Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me =)

It was my birthday last week and I received two beautifully illustrated fairytale treasuries from some people who know me pretty well ;) I also gave myself a bunch of wool felt (I love to make it myself with natual dyes, but there hasn't been enough time for that lately and I am very excited about having a palette of felt to work with, I am a painter, after all!) and some lovely cotton velour. Also pictured are the two books I am reading from the library: one about Waldorf education and one with the illustrations of Carl Larsson, who is amazing!

The first thing I made is this bunting doll for my little girl, who hates to sleep alone in her crib - I hope this will comfort her a bit. The pattern came from the book Making Dolls.
Here she is pictured on the gorgeous baby quilt that one of my best friends made for us.

We went out for a nice Italian dinner the night before (I studied in Italy, so the cooking is close to my heart). Then, I took almost the whole day to be outside in the garden, pick raspberries and make sketches for the children's book I am working on. Here is my 'workspace' and my depiction of the raspberry patch.

What a great day! Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Alice Teaser

In anticipation of the Alice and Wonderland blog event, I've done a watercolor study of the character as I see her in my mind's eye...
I had alot of fun painting her =) She is for sale in my Etsy shop as an original, and will soon be available as a print as well (as soon as my Dick Blick order for fancy-art printer paper arrives!)

Just for fun, here are a few classic illustrations that shaped the way we imagine Alice.
 Arthur Rackham

John Tenniel


Alice Liddel (photo by Lewis Carrol)