Illustrations for a story

January 5, 2013

Last year presented numerous opportunities for illustration. These are some of the drawings done for a writer of a children’s story about flowers and butterflies. Part of the story’s message is that all of us should take the time to appreciate the abundance and variety of exquisite life that surrounds us.

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Girfriends dancing to the airport

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Watching a miracle

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The Costume Tea Party with Butterflies

A Family Adventure Part IV

December 28, 2011

Clink on this link Family Marshall Trip Part IV to follow the Marshall family back home for Christmas morning.

  • Watercolor and Ink on Moleskin Watercolor Paper
  • 3.5″ x 10″
  • In a private collection

A Family Adventure Part III

December 28, 2011

Clink on this link Family Marshall Trip Part III to follow the ballooning Aeronauts as they breeze toward the North Pole to help Santa.

  • Watercolor and Ink on Moleskin Watercolor Paper
  • 3.5″ x 10″
  • In a private collection

The family leaves a holiday greeting on the moon.

Clink on this link Family Marshall Trip Part II  to follow the Marshall family into outer space, the moon and back again. But engine trouble detours the family to the North Pole where a jolly ole elf lets them hitch a ride home.

  • Watercolor and Ink on Moleskin Watercolor Paper
  • 3.5″ x 10″
  • In a private collection

Bikes to Canoes, Page

Clink on this link Family Marshall Trip Part 1 to follow the Marshall family through the woods and down the rivers, around the Gulf and the Florida panhandle on a travel adventure. The final panel shows a NASA shuttle blasting off. Guess who is on that ship? Follow their adventures in Part II

  • Watercolor and Ink on Moleskin Watercolor Paper
  • 3.5″ x 10″
  • In a private collection

Hansel & Gretel Dollhouse

Hansel & Gretel interior

Hansel & Gretel Dollhouse, front and rt. side

Hansel & Gretel Dollhouse, side and rear view

Asked to paint a dollhouse for the Douglas County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), I was joined and benefited from the skilled help of family, John and Mindy Huston. My son suggested the theme, and two of my grandchildren modeled. The front facade of the witch lair finds Hansel reaching for a cookie shingle while the witch peeks out the cottage door. Gretel has pulled a gumdrop from the wall to eat. The back side of the house is dark and stormy. The interior has bats, spiders, black cats, a jar of eyeballs and all things creepy. Hansel has been fattened in his cage and Gretel acts to save their lives.

CASA, which benefits abused and neglected children, raises fund by selling chances to win a large dollhouse. To support their efforts, please go to the CASA website. www.dccasa.org. or visit the CASA office, 1009 N.H., Suite B.

The Hansel & Gretel dollhouse, along with other donated dollhouses, was sold in a silent auction at the 20th annual CASA Playhouse Celebration July 16, 2011 at the Lawrence Arts Center.

Wood Stacks

December 29, 2010

Made from rough 1 3/4″ walnut, finished with olive oil, these wood stacks were gifts for two fire loving men in my life. The cutout wooden forms on the top were drawn by my grandchildren, Maxx and Naomi, painted in acrylic and varnished with polymer. I inserted a dowel to mount them.

Summer Colors in Paint

September 3, 2009

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We’re in the final weeks of summer. Begonia pinks and greens inspired this patio painting. Naomi and I make a good team. She’s in charge of color. I’m in charge of supplies. We both lay down the paint.

Maxx holds newborn Naomi

Maxx holds newborn Naomi

  • Watercolor
  • In the collection of N/AM

When Maxx first saw this watercolor in progress, he said, “I’m holding Nomi in water.” I liked that vision and kept the swaddling blanket, water-like. This painting is my screen saver. I like the connection between the two kids;  his delight is studied and quiet, while Baby Naomi’s is expressed openly.

Vessel with Oriole

June 11, 2009

Vessel with Oriole

Vessel with Oriole

  • Oil on Ampersand Gessobord
  • 36″ x 12″
  • In the collection of N/AM

When my grandson, Maxx, asked, “Why do you paint me and Nomi?” I could honestly answer, “Because I like to.”  Reflected in the Paul Revere bowl are Maxx and Nomi. The bird is a Bullock Oriole and there is the coffee, plus a strand of pearls and an orange. The dark negative space gives the piece a feeling of introspection.