Sunday, August 27, 2017

B is for Beagle


B is for Beagle

Coming up with ideas for the letter B is a tough one. What works to make that shape?

I also get many requests for dog illustrations. 

So I stepped up to the plate to give it a try. 

Here is B is for Beagle, Balloon, Ball, and of course Bird too!


Below are other letters I have done that feature dogs.

A is for Airedale


D is for Dalmatian

Who knows? Maybe I am on to something!



Saturday, August 19, 2017

Bird Song


Bird Song

Sometimes I get inspired by a quote or verse that I like as opposed to coming up with another illustrated letter. 

This time I got inspired with a spiritual verse.  
I must confess, I like it as a pillow too!

You can find this on Fine Art America.


Monday, July 31, 2017

H is for Hummingbird


H is for Hummingbird

Wahoo! A new letter H!

H is for Hummingbird and Hyacinth too!

Have to say, I had to strain my brain on this one!

The newly created design is available as a pillow and more on Fine Art America.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

N is for Neptune - Update


N is for Neptune

Yep, I am at it again.

I looked at a design I did a while ago, as shown below, and it did not look quite finished. 


It did not quite pull together for me.

I guess that what happens when you gaze at one's creations while sitting in a tent while doing an art festival. We become our own critic. So I set about to add a bit more drama as well as pull the color story together a bit more.

It will be interesting to see if this one will get a better response with it's new update.





Thursday, July 20, 2017

M is for Monkeys


M is for Monkeys

Here is my new creation that I added to my letter M collection and for all letter M fans.

M is for Monkeys and Melon too! 
Inspired by the fun of Summer and monkeying around.

Below are some Letter M's I have created in the past.


M is for Mountains, Moose, and Moon



M is for Mermaids



M is for Mustache


Have a MARVELOUS day!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Restyle! The Letter S


S is for Seal and Starfish

Part of my job in my career as a greeting card designer was to give fresh looks to older designs that still had good bones. It was to give new life or a second wind as well as increase sales. Not unlike rearranging the furniture and painting the walls of one's living room to give it a new spirit.

So while looking at my art on the walls of my tent during art festival season, the older design below became a candidate for a restyle.


While I still carry this version on Fine Art America, I thought to produce another with a different color look.

Now I also offer this cute seal as a cute summer T-shirt.


Whether a seal fan or the letter S fan, or just love the sea, this seal is a real cutie for all that need a little fun in life. 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Review and Redesign: Flowers in a Teapot


Flowers from the Garden:
Flowers in Teapot with Bird

Yes, I am at it again.

When staring at my artwork on the walls of my tent in summer art festivals, I start to think this one or that design look better. I start redesigning them in my head. 

Below is the original.


Originally, I wanted to add a bird, but I never did. I just was not quite happy with it as it felt not quite finished. Although I have sold one, I am not sure many are wowed by it.

So the structure was there, it just needed tweaks and come color change. 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

T is for Train and Train Trestle


T is for Train and Train Trestle

I listen to potential clients. 

TRAINS. I heard it more than once.

So here is a new letter T that features a Train that hopefully appeals to those who have sons and grandsons that love trains and whose name begins with the letter T. 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Evolving Design


P is for Pretty Poppy

When sitting in a tent at an art festival selling my art, my art falls under my ever critical eye. This design has now gone under a second change. It was like I had not finished the first revision.

As you can see below I had changed color of the back ground and revised the poppy, 
but it stopped there. 


The butterfly and the background pattern stayed pretty much the same from the original.


The middle piece was only a transitional piece. It still needed to finish evolving to its new look as I stared at it in the tent. I hope for now that it is done. But who knows. Maybe a year from now, you will see yet another new version. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

I is for Ice Cream Cone


I is for Ice Cream Cone

A while ago, I was talking with a friend whose son's name began with the letter I. Most of my letter I designs are not exactly designed with kids in mind. So finally I got going on the project, and here it is... especially for all the hot whether we have been having this June!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Z is for Zeppelin


Z is for Zeppelin

The letter Z is not easy.  
Not to many images come to mind. 
I already illustrated a Z for Zebra. 
Zipper did not seem to have much "zip" for me, and then I finally thought of Zeppelin!

Of course the Zeppelins have to have names...Zig and Zag, because when you think of it, the letter Z is one big zig zag!


And it makes a great pillow!

Check it out on my Fine Art America page!

Friday, May 12, 2017

P is for Peacock


P is for Peacock

I just did a show where someone asked if I had a P for Peacock. Sadly I did not.  
So here it is upon request! 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Tea for Two Revisited


Tea for Two

Artists do spring cleaning to their artwork sometimes.

Maybe it is that need to re-arrange the furniture, but some illustrations, I feel, need a bit of sprucing up or a bit of an update.

Below is the original.


This was from my days of mix media and collage techniques.

Again, any thoughts, please add to comments below.

The new version is available as prints or even as pillows as shown above on Fine Art America.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Flower Love


The Good News

The sun is out after a late spring snow. Fortunately the snow did not stick. The spring flowers are working their way out to the promise of warmer weather today.

The older I get the more I love flowers. They are the sunshine for the soul. 

I thought to revisit an early concept of flowers popping out of an envelope. This time I while designing this illustration I gave it the color pop of spring's glory. 

I miss the days of when people actually sent letters and cards bearing good news. Today, where most mail is junk and bills, those bright spots of cheer that old fashion correspondence brought are truly missed. 

Below you can find this illustration not only in framable prints, but on other items as well on my Fine Art America site.




Or click on any of the product pictures above to take you to the site.



Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Review and Fix



Life is a Bowl of Cherries

I have noticed  when looking at my work at an art festival that I'm doing, I start to pick apart my artwork. I start to think...could I have done this better...would changing a color make it better...and so on.


Believe it or not, the green stems on the original kept bothering me. They seemed out of place.
But then of course I started changing and spiffing up a few other things.

Let me know what you think.


Friday, March 31, 2017

Review and Update: G is for Goose and Grasshopper


G is for Goose and Grasshopper

It must be the spring cleaning urge...the urge to not only to clean, but re-arrange the furniture, paint a room, change and shake up the decor a bit...only I have been doing this to my artwork as well. 

Home decor has been featuring many hues of gray. When reviewing the original below, I though gray would be good for an update. By adding some more flowers as well as adding soft pastels, it gives my illustration a whole new look. 



I am always curious as to how these changes will be received. 
Your comments are welcome!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Update and Improve


A is for Airedale

Years ago, A is for Airedale was my first illustration for the letter A as it is seen below.


It has been a good seller, but I thought to spice it up with another A word adding an argyle pattern to the background which I thought would give it a little bit of freshness.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

New Letter K!


K is for Kayak and Kittiwake

The letter K is not easy letter shape that lends itself as an idea for an illustration. But then I thought of Kayak with its oars, and a newly illustrated K became a reality.

I  discovered, to my welcomed surprise, that there is a seabird that looks much like a gull called a Kittiwake that would be a nice addition to creating this illustration. 




Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Where Flowers Bloom


Where Flowers Bloom

Winter is having its last hurrah during this month of March. So tired of gray skies and snow. 
But this is what March does. It bounces back and forth between Winter and Spring. 

So while looking in my sketch book where I also jot a few quotes, I came across this notation about hope. The sketch finally became the illustration you see here.

My hope is that Winter does not linger after Spring officially debuts on the 20th of this month.
It will be nice to see flowers bloom again.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

A is for Arbor and Apples


A is for Arbor and Apples

It must be the onset of Spring and the urge for spring cleaning.

While reviewing pieces for upcoming shows this spring, I took a second look at A is for Arbor as shown below.


I have sold only one of these prints. 

Again, it became a target for a redo. You can still find this one on my site on Fine Art America.
Still I decided to come up with an alternative as shown adding apples to tie into the letter A.

Comments are welcome. Let me know what you think.

Friday, March 3, 2017

G is for Giraffe


G is for Giraffe

G is for Giraffe is the newest addition to my collection of illustrated letters that I have created. 

For a couple of years, while doing art festivals, I have listened to people who are looking for a giraffe. They are still quite popular! 

I finally came up with one that I liked that will also read as the letter G. 
Let me know what you think.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

L is for Lemur and Lark


L is for Lemur and Lark

L lends it self to many images as opposed to the letter I.

This time it is a fun image of a lemur and his lark buddy. So here is Lamar Lemur and Lucius Lark in their debut with lucky ladybugs of course! 

Monday, February 6, 2017

J is for Jar of Jonquils


J is for Jar of Jonquils

In puzzling about the letter J, I decided this time to take a different approach.

Rather than using the shape and subject to create a letter J, the J is rather apparent in this design. That being said, there are many things in this design that begin with the letter J. 

You may see more, but here is my list: jar, jug, jonquils, jasmine tea as well as linear subtle jasmine pattern in the background, juniper, jack rabbit on the jug with a border made out of J's, and of course the use of Jade green. 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Review and Update



Reflections of a Promise

Yes, I am at it again. While creating a new piece which I will post tomorrow, I pulled up the original as you see below.


Again, this one has not sold.

Maybe it was all that brown. Certainly as I viewed it with the gray skies of a February winter, the brown left me cold. Spring color is what it needed, and that is what I gave it!
That and a little love!


Monday, January 30, 2017

Find Joy in the Journey


Joy in the Journey

I have been sketching this bear for a while. 

Not sure why. 

Then I came across some words: find joy in the journey. They went together! 

It is not that all illustrations need copy. but it was a nice fit.