Monticello, Illinois Reds of Christmas Illustration and Postcard

The Monticello Area Arts Council commissioned an illustration and final product postcard to be used as their participant handout during the downtown area’s Reds of Christmas event on Friday, November 28, 2014. The final product I provided was a 5×7 card made from my 11×17 “Wineglass” illustration. I was very pleased with how it turned out and the Arts Council loved it.

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The Big Catch – Spring 2014

What do you get for the guy who has everything? Here’s one idea; a portrait commissioned for a friend of her husband showing off his Big Catch. This 8″x10″ watercolor on paper was painted from a photo taken over the winter in Longboat Key, Florida.  Big_catch_2014web

A new technique for me – Watercolor Pouring Technique

This week I’ve been playing with a technique that I saw in a video by Lian Quan Zhen which I love, love, loved.

Here’s a quick interpretation of this style of painting in a 4″ x 10″ Spring Leaves watercolor.

Spring Leaves, 4x10" Watercolor on paper with colored pencils

Spring Leaves, 4×10″ Watercolor on paper with colored pencils

And some quick bookmarks made from watercolor paper scraps. I got Sug to help me with this one!


Past children’s murals


I’m finally getting together the photos of some past murals. Both of these were done in 2011-2012 time frame.

A Garden Mural for a small private local school, now the building houses Out of the Blue Polish Pottery, but they kept the mural (yay!).

And this is part of an Owl Mural painted in a newborn’s bedroom.

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Dec 2013 – Cousins Portrait


Not as soft and detailed as my last portrait, but a quicker study of 3 bright and beautiful girls. Cousins, 16×20″ Pastel Pencil on paper with colored pencil accents.

Cousins, 16x20" Pastel pencil on paper with colored pencil accents.

Cousins, 16×20″ Pastel pencil on paper with colored pencil accents.


Gabby Pastel Portrait

After working on portrait after portrait during my graduate classes (gotta know how anatomy works), I was a bit burned out. However, starting back again this past year with this young beauty was a wonderful experience. Gabby, 18×24 Pastel Portrait.