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.


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Chasing Away the Gray Days of Winter


Do All Things with Love

Here is a new piece to brighten up the gray skies of winter.

I brought back my blue bird from the recent letter design: B is for Bird and Birdcage to set him free so to speak with his pals. This time he is surrounded with flowers while perched on a tea cup. 

Now it is just counting the days till spring!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Review and Update: B for Birdcage


B is for Bird and Birdcage

Yep, I am at it again!

Maybe I just can't help myself.

But looking at my old design below, I just felt the need to update.


Of course on second look I thought the background needed to make a more BLUE statement.

And of course the bird needed to be more BLUE.

It needed more. Maybe more B words, so I added BLOSSOMS to the background as well as two BEETLES to add a bit more fun.

I guess this is like looking at the paint on the walls of your home. After a while you think a change of color and moving the furniture around, plus changing out the drapes gives a new look to a tired setting.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Review and Update: Looking at the Letter F


F is for Fetching Feline and Flowers

Yes, I am still in review of many of my designs, the letter F being one of them.
Below is my first stab at the letter F as a Feline that I illustrated years ago when trying to finish my first alphabet collection of illustrated letters.


Looking at the original at art fairs I have participated in for the past couple years, I kept thinking this little feline needed some sprucing up. 

The umbrella needed to go and replace it with another object that would connect with the letter F. Of course flowers came to mind. She seemed drab, even though she sported red. However red does not begin with the letter F, but fuchsia does.

Of course I went back to warm up her face enlarging the eyes and giving a bit more detail. After changing the border to be more floral, I finally thought to and a few fireflies to connect again with the letter F. I hope she is more fun and will sport more appeal.  

Sunday, January 8, 2017

R is for Robot!


R is for Robot

Here is the latest for the Letter R.  Brand spanking new for 2017.

R is for Robot, but what is his name? Rusty or Randy, Rick, or Ray? His name is the same as the color he bares which is Red as you can see. Red has a creation stamp as well as a place. Check the zip code he bares Rocky River as his place of birth. 

His friend is a Raven named Rebel who occasionally shows up on Red's Radar

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2016 Review: Updating Designs of the Past


R is for Rabbit

2016 has been a year of review of some of my earlier designs as you can see from some of my earlier posts. It comes from sitting in my tent at art festivals and watching people looking at my art.

The design below became a candidate for a softer look as well as giving the rabbit character better eye contact with the butterfly.




N is for Nessie

N for Nessie also became another candidate.



As I looked at N for Nessie, the sailboat looked a bit foreign. It was the color! Once I started, I got caught up in giving more detail to the background. It made it, in my mind, a bit more juicier.

That is the nice thing about working digitally. They are easier to fix and update.

H A P P Y   N E W   Y E A R !