Paper or Plastic? nah.

February 15, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Posted in girl, princesstomato, teri skrdla | Leave a comment
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Now that I am all set up in the new studio, I have been missing painting on denim. I have taken a few orders lately, and this is one that is about to go out in the mail. This is for a writer friend back in South Dakota.

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Illustration Friday IF: DRIFTING…Enterprising Pearl

June 19, 2009 at 7:31 pm | Posted in flyfishing, follow your heart, gemini, girl, Momentum, Uncategorized | 5 Comments
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This is a sneak peek of my listing that will be part of an ebay launch called “k9Qt”. Tune in Monday, June 22. This post has been updated~~ (here is the link…click this line)link to the full color version and a host of many more K9Qt’s. 🙂
Also, be sure to leave a comment here to win a princesstomato painting.

IF,Illustration Friday: Poise

April 1, 2009 at 7:38 am | Posted in follow your heart, girl, IF, illustration friday, juggle, jumprope, mabel, princesstomato, The Doodle Diner | 4 Comments

Mabel at The Doodle Diner

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I am so happy to announce that the Doodle Diner is open! Mabel here may spill more bubble gum and hot peppers than she serves, but she always remains POISED. She may not even bring you what you ordered, but she is sure to make you smile. Mabel doesn’t sweat the small stuff.
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Each Doodle Diner member was asked five questions. You can see them all here throughout the day: THE DOODLE DINER
1. Your studio… used to be the library of the brick school house we live in.

2. What is the first thing you remember drawing? Obviously, I drew lots of things before this, but I remember looking at a ballerina on my jewelry box. My family was waiting for me to come out of my room so we could go somewhere. (First things first! heehee) When I came out, I showed them what I drew, and they could not believe I did it without any help. I tried to draw it again soon after, and it didn’t turn out so well. Sigh.

3. When you go to a diner, what food would you be most likely to order? Something with ranch dressing. And I will still want to taste whatever you ordered. Unless what you ordered a reuben. You are safe with a reuben.

4. Is there a certain person from your childhood that especially encouraged you to pursue your love for art? Lots of people—art teachers, parents…but especially my grandparents. My grandma used to make sure I signed and dated my artwork. It really made me feel like a real artist, and like the art was important and official. One more example: my parents knew I liked to color. Once they woke me up in the middle of the night just to have popcorn and COLOR with me.

5. Is there something in your artistic life you take for granted? Yes. My thumbs.

I am so glad to be a doodler! Woohoo!

IF: Instinct …Free Spirit

February 25, 2009 at 5:47 pm | Posted in follow your heart, girl, IF, illustration friday | 7 Comments
Like a Drum

Like a Drum

Instinct. Gotta go with it whenever possible. 🙂

IF Illustration Friday: SIMILAR shadows

December 9, 2008 at 2:12 pm | Posted in Birds, friends, girl, IF, illustration friday, princesstomato | 21 Comments

Sketch of Girl and Bird

Sketch of Girl and Bird


Quick sketch of a girl who found an egg. She hopes it is similar to the ones mama bird has been sitting on in the nest above.

My favorite part of this is actually how the shadow of the girl’s hands ended up looking similar to a bird shadow–the kind we form with our hands to appear on a wall. How serendipitous!

The actual sketch has more design elements to it, such as the branches and leaves forming a heart-shaped border around the girl. I played around with the albeit-horrible-scan in Photoshop, and learned that I can move things parts of drawings around, resize them, adjust perspective, etc. Wow! So I was able to make the girl smaller and move her so that she is under the tree more. I may have distorted her a bit in the process. I am such a beginner at PS, and am amazed what can be done with it. I know I could have drawn it by hand five times over in the time I spent playing, but I am trying to learn new things. Eventually I will get to figuring out how to make and use customized brushes.

Anyway, we are covered in snow here and life is good. Have a great day!

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