It was 20 years ago that I began freelancing as a children's illustrator.
Big company picnic. I gave a toast; I listened. I threw the frisbee; I caught it. Was really a team-building experience between me & me. So, all told: a success!
I DID bake a cake to celebrate -- wouldn't've seemed right to not in some way pay tribute to the many things learned during these past 2 decades. Much for which to be grateful; much for which to feel proud.
You know the saying, "Beautiful girls want to be told they're smart, and smart girls want to be told they're beautiful" ? Well, that's why the title of this painting ISN'T "Smart Girl".
This painting reminds me of a vodka ad because of the white on red strip of type that's part of the background, a la Smirnoff. Here's a bonus for me: my favorite #, 24, is a part of her blouse. I must've done something right in my life for that to happen.
Photographing a miniature with its real life counterpart. I played the alto sax you see here from the 6th to the 8th grade, which is when I switched to the tenor sax. Because we want the short kid to play the big instrument. And then we want her to march with it. Because that will amuse us.
BTW, the miniature sax does not make sense, particularly in the bell area.
I started the hair off by fabric gluing on rust-colored roving, then needle-felting that into the overall shape. I thought that was going to be the complete 'look' after a night's worth of work. But the next morning, the hair just looked like a hat. You know how when some people dye their own hair, and it's just ONE shade, with light unable to bounce off of it, and it looks like a bad Halloween wig? Well, that's kinda how this looked, so I knew I had to add other colors to emulate real hair.
I did this by unraveling and pulling apart some variegated yarn, and needle-felting those pieces in. Took lots of time, because I was kinda making it up as I went along, but like the results of a Victorian/Edwardian hairdo with pink in the mix.
Above: same yarn! Now everything I make can live in harmony.
The background for this painting is a B&W page from the phone book that had some blocks of yellow advertisements, hence the final color scheme. Did a wash of metallic silver acrylic on the prepped canvas, and a little of this shininess comes through in real life.
Today @ the flea market, I only had $6.75 on me. I spent $6.50, so the quarter being used as a size reference is all that's left of my loot.
Boy-oh-boy did I get some GREAT things!
The candelabra & the iron (above), each $1.
This ship-in-a-case was the most expensive item I purchased today @ $3. The guy wouldn't come down in price, and I hemmed & hawed but decided that all my nautical characters NEEDED this as part of their furnishings.
Got my mosquito phlebotomist puppet a Red Cross STICK (har-har) pin for 50¢. She'll probably have to share with my vampire puppets around Halloween.
BEYOND ECSTATIC about the deal I got for the G.I. Joe stuff (above) -- $1 for everything!!! I would have paid that for the goggles alone. The seller said, "We don't know from G.I. Joe stuff", but lemme tell you: it can fetch way more than that.
(The comment, "This stuff is too big for you", was made by a vendor who knows my penchant for miniatures, when he saw me digging through one of his boxes.)