Monday, December 30, 2013

Salt River performs at First Night in Portsmouth, NH. Happy New Year!

Salt River -tradtional and original folk-blues band
 Thought I 'd share some photos of Salt River from the last few years
From left to right we are: Cathy King on Bass, Mike Rogers on guitar, harmonica, and vocals,
Bev Rogers-vocals, and me, Leona Hosack, guitar and vocals!

For more info. on ordering Salt River CD's or for booking Info. Click here:

Salt River is performing (our original and traditional folk-blues) at the South Church, in Portsmouth New Hampshire tomorrow night- New Year's Eve!! Two  half hour performances at 8 and 8:45 pm. A lot of different concerts and entertainment are available on New Years eve at Portmouth's First Night Celebration! Great fun for kids of all ages! Hope to see ya all there! Salt River has been together for almost 16 years and has been performing at First Night Portsmouth for many of those years! I've lost count! Always a fun night! For more info on obtaining a button for Portsmouth's First Night click here:

Salt River- local music in Lower Maine Seacoast area
Salt River performing at Elysium Coffeehouse in Rollinsford, NH

Pro Portsmouth,NH
A year ago-playing at Market Square Day in Portsmouth, NH

Salt River
Lee Hosack

Salt River
Mike Rogers

Salt River
Bev Rogers

Salt River
Cathy King

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our first CD -"Evenin' Tide"
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Our CD entitiled "Lookin' Back"
harmonicaworkshops.comHappy New Year!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Two Christmas Caricatures and How To Draw a Christmas Tree!

Santa, holiday
This is a commissioned Caricature I did recently of the subject as
Santa with two reindeer and a Christmas Tree in the background! Look at what his beard is holding!

Caricatures by Leona, Christmas, New Years
A caricature I was commissioned to do of the same person
for both Christmas and New Years last year!

How to draw a christmas tree
I just drew this Christmas Tree for fun!

I guess I have been drawing Christmas trees my whole life! I have no memory of learning to do this. Drawing seasonal symbols were just part of every holiday for me! How easy is it to draw a Christmas tree? Not that hard! I'd thought I'd share three different fun videos on how to draw a Christmas Tree. From the very simple to the more detailed!  Which one do you like?

Learn more about the history of Christmas trees here:

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Tree of Religion Illustration- Happy Holidays!

Baha'i Concept of Progressive Revelation and the Oneness of Religions

I'm still cleaning out my portfolios and I recently found a booklet I illustrated once about Religion in the USA. I was living in Connecticut at the time. It was entitled Religion USA and was produced by a company called Happy History, Inc. It's goal was to celebrate the diversity of religions that were present in the area at that time. These are some of the religious symbols I was asked to draw for the book. I thought it would be fun to share these during the Holiday season.
Oneness of Religions
I was asked to draw this as a symbol of
the Baha'i concepts on the Oneness of Religion.
Torah- Judiasm
Religious Symbols
Christian Cross


Christian Symbol
This symbol- the Crown of Thorns was
included in the book as a Christian Science symbol
Another pretty Menorah

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Calligraphy and the Lost Art of Letter Writing!

This handwritten letter from Howard Glasser was
done with a regular pen in informal italic script.
I'm in the process of moving to a much smaller place, and have been working on down sizing since summer. After living in a home for fifteen years and raising three children we have accumulated so many things that were useful to us at the time, but not are simply not needed now. At times it has seemed like an overwhelming task. But the joy I've found in reconnecting with old items I'd long forgotten, old photos I hadn't looked at in years, has helped me to reconnect with long neglected parts of myself as well.

In clearing out some of my artwork I discovered that I had kept a letter and a poster from one of my teachers at UMass at Dartmouth. I studied Calligraphy with Howard Glasser in the 1970's. He was a wonderful teacher and mentor and is a great artist and calligrapher himself. He was also very involved in the folk music community and organized many large scale folk gatherings called Eisteddfods(a gaelic word meaning gathering) on campus each year. He also made many recordings of various folk artists.
The beautiful letter above is a wonderful example of Calligraphic writing. It was done with a regular pen.

This is a print of poster that was done by hand in Calligraphy. The style is called Uncial.
 An article about Howard's teaching career and art can be found here:
To learn more about Howard's collection of Folk recordings and more click here:

This is a Calligraphy piece I did over twenty years ago.
It's still hanging on my wall, but is about to be taken down.
I have to decide whether it'll hang in our new place or go into the portfolio!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Illustrations for Baha'i Publications

Children's magazines, Baha'i, Activities for kids
A illustration for an activity in Brilliant Star Magazine that I did in 1999!
I am constantly cleaning out portfolios and scanning artwork I want to keep these days, and throwing out a lot I no longer need! Here are some projects I've done over the years for various Baha'i publications. I love the work I've been able to do in this area. I love being given a story or concept to illustrate! What a fun challenge!

Drawing, Illustration, Green Acre Baha'i School, Activity Book, Sarah's Dream
An illustration of Green Acre Baha'i School I did a number of years ago for Sarah's Dream Activity Book,
produced by Spirit of Children Press.

Baha'i, Green Acre, Sarah's Dream Activity Book
 Drawing of Sarah Farmer for the Sarah's Dream Activity Book.

Baha'i Illustration, Watercolor, Life of Baha'u'llah
Illustration for one of the Core Curriculum Books (Stories for Children)
produced by the National Spiritual Assembly of Baha'is of The US.

Illustration by Leona Hosack, Baha'i
Another illustration for one of the stories in one of the Core Curiculum Books.

Baha'i Holiday, Naw-Ruz, Pen and Ink, Joyous Naw-Ruz
This was a card I did for myself- to send out to friends at Naw-Ruz,
 the Baha'i New Years, which is on March 20th. I may use it again this year!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

My latest submission to Illustration Friday and My Illustration of George Washington Carver!

Children's Art
Pattern Girl!

Here is my latest submission to Illustration Friday! The theme this week is Pattern! I thought it might be fun to have the girl be in pattern rather than the picture she is creating. Submitting to Illustration Friday has allow me to exercise my illustration muscles and keep up my skills!

Below are two illustrations I did a few years ago, for a story to be included in a book about George Washington Carver. It somehow never came to fruition, but was fun to do!

Children's book Illustration
George Washington Carver in the field with farmers.

Illustration by Leona
Portrait illustration of George Washington Carver!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Silhouettes at Historic Houses in Retrospect!

I had a great time silhouetting  at historic houses this last weekend . On Friday night, Dec.6th I was set up at Sarah Orne Jewett House in the dining room next to the kitchen which is now the gift store. Many people came by during the free tour they offered as a part of the Home for the Holidays celebration in South Berwick, Me.

Quite a few people wanted their silhouettes cut and this time many adults were interested in having their own silhouettes cut to give as Christmas presents. More often than not it's parents that want their children's silhouettes done. I had a few children that night but probably more adults. One of the last people to come by was the curator of the New Hampshire Farm Museum, who was a very delightful person! She invited me to come and do silhouettes at the Museum next year!

Silhouettes by Leona
I love doing pony tails! So much fun!

You can learn more about the many upcoming events at Sarah Orne Jewett House here:

On Saturday morning I cut silhouettes at the Christmas Tea at Jeffer's Tavern at Historic York Village at York, Maine. Everything was so beautifully decorated! And wouldn't you know I actually forgot my phone! In other words, my camera! I was frustrated at first, because I always like to have photos, but I soon got into the cutting and was very, very busy! I even got to cut a few of the young docents in costume!

At one point several people were gathered behind me watching me work, and I heard a woman say "She cuts them without drawing first. She just looks and cuts!" The man next to her said "No, impossible!" The women answered something like "Oh yes, she really does!" The man looked closer and said "Wow!"  I still can't believe that people so enjoy watching me do something that seems so natural to me and is so much fun! I love "drawing" faces with my sissors!

SIlhouettes by Leona
 You can learn more about Old York Village here!:

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Cutting Silhouettes at Historic Houses in Maine This Coming Weekend!

Historic Silhouettes, silhouettes by Leona, York Village in Maine

I am excited that I will be cutting silhouettes again soon!  And at historic houses!  My favorite places to cut silhouettes!

This Friday, Dec.6, 2013, I will be cutting silhouettes at Sarah Orne Jewett House in the middle of South Berwick, Maine! They will be offering tours for free as a part of South Berwick's Home For The Holidays Celebration, and I have been happy to have been a part of that for the last couple of years.  Also on Saturday morning, Dec.7 from 10 am to 2:30 I will be cutting silhouettes at a Christmas Tea at Jeffer's Tavern which is part of Historic York Village in York, Maine! And in the afternoon from around 3  pm to 6 pm I will be back at Sarah Orne Jewette House in South Berwick, cutting silhouettes again! What fun!

Historic Houses are such a wonderful place to do silhouettes and I'm happy to say that I've been able to present silhouettes at quite a few of them  since I started doing silhouettes. 

Silhouettes,Traditional dress, Historic York Village, York, Maine

Silhouettes, historic York Village, Maine
Silhouettes by Leona, hand cut portraits in silhouette
I enjoyed cutting silhouettes at the docent program in 2012

 A few years ago I was asked to cut silhouettes as part of a program at historic Beauport house in Gloucester, Mass. They had a slide show and a speaker who gave a wonderful talk on the history of silhouettes. After the talk I cut everyone's silhouette, and then we were taken on a tour of the historic silhouettes in the house. We put on the funny shoe covers and enjoyed looking at the silhouettes in their collection. I think there may have been over 60 silhouettes or more hanging throughout the house!
Silhouettes, Hand cut, Beauport House, Gloucester, Mass., historic
This lady was patient while I cut her silhouette at Beauport House in Gloucester, Mass. in 2011.

Silhouettes, Beauport, Mass
One of the silhouettes in the collection at Beauport.
Historic Beauport House, Mass
Me cutting silhouettes at Beauport house
in Gloucester, MA

Monday, December 2, 2013

Story Telling in Illustration! Video on Norman Rockwell!


 It's such and important part of visual art, believe it or not. Especially in illustration! When I saw that the Theme of this week's Illustration Friday challenge is "Refrain" I instantly thought of two meanings of the word. Refrain-to keep from doing something, and -the chorus of a song. I think I managed to depict them both in this illustration. What do you think? What is the story here? The illustration below is one I did a few years back for a book idea I had called "Katy Has A Kitty." I still have a lot to learn about story telling in Illustration but practicing helps!

Birds, karaoeke,singing, illustration, illustration friday
My newest submission to Illustration Friday! The theme this week is "Refrain"!
gifts, birthday party, kittens, multicultural,illustration, children's art
Cover for "Katy Has A Kitty".

Norman Rockwell is one of my favorite American artists!  He was both an amazing portrait artist and illustrator! I remember with fondness visiting the Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass. with my family when I was a kid. And through out all the art history classes I was required to take in art school, and when I studied Art Ed., and though I have many favorites, Norman Rockwell stands out as a incredible artist and storyteller whose work continues to inspire me!

The video below celebrates the life and work of Norman Rockwell. It's narrated by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, who are both great story tellers as well as collectors of Norman Rockwell's Art! I love that it includes a discussion of how Rockwell actually influenced their own work as filmmakers! Towards the end they mention the significance of Rockwell's own self-portrait! Enjoy!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

My Latest Portrait plus a video depicting Female Portraits in Western Art!

Graphite Portrait 

 This is my latest project that was recently commissioned through my Etsy Shop! There's something so wonderful about portraiture. I love the challenge of not only capturing a likeness but also the challenge of suggesting visually something of the soul or personality of the subject! Below is a portrait I did a few years back.

Oil Painting, Japanese girl, kimono
Audrey Hepburn said "The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul."

This video offers a fun presentation of female portraiture throughout the ages! Enjoy!            

Kamal's Day and Babysitter Blues make great Ayyam-i-ha gifts!

Kamal's Day and Babysitter Blues make great gifts!

SO grateful that I have two books that I've written and illustrated available on line NOW!  A picture book for the young ones and a ch...