I had a one-day retreat with my friend Eric to his parents house in New Prague, MN last Wednesday. They live on a lake. We did a tiny bit of sailing, but it was very windy if you got too far out from the shore. So we did some swimming instead. There were tons of these blue dragon flies about. The sail boat was white and red, and the water was very green.
Gouache, 4" x 6"
I guess the fox already ate the cheese, and has now gone to sleep.
Gouache with pencil, 5" x 7"
A Fox once saw a Crow fly off with a piece of cheese in its beak and settle on a branch of a tree. "That's for me, as I am a Fox," said Master Reynard, and he walked up to the foot of the tree. "Good-day, Mistress Crow," he cried. "How well you are looking to-day: how glossy your feathers; how bright your eye. I feel sure your voice must surpass that of other birds, just as your figure does; let me hear but one song from you that I may greet you as the Queen of Birds." The Crow lifted up her head and began to caw her best, but the moment she opened her mouth the piece of cheese fell to the ground, only to be snapped up by Master Fox. "That will do," said he. "That was all I wanted. In exchange for your cheese I will give you a piece of advice for the future.
I didn't do a postcard painting last Wednesday, but that doesn't mean I wasn't painting. I was working on this mural. The Corcoran Neighborhood Group in South Minneapolis had funding for some murals as an anti-graffiti project. They asked me to do two murals. I did the one below last week. If you are in Minneapolis, drive by and take a look in person—20th Ave S. and E. 35th St.
Here's another example of the new Commemorate the Date watercolor option. On a related note, we are going to make a new print based on a Commemorate the Date oil painting. Hadley made this online poll so you can help us decide which one to use. Gouache, 5" x 7"
Here's the other take on cardinals. (The first was on 7.26.11) My bold lines often make my paintings are wood block prints. That is particularly true of this one. This might be the first postcard painting that I have done in my typical illustration style. (These are supposed to be more experimental, so that makes sense.) The clean-cut details took longer to execute than most of my daily paintings.
Here, I made my white lines by hand, and like the effect much better than yesterday's painting. I didn't really mean for this bird to look like a pigeon. The neck isn't long enough though, so maybe it's just a cousin of the pigeon. Gouache, 4" x 6"
I used this painting to experiment with masking fluid. You paint it on, let it dry, then paint your painting. Then you rub off the masking fluid to reveal the white paper. I decided I prefer to just paint around white space if I want it to be there. It's easier to control the width of the line that way, and easier to see what is really going on with the painting while it is in progress. Gouache, 4" x 6"
I am an artist living and working in Minneapolis, MN. I studied illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design. I do a little freelance illustration and also sell my work from my studio and at art fairs. I work part time as a graphic designer as well.
My husband, son, and I live in the Longfellow neighborhood.