Thursday, April 26, 2018

2018: 110-116/365


This past weekend, I went to the New England SCBWI Conference in Springfield Massachusetts.  My days were jam-packed with learning, inspiration, and fun.  I am still processing all of the information I received from the incredible workshops I took (I will definitely post some highlights next week).  But...

In the meantime, I wanted to share some photos from a trip my friend Dee and I took to The Dr. Seuss Museum.


It was so much fun to get a glimpse into the life of Theodor Geisel... I really enjoyed looking at his work space, seeing his original art, and reading letters he wrote to family and friends.  It seems pretty obvious that the man known as
Dr. Seuss would be funny, but I never knew just how clever and fun he really was!

(More from my trip next week...)


Thursday, April 19, 2018

2018: 109/365


As I sit looking at the Spring snow out my window,
I wonder if May flowers will ever really arrive...

Even though my friend Christine has assured me that warmer weather will be coming soon, I thought I might have to take matters into my own hands...
Luckily, I remembered that I know how to make my own flowers!
(I even created a tutorial so you can too.)

Hopefully I'll see some flowers (or even the grass!) soon...
But in the meantime, it's good to have a back-up plan!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

2018: 107/365

(And, the snow keeps on falling...)

I don't think whoever coined the phrase,
"April showers bring May flowers."
meant snow showers.

Ugh.

Monday, April 16, 2018

2018: 106/365

Cinderelephant

I'm back!!!
It's hard to believe that it was a Spring break.  Snow and ice would definitely suggest otherwise... But that's a story for another day.



The illustration that I was working on before my blogging break reminded me of a Cinderelephant painting I did (shown at the top of this post).  And, since today is also "Save the Elephant Day", I would like to share a variety of elephant art that I've created over the years...



(See the start to finish process pics here.)


(Find out about this painting's unusual inspiration and see the process here.)



I hope you found this post as fun as I did...
(I didn't remember how many elephants I've created over the years!)
You might think that I've had my fill, but seeing this actually makes me want to make more elephant art in the future!


Thursday, March 29, 2018

2018: 88-105


Binkwee says...
Hoppy Spring!

(I'm taking a blog break, but I'll be back soon.)

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

2018: 87/365


Creating washes and textures the old fashioned way...
With brushes and paint on watercolor paper!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

2018: 86/365


A larger, more developed version of the thumbnail sketch from last week.
(Drawn in... Photoshop! Yay!)

Thursday, March 22, 2018

2018: 81/365


A new thumbnail...
I was playing with new ideas and fresh perspectives today.
There is still a lot of work to be done, but I think I like this one better!


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

2018: 80/365


I re-drew yesterday's thumbnail a little bit larger
and started tinkering with placement and sizes. BUT... 
While I was working on it, I decided that the overall composition 
was just okay... a little boring, if I'm being completely honest.  
So, tomorrow I think I'm going to see if I can come up with something better... Stay tuned!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Monday, March 19, 2018

2018: 75,76,77 and 78/365


The latest pieces.

To find out more about my altered puzzle project, please click here.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

2018: 74/365

(French Toast)

Throwback Thursday...
Originally posted on March 15th, 7 years ago!
(My love for puns never wavers!)

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

2018: 73/365


The mirror image of 3.14 is PI.E.
Coincidence?
I think not.

Happy Pi Day!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

2018: 72/365


In honor of my sister Stevie's birthday, I thought I would take a break from the puzzle pieces to share a painting that I did of her a while back
(but never posted).

Monday, March 12, 2018

2018: 69. 70 & 71/365



Altered Puzzle Pieces 4, 5, and 6.

4:  Thinking about the amazing Margaret Atwood talk I attended on
Friday night (and "The Handbag's Tale")

5:  Inspired by MY favorite handbag that was created by the very, VERY talented Liz Potter of Bolsa Bonita.  I receive SO many compliments about the bags she makes... They're real conversation starters! 
(She also made the squirrel bag I shared a couple of months ago.)

6:  In honor of International Fanny Pack Day!  Now, if only Liz Potter would start making fanny packs... That would be AWESOME!!!

To find out more about my altered puzzle project, please click here.

Friday, March 9, 2018

2018: 68/365


Today's puzzle piece was created in honor of Paint Party Friday's Birthday!
(I think I may have gotten a little carried away with the bead embellishments!)
It's hard to believe that EVA & I have been hosting PPF for all this time...
Thanks for 7 fun & creative years, partner!

To find out more about my altered puzzle project, please click here.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

2018: 67/365


Today's puzzle piece was inspired by a conversation I had with my sister this morning.  (The number on the back of this randomly picked piece is 155.)

To find out more about my altered puzzle project, please click here.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

2018: 66/365


I have been wanting to make an altered puzzle for a while,
and since T-man & I finished up the 300 piece doughnut puzzle yesterday,
today seemed like the perfect day to get started!



I started by applying gesso to the puzzle.  Then, I flipped the puzzle over and numbered the pieces so I would be able to put it back together again.



I separated the pieces and put them in the box so that I could randomly choose pieces to work on.



This is my first piece.  
(If I alter one piece per day, I will finish on December 31st.)

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

2018: 65/365


My little guy was home sick today, so in between naps he helped me finish the puzzle I had started for a new project.

Monday, March 5, 2018

2018: 64/365

(Or tomorrow...)

I am currently trying to teach myself how to paint using Photoshop.
I am also still trying to figure out how to create a blog post from my phone.
Technology is winning today.  But... 
There’s always tomorrow!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

2018: 62 & 63


While doing some cleaning this weekend, I came across the very first picture book I ever made!  It was only as big as a quarter, but it was the perfect size for the Sesame Street characters that I made it for!

Friday, March 2, 2018

2018: 61/365


Yesterday afternoon, from this same window, I could see the grass.
But... To be completely honest, by Buffalo standards this really isn't that bad.
Or, in the famous words of one of my favorite children's books 
from when I was little...

(That's me on the left.)



Thursday, March 1, 2018

2018: 60/365


I shared this on Instagram and Twitter for the #LuckyDrawChallenge
I love challenges! Hahaha!

(The theme was: Illustrator + Up A Ladder)

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

2018: 59/365


To help further my goal of becoming a published children's book
author & illustrator, I have signed up for the 4 Out The Door Challenge.
I just found out about it, so I have some catching up to do, but I'm excited to share my future postcards with you!

(In addition, I also just learned about the Sub It Club website
where they have all sorts of promotional postcard info.)

Monday, February 26, 2018

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Friday, February 23, 2018

Thursday, February 22, 2018

2018: 53/365


Most of my day was spent doing computer stuff,
so the only thing I have to share is this quick drawing of a hedgehog
I did while waiting for my laptop to boot up.
(I think it looks more like a pug wearing a wig! Hahahaha!)

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

2018: 52/365


I'm still working like crazy on polishing my big project.
Although I can't reveal the whole thing, I wanted to give you a little peek.

As I was reworking & revising this page I was reminded of 
a quirky painting I did way back in 2012 just for fun...


I guess it's true that no time spent doing what you love is ever wasted!
(This octopus must have been floating around in my brain
just waiting for the chance to resurface.)


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

2018: 51/365


This quote is ringing especially true for me today.
While working on a big project, shiny new ideas kept popping into my head... Over the course of my workday, I came up with four new picture book ideas!

(If my PB critique partner happens to be reading this, please don't worry... I'm just jotting the ideas down so that I can stay focused on the task at hand!)


Monday, February 19, 2018

2018: 50/365


I spent my day working on a project I can't share yet,
so I thought I would share a handy "life hack"
that I only found out about a couple of years ago
(and that I was just talking to a friend about)...

Did you know that there is a little arrow
next to the picture of the gas pump on your dashboard 
that lets you know what side of the car your gas tank is on?!?

This blew my mind!
(It is a BIG help when you're driving a rental car.)

Sunday, February 18, 2018

2018: 48 & 49


The art I'm sharing is a throwback... (waaay back)...

It's been a very busy weekend full of big projects, some creative cooking,
and even a little monkey business!

Friday, February 16, 2018

2018: 47/365


Tomorrow is Random Acts of Kindness Day!

Above is a poster I created (in action)...
You can print out copies of this poster
and other kindness goodies I've created here.

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