Monday, May 30, 2011

Illustration Friday - Asleep

Isn't it such bliss when your little one falls asleep in your arms?  

I just loved when my children were babies and would be so warm and snuggly in my arms, then they'd fall asleep. Each one of my children were very different.  My oldest cried ALL of the time, nothing seemed to soothe him.  My second slept for three straight months (practically), then hasn't really slept much since! My third and fourth have always been great sleepers (so far)...for naps and at night....thank goodness!  My favorite thing, though, for all of my children was feeding them then rocking them to sleep...even if it was the middle of the night, when it was just me and the baby in a quiet was pure bliss!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Illustration Friday - Soaked

   Someone is about to get soaked!

Okay, okay, so maybe this is cheating a little, BUT, it is week #2 of my own "Trying Something New Challenge"!  So last week I tried a bit of looseness in my watercolor.  And this week I thought I would try to do an illustration in acrylics.  So, I wanted to do an illustration that was simple to try it out and still fit into the theme.  I have used acrylics before for flowers or decorating frames and things, but not for an illustration!  I have to say I have always enjoyed acrylics...the boldness of color, the smoothness on the canvas.  I think it is definitely something I'd like to do more of...the lining and details were a bit tricky, as I used a brush, as opposed to watercolor where I usually use a charcoal pencil.  But overall, I think a good experiment!  If anyone has any tips for illustrating with acrylics, I'd love to hear them!  Thanks!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Illustration Friday - Safari

For this week's Illustration Friday word safari, I wanted to try to be a bit more loose with my painting.  It is a bit out of my comfort zone.  I also wanted to do an animal that I haven't really done before.  So,  since my daughter LOVES Diego the Animal Rescuer AND since I seemed to have the song "Symbiotic" ( a song about the rhino and oxpecker"s symbiotic relationship) stuck in my they are!!  I am really happy with how it turned out!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Illustration Friday - Beginner

Beginner Butterflies!
Think about it...these butterflies just a few weeks ago were crawling around with lots and lots of legs.  They built a little house to take a snooze and when they woke up...they have wings and can (gulp) fly? I'd be a little  nervous and tentative, too!  But of course, mom is always there to encourage and support! So, here's to beginners everywhere and thanks to the moms that are our greatest fans!  
Love you Mom!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Illustration Friday - Lesson

This little owl may need a few more basketball lessons before she gets the hang of it!  Don't give up little owl!