Friday, January 10, 2014

ABC's in Pen

So I have yet to set up my studio, and until then I am going to try to use more pen and ink. With that thought in mind, I posted this picture I made for a show I had in 2013.

When I started creating this piece, I did not budget enough time. I had naively thought that using only one medium, pen, would make this piece a quicker finish. I was very wrong. Each letter took on average two hours; some letters took upwards of three hours while other letters one hour. I used sepia colored pens with different sized nibs. The letters are about two and a half inches tall and the entire piece is roughly 2'x2'.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Key Series

I haven’t been able to post anything in a while. Who would have thought that there are places in the U.S. where you can’t get Internet. I am now one of those people sitting in coffee shops on my computer.

We have recently moved across the country, and finding work has been more difficult than I first imagined. So unfortunately my studio time has suffered. I am currently working on making a studio space where I can continue working on my illustrations.

Until then, I thought I would post some older art work.

This series initially started out as sketches in my sketchbook, and were originally part of only one composition. I had spent so much time drawing and researching keys that I thought it would be a waste to make only one final product.

To create uniformity, I worked on all three of these at the same time. I had an old book that I took the pages out of and wrinkled up all of the pages. I then used a spray adhesive, sprayed my illustration board, and pressed all of the wrinkled book pages.

After the book pages were dry on the illustration board, I used a thin wash of matte medium gesso in the center of the boards. I wanted the keys to have a semi-blank background, but the surrounding to have the texture of the words on a page.

After I drew the keys in colored pencil, I applied a thin layer of watercolor. When the watercolor was dry, I sprayed a light layer of fixative, then another thin layer of clear matte medium gesso. I generally like to wait a day for the matte medium to dry before I put on the layer of oil. After the oil was dry, a light brush with some colored pencils show cased the texture of the background.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Moving across the country

I have been moving across the country, and have yet to set up a studio. I will be posting as soon as I have reliable access to the Internet, sorry for the lack of pictures and posts.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Future Astronaut

When I was young, boxes were magical. With a little imaginative help, a box would turn into anything; a castle, fort and of course a space ship. Now I love letting kids use their imagination when playing. When you foster imagination at a young age, creativity blossoms and can be used throughout their school years, and beyond.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013


These three illustrators are some of my favorites, Maurice Sendak, Dr. Seuss, and Tim Burton. I used pencil, and watercolor to create the "snap-shots" of each illustrator to show their most iconic images. 

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Farewell Alabama

My husband's flight training is winding down, and it is almost time to say "farewell" to Alabama. We have made several friendships that will be hard to leave, but it is always fun to have friends all over the country and the world. Good friends are hard to find, and we have been fortunate to find several.
We truly enjoyed our time here and will never forget Alabama!