Thursday, March 23, 2017

My Rubber Sole

Illustration of Masking Fluid Pick Up

As mentioned in my book, one way to get masking fluid off is to use a masking fluid or rubber cement pick up. This useful tool is made of some sort of rubber, similar to the bottoms of some shoes. That is why I call it my rubber sole. 

The painted version of it is below:

And this is the photo:

Monday, March 20, 2017

Soapy Water

Illustration of Brush in Soapy Water

This illustration is in the book and it makes it's appearance in Chapter 3. I just loved painting this illustration because of that beautiful blue color of the container. It is a portable water container that flattens out so it is easy to travel with. In the painted version, I did remove the tag on the end of the brush handle. 
Here is the painted version:

And here is the photo:

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Review of Watercolor 365 by Angela Fehr

The fabulous watercolorist,  Angela Fehr, has featured a review of my book, Watercolor 365, on her YouTube channel.  
I was surprised and pleased with her review as I have known Angela's work for some time. She is another artist from British Columbia and I have featured her work before on my other blog.
You can read that feature by clicking here

To purchase Watercolor 365, please go to

Monday, March 13, 2017

Ruling Pen

Ruling Pen Illustration

(combination of painting and photo)

A ruling pen is an item that can be used to apply masking fluid. It can also be used to draw in ink.

Painting of Ruling Pen

Photograph of Ruling Pen

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Mask Pen Illustration

Mask Pen Illustration
(Combination of painting and photo)

Painted Mask Pen

Photo of Mask Pen

Monday, March 6, 2017


Toothbrush Illustration

This illustration appears in the third chapter of the book. Again, it is the combination of photo and painting.

Here is the painted version of the toothbrush:
And the photo:

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Rigger Brush

Rigger Brush Illustration

This illustration is mostly seen as a painting in the book since it is only a portion of the illustration.
However, I have shown the combination of the photo and painting above and will show the fully painted version and the original photo.

Here is the painting:

And here is the photo:

Monday, February 27, 2017

Painting Chopsticks


Chopsticks are not one of my usual art supplies but I did include them in my book. Why? you may ask. Well, you will just have to read the book to find out.

Anyway, I did the above image by combining a painted chopstick with a photo of one. However, the complete image was not included in the book, only a portion of it.

I only had to paint one chopstick and then make it into two.
Here is the painted version:

Here is the photo:

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Hake Hake

Illustration of Hake Brush

Another illustration that did not make it into my book is of a hake brush. I use this brush when I am applying large washes of water and/or color. The above illustration is the combined one of photo and painting.

Here is the painted version:

And here is the photo:

It was a challenge to recreate my supplies as they were in the photograph so I could seamlessly combine them. But as with all challenges, there is an opportunity to learn. Not only did I have the opportunity to perfect painting and drawing skills, but I also had to think about photography, layout and design, and the technical skills involved when playing and working digitally. 

Although I am not a book designer, my editor, Kristin Conlin, requested that I do a rough layout of each one of my pages and entries. I really enjoyed figuring out what to place where and if it was going to work. Once I did the layouts, Kristin sent them off to an actual book designer, Breanna Loebach, who cleaned it up, tweaked it, and did an amazing job of creating such a super awesome looking book. 

Through all this, I discovered how much I enjoy book design and layout as I played around in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. 
I also rediscovered how much I love color. I tended to paint my supplies just a bit brighter and more colorful. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Elmer the Elephant Scissors

Elmer the Elephant Scissors

One of the illustrations that did not make it into my book is of my favorite pair of scissors.
They are my favorite pair because they remind me of the story of Elmer the Elephant that I use to read to my children when they were small. 
I'm not sure where I bought them but had to add them to my collection of art supplies as soon as I found them. 
I wanted to paint these scissors for the book but with constraints on space and the plethora of information and images that needed to be included, they didn't make it in. 

To go along with the idea of my photos being turned into paintings, this the image being considered:

 (the scissors are painted and the scrub sponge is the photo)

To see more about Elmer, you can view a video of the book being read here.