Sunday, December 07, 2014

Puddle Card

I have been away from drawing and writing for twelve weeks. Now I am so happy to be back! A wrist injury is now pretty much healed. Thank goodness.
I think the days of walking with my dog Maggie in the winter rain are affecting my focus although the sun did shine today. 

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Reindeer & A Tree

It's a little late to be trying to think up a Christmas card design for this year but since it rained today I made myself try and I feel like I have wasted the day ditzing around with this one. However it is at least something to post.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

First November Morning

On the first November morning, there was glorious sunshine. So when I went walking with my little dog Maggie, I took along my camera. Thinking about Picture Book Idea Month I came across this little squirrel as it darted about under Chestnut trees gathering a harvest and I am trying to think of how to create a story idea with him as a character. The remnants of Halloween displays were still in good shape so I took some more photos.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Midnight on Halloween

Happy Halloween again. Spooky witches are finally finished and it is much too late to scare anyone. But at least I managed to post today.
November begins tomorrow with PiBoidMo.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

VSB Artist In Residence Program

It's the time of the year when the new Artists In Residence program booklet is released from the Vancouver School Board. Teachers can browse through the booklet to choose any of the artists to visit their classrooms.
A little video I made of projects with a  kindergarten class at Sir Guy Carleton is on the Fine Arts webpage page. I have already posted the video link on this blog, but I thought I'd post a link to my Vimeo version of it again in case any teachers want to see what happened with the class over five 90 minute sessions over two months. It was a privilege to be working with those wonderful kids.

Incidentally, I designed this year's AIR program booklet cover using the iPad APP TYPE DRAWING along with CorelDraw on my PC to add text along the bottom etc..
And the watercolour effect photos are created with photos and the iPad APP Waterlogue.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I won some books!

It is a rainy soaking day in Vancouver and in spite of the grey outside I had a lovely surprise at noon. Canada Post delivered a package of books which I won in a draw associated with a summer writing event online. Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, a talented writer for children and the host of the event, spent a small fortune for postage to mail them across the border to where I live in Canada. I am thrilled with the books. I am always interested to see what is happening in the Kids Lit world especially since I am trying to write for that world myself.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Mugs of Maggie

I thought I'd try to create a new shop with the Canadian version of Cafe Press. Years ago I had a CP shop and it was not a money maker but it was a lot of fun to imagine my designs on mugs and t-shirts.
My son laughed at me. "It's just vanity publishing Mom!"
And yes. He was right. I did order a set of mugs with my angel designs on them. they are still beautiful and they sit in my cupboard and I use them every day.
This time I thought I'd try a photo of Maggie.
Now I have a shop. But I am not sure what I will do with it yet.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Silly Chicken

I haven't posted for a while but I have been working on the illustrations for my book project and I think they are going much better than I imagined. I just needed to get started.
But the one hard thing is my drawing hand has been in pain due to either carpal tunnel or a fracture caused by a man at church who crushed my hand at the Peace exchange. A firm handshake is not always a positive thing! Since that moment, three weeks ago I have been hurting. But ice and  tensor bandage is bringing some comfort and I think it is mending slowly and the pain is down to a five instead of a nine since last Friday.
In any case my illustrations are moving along in spite of the hand pain and I thought I'd just post a little chicken character which turned up on the pages as one of many chickens in the story.
I thought I'd try and animate him just for fun and to post something on my blog since I am so far behind in the blogging. He is silly but I had a few moments of fun playing last night. I decided to show how one can animate a character. I used Corel Draw to create jpegs and then Toon Boom Studio to create the animation sequence and then took the mpeg into my editor Corel Video Studio Pro. A Silly Chicken.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Saturday Thoughts

Playing with digital patterns. Combination of two APPS, Type Drawing and Percolater and organized on my PC with CorelDRAW. I think I am addicted to this process this week.

In the meantime and separately from this digital art making, I have sketched out rough designs of every page for my picture book story.
I am planning to do three finished double page spreads and then I will put them all together with the manuscript and if I can actually MAKE myself put it into an envelope I will mail it off.
This is a plan and I hope I can do it. Mailing things off is my biggest problem but I have been reading some of Elizabeth Gilbert's advice for writers and I think her words are giving me some courage.

Thursday, September 11, 2014


Today is the anniversary of that terrible day when the world was changed forever. I was up late last night working on this design and today it seems to fit the mood.

3 Characters

Creative process today. I think I am getting into this doodling thing and so happy to have the free time to play with it. And no one is standing over me expecting anything.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wednesday Doodle

It was a beautiful day in Vancouver. Sunshine. Not too hot. Perfect for long walks.
This is Freddy. I am not sure where he came from or where he is going but at least he is here to entertain.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Monday Thoughts

 I started feeling really tired and achy yesterday and today I decided to take it easy on myself and rest. So I rested.
I've been watching episodes of Breaking Bad and reading the Signature of all Things by Elizabeth Gilbert and in between enjoying those things I have taken long walks with my dog Maggie.

I am looking for my muse again, and trying to get back into drawing. Perhaps my angel is trying to get the message through to me to put that picture book manuscript into the mail. I mean, what is the worst thing that could happen?

Wednesday, September 03, 2014


Two new friends on my iPad appeared on the screen last night as I experimented with two Apps, TYPE DRAWING and PERCOLATER and I know I am on a wave of making useless doodles.
This is Freddy and his friend Frank. I think they are up to no good.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Rain & Stars

It is raining in Vancouver on this first day of school when only private school kids get to go to school because the government won't bend for the striking public system teachers and the teachers stand their ground. I support  the teachers. My daughter-in-law had a heart attack three years ago when she had to deal with  a large grade seven class with 18 special needs kids and no help. It almost killed her. At forty four she was in the hospital with a heart attack! This is not fair. So let's think about the kids please. And the teachers too.

As I listened to CBC radio this morning this unhappy mutt stared back at me from my ipad.

"How did I get here? Where do I come from? Where do we go from here?"
I have no idea but it was fun drawing with stars.

Loving my iPad. Feeling sad for the kids.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Art With Kindergartens

I spent the last two days editing together photos I took for documentation last spring as I worked with a kindergarten class and their teacher making art. The video is now up on my VIMEO channel. It's two minutes long. I am so glad to have a record of it. The teacher was amazing and so well prepared every time. We accomplished a lot and the children loved every minute of our five sessions together.

Friday, August 15, 2014

iPad Drawing Fun

I can't remember exactly which APP I used for this. But when I figure it out I will add it to the post. I think it might be Sketchbook Pro or Brushes. If anyone out there knows which APP does this please let me know because I want to make more. 
I was just playing around one evening  a few months back and I was surprised to see the entire thing converted to a video. So I sent it via email to my computer. What fun!

Art Making With iPad

I put a lot of work through the months of January to June preparing lesson plans and working with students. I think I will start sharing what I learned in case it is of any use to teachers out there wanting ideas of ways to use iPads for art making and not just for playing games.

The first green background/house image I used wingdings of musical notes and small boxes.  I was able to draw with the icons working as my 'pen' line for a line drawing. Simple and so much fun.

For the second, I took a digital image drawn with a different program and used it as a background for a short writing fiction piece about a first day at school memory of a bully incident. Then I wrote text over and around it using this APP.

For the second I used a faded background image of a hill and a tree and I placed the text over top.

1. Write words into a text box.
2. Draw your finger or tablet pen over the screen.
3. Your words flow from your finger.
4. Bring in a piece of art or a photo and place behind your text.

A sensitive and powerful drawing tool as well as a way to play with text and writing. I think it costs under $3.