My Illustration Friday submission for the word SUSPENSE...turns out I had documented a little in my sketchbook this morning.
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 Word: CANNED
Have not particpated in IF for weeks..months! I drew this in my sketchbook, scanned and added some digital baby blue. Another fun way to productively procrastinate!
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.
Illustration Friday Word of the Week: CHOOSE
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!
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 = Citrus
A few years back I painted this fiberglass chair, "California Dogs" for the opening of The Dogs Gallery, the chair featured thematic canine scenes from all around the state - the seat is a pup snoozing in an orange grove. This chair was auctioned off for charity - the proceeds split between The Brittany Foundation and L.i.f.e. Animal Rescue. I also painted a chair titled "Izzy in L.A." - my beloved muse in Tinseltown.
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 = Wind
i paged through a few old sketchbooks and found these wind related drawings. Growing up, my family loved storms and we would all go out into the windy backyard to welcome them...i still do.
Illustration Friday Theme = Change
I recently celebrated my 16 year anniversary of moving to Chicago, quite a long time for someone who had only planned to stay a year or two. I commemorated by drawing all the places I have lived in my sketchbook...and tomorrow the change continues as we close on a new house in a new neighborhood. I never thought we'd leave this one but I guess it's true that the only thing that you can count on is change... so I will cherish the memories and wonderful things that have happened here and look forward to wonderful new adventures on Washtenaw.
Illustration Friday theme = Farm
As much as I love urban landscapes I have an equal love for rural landscapes. I have a lot of images that fit this topic, but this one came to mind first...it was inspired by the crazy drive I took to a show at an art fair called "Art in the Barn" - we set up our displays in the barns on the grounds of Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington. I also have many farm related images from the work I did in 2003 during "The Fields Project" an incredible experience.
Illustration Friday Theme = Safe
Earlier this summer we discovered a bird in our house, it was so frightened. I had to catch it (with very little help from Rich!) and release it back to the safety of the outdoors. This is a digitally colored drawing from my sketchbook.
Illustration Friday Topic = Feet
This is a detail shot from a painting I created based on my poem about our very inspirational dog - IZzy - the line reads "My dog's name is Izzy and she's really neat, she chases frisbee and walks on four feet..." click and scroll down to See IZzy, the full painting and read the poem...
Illustration Friday Topic = Song
This is my sketchbook entry from September 12, 2003, the day Johnny Cash died. My Dad always used to sing and play his songs on the guitar, I remember the night my parents went to see his concert at the Mary E Sawyer Auditorium in LaCrosse, WI, I was too young to go...wish I had gone as an adult as I also love the songs he recorded in his later years.
Illustration Friday topic = Glamour
For a gal with very LARGE feet...cute shoes and
cool boots in my size are hard to come by.
It doesn't help that I insist on wearing
only comfortable shoes. My tall black boots
- however low-heeled - are one of my more glamourous
accessories. They bring back memories of the very fancy tall
white vinyl boots I had as a kid back in the 70's.
Illustration Friday topic = "E is for..."
Erica...a great friend and a great artist.
This is from a series of partial blind contour drawings I
did of her a few years ago at an art retreat up in Wisconsin.
I just added some color digitally today...they had the neatest striped couch.
Illustration Friday theme for this week = SEA
Bodies of water often appear in my sketchbook entries.
I liked this one because I was swimming with the fish...
which I did in a dream once, I could breath under water;
it was very cool.