2.08.2013

An Unlikely Pair

Rabbit and Strawberries White Fox 

My little bunny is finished, and he has a friend (who looks too sleepy to eat him)! Today I will be working to add a mama hawk and her babies to my family of forest creatures. 

I have discovered that I enjoy drawing in pencil on creamy handmade paper, filling in the drawing with white gouache paint, and then adding some more drawing to the top of the chalky paint surface. This technique creates such a nice, soft feel as the cream color offsets the bright white and provides the perfect contrast for a bit of colorful geometric collage. I am imagining these on the wall in my girls' room--or as gifts to hang in a new baby's nursery!

Speaking of kids--do stop over at Carin's blog to read the lovely interviews (including mine) in her "Love that Arty Mama" series. Thanks, Carin, for featuring me! I always love thinking more about how my art life intersects with my life as a mama. 

15 comments:

  1. I love your little creatures - and can't wait to see your mama hawk and babies! They will be beautiful on the baby's wall!

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  2. These are so beautiful...just lovely!

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  3. I saw this sweet illustration on FaceBook this morning.
    It is wonderful!
    HAPPY PAINT PARTY FRIDAY!
    Sheri Cook

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  4. Your art is so fun, I just love the bunny. HPPF!

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  5. really sweet illustrations!! Happy PPF!

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  6. Oh so adorable and creative! Well done!

    Carol of: (A Creative Harbor)
    visiting from PPF

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  7. Both gorgeous illustrations. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  8. Beautiful, delicate, sweet designs, wonderfully done! <3

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  9. Those are so cute! I love them! Love hearing about your technique...it does make for a soft painting. :)

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  10. Of course I love the quilts they are on! Delightful!

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  11. These are so beautiful. I love white against cream...really pops and looks so fresh. Love your work! Happy PPF - janice

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  12. Great interview, and wonderful art too!! Good job!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  13. So precious...lovely illustrations! You have a wonderful style! HPPF!

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  14. Finally catching up with the rest of the blogosphere after getting the interviews sorted. Thanks again for taking part. I LOVED your interview. You are my kind of arty mama!

    These illustrations are absolutely wonderful. I have never worked with gouche, but now want to try it. The white on cream really makes it pop. Can't wait to see the mama hawk and her babies.

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