Sunday, July 31, 2005

Cute as a bug....times two!

Happy first birthday to a certain pair of little cutie-bugs!

Saturday, July 30, 2005


For Illustration Friday

After thinking a bit about this week’s topic, I have decided to dust off a journal entry from a couple of years ago. It was before I had started blogging, and there was no illustration back then, but I am taking care of that now….

Tuesday December 30, 2003

I have seen my future, and it isn’t pretty.

There was this old lady ahead of me in the checkout line at Stater Brothers today. Haggard and almost masculine-looking, except for the purse and the boobs. Wild, unkempt hair. A black eye-patch. (I told myself she must have had eye surgery, but the way the patch was fitted against her face…the edges of the patch seemed to cover…nothing…like maybe the eye was missing altogether.)

So, maybe the whole eye-patch thing was partly responsible for the unruly hairdo. But she also had a no-frills, (read: no make-up or other feminine decorations), take me as I am, kind of look. She wore some shapeless dark pants and a sweatshirt with a picture of whales on the front.

The lady in front of her complimented the whale shirt, to which the old lady replied, “Thanks. You know, I love animals, although my favorite is insects!” Turns out, the old she-pirate was a retired entomologist! I told her insects are my favorite, too, and that I take children on Bug Safaris through the arboretum. She was a college professor who took students into the wild to study bugs! How cool is that!

Anyway, as far as getting old is concerned, I feel as if I’m already halfway there, minus the eye patch, of course! But dumpy and disheveled, definitely. And yet, it doesn’t bother me. How cool to be a tough old bird, still enjoying bugs! I will be too, God willing.

Well, that was a little long. If you've made it this far, thanks for reading!

Monday, July 25, 2005

Old Artwork: Girl in a Bonnett

This was from an assigment in a drawing class in college, so it dates from around 1975.

Original newspaper photo

My drawing. I had the newspaper clipping glued into my sketchbook on the page facing the drawing. Notice how the torn paper edges frame the drawing as they do in the photo.

(Both pictures had turned yellowy-brown from the aging newspaper. I used Photoshop to take out the discoloration.)

Sunday, July 24, 2005


For Illustration Friday

I got the idea for this illustration a few months ago, when Jessi's Grandma Marion was spending her final days in hospice care at the Lowerre's house. I went to visit her there, and I was deeply touched by the feeling of serenity in their home, and the way they all cared for Marion. Jessi's mom told me how she had found her daughter curled up next to her grandma one afternoon, and thus the image was created in my brain. In fact, I decided that I would use this picture if Illustration Friday ever did a topic for Serenity. Well, Tranquility comes close enough, I guess.

You can read a little more about Marion here.

Friday, July 15, 2005

Clueless about karma

New artwork for Illustration Friday

(I have re-posted this because I found a typo in the title of my original post, and when I tried to fix it, the link didn't work anymore. Sorry!)

Is this topic too deep, or just too basic? I didn't want to think too much about it, so I just slapped together a couple of latter-day karmic cliches. Besides, anyone who knows me will appreciate the reptile connection.



Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Old Artwork: 2 old sketches

I want to be sure to try to post some of my older stuff every week, since that was one of the primary objectives of this blog. The following sketches are among my oldest saved artwork. I think they are both from around 1971. I would have been 15 to 16.

This is my sister, Donna, as a child, reading. The sketch is not dated, but I had always remembered it as being in 1971. She would have been 13 then, but she looks younger in this sketch, so I don't know.

These roller skates used to be mine, but at the time I sketched them, they had already been handed down to my youngest sister. I remember they were a size 5. After I outgrew them, I never got another pair.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

New Artwork: More Metropolitan Scenes

Yes, I did a bunch of these. They were fun.


For Illustration Friday

I pushed myself to keep working on this. I'm not quite sure if I'm finished at this point, but at least it's mine and it comes pretty close to the picture in my brain. Before I got this idea, I did some Metropolitan-themed photo manipulations that turned out pretty cool, but they were not originally my photographs, and my son, Michael, agreed that I should try to use my own original stuff as much as I can.

But, if you want to see the manipulated images, click here.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Old stuff: A sporty greeting card

This week's Illustration Friday topic was Sport. I have been kicking around a few ideas, but nothing I'm really happy with. I do have this old card from Eleanor's collection. Out of all the hundreds of cards, I managed to sneak out a small handfull that had an "old timey" appeal. This one is definitely sporty. Of course, it is not my artwork, and it's even copyrighted, so I won't link it to I.F. But I think I will post it all the same.

You see, Eleanor had saved all those cards to help her treasure the memories of friends and relatives over all those years. So, I feel justified in letting this card see the light of day and share its message one more time. This one was apparently a birthday card to Art.




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