10 thousand items. Following is a list of stuff in Warhol's home. The monetary values show what some of the items sold for at Sotheby's auction after Warhol's death.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Illustration Friday: Savour

Tagine Apple Sauce
Illustrated Recipe
© Kerry Schofield
(click on artwork to enlarge)

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.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Peacock and Flamingo in Paradise

The Peacock and Flamingo in Paradise
Ink Spot Series, 2010
Pen, colored ink and gouache, abstract
9.1 x 19.6 cm on Bristol board
21.6 x 28 cm mounted on mat board
© Kerry Schofield

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.

Illustration Friday: Sneaky

Little Walking Timb Bomb
Ink Spot Series, 2010
Pen, colored ink and gouache, abstract
5 x 7.8 cm on Bristol board
21.6 x 28 cm mounted on mat board
© Kerry Schofield

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!

Monday, November 8, 2010

My Hair is the Flame

My Hair is the Flame
Ink Spot Series, 2010
Pen, colored ink and gouache, abstract
13 x 13.1 cm on Bristol board
21.6 x 28 cm mounted on mat board
© Kerry Schofield

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Storm on Land

Storm on Land
2010
Pen, colored ink and gouache, abstract 
on Bristol board mounted on mat board
43 x 35.4 cm
© Kerry Schofield 

Storm on Land is a visual ode to living in Florida. I have lived in Central Florida for 38 years and as you can imagine, palm trees and water are part of the landscape. Believe it or not, the Tampa Bay area's average rainfall is more than Seattle, Washington, so dubbed "the rainy city." Well at least we have way more sunshine than Seattle, the damp, cloudy city. I haven't been to Seattle, although I have always wanted to visit. It's climate reminds me of England, which is where I was born. Now you're talking rainy, damp AND cold.

I did this painting sometime ago and finished it off this year. It was originally just an exercise in pen and ink. Recently, I added the gouache and "found" the middle landscape image, which pretty much sums up the entire painting. As I looked closer and slowly observed, I could see from the first marks the storm in the upper half and the land in the lower half. The palm is swaying in the wind. Rain is pouring down. A funnel cloud twists at top. We often have mini tornadoes sprout up over the bay in the stormy summer months. If you look closely at the middle boxed landscape, you can see the Gulf, beckoning us to visit its shores.