Just close your eyes and…

Horace 3

A quickie for this week’s Illustration Friday theme, “wish.”  This was a real “thank goodness for Photoshop” project, as I decided to re-do the middle dragon’s head, and didn’t have time to re-do the whole illustration.  So I drew a new head on a scrap of paper, scanned it into PS, dropped it into the scan of the original illustration, and then fixed the lines and color with PS tools.  I also dropped in a basic background with the paint bucket tool.

Now, I have to rush off to finish another project.  Wishing you all a happy day!

Change, change, change

The Illustration Friday theme this week is “metamorphosis.”


When change seems particularly overwhelming, it’s nice to think about acorns becoming trees, and caterpillars sprouting wings.  And about chaos theory, and the possibility that something small and seemingly random may be part of a meaningful and important pattern, after all.

One step at a time

The Illustration Friday theme this week is “journey,” and that’s kind of a nice coincidence, as I’ve not only been on a major road trip this year (to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island), I’ve also been working on a zine around the idea of travel.  

Even when you’re at home, every day is a journey of sorts, and going from one part of life to another can be quite an adventure, with all the terror, uncertainty and exhilaration of any great trip.  If only we had maps for that

Here are a few pages from my zine project, “The Art of Finding Your Way.”  Most of the art is from the illustrated journal I’ve been keeping for several years.

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Finding Your Way 3

Finding Your Way1

All pages are watercolor and colored pencil on Canson Montval paper.  The top page quote is from The Indigo Girls’ lovely “The Wood Song.” 

Out and about

If you’re in North Carolina these days, you can see my work in a couple of spots.  I’ve got a range of greeting cards at the wonderful indie Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh — a warm and welcoming place with a long local tradition.  And I just placed some cards and an array of beaded housewares at a cool new place, the Every Good Thing Artisan Gallery, on Castle Street in Wilmington, NC.  I’m still working out how to photograph metal and glass without getting too much glare or distortion, but this will at least give you a bit of an idea:

Marden Servers J

I get all kinds of things to bead — salad servers, wine stoppers, you name it — from a great supplier,  Karen Thomas.  Through Karen Thomas, I heard about the nonprofit Beads of Courage, which works with seriously ill children.  BoC is currently soliciting donations of handmade beads, so I sent a bunch, including these:

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I hope they can use them!