Thursday, October 24, 2013

ICELANDIC BLUE POPPIES and ABC BOOK FIRST PROOF


The 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge taught me a lot about the importance of daily painting if you want to improve.   So I've been working in a couple different sketchbooks, and trying to get in my painting practice every day.   Today's watercolor sketch is one of my favorite subjects - the Icelandic Blue Poppy!  

Sketching it out in pencil, then pen . . .
and finally, watercolor.

Next . . .   

the first proof of,
O is for the BIG OAK TREE,
Children's Rhymes from A to Z
is in.  

The colors are vibrant and everything is looking great!  It looks like the printed books will be ready in the next couple weeks, so it's way ahead of schedule.  I'll be placing the order based on sales made in my Etsy shop plus a couple extras.  If you're interested, the book listing is here, and the personalization option is here.  Etsy automatically adds the shipping cost to the book, so if you're local (Milwaukee area), I'll be refunding you the shipping amount when you pick up the book.



Thanks for the visit!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

WATERCOLOR JOURNALING


Since working on the 30 Paintings in 30 Days, and then an ABC book for my brand new grandson, I've grown to love using watercolors.  The supplies are so easy to transport, they dry quickly, the colors are VIBRANT, and there are so many ways to use them. I had never really tried them out until I needed a way to keep painting while on the road.  So, that's just one of the many wonderful things that came out of my participation in Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30 Challenge and Plein Air Palette Knife Workshop.

So, as things progress, I'll be posting news about my Alphabet book, but I'll also be posting some pages from my watercolor journal.  Today . . . a few pages of some watercolor sketches of Ruby's Old Yellow Barn and some outbuildings.






Thursday, October 17, 2013

DONE. KIND OF.

There's still a lot of work to do, but for the most part, my little ABC book is done.  Now for some fine tuning.  So - here is X, and Z, AND a new cover and title.

You can pre-order the book in my Etsy shop, Gillyflower Cottage






Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Y IS FOR A BIG, WIDE YAWN

I've skipped ahead to "Y" but "X" is in the works.  I'm almost there!


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

V is for VILLAGE, W for the WINTER WREN

Only three more letters to go for 



THREE MORE LETTERS FOR "A LITTLE PERSON'S ABCs"

A Little Person's ABCs 
is getting close to being finished.  Five pages to go!  You can pre-order the book here at my Etsy shop, Gillyflower Cottage.  I've been looking into a local graphics business for publishing - hence the better price!  






Thanks for stopping by!  

Monday, October 14, 2013

R FOR LOP EARED RABBIT and some NOTECARDS for the shop!

Another page for Jack's book, A Little Person's ABCs.  This one is for his mom, Kate, who had many a Lop Eared Rabbit in her childhood.  Maybe Jack will too?



And . . . a new addition to my Etsy shop, Gillyflower Cottage . . . several different note card styles that have been professionally printed with my original artwork.   Frame one and bundle up the remaining note cards for an affordable gift, or use the cards as is. 
Cards measure 4 x 5 1/2 inches. 
Available now.

Coming soon.
Coming soon.
Coming soon.
Coming soon.



Sunday, October 13, 2013

Q IS FOR THE QUIET WOODS

Today we drove out to Holy Hill to see the fall colors.  It was quiet, and still, and peaceful - a beautiful day and perfect for a walk in the woods . . . which inspired my page for Q!  



You can pre-order the book in my Etsy shop here.  You can also purchase an option to personalize your book on the "G is for Grandmas and Grandpas" page to make the book specific to YOUR child/grandchild.  

A LITTLE PERSON'S ABCs - FOUR MORE LETTERS!

While the rhymes are all written, the paintings for my little grandson's alphabet book are moving along.  Sixteen done, ten to go!

I've also been looking into places to publish the book and found a great one, so it looks like I'm right on target for having the book available for mailing by mid-late November.  You can pre-order the book in my Etsy shop here.  You can also purchase an option to personalize your book on the "G is for Grandmas and Grandpas" page to make the book specific to YOUR child/grandchild.





Thanks for checking in!

Friday, October 11, 2013

L IS FOR THE LOOPTY-LOOP

Almost halfway!

J for JACK, and K for KITCHEN and NOW IT'S ALL ON ETSY!

I've had a lot of inquiries . . . "Where can I get this book?"
So, you can now pre-order on ETSY with 2 opportunities to personalize the LITTLE PERSON'S ABCs for your own child or grandchild - delivery estimated by mid-late November.  More on that at the end of the post.  

Here is J, which stands for Jack, of course.  The Etsy copy will have a different word in the place of Jack.  (I know not everyone has a son/grandson named Jack!)  That "J" page is coming soon.



 And, K, for the KITCHEN!  (The "K page" in the Etsy book will not have Jack's name on the refrigerator drawings.)

A LITTLE PERSON'S ABCs offers lots of great opportunities for growing your child's vocabulary.  As they become readers themselves, the rhymes offer creative practice for oral reading fluency.  Check out the A LITTLE PERSON'S ABCs in my Etsy shop,


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

MORE ALPHABET BOOK PAGES!



 Every day I'm adding something new to my little grandson's alphabet book.  Today, the introduction and two more letters.  

Monday, October 7, 2013

"G" IS FOR YOUR GRANDMAS AND YOUR GRANDPAS

"G" FOR JACK'S ALPHABET BOOK

G is for your GRANDMAS and your GRANDPAS 
near and far.
They love you more than you can know,
you are their shining star!


(I'm also working on a "generic" version of 
Jack's alphabet book.  It will be in my Etsy shop 
as soon as it's done as a 'print on demand' book.)

Sunday, October 6, 2013

AN ALPHABET BOOK FOR JACK!

Almost two months ago I became a grandmother and I couldn't be more thrilled.  A few years ago, I wrote about his mom and dad here.  Now little Jack is here, and while he won't be reading for a couple years, but he certainly needs to be read TO. And what better for a grandmother to read to her grandchild than her very own words!

So here's the beginning of my version of an ABC book, just for JACK, written and illustrated with him in mind!



 (There had to be a bicycle in the book, of course, 
since his dad is quite a cyclist!)




So, every day or so, I'll be adding to this book for him.  I hope to have it done in time for his baptism in a couple months.  I hope you'll check back now and then to see how it's coming along.  When the book is complete it will be available for purchase in my Etsy shop, Gillyflower Cottage.


















Tuesday, October 1, 2013

30 IN 30 COLLAGE . . . AND . . . MOVIN' ON

30 IN 30 
COLLAGE

An overview of the 30 in 30 CHALLENGE!
My paintings can be purchased here.

And now . . . to move on.
Today is a sketching day - at the old Ebel Barn.  Can't wait!

A big thank you to Leslie Saeta and her 30 in 30 brainstorm to get people motivated to PAINT!
You can see everyone's collages here on Leslie's blog.