It's been a year or more, since I've submitted to this nifty illustration site...hope to do it more in 2012! Visit Illustration Friday to see a plethora of other images translated from the word GROUNDED. This 4x4 Block is a mixed media piece: pencil, sharpie & acrylics on poplar...and it can be yours for only $32!
Illustration Friday = Homage I did this blind contour drawing of my friend Lois Keller back in 2002. We were on an art retreat with Rachel & Erica...Lois was pregnant with her first baby, Sunny. She slept a lot that weekend! This drawing reminded me a little bit of Picasso's line drawings...the toe, anyways.
Back in November we went mattress shopping for a King Size Bed...it was not as hard to CHOOSE as we thought it would be. It was a very Goldilocks-like experience. We used Yelp.com to find the the stores with the best deals, and we did!
We had been wanting a king bed since adopting Alice back in 2004 so there was room for everyone....of course now that we have it: Izzy refuses to join us...she is so stubborn in her old age!
PS...This image is a scanned page from my sketchbook that I inverted with Photoshop.
Illustration Friday Word = OPEN On this day recorded in my sketchbook, I OPENed myself up to try new things... and by posting it here, I leave myself open for possible ridicule...go ahead laugh, or send me your inquiries!
Illustration Friday Theme = EMERGENCY Today I digitally colored this drawing from my sketchbook created on August 15, 2001-I guess it's fitting that it's August 15th today as well. There was a fire in our neighborhood, a little girl went racing down our street on her bike yelling "Fire Fire Everywhere - Armitage & Milwaukee!" of course we had to go check it out,we met lots of other interesting late night spectators...lots of dogs too. There was not 'fire, fire everywhere' - just one building, but fairly large and the intersection of Western, Milwaukee and Armitage was blocked off so it was a big deal.
Illustration Friday Theme = Moon This is one of my "Night Flyer" paintings,inspired by dreams of flying. Have not done one of these in a while, not since moving from Bucktown, where the neighborhood and architecture also inspired these images. It's also been quite some time since I've had a flying dream - they are amazing. The last one that I can remember, I was flying around inside a room and could use my feet to springboard off the walls and sail into the air bouncing off the other walls. I would still love to do an illustrated book of people's flying dreams some day. I have submissions from dreamers in many locations including Australia. My favorite was from a local Chicagoan who told me that when she flew she had to watch out for power lines - then went on to share that she worked for ComEd for 20 years!
Illustration Friday Theme = Suit This was a page from my sketch book last year - I like to do a little visual wardrobe planning (or wishing) before I take a trip. I think I was mentally 'suit-ing' up for my trip to New York for the 2006 Licensing Show. Sadly, I don't wear the cute fancy high heel shoes or the pointy ones, I have very large, serious feet that insist on practical, comfortable footwear!
Illustration Friday Theme = Cars Only one car here, but if you count the one I was riding in...carS works. I drew this on a drive up to Wisconsin for Labor Day weekend last year. Clouds, trees, silos, signs, cars, water tower, road - I'm a much happier passenger than driver, I like to look out the window and daydream.
Illustration Friday Theme = Green I created this painting a few years back after a dream in which I was back home in Wisconsin (where I grew up) driving on
beautiful hilly country back roads, the sunlight was streaming through
the trees making everything a golden green. It was perfect, until the road I was driving on went completely vertical on me...at which point, terrified, I woke up!
Illustration Friday Topic = 80's Now my age is showing...before we moved last fall I found this oil pastel drawing I did from Rocky III back in high school (probably in 84). Ironically the Rocky Balboa sequel just came out in December. It was the largest drawing I had ever attempted, I used the grid method to blow it up from a small magazine image...tedious work, I doubt I would have the patience for that method today.
Illustration Friday Theme = BUZZ I was paging through old sketchbooks and found this drawing from the day after Christmas 2002 - I had received a Sonicare toothbrush as a gift ...it was very BUZZeee on my teeth.