Showing posts from December, 2013

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

Happy New Year!

Two Christmas Caricatures and How To Draw a Christmas Tree!

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: Happy Holidays!

Tree of Religion Illustration- Happy Holidays!

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.

Happy Holidays!

Calligraphy and the Lost Art of Letter Writing!

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 …

Illustrations for Baha'i Publications

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!

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

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!

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!

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 …

Cutting Silhouettes at Historic Houses in Maine This Coming Weekend!

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!

Story Telling in Illustration! Video on Norman Rockwell!

Story-telling!  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! 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 R…

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

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. 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!