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!

 

 

Over and over

The Illustration Friday theme is “repeat,” an apt one since I’ve been thinking about — and playing with – patterns.   (Helpful books: “Digital Textile Design” by Melanie Bowles and Ceri Isaac, and Kimberly Kight’s “A Field Guide to Fabric Design.”)

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I’m not sure what, if anything, I can adapt these for (wrapping paper, maybe?), but it’s been fun working with a repeat, and trying to find patterns that are balanced, but still interesting.

Stronger than they look

A storm was kicking up late the other day, and I couldn’t help thinking my garden wouldn’t make it through the night.   I even picked my sole cucumber, as I had visions of a big wind carrying it across town!

My plants ended up weathering the winds just fine, of course. The whole event served as a nice bit of inspiration — maybe we’re all stronger than we think we are — and a good excuse to test some art supplies in my Stillman and Birn Zeta sketchbook.  The verdict?  It’s a great surface for Derwent Watercolor Pencils and a Derwent blender, as well as  my favorite Uniball Vision Exact pen.  I like the Zeta surface for Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils and Prismacolor Verithins, too.

Also…cucumbers fresh from the vine are delicious!

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The Illustration Friday theme this week is “fragile,” by the way.

 

Lazy, hazy days

The Illustration Friday theme this week is summer, so I dug up a watercolor journal page (Canson Montval)  from a hot July a few years back:

Summer 1

And then I realized the last of the gardenias were blooming in the garden, and that I’d never tried using watercolors overlaid with colored pencil in my nice new Stillman and Birn Zeta sketchbook:

Summer 2

And *then* I took a walk around the neighborhood and spent part of the afternoon  – how could I not? — drawing this summer sight (Slicci pen and Faber Castell colored pencils in a Canson Field Drawing book):

Crow 2

Isn’t that a *wonderful* scarecrow?  The owner told me she made it from dollar store odds and ends — and that she named it, of course, Sheryl Crow!

Who’s there?

The Illustration Friday theme is “mask.”

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I like to think Melinda’s pretty fearless even without the mask.  And that she’ll know what to do if (when) she’s suddenly holding an armful of elephant!

Watercolor and ink (Slicci .25 pen) on Canson Montval paper, with a little touch-up work in Photoshop.