Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hello again!

Wow, I can't believe how long it's been since I posted. June! It's not that I haven't done any art, I've just been so busy with people, family and summer that I haven't had a great deal of time to post and comment on blogs (sadly). I had visitors for much of July, then more visitors this month as well as heading up to the cottage with family. And now, finally as of today, I am free again! WOO! I'm coming around to visit my blog friends after I post.

I've been hard at work on new digital stamps as well as art for sale, for swaps and for various other things. At right is a rainbow unicorn ATC I made for a fellow trader on And below is a series of 9 cards (one is missing) for another swap on This is the extreme color post I think. I am a rainbow lover, I'll admit it. At least that's what I tell my daughter when she asks me what my favorite color is. It's always "rainbow."

On the digital stamp front, I'm sponsoring quite a few digital stamp challenges in 2015 but those are far away. Some of them are for dark, edgy type of challenges and others are for more traditional type of challenges. I do now have a wonderful lady who is running a digital stamp challenge blog for me. Valou Allard has put together a new blog and is actively looking for people to join the design team here:

If interested, please contact Valou via the blog!

Here's one of the digital stamps I'm working on. I'll probably get it up in the Etsy shop for tomorrow. This is one of a larger nature fairy series I'm working on. I'll also being doing a set of goth fairies too.

And that's all for now! Back to work for me to try and catch up on some of the art I owe for work and for swaps.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Life drawing and watercolor pencils on kraft paper

I took along some watercolor pencils to a life drawing session last night but I only brought Kraft paper - DOH! If you've ever worked on kraft paper before, you know it's super thin and very prone to air wrinkles. It doesn't take much to ruin the stuff, it's maybe half a step up from newsprint. Needless to say, I didn't get to wet my watercolor pencil bits. Well, I did try it with one but it was a soggy mess of ugly so that was my one and only experiment with kraft paper and watercolor pencils. Next time I'll bring the proper paper. But the colors still look pretty! I decided to work in colored pencil for the body and just add shades of color on the outside. These are all 5-15 minute poses.

Linking up to PPF! :)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

ATCs and the World Cup

It's World Cup time! Ok, I'm not really THAT excited but my husband is a soccer fanatic so it's on at our house every single day and I can't help but be pulled in. I'm going for The Netherlands to win it all and pulling a bit for the USA too. Anyone else?

More ATCs made for art trading friends and swaps. At left is a smoking pinup and at right are a set of cards for a swap on Voodoo. These are all done in markers and ink.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Canvas Art, ATCs and Sketchy Bits

It's been a few weeks since I've had a post up but I have been busy making art, I just couldn't show much of it since it was being sent out as secret gifts to art friends. Whew! It's over and I can share! Below are a couple of canvases done in acrylic, Jack from The Shining and The Dude from The Big Lebowski. So much fun making these and I seriously love The Big Lebowski, one of my fave movies of all time.

I also made tons of ATCs and other little bits. Here are a few in marker and ink.

I also made lots of life drawings but the past couple of weeks, I've been turning them into silly doodles rather than proper figure drawings. We had a lovely, curvy model the other week and she become a beach beauty with polka dot bikini and swirly curled hair. The wonderful model we had this week became a king and voodoo master since voodoo was on the brain. The bottom left sketch with men holding their dolls is for a voodoo themed ATC swap. I just sketched out some silly ideas.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Life Drawing & Photos

It's been a couple of weeks since my last post and I have a lot of art to share but I can't share any of it yet! Blarg! Everything I've created this week, with the exception of the life drawing, is for a Secret Solstice swap on an art trading site I belong to. I've made a few arty pieces and lots of ATCs but they're all being sent off to new homes as a surprise and I think some of the recipients might be blog readers. Can't spoil things.

I did the life drawing at right this afternoon. We had a long pose today and it was nice to take some time and work on shading and highlights instead of rushing to get something down before the next pose.

I was away last weekend, in NYC and NJ to visit family and I headed out to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Beautiful! I got to see one of my favourite paintings, Madame X, by John Singer Sargent. It's incredibly beautiful up close. He's such a masterful painter. I saw so many paintings my head was spinning by the time we left. Here are a couple of photos.

I also had the opportunity to see Bouguereau's Nymphs and Satyr painting up close. Quite a few years back I made a master study of the painting which took me many long hours so it was wonderful to see it in real life (it's huge!).