Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Hollified for the Holidays

Flip Flop's Savory Flapjacks
Holiday Version

Here is my They Draw and Cook Contest entry with some holiday flair! I added some Christmas lights and holly to give it a more festive look.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

They Draw and Cook Contest Entry
Illustration Friday: Savour

Flip Flop's Savory Flapjacks

I heard about the They Draw and Cook Contest today and thought I would hurry and get something done before the 9 pm PST deadline. I gnawed over pumpkin soup ideas, hot chocolate recipes, crepes...then finally, my favorite, pancakes!

I started this image at around 2:00 pm when I put the girls down for a nap...and worked straight through until 8:55 pm PST. Thankfully, hubby was amenable to getting dinner for himself and the girls. I was in my groove.

My hand has a cramp and I'm getting a slight headache from slouching over my computer non-stop...but I think I'll survive. It was a good test of endurance.

This also works with Illustration Friday's theme this week, savour! Love it when that happens.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Western Washington Scrapbook Retreat

Tea Cozy
Jodie and Stacia

And the fun begins! Jodie drove up from Bend, Oregon to participate in the WWS Retreat. We left a day early to enjoy the town of Port Townsend, but, before we got too far down the road, we had a delicious breakfast at the Queen Mary Tea Room in Seattle.

Later that morning, while sitting in line to cross the Hood Canal Bridge, we noticed the car in front of us had a license plate cover that read, "Crazy for tea cozies." How apropos! My monkey brain loves seeing pattern connections.

Cropping Buddies
Shannon, Tonya, and Jodie

The retreat was a lot of fun. I was roped begrudgingly into volunteering for the Bumpy Basket Raffle, and although I didn't do much, I met some nice ladies and enjoyed myself in the process. Sometimes, I surprise myself. Next year I won't be so hesitant to participate.

Here are a few finished projects from the retreat:

Gingerbread Man
Christmas Cards 2010

Floral Greeting Cards

Woot, Roar, and Quack
Artist Trading Cards

Friday, November 26, 2010

I'm a Finalist!

Deux Pois Bakery Confections
"All Buttoned Up" Contest entry

While perusing the Cloth Paper Scissors website, I came across the list of 24 finalists for the "All Buttoned Up" contest...and my name is on it! I should have gotten an email letting me know, but never did. Truly, a Black Friday surprise!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Card Swap

The Western Washington Scrapbookers Retreat is drawing near! A weekend of dedicated creative time...time away from kids, routine, and responsibilities. For me, the ball starts rolling with the introduction of the card swap.

Last year I used old music sheets for my "Just a Note" greeting cards. This year, I had bought an old atlas from a garage sale and was eager to use the maps for my inspiration.

A Single Daisy Can Be My Garden...
Final Count: 15 Cards

A Single Friend, My World
Front, Inside, and Back

The original quote for the card came from Leo Buscaglia, which read, "A single rose can be my garden...a single friend, my world." I took the liberty of making a flower change to suit my needs. Leo, please forgive me!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Scrapbooking Party

What happens after you get rid of the pool table that was taking up space in your basement? Well, if you're the crafty sort, you throw a party! I invited a couple of my scrapbooking friends over for a mini retreat as a warm up for the Western WA Scrapbooking Retreat this November.

Basement Setup
Yvonne, Ginger, and Sheryl

I'm not a scrapbooker, but I love paper, glue, and all those doo-dads that go with the biz. I opted to work on a project for the Cloth Paper Scissors contest called, "All Buttoned Up."

I had sewn some fabric confections, sprinkled with buttons and lace, as a gift for my toddlers back in February. I thought this would make a great contest entry for the use of buttons...and decided to polish up the project by working on the container.

Confections with Buttons
...and the bakery box

I used matte gel medium to adhere strips of paper, sponged on a coat of brown acrylic paint, adhered the "Deux Pois Bakery" logo with dye cut circles and gold paint dots. I repeated the pattern inside the box, by lining it with brown, pink, and cream polka dotted paper.

An Array of Treats

Singled Out

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Cleanup at the Gulf
Illustration Friday: Ripple

Cleanup at the Gulf

I thought I'd offer a more hopeful illustration referencing the Gulf's oil spill crisis. Some critters are being saved...One can hope that with the extra waves Ripple is creating, that more will follow.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010



My attention was drawn to Kelly Light's blog, Ripple, today, which inspired me to create this image while my brain stewed over the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Illustration Friday: Cocoon

Sweet Peas (again!)

Deja vu! I feel like I've seen this before! And I have. Originally, this piece was done for baby invitations back in 2007. However, it resurfaced recently when I was pulling together pieces for the Juried Art Portfolio Exhibit for the SCBWI conference. While I was touching up the image, I noticed the babies didn't have ears! Did I do this intentionally? I don't remember now, but it seemed like they each needed a pair.

In addition to the ears, I lengthened the sweet pea stem, added detail to the baby clothing, and made adjustments to facial features and shadows.

It's brand new again, and now, they can hear me when I say, "I love you."

Monday, April 12, 2010


Redmond, WA

I spent the previous 6 weeks gearing up for the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators Western Washington conference...Whew! That's a mouth full!

I pulled my portfolio together right up until the last moment and dashed off last Friday to enter it into the Juried Art Portfolio Exhibit and to register early. The fun started bright and early on Saturday morning at 7:30 am.

It was a full weekend, and each day I started fading around 3-4 pm. It was jam packed with keynote speakers, critiques, sessions on first pages, plotting, illustration career secrets, meeting agents, editors, published authors and more.

My favorites:
Peter Brown, Author/Illustrator
Mitali Perkins, Author
Laini Taylor, Author
Edward Necarsulmer, Agent
Elizabeth Law, Editor

I left feeling overwhelmed with information and faces but re-energized to stay in the game. My creative batteries have been recharged.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Work and Rework

Squirrels in the Forest 1

I received a very helpful critique the last time I posted this image and took it to heart. I appreciated and found wisdom in the comment. I made the change that was suggested, which was an additional animal in the background for more visual fodder. I also worked a little on the tree shadows and added some berries on the ground.

Squirrels in the Forest 2

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Getting Ready!

I've signed up for the Western Washington SCBWI conference in April and need to get my portfolio ready for the jurried exhibit. I found a great resource to help me whittle away my current portfolio into something more streamlined and impressive.

Harold Underdown writes the following piece of advice for what to include in your portfolio:

Composition: interesting points of view, above, below, foreshortening, distortions, what is in the foreground and background. Consider what you do when you have your camera in hand, how you choose the contents, edges, and positioning of what enters the frame, how different lenses affect how much is included.

: Where is your light source? Dramatic lighting can often catch the eye... a candle lighting a dark room, the late afternoon sun casting huge shadows.

Color/Tone/Contrast: Are your colors (including black and white) muddy or clean and bright? Do you want crisp or soft edges? Would four colors or a monochromatic approach be most effective?

Subject Matter
: What is (are) your subject(s) doing? Who are they? Do they have unusual expressions or clothing? Are they in an unusual predicament? Do they evoke an emotion? Are they up close or far away?

Continuity of Style: Do you sustain a consistent style in your samples/portfolio? Variety is the spice of life, but you need to demonstrate consistency within a style, and show 2 or 3 styles at most.

Continuity of Subject: Can you illustrate the same subject from different points of view, in different situations, showing different feelings?

: When reviewing the work of a publisher, ask yourself, "Has this medium been used before?" The answer could be revealing -- perhaps they are open to unusual media, perhaps they are not. Experiment with using or combining different media.

I need to review my work and create new in the next 6 to 8 weeks. I have lots to do to get ready!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Illustration Friday: Wilderness

Squirrels in the Forest

I'm making another attempt to brush the dust off and get back into the world of the creative. My goals for this year are to improve my portfolio by demonstrating my abilities to illustrate the following:
1.) One pastoral scene.
2.) One urban scene.
3.) Three drawings of people (men, women, and children of all ages).
4.) One drawing of animals (either realistic or anthropomorphic).
5.) Three scenes showing either the same people or the same animals in action.
6.) One imaginative drawing.

Not coincidentally, these are the same requirements when applying for the Don Freeman Grant sponsored by SCBWI. The application for the grant is due January/February time frame, so next year, I'll be ready to submit.

I would love a critique since this will be included in my portfolio. One pastoral scene checked off the list.