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Anne of Green Gables illustrations

I introduced my daughter to Anne Shirley this weekend and it inspired a few illustrations. I have to stop myself, or I would illustrate every scene. I adore Anne, but my daughter says “She talks too much. Not exactly a kindred spirit! Still, she’s enjoying […]

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Self Portrait with Mask

I finished my self portrait today, wearing a mask from the Halloween box (almost time to break those decorations out for real!) It’s an oil painting on wood panel, 9’x12′. Still using Liquin instead of Galkyd, and I really miss the Galkyd! My Liquin is […]

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Portrait of Sigourney

I recently finished a pet portrait for my co-worker, in memory of her dog Sigourney: My palette for this painting was titanium white, ivory black, raw umber, raw sienna, cadmium yellow pale, cadmium red light, ultramarine blue, and sap green.

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Portrait of My Nephew

Here’s the finished portrait of my nephew in oils! I slowly glazed colors over the grisaille, building up layer by layer. My palette for this one was ivory black, titanium white, cadmium red light, alizarin crimson, raw umber, naples yellow, yellow ochre, cadmium yellow, and […]

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Grisaille of my nephew

I painted a grisaille portrait of my nephew this weekend, which will be the underpainting for the finished color portrait. I plan on glazing the colors for this one and the one of my husband Mike, in the coming weeks.  

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Grisaille of Mike

I’ve been slowly working on an oil portrait of my husband, Mike. Here’s the grisaille underpainting. When this is dry, I’ll start apply color, using the Zorn limited palette (ivory black, titanium white, yellow ochre, and cadmium red light).

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Oil Portraiture, Part 2

Time to paint up from the grisaille! (see Oil Portraiture, Part 1). Thin layers of oil mixed with medium (I used Galkyd to speed up drying) were glazed on, color by color. If you were following along on my instagram or twitter, you know this […]

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Oil Portraiture, Part 1

I learned to paint from impressionists, alla prima style (wet on wet), but I have always longed to capture the luminous look of classical portraits you see in the art museum. I started researching that older style of painting, working up slowly with glazes, and […]

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More waterdoodles

More waterdoodles

I generally have 10-20 minutes to spare in the mornings before I dash off to work, and lately I’ve been spending those minutes doing sketches in watercolor to make my daughter laugh. Here are a few!

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Fraidy Cat Garbage

Fraidy Cat Garbage

Since I am running out of money in my art supply budget all about reusing trash to reduce my carbon footprint, I am experimenting with different materials for illustration. Today I tried Painting on a brown paper bag: I love painting on neutral toned surfaces, […]

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Paper Doll Clothes for Sale

Paper Doll Clothes for Sale

In an effort to raise funds for art supplies and writing workshops, I have decided to sell my Catalogue for Paper Doll illustrations.  All items are available for purchase, so if you don’t see what you want in my etsy shop, just let me know […]

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Rainbow Girl

Rainbow Girl

My daughter, who is now 7, invented a character this summer called “Rainbow Girl.” Here is her original painting:   Naturally, I loved it. My daughter is a genius, and I just had to steal her idea and illustrate my own version of Rainbow Girl. […]

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Madeline

Madeline

I couldn’t resist illustrating Madeline from the Sketch_Dailies prompt. I adored Madeline as a child, and even today, my family says her “prayer” before eating dinner   “We love our bread, we love our butter, but most of all we love each other.”

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Action: Page turning

Action: Page turning

A page from the Kindergarten book. Here, the kids are falling all over the pages after their teacher turns the page “too fast.” I think they’ll have fun telling the teacher to turn the page more slowly, etc. Basically, kindergartners like being bossy. That’s right, […]

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