Over the last few months, I have been lucky to work on a commission project in one of my favorite styles – – detailed pen-and-ink. It was a gift for a family with an adorable new baby (I got to meet him – Ry!). They spend their summers in Maine, so the illustration was to include a lake-side Camp and some of their favorite Maine animals – in particular a mink, moose, raccoon, and a famous bald eagle that always flies over the lake.
My friend Steve commissioned me to make “Explorer ABCs” for his nephew, but as we worked on the project, we realized it was better as a book! Steve wrote the narrative – very clever, following a Little Monster named Ethan through an adventurous day while incorporating the ABCs – and I’ve been working on illustrating it. Here are the first drafts, and Steve’s story:
I’m teaching my Afterschool art class again – – “Master Painting” for Grades K-3.
The kids are super cute and so are their paintings… Check it out at my new class Blog: www.enrichmentpainting.blogspot.com
I finished Susie’s Family ABC last week! I’ve never made one this large (16 x 20), so there was a lot of room for the fun details of this great family.
For the last month we’ve been getting ready for our Afterschool Enrichment Theater Program production of Aladdin – – performed by kids grades 4-6. I am the stage manager and set designer, and love this creative aspect of my afterschool job.
This year we rented the backdrop – not my painting this time – and I loved all the crimson and GOLD.
For the palace scenes, I made this Elephant Throne, using cloth, stuffing, spray paint, plastic jewels, foam core, ribbon, hot glue, duct tape, and a $6 wooden chair I bought from Goodwill:
… the actors “climb in” to the mouth, and come around the front again as the Cave is pulled out. Now the head extends into a mini backdrop for the interior of the Cave of Wonders:
Also worked on: Aladdin’s Window
(Another coat rack)
Aladdin shows Jasmine the “view of the palace” by pulling back the curtain, revealing Julianne’s colorful painting.
I made these Marketplace carts for the market scenes. The colors of the marketplace were meant to be more muted, earthy warm colors. The weird metal things that are hanging from the cart on the right were found in the communal goodwill pile in my apartment basement. I love this big fish!