Monday, December 10, 2012
It was snowing like crazy when I snapped this photo, but you can't see the flakes. My backyard gate has a quilt of wet snow covering it. Just in time for the holidays, we got plastered with a storm that left between 10 to 15 inches of snow in Minneapolis, depending what part of the state you live. It started around eight o'clock on Friday night, and snowed steadily for almost 24 hours straight! Over a thousand cars slid off the roads throughout the day, and the usual fender benders occurred. I was so happy I didn't need to leave the house yesterday. I am not so happy today because I DO have to leave the house. SHOVEL SHOVEL SHOVEL!
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
|Catalog Cover (rough layout)|
|PAGE 6 sketch|
|Page 6 mock-up|
Now that we are through digesting the turkey, the December holidays are fast approaching. I decided that I would get a jump on my usual New Year's resolution to clean up my act, and began sorting through old papers, sketches and the general collection of ad layouts that I keep until I'm sure I won't be needing them anymore. I guess I can throw out this 2005 layout for a catalog I did for a very familiar company headquartered here in Minneapolis. After 8 years, I suppose they won't be needing any revisions - hah! These sketches were for a Christmas catalog advertising toys, and I (and many other artists) contributed the preliminary black & white sketches for product placement purposes. I absolutely love sketching kids. The world needs more cute! So this assignment was my cup of tea! This is page 6, and I'll be showing you some additional pages in the next posts.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
I hope you all had a lovely day and gave thanks, no matter what your situation. It's a day of relaxation and a time to embrace your relatives, friends and other blessings! I'd love to credit the photographer of this photo but it was forwarded to me in an email without a credit.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Peace and love, who could ask for more?
Well, OK, I'll ask for a little more. Come visit me during the big Art Attack Open Studios event! The festival starts this coming Friday and proceeds right through Sunday. My building will be open to the public, and since there are over 250 artists, you can spend all weekend immersed in a wide variety of arts and crafts on display! Free parking, food trucks, who could ask for more?
Well, OK, I'll ask for more - how about a little Peace and Love!
Friday, November 2 – 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 3 – Noon to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 4 – Noon to 5:00 p.m.
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Friday, October 19, 2012
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Monday, October 1, 2012
Autumn is one of the most spectacular seasons for color in the Midwest. I remember planting this tall grass "Miscanthus" in the spring when I first moved into my house 15 years ago. It was a plug of dirt with a tiny 4 inch wisp of grass. "Don't plant it too early", said the garden center expert, "it hates the cold and is slow to root." Well, it has certainly adapted and thrived, and I love the variety of color it provides. It stays this color all winter long, and if a blizzard buries it under a blanket of snow, the plumes will struggle until they stand upright again. A little weird if you ask me, but you gotta love a plant with such spirit! The pink sedum attracts bees and butterflies, and it's one of my favorite varieties of plants.
Friday, September 28, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012
Remember this Mod Fashionista that I created a while back?
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
Friday, September 7, 2012
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012
The sixties were a time of bright colors and artwork on fabric, like this Yves St. Lauren's classic Mondrian-inspired dress. Years ago, I purchased a reproduction of this dress at Target. I wish I still had it. More than that, I wish I still had the figure to wear it!
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Before you leave, check out the JC Penney catalog photo again. What the heck is that object in the lower right hand corner? A flying saucer? A slow cooker? And who let that pigeon into the shoot? Are they standing in mud? Quite the photo!
Monday, August 6, 2012
A few more sketches of our fine feathered friends - a cardinal, a wren, and a finch. I love the sound of wrens in my backyard since they remind me of my grandmother. She used to love wrens and would imitate their noisy chittering songs, making all her grandchildren giggle.
Saturday, August 4, 2012
I'm working on a project that has taken a turn in a new direction, so these drawings that I created will no longer be used. That's OK - now I can show them to you! They are rough sketches. I will show you the new and improved versions when the project is completed and posted.
Meet Mr. Owl, Ms. Hummingbird, and Senior Blackbird.
Friday, July 20, 2012
When I learned that the theme for this week's Illustration Friday submission was "Carry", this collage that I created several years ago came to mind immediately. ee cumming's beautiful poem can be read in its entirety on my collage blog (along with another version of the image) here. It is entitled "i carry your heart with me".
Thursday, July 19, 2012
|This pose was very popular, very lungy.....|
|Gotta love that girl in the green - what's with the hand?|
|And here I am, in the early seventies, still in my Mod phase. I think I was standing in a parking ramp. I was in love with these bell bottoms, wore them everywhere!|
I know, I know, you're saying, where have I been? I've been working really hard on several illustration projects, one of which being a depiction of two performing musicians in 1960's attire. I will post the results in a bit, once the images have posted to their website. In the meantime, you might enjoy a trip to the past, when orange was orange and pants were wider than a six lane freeway and models were contortionists. In my research, I had a lot of fun going through my 1968 J.C. Penney's catalog, and thought you might enjoy some of the pages, too.