Wednesday, January 30, 2013

There and Back again, Pages 157 to 161

This post will catch me up on all the Hobbit illustrations I already have scanned which means... I need to get back to scanning!  I have nearly a hundred more finished so I better get to it.

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

Page 157
Page 157: "The stone struck the spider plunk on the head, and it dropped senseless off the tree, flop to the ground, with all its legs curled up."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 158
Page 158: "So quick as lightening they came running and swinging towards the hobbit, flinging out their long threads in all directions, till the air seemed full of waving snares."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 159
Page 159: "...several of the spiders had run now to different points in the glade where they lived, and were busy spinning webs across all the spaces between the tree-stems."

Ink and acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 160
Page 160: "I am afraid Bilbo actually laughed at the sight of him jerking his stiff arms and legs as he danced on the spider-string under his armpits, just like one of those funny toys bobby on a wire."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 161
Page 161: "Poor old Bombur was so exhausted - he was the fattest and had been constantly pinched and poked (by the spiders) - that he just rolled off the branch and fell plop on to the ground, fortunately on to leaves, and lay there."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Monday, January 28, 2013

"Home" A Group Show

Happy Monday.  I will have a painting in a group show at the Mary Lou Zeek Gallery in Salem, Oregon, starting next week.  The show is called "Home" and will feature the work of about 25 artists invited to participate.

Each of the artists were asked to make a piece that is some how reminiscent of their childhood home.  The show will run from February 5th to March 2nd, and a portion of the proceeds will be given to Habitat for Humanity.  Here is the piece I submitted:

"Outside my window"
"Outside My Window" is in acrylic on a 9 x 12 inch panel.  I struggled a long time to come up with an idea for my piece and in the end it just had to include the cat who lived with us from when I was about 11 years old until my twenties.  Amber (also called Boo Boo Kitty by me, don't ask me why) adopted us and was the sweetest cat you have ever met.  Known for picking out the one non-cat person in the room to sit on as well as drooling while content, Amber was an exceptional being.  He used to scratch at my window to be let in at night, despite the window being on the second floor, hence the inspiration for this piece though I tried to capture more than just the cat outside the window.  Think of him in this piece as more the gatekeeper.

Here's a detail:


 Hope you stop in to the gallery if you live in the area, it should be a great show.

Friday, January 25, 2013

There and Back again, Pages 153 to 156

Time for another Hobbit update.

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

Page 153
Page 153: "...and at the head of a long line of feasters sat a woodland king with a crown of leaves upon his golden hair..."

Ink and acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 154
 Page 154: "Something like a strong sticky string was against his left hand, and when he tried to move he found that his legs were already wrapped in the same stuff..."

Ink and acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 155
 Page 155: "'We!  I only wish it was we: it is horrible being all alone.'"

Ink and acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 156

Page 156: "As he drew nearer, he saw that it was made by spider-webs one behind and over and tangled with another."

Ink and acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 paper.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

In my studio

A shot of my studio table this morning with a painting I'm current working on.  I'm trying something new: paintings inspired by quotes.  Sort of like the Hobbit series I suppose, but in this I have greater flexibility with the quote I will use.  This is the first one, and I'll share more about it later when it is done (though if you look super closely you might be able to see the quote I'm using sitting by the painting).  It is close, though it still needs a little something.  I'm so excited to try this on the next painting, this one was a lot of fun.

Monday, January 14, 2013

There and Back again, Pages 149 to 152

Yes, believe it or not, some Hobbit illustrations:

Page 149
Page 149: "'I dreamed I was walking in a forest rather like this one, only lit with torches on the trees and lamps swinging from the branches and fires burning on the ground..."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 150
Page 150: "They all looked, and a longish way off, it seemed, they saw a red twinkle in the dark; then another and another sprang out beside it."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 151
Page 151: "Somebody kicked the fire and it went up in rockets of glittering sparks and vanished."

Ink and acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 152
Page 152: "They crept slowly towards them, in a single line, each touching the back of the one in front."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

I love that last one.  So funny, I am reading this book to my daughter right now (cause I can't seem to get enough of it I guess...) and we are right in this same part of the book.  Total coincidence too because I actually made these particular illustrations several months ago. 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

More Paintings in my Shop

Greetings and happy Saturday.  So frosty and icy outside here today, it almost looks like a light cover of snow.

This morning I put 9 paintings into my shop.  They aren't new paintings, if you have followed this blog for awhile you have seen them before, but they are new to my Etsy Shop.  These are just a few of them:

To see the rest, stop in at my shop.  They are the first nine listed, at least for now.

On Tuesday, my daughter and my parents and I stopped in at the Hallie Ford Museum in Salem, Oregon, and were greeted by the arrival of a very large sculpture by Manuel Izquierdo.  There will be a massive exhibition of his work starting next weekend and if you live in the area I highly recommend visiting.  Manuel Izquierdo was not only a sculptor but also a print-maker and the museum will be decked out in his sculptures, prints, photographs of the artist, paintings of the artist, a wonderful looking book about the artist.... Sigh, I cannot wait.  My friend Bonnie posted some insider photos of the exhibition being set up on her blog (she has a good connection) allowing us a sneak peak into the cordoned off galleries.  The first one shows that very sculpture I mentioned being wheeled in and you'll happen to see my daughter standing off to the side watching and perhaps you'll just make me out as silhouette only (you have to look closely to see us).

This afternoon I'm off to the Mary Lou Zeek Gallery to drop off my painting for the February show.  I'll share more about that later.  Have a great weekend!