Thursday, July 28, 2011

False Alarm

Dear Illustration Friday, I was so anxious to see what this next theme is that I got up early to check. Then I realized it was only Thursday. :( One more day to go.

Yesterday we also had a false alarm on the labor. Boo! I want to see my baby. lol Oh well. In the mean time I will distract myself with art (its creation and admiration).

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Illustration Friday - "Perennial"

There is nothing more lasting in my mind than the classic saloon girls from westerns. Keep it classic. Keep it clean.

"Saloon Girl"

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Soup's on!

In spite of the time crunch, and the fact I want to finish more art projects than I really have time for, I still manage to make my way in the kitchen and try something new. Today my heart and tummy both were screaming for minestrone soup. Now, I've never cooked this in my life and so I spent an hour looking through my recipe books and then online to find the perfect one. However, there were no such thing, so I took the main idea of them all and made my own version.

My homemade-toss-in-what-Sey-​wants-minestrone soup! Nom!
The best part is it came out incredibly tasty and exactly what I was craving. Now I have tons of leftovers which makes both me, and baby Pepper Lily happy. Still no news on her coming out any time soon... which is nice for me because I have more time to finish my art, but not so nice because I do want her out eventually. I can feel her squirming a lot now since her space is becoming more and more cramped. Guess I need to do more walking. :)

I was able to finish a few more illustrations for the counting book. I need to put that down for the moment and finish the portrait, which is nearly complete. I just need to crank it out and get it done because that one has more of a deadline (wedding and all) than the book.

Monday, July 18, 2011

The count down begins!

What perfect timing! This weeks theme from Illustration Friday is "gesture" and I have been working on completing our counting book and just happened to fall in this week's theme.

My goal is to have everything all completed and put together and ready for printing by the end of the month! Get ready to learn how to count evilly!

Disneyland & San Diego Comic Con

Finally found a medium that I am happy with for the counting book... so my goal is to finish that in the next couple days (if not by the end of the month). I know... I know. I have been saying it would be done since last year, but baby delayed that due to sickness. Just hoping she stays in long enough so I can finish it. Thankfully everything is drawn out, I just need to paint them. Well everything but one panel. My husband, the author, has been so kinda and sweet during this entire time of pregnancy. I'm so grateful to have a man like him in my life. Nearly done with the wedding portrait. Coming out great!

We took a break on Sunday for just ourselves. He took me to Disneyland for the day and I stuck it out walking the entire time! No wheelchair! I was very happy and proud of that. Kept hydrated and rested but we did a few miles, which is awesome for myself and the belly monster. Finally got to experience The Little Mermaid ride (loved it)! We also partook in the Jungle Cruise, Pirates, Haunted Mansion, Star Tours (the cue just for me, but totally worth it), Soundsational Parade (gorgeous, I cried) and the Mary Blair exhibit. Talk about a busy day! Then on top of it all, my parents came down for a surprise visit and we had dinner with them. I was so happy. Just a pleasant day that was much needed.

Hope everyone else is having a wonderful summer! Thank you all for the favorites and adds! I will do my best to update with one or two illustrations from the counting book before my baby makes her debut. Less than 3 weeks left (for her). Definitely missing out on the San Diego Comic Con this year. I know! What timing on my part? lol So have fun for me out there!


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Children's book - Counting

Gave myself a deadline of 4 days to complete this counting book I've been trying to finish illustrating for the last year... if not 4 days then the end of the month, but the happy deadline would be 4 days. Here are some process photos of my endeavor.

At my desk.
I forgot how much time it took to set up for gouache.

But the end result is so rewarding!

I cannot wait until it is all complete! I finally found a medium that works! I have only changed it 4 times (watercolor, digital, paper cut and now gouache). I have a funny feeling this number is out to haunt me.

This time am just the illustrator. My husband, Kevin S. Lively, is the author.

More to come!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Illustration Friday - "Stay"

Sometimes you just need to stay at home and play.


For sale on etsy!

Sketching before the day ends

Trying to finish this weeks Illustration Friday piece. Here is what I have thus far! I'm really enjoying it!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Friday, July 8, 2011


Bird sketches. Not really a fan of any yet, but something will come to me.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Wednesday, July 6, 2011