Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Illustration Friday - Toy

This is Princess with a few of her favourite things. she knows she is on a good wicket. She is a very lucky girl.

I think I will have to call myself the 30 - 40 minute illustrator. All I seem to have time for these days are quick illo's but it keeps the creative juices flowing and I'm sure it is excellent practice and builds my practical skill. Kudos to Ed Emberley too, his images have influenced Princess and I am loving his amazing work and it brings memories of childhood, I only had one of his simpler books with faces to draw but I loved that book. Our daughter got one of this books for her birthday.
Have a great week everyone.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

My busy few weeks

Well i promised I would post about one of the main things keeping me happily busy over the past few weeks and this was one very special one. Our little girls birthday. She was very lucky this year and had two parties, one with family and one with friends. I made two cakes ( one for each party) and of course the family one came first so they thought they were the Guinea pigs but didn't mind as I think it tasted okay - well they told me it did. I was really happy with the result as I have never made a "proper birthday cake" before. Let me know what you think. Not only did we have her two parties we had parties for friends to attend as well so we have been having a jolly and fun time.
Birthday cake number 1, trial run

Some butterfly cupcakes and dragon fly biscuits
 Birthday cake 2 - the big party
 Our fairy princess
 Opening a present from the fairy hosts
Fairy kisses

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Illustration Friday - Cultivate

Miss mouse' lovely garden

Just a little illustration tonight, I have been so busy lately. She may be simple but I have been thinking of her for a few days keen to get pen to paper. I haven’t had much sketch time over the last few days and I miss it.
We have had a busy and lovely time with a special birthday and a few parties thrown in, all in all a very happy and exciting few weeks. I will post some birthday party photos in a day or two.
Adding to the other activity in our lives at present I have had work and it’s been particularly busy there too with some of my heaviest programs running over the last few weeks but I completed the last of those for this year today (yay!) I enjoy them but they can be exhausting. Thank you everyone who has posted your wonderful comments over this busy time, I apologise for my delay in response but plan to make up for it over the next few days. I really do love seeing and reading them. I haven’t had time to comment as often as I like but I go in and read every day.
I have four glorious days off with my beautiful family now and I’m going to enjoy every single minute. Wishing you all a wonderful and relaxed weekend too!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Childrens art

I absolutely love children's art, the freedom and joy that each painting brings. Thats what it should all be about  isnt it. I especially love my own daughters art, Ive said it before and i'll say it again, I see something special in her paintings - but I know i could well be biased in the matter. I love her gift to me today.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Illustration Friday _ Stir

This is Macca, he is none too happy about ending up in stir!
"I was framed" he says, "it was that cat stirring up trouble!" "Somebody get me out of here, Im going stir crazy!"

Monday, March 7, 2011

Illustration Friday = Warning

Beware of Rambo Cocky!

I did this quick little picc for a friend not so long ago when she was waging war against a very naughty cockatoo who was wantonly picking off the tops of her newly planted prize winning iris bulbs as they started to grow.
I think he ended up winning too!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Illustration Friday - swarm

Well I didn't think I would get anything in this week, all I could think of were locusts which are quite a devastating problem here and I did not want to honour them with an illustration. Plus I have been quite busy.
I have been painting some little name tag cards for lolly bags for our daughters birthday party in a few weeks and I just looked down at them 1/2 an hour ago and thought "oh my - A swarm of fairies!"
They are not finished yet and sit on my craft room table but here are a few piccs anyway. Plus they add to my '100 faces theme' - Ive done 19 so that's up to 29 faces now - wow its flying along :-)