Thursday, December 28, 2006

Peaceful Night

Illustration Friday challenge for December 22 - "Peace."

PLEASE double click for better detail!!

As you can see this is a multi- dimensional piece. It's the first time I tried anything like this. It came out exactly as I had envisioned. I used a variety of types of paper from scrapbook prints to handmade. I used acrylic paint and my new Sakura Ink pens (thanks Mom and Dad!), a paintbrush as well as a toothpick for painting.

Christmas went well. We were running around like chickens without heads right up until the last minute! Things went smooth...except that darn rain...melted the berries on my outdoor decorations! AND it got so hot in the house we actually had the air conditioning on!! So it was a "COOL Yule" after all!!!!

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmakkuh and an even better New Year!

Monday, December 18, 2006

HELP! The Mellow Men!

"HELP!" Word prompt for Illustration Friday December 15.
This one had so many possibilities. There are several archived pieces I could have used...yet, I chose these two to post. It's the first thing that came to mind. After sketching out the first one the hot chocolate just followed naturally! These marshmallow people started an organization called Help Eliminate Lasting Puffy Extinction or H.E.L.P.
OK...I am off to put together a combination pool, ping-pong and fooseball table! I wanna know who else has to "assemble" gifts this season? Last year it was a train table.

Marshmallow candy dates back to ancient Egypt where it was a honey-based candy flavored and thickened with the sap of the root of the Marsh-Mallow plant (althea officinalis). Marsh-Mallow grows in salt marshes and on banks near large bodies of water. It is common in the eastern United States. Until the mid 1800's, marshmallow candy was made using the sap of the Marsh-Mallow plant. Gelatin replaces the sap in the modern recipes. For more about MarshMallows go here: History of Marshmallows.

ARTIST notes:
In the first one I worked more with the paint programme on the computer (nothing fancy). I like bold colours and unfortunately pastels are the only ones I can use that fill the best. You can see this in the second piece.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Sooty Mask

MASK- Illustration Friday challenge for Friday December 8.
Sorry...I couldn't resist! Not a lot of time for colour or fine tuning. You'll have to settle for the rough drafts.
" Then there is weird Uncle Arthur...
...Unfortunately there was no stopping him creeping into some of the family photos!"

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Quilted Northern Santa

"Quilted Northern Santa" The quicker picker upper...or maybe the quickest dropper offer! LOL!! I have been working on this and a couple other holiday pieces and finally finished this one.

Still have decorations to finish. It's hard to be the artist in the family and host Christmas dinner. Expectations are high. But I love the oohs and aaahhs (and the "you are sooo talented!") when it's all done, so I can't complain! I'll post photos of the highlights when I'm done.

Monday, December 04, 2006

The Season For Giving!

Mighty- Illustration Friday for December 1.
I chose to highlight the phrase "The pen is mightier than the sword!" in this week's challenge. If we all got our checkbooks and gave a little the world would be a better place to live! There are people and families and kids in need everywhere!

Even a little helps...a can of soup at a food drive, take a name off a tree at the mall or at work and buy a gift for a poor child...compliment the lady in front of you at the grocery store on her festive pin...give the kid at the home improvement store a tip for placing your Christmas tree in the back of your SUV! GIVE! I can tell you from experience it feels good and it's sooooo easy!
Here are a few things I did this year...

What have I been up to? WELL...the question should be...what haven't I been up to?! You can bid on a frame I designed to benefit children with aids here EBay's Mission Fish , or any other frames designed by artists from all over to benefit children with aids. Did you even realize there was such a programme on E-Bay? Check out more information here at Mission Fish. Also take the time to visit the website to learn more about the Children with Aids project. Tanya Weaver did a fantastic job of gathering artists for this task! She works tirelessly to think of ways to raise money for these kids. If you have any ideas or art you wish to contribute please e-mail her!! Tanya Weaver Executive Director. Next....

Build-A-Bear for charity! My partner and I along with everyone at her office at Tunnell Co.LP took on local children in needs project in not only buying a toy for a child but also gathering children's books and designing a bear for needy kids! Here are our can see the huge difference in our design styles. Mine is "Adventure Bear-complete with knapsack!" Hers is the Ice Skater Bear- complete with cell phone. LOL!!!

Year round we work with many charities. This year was our first Arthritis Walk, seventh for the Carey's for Cancer annual Golf Tournament, seventh for the FSMHA annual Golf event to raise scholarship money for local kids and the seventh MS Walk, and the 15Th annual Health Fair!

Take time to donate or volunteer this season. If not now make it a New Year's resolution!

Saturday, November 25, 2006


Invention- Illustration Friday prompt for November 24.
"Because Mortimer was always inventing stories the woodland creatures always found it hard to believe anything he said. Until the day they all saw the sleigh pass through the air!"

Oh, yes, we have all heard "Neccesity is the Mother of invention" (I had a really neat illo in mind about 'Invention's' mom, Necessity, making him clean his room...but I didn't have time. LOL!) and I'm sure there will be a few machine creations this week. I chose to do the invention of the story itself. All of our storytelling started by word of mouth years ago. We gradually advanced to illustrations...and now look how far we have come with conveying stories!'s to you whoever you tellers of truth or tall tales. It was you who invented the wonder and awe in all of us and the hunger to read just one more story!

Interesting reads:

National Storytelling Network
Story Arts Online
My Merry Christmas Site
North Pole Official Website
Holland Ring/ History of Santa
Invention Convention

Monday, November 20, 2006

Thanksgiving Memories

Thanksgiving- Illustration Friday prompt for Nov. 17.
(Colored pencil )
When I saw that the prompt was "Thanksgiving" I have to admit I thought that there would be a million cornucopias and pilgrims. I couldn't imagine what I would do since I hate being repetitive. Then I remembered a conversation I had with my mother recently about the holidays and family. You see her mom and dad passed away some years back along with uncles and aunts, and the only sibling she had was killed in a fight. Her family is gone. She has a nephew living thousands of miles away with his family but they never visit. So the holidays are tough. I was telling her living seven hours away from my family wasn't easy either. Most of my friends live in other states and I don't get to see them either. Not that I could compare to what she must be feeling.
Anyway, I got to thinking...Thanksgiving can be about memories of loved ones passed on as well as those who are over seas serving in Iraq or even friends and family in other states. So to you Mom, all my friends and family I have lost over the years, and to my friends and family who are too far to see this holiday season...Thanks for giving me the memories of a lifetime!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Clearly A Blue Christmas

Clear- Illustration Friday prompt for Nov.10. "Are you sure this will help me with my bi partisanship, Sam?" "Yes Sir, oh we'll also need to do something about that suit...something between red and blue...mauve maybe!"

Oh Well, as you can see...My politics definately lean toward the blue and not the red! But, all politics aside...this was a piece that came to me instantly. It was clear what I would do as soon as I saw the prompt! This is in pen and ink with a touch of Prismacolour and watercolour. Re-creating the White House was no easy task let me tell you!

My cold has sunk into my chest. Gross. If I can just hang on five more days...I get a four day holiday! Yea Turkey Day!
Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate all your comments!!!!!

Saturday, November 11, 2006


One of my favourite trees in the world..Ginkgo! I discovered this newly planted tree in our community while walking the dog this morning...I was very excited! Did you know they are the oldest living trees in the world? Oh, the stories they must tell their grandchildren! LOL! (p.s. I know I spelled it wrong on the picture...woops!)

Monday, November 06, 2006


Here is the revised version of Santa...I can't wait to post for Illustration Friday's newest prompt..."clear!"
P.S. A big "Thank YouI!" to one of my biggest fans, Leigh! "Hope you like the finished product...and can't wait to send the other ideas when they are complete."
Smoke- I-Fri challenge for November 3 (is it November already?!!!!).'s a stretch, but Santa IS smoking! Besides I have a cold...I hate being sick.
I am working on a Christmas card for our communities. This is one of the ones I have so far. It's not complete...but, I was sooo late posting last week! Here it is...Santa "Pot Nets" (That stands for...eel POTS and fishing NETS) style!
We all get around in golf carts here. They even have golf cart parades, races and hopefully in movies!

Thursday, November 02, 2006


Illustration Friday's challenge for Oct.27 was wind. This reminded me of several things...but one of my favourite books when I was young was "The Wind in The Willows." (1908) A classic children's fantasy by the British writer Kenneth Grahame. Originally intended only as bedtime stories for his son, this idyllic tale of the English countryside and river banks chronicles the adventures of Mr. Toad, Mole, Rat, and their friend, Badger.

The frog and toad series that followed here in the U.S. were also in my list of top ten. (Though nothing could top "Harold and the Purple Crayon!")
I give you my version of a scene from The Wind in The Willows. My rat does look a lot like a field mouse and this is a frog not a toad but you get the point!

All in one this time..first sketched in pencil, then inked over on the same paper, then erased all graphite and added colour with my new Prismacolours and a little help from Crayola coloured pencils!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Hoppy and George

Here are two more additions to my work with black paper and Prismacolor. I actually started out (not on these two) working with the "Walnut Hallow" Oil pencils. They are far more soft in colour and not as vibrant as the Prismacolors. I got a great tip on some other types of pens from Andrea over at "Colouring Outside the Lines". I am really enjoying this new direction!
"George didn't mind being a frog. He knew that sooner or later a princess just HAD to come along!"
"Hoppy couldn't wait to break in his new gloves!"

Monday, October 23, 2006


Ghost- Illustration Friday challenge for Oct.20. Another little known fact. "Not too many people know that death also enjoys the first snowfall!"

Thursday, October 19, 2006

White on Black

INBETWEEN IFS... I have decided to try and do a little more posting as my early New Year's resolution! These are pieces I did with oil pencils and my new Prismacolours. I really like the look of the black background.
This was inspired by Andrea over at Colouring Outside The Lines After viewing her work on black paper and looking at Hundertwasser's site (WOW! These places actually exist!) I had to get a Strathmore Artagain Black art pad and try for myself!!! I'm hooked!!

Monday, October 16, 2006


Smitten- Illustration Friday Challenge. AND "who" was more smitten than the owl with the kitten? I ask you?! LOL!
My grandmother used to recite this to me when I was young. Watercolour pencils with ink detail.

And here is their child! LOL

The Owl and the Pussycat poem
The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
"O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are, you are, you are,
What a beautiful Pussy you are."
Pussy said to the Owl "You elegant fowl,
How charmingly sweet you sing.
O let us be married, too long we have tarried;
But what shall we do for a ring?"
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-tree grows,
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose, his nose, his nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.
"Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling your ring?"
Said the Piggy, "I will"
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon.
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand.
They danced by the light of the moon, the moon, the moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.

Monday, October 09, 2006


Desperate Trouble- Viola! Last step. This is where I print out the piece I coloured on the computer and add detail and clean up blank areas. I still have a lot more I could do but this gives you the idea of what's in my head!
"Sally liked to dress up like a witch two weeks before Halloween. Then she would visit all her neighbors asking for a cup of 'eye of newt!' She found this kept all her neighbors on Wysteria Lane at bay all the rest of the year!!!!"
Desperate Trouble- Step three. This is what I get after scanning the black outline into the computer and add a few colours. I also erase things I might have added when I inked that I didn't like. (I know I'm not yet very good at the dpi stuff.)

Desperate Trouble- Step two. Trace over the lines I like in permanent ink.

Desperate Trouble- Step one. Rough sketch in graphite.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Quiet I and II

Quiet II
YEAH! I finished it! "Jack-O-Lynn and Sabastian were enjoying a QUIET evening at home when along came a spider!"
I started this piece originally to enter for the "Black and Orange Contest" but decided it was better for "Quiet."
I started it as a sketch in graphite...copied over with ink...added colour on the computer...added more colour with coloured pencils and viola!
BTW there is another Halloween art contest with AWESOME prizes over at check it out!

Quiet I
Quiet as a mouse...of course!
My parents drove the seven hours south to visit us last week end. They live up near Canada. A great time was had by all. Needless to say my entry this week is not quite done so this one will have to do until the other is finished. This was done in watercolour pencils and touched up on the computer.

Sunday, September 24, 2006


Bogyphobia- Fear of Bogeymen!AND...... Opthalmophobia- Fear of opening one's eyes!
Artists Notes: These pieces are both inspired by my last trip to Disney World. I found this beautiful statue (bottom)in a hide away corner in Epcot in one of the countries while chasing a lizard. The piece is done pen and ink and took many hours to complete. Unfortunately my carpel tunnel pain is now affecting my work...there are a few abnormal dots in my stippling. Surgery is slated for January.
The top piece was a statue discovered on my way to a Luau. It is done in pencil, then inked over and colored with Crayola colored pencils!! Thanks for looking and as always...double click for detail!
Most of the people in the world have a fear of one kind or another. While most people suffer from pathophobia (fear of disease), monophobia (fear of being alone), glossophobia (fear of public speaking), algophobia (fear of pain), taphephobia (fear of being buried alive), and many more, there are also some less popular phobias. At the end of this essay, there is a compiled a list of the phobias that you will find amusing...go to ISalvo to read more about phobias!

Saturday, September 16, 2006 good!

Change- Second piece for I-Fri challenge. "A little known fact that Jack ( of Jack in the beanstalk fame) actually grew up to be a talented horticulturist! He is best known now for his money tree. 'You have to know the proper change to feed it.' He says."

Change- Illustration Friday's weekly challenge. The first thing I thought of was a flounder and what a fascinating change they go through in life. Did you realize that they are born with an eye on either side of their heads? Just like other fish? AND that the right eye actually MIGRATES slowly to the left side of the fish over time?

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Farm Ants

Farm- Illustration Friday Challenge.
(Originally outlined in Micron pen then coloured with colour pencils.)
This week I had several ideas on what to do for the challenge; however, when my partner mentioned the symbiosis or mutualism between an ant and an aphid I knew which direction I was headed!
Seems that ants have a sweet tooth and aphids produce a "honeydew" type of secretion that the ants like. So...the ants protect the aphids and in return they allow them to "milk" them for the "honeydew!" I am a big nature buff and that was new to me. Hope you learned something new as well! Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "Can't we all just get along?!"
Thanks for all your comments!
More information on Ants and Aphids here.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006


Harold new he had found the spot and he could finally stop running. Everyone knows there's safety in numbers!

Friday, August 25, 2006


Run - Illustration Friday. Of course as long as the fan was running Sabastian was safe...but what he didn't know was there was suppose to be a storm that evening and the power will likely go out!
I started these two a long time ago and now have a reason to finish them! Here is the preliminary inked piece before I add colour.

You can run but you can't hide from LOVE! This one is in honor of my seven year anniversary today!

Monday, August 21, 2006

Match I,II,III and IV

Match- Illustration Friday
OK...this word really got my creativity flowing for some reason. I couldn't help myself! This first piece done in Micron pen and coloured pencil is my tribute to Anthropologists, archeologists and paleontologists. It always seemed like a neat job to recreate history by matching tiny fragments and pieces. This bowl is a modern piece by a Navajo Indian by the name of Wesley Begay. His work is available at

Tennis match anyone?
Remember paper dolls? Here is a boy version! Matching clothes was fun wasn't it?!

OK....this just came out...nothing I could do to stop it.

Monday, August 14, 2006


Can you believe this photo was on the front page of the Cape Gazette 4 days after I posted my picture?!

"Playful Dolphins"- (please click on illo to make big) Illustration Friday Challenge for Aug. 11. Please check out other artists entries at Illustration Friday's Website!
This piece took a while to complete. It is inspired by the dolphins that travel up and down our shores here in Delaware. Here are more interesting facts about dolphins at Dolphin Ear.
Here are some people who (I would love to be as good as someday) who have inspired me to work with watercolour more...please check out their sites Courtney Pippin Mather, Wynlen, Gabriella Travaline, Sweet Pea,Kristina Hunt,Gina, Nick, Fenris, and of course, Penelope (who created I-Fri)!
This is just to name a few there are many, many very talented people out there!

I sketched this piece out in graphite on watercolour paper first. Then taped it down and added water colour. I added detail with Sakura ink pens and good ol' Crayola coloured pencils! Really, it looks so much better in real life. The scanner never quite picks up the vibrancy of the colour when you colour by hand!

Speaking of "hand" I went for several tests last week. One was an Electrodiagnostic Test to see how bad my carpel tunnel is (so they can operate!). I am beside myself since I never miss I-Fri challenges!

Sunday, August 06, 2006


Capture- Sometimes what you capture you must eventually let go as Kate discovers here with her baby dragon. "Kate was not prepared to let him go just yet." Artists notes: (as always please double-click for detail)This was drawn in graphite then inked over. I added colour on the computer and detailed with coloured pencil and oil pencils. Not sure what the big yellow "cat-like" guy is. Maybe a lioness. I got a little carried away with the vine on the left. If you have an idea for a dragon name (besides "Figment") please let me know. I plan on working more with Kate and her mis-adventures!

Upon researching Baby Dragons I came across this interesting article:
Pickled dragon mystery January 29, 2004

Canned ... pickled dragon thought to be made for a hoax. To see the creature go here:
Essays and Effluvia Another article can be found here:

Anyway here's the jist of the story...
A pickled "dragon" that looks as if it might once have flown around Harry Potter's Hogwarts has been found in a garage in Oxfordshire, England.

The baby dragon, in a sealed jar, was discovered with a metal tin containing paperwork in old-fashioned German of the 1890s.

Allistair Mitchell, who was asked to investigate the dragon by a friend, David Hart, who discovered it in his garage, speculates that German scientists may have attempted to use the dragon to hoax their English counterparts at the end of the 19th century, when rivalry between the countries was intense.

"At the time, scientists were the equivalent of today's pop stars. It would have been a great propaganda coup for the Germans if it had come off," Mr Mitchell said.

"I've shown the photos to someone from Oxford University and he thought it was amazing. Obviously he could not say if it was real and wanted to do a biopsy."

The documents suggest that the Natural History Museum turned the dragon away, possibly because they suspected it was a trick, and sent it to be destroyed. But it appears a porter intercepted the jar and took it home. The papers suggest the porter may have been Frederick Hart - David Hart's grandfather.

Mr Mitchell said: "The dragon is flawless, from the tiny teeth to the umbilical cord. It could be made from indiarubber, because Germany was the world's leading manufacturer of it at the time, or it could be made of wax. It has to be fake. No one has ever proved scientifically that dragons exist. But everyone who sees it immediately asks, 'Is it real?"'

Some scientists believe that dragons, though the product of imagination, were inspired by the extraordinary creatures that once roamed the Earth.

As J.K.Rowling's alter ego Hermione Granger once suggested, legends have a basis in fact.

The Telegraph, London

Tuesday, August 01, 2006


Clean I. I did this on blue tag board with coloured pencil. Not sure if I like this one or the one where colour was added.
Detail on Clean I.

(Please click to enlarge.)
Clean II the Re-Do- Illustration Friday challenge.'Cleanliness is next to Godliness.' This statement was spoken, I'm sure, years before they ever heard of 'Obsessive Compulsive Disorder!' Check out this website on the origin of sayings to find out more!
Also, check out this awesome site! How to Clean Anything. Don't foget to buy a lint card before leaving!!

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Opposite Rhino

Opposite-Illustration Friday challenge. I chose to do something a little different this week. Normally my favourite medium is pen and ink so I thought why not go outside my comfort zone and do white on black paper (the exact opposite of what I normally do!). I used white pencil on black tag board.
I did it again! I dated this almost ten years earlier when it should be 2006! Am I living in the past or what?!

Monday, July 17, 2006


Sacrifice- "Sometimes we make sacrifices we aren't aware of!"
I'm not happy with this at all. However I am posting it all the same.

Sunday, July 09, 2006


Life on Earth? Preposterous!
Here is my entry for this past week's Illustration Friday challenge. I still have three other ideas to put to paper. Though this one is yet unfinished I think you'll get the idea. I wanted to post some really neat facts about the moon but decided to give you a neat site about the moon and planets instead.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Sticky*Rainy*Dance- Illustration Friday

Sticky- A quick sketch of an idea I had. Since I missed the last two weeks I wanted to do something and get it in before another week had gone by.
13 hour days at work, a wedding and several Fourth of July picnics have had me busier than "a one-legged man in a butt kicking contest!" Don't miss "Rain" and "Dance" below.
Two years I have stuck with I-Fri...this is the first time I missed any!

Dance- "Margorie knew Harold was having a mid-life crisis; but, when he signed up for belly dancing she had thought there must be more to the picture!"

Rain- In Chili they use dried Quisco Cactus stems to make ceremonial rainsticks
by nailing their long needles back into the stems and adding tiny pebbles. A rainstick may be soothing to listen to, but I have found they quiet a crying child quicker than any method out there!!!!!

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