Monthly Archives: June 2013

Submitting

So, I just sent a query letter about illustrating a book about the dogwood tree. First time to submit since before my daughter was born in 1989. Wow.  The picture is  of the letters dated back then.  I have learned a lot since then.  One of which is how to write a better submissions letter and two …  NEVER GIVE UP !!

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New way of painting

So, just playing with a new way to paint with watercolors. I took a workshop from Cindy Brabec-King a few months ago. His is different than I normally paint. But I see potential.

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Just wondering …

So, I have been really studying children’s book illustrators who paint realistically. I have never felt good about what I do. But I am starting to feel good about my abilities. I don’t mean to seem like I’m bragging. If you knew me ten you would know how long I have struggled to get here.

Now that isn’t saying that there is no room for improvement because you are always learning and trying to improve.

That said. I always trying to figure out what makes an image an illustration. When looking at some I these very reputable illustrators, I just wonder what makes it an illustration vs just a piece of great art.

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Painting day

So, for months now I have been driving almost an hour and a half to paint with a group of ladies. Since I work from my home, this just gives me the opportunity to be free from the confinement of my home office. I arm myself with a bacon egg cheese biscuit and a cup of coffee. To which, I add a tiny bit I chocolate chips as my treat. I put Pandora on my radio and blast away in my little orange Volkswagen bug. The drive gives me a chance to just free my mind and sometimes focus on new things and to allow myself time with God to pray for my girls, my husband and to just thank Him for things. 🙂

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Just a test

New blog. Posting from phone for the first time.

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reposted from March 26, 2013

Not even close to being done.
Photo: Not even close to being done.

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reposted from April 24, 2013

I started this MANY years ago. Found it again. Gonna it and frame it for my mom for Mother’s Day. Along with some on the others that I have been drawing. We haven’t spoken in a while due to her husband being physically abusive to me and other things. BUT, I have been creating a lot I artwork of my brother and I just think she needs it too.
Photo: I started this MANY years ago. Found it again. Gonna it and frame it for my mom for Mother's Day. Along with some on the others that I have been drawing. We haven't spoken in a while due to her husband being physically abusive to me and other things. BUT,  I have been creating a lot I artwork of my brother and I just think she needs it too.

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June 23, 2013 · 12:27 pm