May 23, 2010

I Believe I Can Fry

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.  
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

From hair color to plant life, from pin-up drawings to shirt designs -- I've been doing a lot of experimenting lately.  Of my many experiments, one of the most fun was today's beignet-making session.  My husband and I finally mustered up the nerve, set aside our worries about frying things in boiling oil, and made our very own beignets.  They turned out quite nicely, and now I'm emboldened to branch out and try different beignet recipes!  It was an uplifting success after a series of little setbacks this week.  Yay for little French doughnuts with powdered sugar!  

And in other news, here's your latest batch of artz:

  "Mountains", a little enviro sketch.

"Rainforest Frog", a study.
"How'd You Like Them Apples?!", my entry in ShirtWoot's "Eyewitness History" derby.

Various creatures...
"Shnookums", a pin-up sketch.

"Half-Elf Rogue", my entry in ArtOrder's DnD Pin-up Challenge.  For those not familiar with Dungeons and Dragons, a 'rogue' is a sneak-thief-type character.

May 20, 2010

In Which Watercolors Are Used

"Because watercolor actually moves on the paper, it is the most active of all mediums, almost a performance art."

~Nita Engle

Last week, I had occasion (several occasions -- birthdays and a late Mother's Day!) to make some greeting cards.  I sat myself down with art pens and Dr. Pepper, determined to finish my cards before the day was through.  Whipping out my watercolor sets, I went to work with a right good will, and here you have the results.  

"Peacock Feathers"

"Red Stag, Scotland"

"Queen Bee"

The following pics are the outside and inside, respectively, of a birthday card I made for my mother-in-law -- who, luckily for me, has a great sense of humor!

May 13, 2010


"An artist's career always begins tomorrow."

~James McNeill Whistler
Another t-shirt contest, another online art challenge, another picture crying out to be drawn... it's always one more thing.  Why is it so hard to work on one project at a time, to finish one inspired drawing before moving on to the next thing?  The Great Portfolio Project has begun; now comes the hard part -- the follow-through.

Meanwhile, there's always more things...

A commissioned portrait of a family friend with his grandparents.

A sketch in tribute to the great Frank Frazetta, who passed away May 10, 2010.
"Love Potion #9", submission for ShirtWoot's "How Things Work" contest.

"Just Hatched" and "It's That Time of Year Again", submissions for ShirtWoot's "Spring" contest.