I’m warm inside with my husband and dogs and it’s snowing outside. We just had warm apple crisp topped with ice cream and there are candles in the fireplace so I’m feeling very cozy and blessed. I hope everyone else’s Christmas Eve is just as nice.
Category Archives: illustration
I illustrate on the computer almost exclusively anymore. At first, I fought it tooth and nail, but the more I learned the tool, the more I realized that it was just another medium, like pastels or oils or acrylics. I now actually enjoy the computer and yes, it’s become my friend. But last week I pulled out my watercolor block, my brushes and gouache and tried to reacquaint myself with painting again. I had forgotten how relaxing it is to sit and watch an image begin to appear on a blank piece of paper — the happy accidents, the thought process, the fun . . .
Some time ago, my friend Karla illustrated at children’s book titled “Sakes Alive! A Cattle Drive” for Little Brown Publishers. It’s a funny little story about two cows that sneak off the farm and all the mishaps that follow. Well, they have a little herding dog friend that tags along, and you guessed it, it’s a blue merle Cardigan Welsh Corgi.
At that time, getting a Cardi of my own was still a dream, as I had 3 rambunctious dogs already. Karla knew I loved Cardigans, especially the blue merles, and she liked them as well (great shapes and colors) and wanted some sort of herding dog in the book, so the tag along dog became a Cardi.
Well, after the book was published Karla sold me (well, actually it was a trade) the title page of the book — yes, I was a pest and begged for it. The plus is that I love chickens as well, and there’s an old hen flying off the back of the pickup.
I’ve had this illustration (and book) for several years and everytime I have looked at it, I’ve dreamt of getting my Cardi, and now I have Louis. Karla paints beautifully and the scans just don’t do it justice — the Cardigans’ color and expression are done perfectly. The book is still in publication and available for those of you that are interested!
P.S. If you look at the parade scene, you’ll see Karla (in glasses) with her dogs Gatsby (a golden retriever) and Corey (a fluffy white poodly mix).
Today is my 25th anniversary at the Big Card, Co. and it’s flown by in a heartbeat! Who would have thought that the little kid that got in trouble for drawing on her bedroom walls, would end up painting goofy pictures for a living?! Life is SO good . . .