Sunday, September 30, 2012

There and Back again, Page 139 to 144

Happy weekend all.  I'll be back in a day or so with news about an upcoming show.  For now though... 

From: There and Back again, An Illustration Project of The Hobbit

Page 139
Page 139: "Soon the light at the gate was like a little bright hole far behind, and the quiet was so deep that their feet seemed to thump along while all the trees leaned over them and listened."

Acrylic gouache, ink, and colored pencil on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 140
Page 140: "...dark dense cobwebs with threads extraordinarily thick, often stretched from tree to tree, or tangled in the lower branches on either side of them."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 141
 Page 141: "...it brought thousands of dark-grey and black moths, some nearly as big as your hand, flapping and whirring..."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 142
 Page 142: Inspired by the boat in the poisonous black water.

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 143
Page 143: "They tugged and tugged, and suddenly they all fell over on their backs."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 144
Page 144: "Out of the gloom came suddenly the shape of a flying deer... High it sprang and cleared the water with a mighty jump."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

New Paintings

I seemed to have been stockpiling my paintings over the last few months.  So let me get right to sharing all this work, finally, with you.  The link on each painting will take you to the Etsy shop listing.

Starting with some new little portraits:


Oliver Balkaner, acrylic on 5 x 7 inch wood panel.  

The last name was chosen because my daughter thought it should begin with a "b" because he likes books.  Totally made up of course.


Little Miss, acrylic on 3 x 5 inch wood panel.  


Maribeth, acrylic on 5 x 7 inch wood panel.


Olive Little, acrylic on 4 x 4 inch wood panel.

And this new abstract:


An abstract of how I start my day, acrylic on 10 x 10 inch wood panel.

And finally some somewhat abstract paintings inspired by the flowers of spring and summer:


Rhododendron abstract, acrylic on 16 x 16 inch wood panel.


I want to show you something: Alex's Leaves, acrylic on 10 x 10 inch panel.

Had to name it that, not a day goes by without a "Mom, I want to show you something...".  She was collecting these leaves earlier in the summer from the dogwood tree.  They were green to yellow with red in the middle (hope that is not a bad sign for the tree), but I ended up going all red.


White rose abstract, acrylic on 6 x 6 inch panel.


White iris abstract, acrylic on 6 x 8 inch panel.


Spring Flowers, summer storm, acrylic on 12 x 12 inch panel.

That is all of them.  You can see I was playing around with some different ideas over the summer.  I hope to be back in a couple of days with, you guessed it, more Hobbit illustrations.  Have a good rest of your week!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Happy Hobbit Day! There and Back again, Page 130 to 138


Happy Hobbit Day everyone!  And in case you missed it in my last post, here is the link to see the new preview for the upcoming film.

Now for some illustrations and there will be more to come next week along with some new (non-hobbit) paintings.

From: There and Back again, An Illustration Project of The Hobbit

Page 130
Page 130: "...and also because of the burning of the chief wolf's nose..."

Ink and acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 131
 Page 131: "There is one stream there I know, black and strong which crosses the path."

Ink and colored pencil on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 132
Page 132: "But their spirits sank at his grave words, and they all felt that the adventure was far more dangerous than they had thought, while all the time, even if they passed all the perils of the road, the dragon was waiting at the end."

Acrylic gouache, ink, colored pencil on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 133
 Page 133: "The sun had only just turned west when they started, and till evening it lay golden on the land about them."

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 paper.


Page 134
Page 134: "Their trunks were huge and gnarled, their branches twisted, their leaves were dark and long."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 135
Page 135: "'Well, here is Mirkwood!' said Gandalf.   'The greatest of the forests of the Northern world.'"

Acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 136
 Page 136: (inside Mirkwood forest) "...dark in there in the morning as at night, and very secret..."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 137
 Page 137: "'Stick to the forest-track, keep your spirits up, hope for the best...'"

Acrylic gouache and colored pencil on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 138
Page 138: "...and turned from the light that lay on the lands outside and plunged into the forest."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

There and Back again, Page 120 to 129

Greetings!  I've been under the weather for several days now but absolutely needed to get a couple of these posts up this week because, aside from being behind on it anyway, it is Tolkein Week.  That's right!  Tolkein Week is the week including September 22nd, this week, which is celebrated for being the birthday of both Bilbo and Frodo Baggins (though born in different years, naturally).  Fans of Tolkein all over the world are planning special celebrations for Saturday, the 22nd, so I will try especially hard to get another post up on that day in honor of the occasion.

And!!  So excited to share this!  If you'd like to see a preview of the upcoming film (the first of three hobbit films that is), you can find the link here.  Just released today.  So cool.

But it is not all just Hobbit around here, I'm working hard to put the final touches on a batch of paintings that I hope to post early next week, if not sooner.  There are I believe 10 paintings including even a few little portraits which I haven't painted in a very long time.  These are all pieces I worked on over the summer and they are now all varnished and just getting tidied up, strung to hang, and photographed.  All of which seems to take quite a long time but I'm almost done.  Looking forward to sharing them with you.

But for now, onto my little hobbit friend.

From: There and Back again, An Illustration Project of The Hobbit

Page 120
Page 120: "'There was a terrible storm; the stone giants were out hurling rocks...'"

Acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 121
 Page 121: "'A dozen!  That's the first time I've heard eight called a dozen.  Or have you still got some more jacks that haven't come out of their boxes?'"

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 122
Page 122: "'There we were with the wolves going mad underneath us and the forest beginning to blaze in places...'"

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 123
Page 123: "...the sun had fallen behind the peaks of the Misty Mountains and the shadows were long in Beorn's garden."

Ink, acrylic gouache, and colored pencil on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 124
Page 124: "Then baa-baa-baa! was heard, and in came some snow-white sheep led by a large coal-black ram.  One bore a white cloth embroidered at the edges with figures of animals..."

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 125
Page 125: "Whether it was magic or not, it seemed to Bilbo that he heard a sound like wind in the branches stirring in the rafters, and the hoot of owls."

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 126
Page 126:             "It left the world and took its flight
                               over the wide seas of the night.
                               The moon set sail upon the gale,
                               and stars were fanned to leaping light."

 Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 127
Page 127: "...a splash of white on the floor came from the high moon, which was peering down through the smoke-hole in the roof."

Ink and acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 128
 Page 128: "...he was so busy sending smoke-rings dodging round the pillars of the hall, changing them into all sorts of different shapes and colors..."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.


Page 129
Page 129: "...till he dreamed a dream of hundreds of black bears dancing slow heavy dances round and round in the moonlight in the courtyard."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

There and Back again, Pages 111 to 119


Back to school time, perhaps a little more time to catch up here (and everywhere...).  Little problem with posting this, hopefully it won't show up more than once.

From: There and Back again, An Illustration Project of The Hobbit


Page 111
Page  111: "The morning was cool, and mists were in the valleys and hollows and twined here and there about the peaks and pinnacles of the hills."

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 112
Page 112: "But cropping out of the ground, right in the path of this stream which looped itself about it, was a great rock, almost a hill of stone, like a last outpost of the distant mountains, or a huge piece cast miles into the plain by some giant among giants."

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 113
Page 113: "They begged him not to leave them.  They offered him dragon-gold and silver and jewels, but he would not change his mind."

Ink and acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 114
Page 114: "Soon they crossed the ford (Carrying the hobbit), and then began to march thourhg the long green grass and down the lines of the wide armed oaks and the tall elms."

Ink and acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 115
Page 115: "He is a skin-changer.  He changes his skin; sometimes he is a huge black bear, sometimes he is a great strong black haired man with huge arms and a great beard."

Acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 116
Page 116: "Especially there was clover, waving patches of cockscomb clover, and purple clover, and wide stretches of short white sweet honey smelling clover."

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 117
Page 117: "The noise of giant bees flying to and fro and crawling in and out filled all the air."

Ink and acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 118
Page 118: "Bilbo bowed.  He had no hat to take off, and was painfully conscious of his many missing buttons."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 119
Page 119: "It faced south and was still warm and filled with the light of the westering sun which slanted into it, and fell golden on the garden full of flowers that came right up to the steps."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.