Go Ahead… Make My Day!

The lovely Aspa at CAROUSEL on the hill has honored me with the “You Make My Day” award. Thank you so much Aspa! I really enjoy her blog and unique illustration style. It’s great fun to find so many talented artists day after day. I would also like to award five other artists that make my day.

Here is how it works:
1. Write a post with links to 5 blogs that make me think and/or make my day.
2. Acknowledge the post of the award giver.
3. Display the “You Make my Day Award” logo with a link to the post that I wrote. (Optional)
4. Tell the award winners that they have won by commenting on their blogs with the news.

These fine artists make my day:

Kathy Weller
Leanne Wildermuth
Debbie Egizio
Gisele Jaquenod
Sketched Out

Tales & Legends: Sir Foster & Lady Nelaine

Sir Foster, one of the great heroes in the Arthurian legend, left his castle in Cardueil, with only a sword, lance and shield. Travelling through the forest, he soon became lost when the light began to fade. In the clearing near the road, he noticed a beautiful maiden. He exchanged greetings with Lady Nelaine, who offered him the hospitality of her castle if he would accompany her through the woods in the darkness.

This is a commissioned illustration done in Adobe Photoshop. You can see the original sketches below that were done with pencil, ink, and copic markers in the ruled Moleskine.

Sir Foster

Illustration Friday: Tales and Legends

The legend of Mount Rushmore says that Gutzon Borglum worked by himself to carve the faces of four American presidents. Rushmore’s creator, was indeed a noted sculptor, but he did not work alone: a large crew of artisans did the actual face carving, working from a model Borglum created.

Here’s another tall tale. According to the Chuck Norris fact generator, they wanted to put Chuck Norris on Mt. Rushmore, but the granite wasn’t tough enough for his beard. hee! hee!

Illustration Friday: Tales and Legends

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Sweet Emma

I am very honored to own an artwork from Studio Lolo. Just look at sweet little Emma on this colorful ATC card Laurel sent to me! Laurel is the bestest blogger buddy anyone could ask for. If she isn’t your best friend yet, she will be! Don’t forget tell her how awesome she is next time you visit her site. Love, love, love my Emma painting! Thank you Laurel.

Antique Optical Lens – Gilleaindreas

I made another one of my illustrations called “Gilleaindreas” into a necklace on etsy. This is a vintage optical lens from an old optometrist’s trial lens sets, circa early 1900’s. The lens is gold rimmed. The illustration is printed on archival paper and then protected on the back by a durable glass-like resin to create a hard lustrous finish. Comes with a leather cord and is finished with a silver lobster claw clasp. Dimensions: approximately 16″ long.

Optical Lens - Gilleaindreas

Illustration Friday: Plain

The name Blair signifies “a cleared plain”. There is a small village called the Blair near Lochard in Fifeshire, Scotland. It signifies a spot where a battle was fought between the Romans and the Caledonians, A.D. 83. This is a plain pencil sketch in a ruled Moleskine.

Illustration Friday: Plain

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Illustration Friday: Stitch

This acrylic painting is a visual expression of my musical experience of the “Rite of Spring”. Synesthesia is a dual sensory experience. An impact on one of the senses causes a simultaneous response from another sense, as a visual response from a sound. Color and tone are the essence of painting as pitch and rhythm are of music. I stitched this musical painting together using four hot press boards under a black matte board.

The “Rite of Spring” by Igor Stravinksy is a series of episodes depicting a wild pagan spring ritual. Wise elders are seated in a circle and are observing the dance before the death of the girl whom they are offering as a sacrifice to the god of Spring in order to gain his benevolence.

Illustration Friday: Stitch

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Moleskine: Dimestore Kiddie Ride

Everybody has been calling me “Old Lady Coles” for the past few days. So, I felt kinda crotchety yesterday. Anyway, I’m back to post something a little more friendly from my Moleskine notebook to balance out yesterday’s rant.


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Illustration Friday: 100%

Ailbhe, in Gaelic, means “white” or “brightness”. In my mind, it’s the perfect name for a girl who didn’t make it to 100% opacity in Photoshop. I combined an old painting of mine and a Moleskine pencil and Copic marker sketch to create a brand new illustration.

A Very Happy New Year!

It’s been an amazing year. I imagine that 2008 will be even better! Thank you all for reading, linking and commenting over the past year. It’s somewhat of a cliché, but this blog has changed the way I express ideas. Your input is invaluable to me.

Sully says “hi”!

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