animals, birds, fantasy illustration, Illustrations, Pen and Ink Drawing

Girl with birds and feathers watercolor

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A young girl is in a garden environment with a tree, flowers and some exotic and imaginary birds.  This watercolor has been so much fun drawing in pencil and then coloring with my travel watercolor palette.  She just seems to fit this place.
enjoy seeing her on my products.  

 

 

 

Illustrations, Revising Old Work, storytelling art, thoughts behind the work

Night Visitor pencil drawing

Here is another pencil drawing from my portfolio that I did a little digital editing on today to add some highlights and deepen some tones.  No one has ever seen this artwork as it was buried in some old files I found.

I am posting this and I am wondering if it might be good art for a book cover.  So, in a day or two I will be fabricating a book title and I will search for a font that will fit the art.  The drawing will have to be simplified I think for a commercial book cover.  I love working in pencil because it is so honest.  I want to do more.
Here is the artwork on products in my online store:

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fonts, Illustrations, Revising Old Work, thoughts behind the work

more works in progress

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I am drawn to fonts like a moth to a flame.  I found this little sketch in my portfolio and am reworking it digitally.  I’m not done because I can’t yet figure out how to draw her hair and clothing.  I am playing with brushes and new fonts.  I wonder when I finish what this will actually look like.  Where will it live?  In what format will it settle into?  Would anybody buy such an idea?  I think there is a place, so I will continue to draw and play.  I think there is some illusive thing here.  If I keep digging, I will find it.

animals, dogs, horses, cats, Illustrations, kids, simple photoshop, thoughts behind the work, whimsy

I need to find me a cat, design

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I am very happy with this drawing.  Maybe things are falling into place with this effort.  The leaves are a watercolor that I scanned and brought into photoshop.  The cats were added in layers in line art and colored in.  Everything was done after that on my tablet. Hey, I only crashed Ps once, and I think that’s because I got distracted with a visitor and had a feeling it would happen.  I was away too long and by the time I hit save, I knew it was too late.  But I did not lose too much as I just had to paint in more of the pale turquoise leaves.  This happened once before for the same reason.  my fault.   ALSO, as  time goes on I will learn how to manage things better and make smaller files.  I am getting more and more comfortable working with text.

This is kind of new territory for me and it’s really been fun. Here is the drawing on products.  and boy this product line is getting bigger every day. what fun!

Let me know what you think about this dear readers.  I would love feedback.  I am getting closer to my goal.

alphabet, greeting cards, Holidays, Illustrations, thoughts behind the work

Holiday cards update

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The gallery I am in now is new and we are learning what people like and what they want.  So we are happy that customers have been requesting Christmas cards. Living in Mexico has taught me that you have to get used to the unexpected.  Examples would be not being able to get  my favorite art supplies.  Solution:  try and try again and eventually learn how to survive by being very inventive and learning how to make substitutions.  Now that I have a full year of living here under my belt, I can honestly say nothing is easy but if you persevere, you may find as I have, that you will succeed.

I have learned that Mexican people don’t mail beautiful big cards often, or little, or not at all. This came as a shock to me and I got kind of scared when I realized it but, over time, I’ve learned how to fix this situation.   You can discourage me but you can’t kill my persistence.  These cards can be framed, given in person and make wonderful inexpensive gifts signed by the artist.

So here is the first collection with more in the works.  So far the gallery is loving them and believe it or not, this may be a rather new and unusual idea for the art-loving Mexican crowd.  They are an answer for expats to shop here and get what you had in mind and can’t find in general stores here.

I now have an excuse to play with fonts I love and their glyphs, photoshop and printing.  I am using the large HP scanner/printer HP7610.  Adobe photoshop 2018 cc.

The bottom line is that these are all my original artwork.  I do all the painting and drawing,  photography, and digital editing and I also do my own printing.  Why?  I like my own preference for high quality prints, rich colors and luscious heavy ecru paper stock.  These are my way of establishing who I am here in Mexico.  I have to say, for this job, I have worked very hard and now I can continue on this path and I am very grateful people are appreciating the effort.

p.s. the ripples on the photos are sun reflections from the glass top table.

cars and trucks, Illustrations, short stories

My Sweet Chevy

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Once upon a time I owned this sweet car.  It was great and ran great with no problems. I had it for around 10 years.  At the time, it was considered a classic but I didn’t think it was old. I sold it to 2 German guys who flew to Los Angeles looking to pick up cars for their German Classic Car Club they were starting up.  This was my all purpose car and I needed it for everything, including kids and everything that comes with kids.  I got really tired of people stealing parts off of it.  I could not park it anywhere without coming back to find it had been stripped again.  Times change, cars change.  I don’t really miss it because it was a lot of fun when I had it.  Hope it’s still alive and doing well in Germany.