Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Global Talent Search: Little Terrarium

Update!! I came in the top 50 of 999 entries!!! I'm thrilled and honored to have
been chosen.Now off to work on round #2.
 My final terrarium piece for the Global Talent Search! I wanted to create a
magical world, of plants and birds and insects and flowers. A place I could stare
at all day and feel inspired.I did alot of painting, somehow I can see the vision
in paint more clearly than a pencil or pen line. I can draw in paint so its comfortable
for me.
I started here: (as I posted the other day...)

I really felt I needed to see the image clearly and not get too busy and I loved the big
jar the best. and I tried 2 side by side but it is way too busy.

I painted a single jar with a better top and more considered elements.

But the background, although I like I really felt was competing with the detail in the
terrarium. I think maybe the detailed technique and the rough style in background felt
really unsettling to me.
So I tried one with a more even background with texture.

It still didn't feel grounded to me so I do what I do alot in my paintings and put the
image on a table. I felt like I could breathe now when I looked at it. I also painted
the bird and butterfly more beautifully and added a caterpillar, a ladybug, a bee and
some more butterflies. My change I would make now would be to do the lettering
more like the ones in the first versions... Oh well. I learn something from every piece of art I do.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Global Talent Search

I'm participating again in Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search. This year the brief is
little terrariums to be used as Wall Art. I love this subject. The little worlds inside
the glass jars can be so magical and special. We have been asked not to show
our final submission until the finalists are selected which is August 26th. I can't wait,
I know all the work will be so beautiful! This painting above is my first pass at some ideas.
It is refined from here but I stuck to my first vision. It took some fiddling but I'm
happy with how it turned out and I had a fantastic time working on it! Next week I'll
show my final piece. Keep your fingers crossed for me, i'd love to make the top 50.
What a trip that would be!!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Uppercase Magazine!

I feel like the luckiest person in the world! In April, Janine Vangool who is the brains and genius
behind the absolutely gorgeous Uppercase Magazine contacted me about featuring my sketchbook
in issue 22 of the magazine. I was blown away, delighted and so honored to have this amazing
opportunity to be published. Of course immediately said YES!
A few weeks later she requested the pages she was interested in featuring, I sent them and waited
patiently until July. Well, it's here now and it's just beautiful. The issue is about color and paint,
set up as Roy-G-Biv, going the full spectrum throughout the magazine.
I'm thrilled to be in the same issue as Janet Hill, Belinda Marshall, Kristen Texeira and many more!
The sketchbook is my personal project that I chose to put out into the world daily, to keep me
accountable to painting every day. It's been rewarding in so many ways, personally, creatively, and professionally.
At the moment I'm illustrating a cookbook for Abrams Books that really came about
due to the sketchbook.. That is one of the reasons it has taken so long to writing this blogpost.
I'm so busy, just painting all day. How great is that?
Here are the pages:

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

News and some sketchbook paintings.

I'm away on the Cape this week, it's so lovely. I have a beautiful porch to paint on, a breeze blowing and birds singing. I brought up a small supply of paint so I can do my sketchbook. It feels different, a little out of my comfort zone, but challenging in a good way.
Big News: I'm featured in Uppercase Magazine!! I'll receive the issue when I get home and write about it then. Completly thrilling.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


This month in Bootcamp was Nautical for Wall Art month, To be completely honest I was sort of
stumped by the theme. It's just not my thing.. and when I think of wall art that I would
purchase it wouldn't be nautical.. 100% no. So I did lots of paintings that I hated. The one
above looks sort of old, for a dusty old house with bats in the attic that you rent for a week
on Cape Cod. (I've rented that house before)

I went a little younger here, but still it's off to me, Still good for that house.I actually have
ideas on what to do for nautical if it was a greeting card or book illustration, but I let the
fact that this was supposed to be for wall art get to me... Oh well. I ended up submitting a
cool looking sailor, but can't really imagine that going on someones wall either.. I will revisit
nautical when my head is in the right place. On another note, there is amazing work in the
Bootcamp Gallery from all my classmates. Here

Friday, June 20, 2014


Summer is here and I'm happily growing herbs in the garden and even happier to be using them 
in some fresh delicious food. I've been painting herb markers on rocks for the last few years, 
I have a thing about collecting rocks and painting is my love so these are right up my alley. 
Here is how I do them:

1. It's best to find rocks that are fairly smooth, in texture and color. River rocks are great.
2. Clean them with soap and water so there is no dirt left, and wait till they are dry.
3. Gather your materials. I use White Acrylic Ink by Daler Rowney, a thin brush with 
a good point. A white Stabilo pencil, some tracing paper, a gel pen, a ruler and your rocks.

I usually do these by eye but it's a good idea to draw out your design first so you aren't 
unsure of what to do half way through. I make all the letters in capitals and keep them 
the same height. It looks cute that way. Don't worry about being perfect, when they are 
off and a little wobbly it gives them character.
3. For practice you could take a ruler and make 2 parallel lines about 3/4" apart and 
do a practice alphabet.

4. Trace the outline of your rock so you have the general size of it. 
5. Write the name of the herb you are using in the middle of the rock.
6. Draw your design around the word. A circle and then scallops, vines, little flowers.

7. I haven't found a great way to transfer the actual design onto the rock, but now 
you have a clear idea of where to place your drawing.
8. Take the white Stabilo pen and very lightly draw the word and just the circle or 
stem of the design. It's better not to draw it all on there because it starts to look heavy with it.

9. Pour a bit of the ink out onto a pallet or even on leftover tracing paper. It's good 
to load your brush with ink but first paint some lines on a piece of paper until you are 
getting a smooth line that isn't blobby.
10. Paint the word, then the circle or vines and finally the details, following the design 
you drew earlier.

11. When ink is dry it's best to spray rock with a clear sealer. Krylon works well.
Your rocks will be in the dirt, water and sun and this way they will last for the summer!

I also make inspirational rocks.. They make a nice gift! Enjoy!