Stole a few hours yesterday afternoon to plop myself down at Van Vleck gardens and paint. The place is absolutely gorgeous and abundant with beautiful flowers and grasses. Here’s a peek at what I worked on.
Been busy working on the book but recently took some snaps of my studio (and my sweet Boo) for a special project. My work is going to be featured in an upcoming artist book. Yay! More details to come! Guess that gives me a good reason to tidy up a bit. PS-pardon the messy hair but it’s not easy to get a shot with this cat! :)
So much work goes into making a picture book! This is the first time I am illustrating someone's else's manuscript so I've really enjoyed immersing myself in the art. I've been trekking to the park each day to capture trees and plants for reference. (j'adore my iPhone!) I've also been doing lots of plain air watercolors at my favorite public gardens. All the little details to be planned out--sketches, watercolor bits, color tests, backgrounds, etc. I keep creating while I wait for my editor to review the last dummy. Wondering what will make the book...
It's that time of year where I create simply for the joy of creating. No edits. No market strategies. No voice in my ear about what sells or is trending in publishing...just painting by the pool. Sometimes I need that. Especially after some of the letdowns as of late. Art restores... :)