Teaching New Class on Skillshare

Teaching New Class on Skillshare

Class is now LIVE! Click here to join and get two months free membership from Skillshare

Yes! You read that right. I’ll be teaching a class on Skillshare very soon. It’s called Sculpted Paper I – Creating a Basic Paper Sculpture Relief. In the class we’ll be creating a basic flower out of sculpted paper. I’ll help you choose the right paper, show you how to choose a color palette, and demonstrate a variety of techniques to give dimension to your image and watch it pop from the page. Literally!

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Follow me on Skillshare and you’ll be notified when the class goes live. Skillshare has a sweet deal right now that you get two months free when you sign up. Hopefully this will be the first of many classes. I’m always looking for ideas if you have any suggestions.

Sculpted Paper 1: Creating a Basic Sculpted Paper Relief now LIVE!!!

Sculpted Paper 1: Creating a Basic Sculpted Paper Relief now LIVE!!!

My new class, Sculpted Paper 1: Creating a Based Sculpted Paper Relief is now live on Skillshare. Click on the link and get two months free membership on them. Oh, and while you’re there, don’t forget to join my class! At least click the link. It’s free to watch the introduction.

I’d rather clean the house than tape and edit myself on video. But I did have fun preparing the title screens for each of my lessons. Here’s a peek below.

Eclipse Magazine Cover for CLICK

Eclipse Magazine Cover for CLICK

After working 18 years for the Carus/Cricket Media Group, I finally received my first cover gig! Yay! It’s for the July/August 2017 cover for CLICK magazine.

Eclipse Watching

Eclipse Cover Process

Here’s a little walk-through of how I created it. I usually start by bringing the layout provided into Photoshop. They wanted a variety of people and families viewing the eclipse – safely, of course – some close-up, some a little further away. I sketch my different elements separately and arrange them on the layout in Photoshop. When I think it’s good, I email the sketch to the client. Sometimes they want lots of changes, sometimes only a few. Then I print out my sketch to my working size, usually 125%.

By the way, I always leave a generous bleed around my images, typically one inch all around. It gives the client more flexability on how they use the image. In this case I couldn’t stand cutting people off at the ankles so I went a little further and added feet.

From there I start working on the individual components, including the background.

Every assignment presents its own challenge. For this one, the client wanted to be sure I caught the characteristics of the eclipse’s corona and sun flares, particularly the fuzzy and random aspect of them. While I could have cut those shapes out, they would have had a hard edge. I talked to my art director about how best to do that. I briefly thought about inserting little LED lights behind the black shape – I had done something similar before – but quickly put that idea on the back burner as it would require the expertise of my husband, who I already burden with too many other requests. No, I had to rely on myself and my burgeoning stash of paper.

Crafters, particularly quilters, will understand the theory of saving something because ‘you might find a use for it someday’. Way deep in a little used drawer of exotic papers I found my answer. Not only did I find a couple sheets of white rice paper but also this wonderful red orange paper with thick fibers.

I started by tracing the correct size circle on the backside. Then I went over the line with a brush and water, continuing the process until the water soaked through. Then I pulled and teased the excess paper away from the circle leaving a beautiful fuzzy edge. The thick red paper was harder to rip away but that was good. The thick fibers left would be perfect for the sun flares.

With the last of my elements completely, I glued it together and brought it to the photographer.

The first photo is how it was photographed with the color bars for color correcting. Notice the blue lines I added in Photoshop. This is how it was supposed to be cropped according to the sketch I had submitted. The second photo is the cropped image. If you look at the final cover though, they panned out and used some of my bleed. It gave them more room to add their little characters that run throughout the whole magazine. I like how they added the drop shadow to make them look like they belonged.

CATS in HATS Exhibits

CATS in HATS Exhibits

Cats in Hats Exhibits

Recently I was honored to be included in an exhibit celebrating the forthcoming  Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum. It was held at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, part of the Springfield Museums.

From there the exhibit moved on to the R. Michelson Gallery in Northampton, MA. where my art shared wall space with the likes of Jerry and Brian Pinkney, Mo Willems, Ruth Sanderson, Dr. Seuss and so many other great arists.

And, as if that wasn’t enough, my Go, Cat. Go! piece won the Award for Creative Excellence in Illustration at New Hampshire Creative Club’s 29th Annual Show! Woohoo! Here are my two pieces that were included in all the exhibits:611a6536

Go, Cat. Go!

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I was not read to as a child because my mother hated to read. But she did the next best thing. In kindergarten she signed me up for the Dr. Seuss Book Club. I so looked forward to those two books that arrived in the mail every month. One of my favorites was Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman. This is my tribute to P.D. Eastman, and Dr. Seuss and his wonderful book club that gave me so many happy memories as a child. I still have every one of my Dr. Seuss book club books and hope to share them with grandchildren one day.d16c6dd0The Great Catsby

14x20x2 in

I’ve always loved the poem “The Song of the Jellicles” by T. S. Elliot:

Jellicle Cats come out to-night
Jellicle Cats come one come all:
The Jellicle Moon is shining bright –
Jellicles come to the Jellicle Ball.

I picture this ball taking place amidst the glitz and glam of the 1920’s. And who is more quintessential to the 20’s than Gatsby. In my art, I imagine the Great Catsby attending the Jellicle Ball.

To read more about each exhibit, click the link below.

October 4, 2016–April 30, 2017
D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts

June 2017
R. Michelson Galleries

June 2017
New Hampshire Creative Club

Watercolor Wednesday

Pheasant, Watercolor on Yupo paper

Pheasant, Watercolor on Yupo paper

This is a project I started years ago and finally picked up again. As I mention often, I am trying to loosen up with my painting and Yupo paper is the perfect thing to do that with. Since it’s technically not paper, but rather a sheet of plastic, it’s impossible to get the paint to stay where you want it. Or to even stick at times. It definitely requires a lot patience for it to dry between sessions but oh so worth it. I love the results and hope to play around more with it.

Watercolor Wednesday

IMG_4300I recently spent three weeks in Seattle dog-sitting for my son. I wisely brought my watercolors with me. One of the highlights of my occasional trips to Seattle is a visit to Pike Place Market. It’ such a feast for the eyes (but hard on the nose.) This time I was able to wander at will, without certain male family members whining about the shops I wanted to visit. I also treated myself to an inexpensive bouquet of flowers.

Pike Place FlowersHere it is. Ten bucks! It made an inspiring subject, except it took me a few days to get to it, and it wilted some. No worries. I did my sketch in brown colored pencil which helped cut back on pencil smear. And because it’s brown it melds into the background so a win/win as far as I’m concerned.

100 Day Project – Hand Lettering – Week 4

Here’s my week 4 roundup. I joined a couple lettering challenges for August in which the illustrator in me couldn’t resist illustrating as well as lettering. I’m not sure what I was thinking signing up for two! You can follow my journey on Twitter or Instagram @sculptedpaper, or check my weekly roundup here.

100 Day Project – Hand Lettering – Week 3

I’m a little late with my week 3 contributions to my 100 day challenge of hand lettering but here they are. You can follow my journey on Twitter or Instagram @sculptedpaper, or check my weekly roundup here.

Watercolor Wednesday

Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier

This is a photo of Mt. Rainier I took last November while visiting my oldest son in Seattle. Having driven up Mt. Washington before, it took a little convincing from my sister-in-law before I would attempt such foolishness again. The roads up Mt. Washington are steep and narrow with no guard rails. When you reach the summit, you’re faced with a placard of how many deaths have occurred on the mountain, many by cars going off the road. So yeah, not a fan of the idea. But the roads up Mt. Rainier were less stressful, and we had a wonderful day.

Mt. Rainier Watercolor

Mt. Rainier Watercolor

Here’s what I did in watercolor class with this image. Still working on trying to keep things fresh and not overdone.

Watercolor Wednesday

Maine Lighthouse

Maine Lighthouse

My youngest son is an up-and-coming photographer and will be attending photography school in the fall. You can see more of his work here.

In his quest to fill his portfolio, we’ve been going on day trips to beautiful locations across New England. One day found us scouring the Maine coastline for lighthouses. I can’t remember the name for this one but I’m sure my Maine friends will enlighten me. This is my photo, not his, and it seemed like a natural for watercolor class.

Maine Lighthouse Watercolor

Maine Lighthouse Watercolor

Here are my results. Again I struggled with being a control freak. It took all my powers of self-persuasion to not go back in and overwork the sky and water. Those were done in one shot. Not so with the rest, but I at least think I captured a good sense of light.