Monday, January 30, 2012

Dug Up in the Basement...

So, while cleaning up some things in the basement, I found: 1) my master's thesis and 2) the illustrations for The Famous and The Anonymous. So much excitement. I'm in the process of listing them in my art shop. Here is a sampling of what I uncovered, but keep checkin' the shop....there will be more:

Original Illustration - Movie Star from the 2004 book The Famous and The Anonymous
Illustration for "Movie Star" (2004) pen and ink, from The Famous & The Anonymous
Franklin-Atkins Jr High - Original Illustration from book The Famous and The Anonymous
Illustration for "A Sandless, Shapely Hourglass" (2004)
from The Famous& The Anonymous
Essential Wreckage - original illustration for book The Famous and The Anonymous
Illustration for Pushcart-prize nominated story, "Essential Wreckage" (2004)
featured in The Famous & The Anonymous
In the Big House - original illustration for The Famous and The Anonymous
Illustration for "In the Big House"(2004), featured in The Famous & The Anonymous
Original Book Illustration for The Famous and The Anonymous
Illustration for "S&M: The Call That Started It All" (2004), featured in The Famous & The Anonymous

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Oh, I've been a busy girl...

Now in my Etsy store are three new ink and watercolor illustrations....

"Jelly Beans!", 2012, ink and watercolor on Strathmore 400 series paper

"Roxy", 2012, ink and watercolor on strathmore 400 series watercolor paper

"Ralph, the Diva", 2012, ink on cardstock

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Calla Lily progress

Coming out of the studio next...a box covered in Calla
Lilies. Here's today's progress....

to be continued...

Sunday, January 15, 2012

From the studio this week....the finished Poppy Box

The "Poppy Box" was finished this week and is now in my Etsy Shop!

This is the first of a painted furniture series. More to come....

"Poppy Box" (acrylic on wood, with glitter and metallic acrylics, non-yellowing varnish).

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

And the RedBubble T-Shirt arrives....

"Magical Jasper" on newly arrived RedBubble T-Shirt
    So, I'm excited about the quality of the T-Shirt bearing my drawing "Magical Jasper". The print is crisp, fairly detailed, and the decal is heavy, if slightly tacky to the touch. I don't know if sticky is good or bad. I won't wash it before I wear it, though, because I've found my "Earnestly Hemming  Away" T-shirt by artist Landis Smith (it's a caricature of Papa Hemmingway sewing the hem of something frilly) is earnestly flaking away with each wash. That I'm not very happy about, and I fear what will happen to the T-shirt above after three or four washings. Michael's hybrid Mystery Machine/Star Wars mechanized thingy seems to be doing fine after an equal number of washings as my Hemmingway T-Shirt, so hopefully the flaking action is just an anomoly. We shall see.
     The "Poppybox" noted in my previous blog post will be done and ready for photographs by tomorrow. I finished the flowers, added purple glitter acrylic to the night sky, red glitter acrylic to the interior, re-attached the lefthand door, and applied a seal coat (no, not a fuzzy one; a varnish coat to 'seal' the design). Today's task, after I finish my daily quota of book reviews for my column, is to steel wool the sealing coat and then top coat it. And then, my friends, she will be ready for a photoshoot.
    What's next, you ask? So many things. I feel a table mermaid coming on, for one. I'll explain more later....

Friday, January 6, 2012

In the Studio Today: Poppy Box

This year for my part of my brother-in-law Glenn's Christmas gift, I painted a shelf with bees and poppies (since he, Michael, and I are beekeepers). I made it a manly dark blue, and it eventually became a night scene with stars and a moon (although I know that bees stick around their hive at night). Anyway, I liked the effect of the red against the indigo so much that I began working on another piece for the Etsy store. Eh, voila! "Poppy Box" (Now, the box does have two doors; I just have one off temporarily. Also, it's not done just yet--this is a progress picture...the center of each flower needs to completed).

Front, "Poppy Box" (in progress, without one door)

Back, "Poppy Box" (in progress)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Big Bad Wolf

Angry lad, this one. He's for sale on T-Shirts and Hoodies in my RedBubble store. The original drawing is available in my Etsy art store.

Savannah Schroll Guz, "The Big Bad Wolf" (2012)
ball point pen on cardstock