Tuesday, April 12, 2011

if: Bottled (Bunnies in a bottle)

Sleeping bunnies in a bottle
like to rest and then to cuddle
after jumping and running free
in a bottle they rest and sleep.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

if: Toy :: [Tango & Teddy]

Ok, so this is a bit different from what I normally do, but that's ok, right? Tango really loves toys, and has a number of them. Sometimes we line them up for her and tell her to fetch. She always goes and smells each one, and then picks her favorite, the yellow ball. 
I started this watercolor with a pencil sketch, inspired by the art of Penelope Neal. (You should definitely check out her blog and website. She does the most beautiful sketches and paintings.) When I was done with the drawing I scanned it and printed it on watercolor paper, and then I smeared the printer ink and added black watercolor. 

Below is the original image, before I cropped it. I'm not sure which one I like better. What do you think?

Sunday, March 20, 2011

if: Cultivate (Listening)

I painted this image a few months ago and named it "Listening". When I was working on it I was thinking about cultivating deep listening, both internally and externally. It is painted on wood with acrylics and color pencils.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

if: Stir

So...here it is my latest attempt at watercolors. I find them so difficult to use and yet I love them so much! I'm thinking that I'd like to do this piece over, but the weekend is almost over and I'm away on business all week, so this is it for now. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

if: Warning

Stop right there! - this ballerina girl tells it like it is.

I had a lot of fun painting this. It actually took me three paintings to get to this final one. I started with acrylics for the background and tutu, then I switched to watercolor for the background because I was really enjoying the look of the wood and didn't want to completely cover it up. Luckily my friend Bill who is a furniture maker gave me a ton on plywood in January, so I have lots of wood to play with. Thank you, Bill!


Sunday, February 27, 2011

if: Swarm

This week at The Weekly Creature we witnessed a rare sighting...a swarm of deer bunnies flew right above us. These mythical creatures are said to feed on random thoughts, delusion, and ill will, leaving in their wake a clear blue sky. I hope they are heading your way!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

if: Sweater

This week at Illustration Friday the topic is "Sweater". So here it is our own Weekly Creature fashion show! It is a strict policy at The Weekly Creature that all sweaters must have ears and must be made of very soft material. Stay warm!

Monday, February 7, 2011

if: Reverse

Here is my interpretation of Reverse for Illustration Friday. It may not seem obvious, but I was thinking of reversing gender roles, so I drew a girl playing with a toy car and a tool box. I used to see this all the time when I taught preschool. Girls with trucks, boys dressed in princess costumes and I loved it. Everyone was totally authentic and still untouched by the pressure of gender roles. So here is a tribute to all those three year-olds who are still free!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

if: Surrender

This week's topic for Illustration Friday is Surrender, something I actually think about quite often. It is so easy to go about my day wanting something different. It would be so much easier to surrender...

Sunday, January 9, 2011

if: Deja-vu

Illustration Friday really challenged me this week with the topic Deja-vu. I had to think of how to illustrate a feeling that is by nature vague. I think for me deja-vu has to do with behavior patterns, and the feelings of familiarity that they bring. I did some reading about Deja-vu and I learned that people with epilepsy sometimes get a strong sense of Deja-vu right before a seizure.

I wonder if this bunny knows that he is in a maze? So often we wonder around in circles without noticing...


Saturday, January 1, 2011

IF: Resolutions

I don't make new year resolutions. I have a hard time sticking to my plans within one day, so I try to be present with what is actually happening in the moment.

But I really wanted to play Illustration Friday, so I thought of this baby deciding that 2011 will be the year when he/she finally reaches the door handle and goes out.

Maybe in some profound way this will also be true for me...

Happy New Year!