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Tuesday
Apr282009

Feels Like Summer

Really hot here!

Monday
Apr272009

Weekend in the Finger Lakes




Back from a great weekend in the Finger Lakes region of NY State. A perfect weekend weather wise. It was Parent's Weekend at Cornell for some of the fraternities and sororities. Here's a peek inside Psi Upsilon . A nice surprise in the basement were murals on the walls done by one the fraternity brothers (not sure of the date), a hallway off the main foyer and living room that boasts signed color lithographs by Frederic Remington (I advised to move out of the sunlight:), a dining room filled with 100 year old furniture and a squash court! The boys look a lot different than they did in 1883:) but all were gentlemen! Spring was just busting out all over. Weeping cherry from the Cayuga Lake winery tour at Knapp winery where we had lunch. It was also Wine and Herb Festival Weekend, so there were tasters everywhere. Wonderful (a little pricey) dinner at The Heights Cafe and Grill ( falls into the " art on a plate that taste divine" category) and brunch at my favorite The Carriage House. Perfect! Then it was off for my first experience at the infamous Flax Barn Sale. Well, as one woman said to me "..This is a study in women's psychology!" Great sale! Prices ranged from $5 to $15 !! Everyone said prices this year were way down:) Thank you Flax.

Friday
Apr242009

Choose Your Foods Wisely

Getting ready to start another gouache illo with some hand-drawn type...a revisit of a smaller watercolor, Choose Your Foods Wisely...I really like Edible Communities. Find one in your area!
I subscribe to Edible Finger Lakes here.
Glorious weather in the forecast...have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday
Apr232009

Ranunculus: Three versions



Thursday
Apr232009

Ilustrator: Flip Flops


Simple sketch scanned in, and colored in Illustrator. Looks like it is going to be summery weather for the weekend.

Wednesday
Apr222009

Earth Day: Ranunculus


Happy Earth Day. This is unfinished gouache painting, but wanted to post it in stages.
More versions to come. I like the sketch and may do some line drawings just in black and white...hmm...

Have a nice Earth Day night:)

Tuesday
Apr212009

Relief Printing: El Conejo




I will be making some changes in the original block. So there will be more versions later....I was really inspired by the amazing, witty, and prolific Lisa Brawn who sent Camilla Engman a woodcut of Moran. I would love to meet this artist...

Tuesday
Apr212009

Love My Squeaky Ball


I need to dedicate this post to my dog Punkin. Unfortunately, he is blind. Not too long ago we would go to the park to play fetch with his favorite squeaky ball. Now he is confined to a small area in the kitchen where he feels safe enough to play fetch. It is very sad to watch him. But his love for his squeaky ball inspired me today...

Monday
Apr202009


Tomorrow will cut a Speedy-Cut (Speedball) Rabbit.
Better to use with water-soluble ink.
I also like the square size of the Stadtler MasterCarve (4x4x1/2")

Monday
Apr202009

The Spring Rain Rabbit


Monday
Apr202009

Rabbit


looking at rabbits more ....did a live trace in Illustrator from my marker drawing.

Monday
Apr202009

IF: Impossibility



It seems an impossibility that these tiny seedlings will become giant sunflowers:)

Seedlings
, watercolor and gouache (last photo)
(Also above, Watercolor and Cutout Effects in Illustrator)

Monday
Apr202009

Work in Progress: Pastel


Friday
Apr172009



Okay, I know I am supposed to be drawing and painting, but I knew this would happen. All winter I wait for a day like we are having today and I am drawn instead, outside into the garden. These gorgeous ranunculus from a local market which I'll plant later. I found good info here about growing this tuber. I get a little twitchy though thinking about drawing it....I have my limits. Seedlings for my kitchen garden on the grow....now back to the drawing board....

Wednesday
Apr152009

It's beginning to feel a lot like Spring...

Tuesday
Apr142009

Oh! rabbit rug ...and more inspiration videos.

Ok, here is yet another lovely rabbit...this one hooked by my big sister:) Love it!

Reading Communication Arts March/ April anniversary issue... 50 years! I like the Milton Glaser interview. (except for the part where he says "Oh, sweetie I don't think that way about anything..."...did he really have to say "sweetie"?)

Here is an interview on Vimeo (Thanks to Chad Grohman) with one of my all -time favorites, Brad Holland. And Richard Solomon (artist rep) gives a series (18 or 19) of short answers to questions about illustration, self-promotion, and contract negotiating. Very helpful.

Monday
Apr132009

Inspiration

Trip to Ithaca. Decided to push the saturation in PS.
Ithaca is such a colorful town:)

reading and listening to....
Elizabeth Gilbert's thoughts on writing
Elizabeth Gilbert's talk at TED conference on creativity.
Maira Kalman's talk "The Illustrated Woman"at TED

Wednesday
Apr082009

Rabbits everywhere


Just good old fashioned spring cleaning and organizing. These would be nice.

So with the holiday coming (Easter) there are rabbits popping up everywhere. This wooden one on wheels is an oldie but goodie. The other is carved out of soap:) and here is another bunny I am in love with by Chad Grohman.

Tuesday
Apr072009

Design & Illustration: Blog Header



Header designs I needed to do asap for a blog with content for brides and bridesmaids...I was really inspired by Robin Zingone's website. I found her thanks to Illustration Mundo. I really wanted HER to design this, but alas, I think she is a tad busy being famous...All I can say is WOW! Enjoy!

Friday
Apr032009

Sand Mandala for a Sad Day




Today there was a horrible loss of life in our hometown. Fourteen people were killed at the ACA. The American Civic Association here "...Assists immigrants and refugees with immigration and personal counseling, resettlement, citizenship, family reunification, interpreters, and translators....and fosters cross cultural understanding for the entire community." My past experience as a teaching artist in the local museum included many multicultural initiatives which required doing research with The American Civic Association and The Refugee Assistance Center. One of which, was work on an exhibit called Refuge: The Newest New Yorkers "in response to increasing resettlement of international refugees in New York state, the Roberson Museum and Science Center in Binghamton mounted an exhibition entitled Refuge: The Newest New Yorkers. The show of documentary photographs by Mel Rosenthal featured recent refugee immigrants from Bosnia, Somalia, Cuba, Tibet and other countries. To help student visitors see beyond the "otherness" of the images to universal human experience, the museum's education staff designed a gallery walk on the theme of forced change".
(
Teaching Tolerance magazine) One of the activities I designed was a mandala activity for students in school groups and the general public. A large sand mandala (for Peace) was to be constructed by Tibetan monks in the gallery. Research was done in Ithaca at the Namgyal Monastery in Ithaca, NY. It was an amazing experience for me to work so closely with the monks. The mandalas pictured here were made by children in my art classes and by art therapists at a conference at Marywood University where I gave a presentation. You can learn more about Tibetan sand mandalas here. What I came to realize was that Tibetan sand mandalas are sacred art...they are like prayers and blessings. The doing of them, is a cooperative activity (traditionally 5-6 monks work on a mandala together) and the dispersal of them into bodies of water sends the "wishes or blessings" out into the world. What a beautiful idea.....maybe I will make a mandala for this sad day.