Friday, October 30, 2015

Jack Skeleton and Halloween!

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays!!!!  It holds a special place in my heart for many reasons, but mostly I just love seeing kids show up at my house in their costumes.  I also enjoy helping my children come up with awesome homemade costumes every year.  Sure you can go out to the Halloween stores now-a-days and buy some pretty awesome costumes, but making them is so much more fun! Over the years I have helped my children become robots, mime's, mummies, freaks, bloody scary things, hobos, and so much more.

My favorite Halloween character has to be Jack Skeleton for several reasons --- one of them very special.  1) I just love the character.  He has such a big heart for being such a "king" at scaring people.  2) He is a lot like me.  He is long and thin like I am, and he has long legs like a spider, just like me:)  3) I dressed up like him on the evening my husband proposed me many years ago!  (That's the special part!)

So in honor of Halloween and Jack Skelton, here is a drawing I did of him and a picture of me dressed as him all those many years ago!

What will you dress up as this Halloween?  I hope you do.  It's so much fun!


Monday, October 26, 2015

Art Trail

Coming up in November I will be participating in the Southtowns Art Trail.  This is a wonderful event that was organized by The Evans Art Guild and my good friend Steve Mayo.  I was so honored he asked me to be a part of it this year.  This past summer my husband and I renovated our home to create a "home studio" for me to work out of.  So we will be opening our home and my new studio for the Southtowns Art Trail.  I would love it if you can come!  

You can check out my new studio, enjoy some yummy treats, warm drinks and art - of course!  I will be showing some of my work from my picture books, my new series of paintings of little girl's dresses and a few additional pieces that haven't been shown yet.  Check out the map below for all the details of who will be participating and what you can see at each stop.

See you on the trail!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Stop Motion Inspiration - The Making of The Boxtrolls

I follow an artist on Tumblr whose name is Aurelie Neyret.  She has beautiful work that I love to look at and that always inspires me.  You should check out her work too, I have linked her website to her name.  

Well, the other day when I went to her Tumblr I found a link she attached that inspired her.  It was a Talks at Google event with the producers of the stop motion film The Boxtrolls.  I watched the entire 1 hour+ long talk and was truly amazed.  I have always loved animation and particularly stop motion reminds me of my youth and watching Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer:)

Watching how they developed this film, the obstacles they overcame, the rewrites and redirection, and the joy they had in pressing the bounds of what can be done in stop motion was fascinating and fun!  I thought.... I just have to share this with you all.  Put it on while you are working on something creative and feel the energy flow:)


The Making of the Boxtrolls a Talks at Google production.  

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Opening the sketchbook...

Every once in a while I like to open the sketchbook to show you what is going on in my head:)  My life has been very topsy turvy lately so the sketchbook is not at full as usual, but it still has some promising doodles.  One doodle is an idea for a gift book that I am working on.   I hope to post more about that gift book either later this week or early next....

In the meantime, here are a few for you to enjoy:)