The other day I was thinking about all the animals I have drawn during the course of my illustration career. Over the years I have drawn animals from all different types of environments such as elephants, frigate birds, peacocks, lizards, monkeys, cardinals, zebras, and lots more. Many of the illustrations were painted in watercolor and gouache or pen and ink line art for various children’s publications, activity pages, games, and greeting cards.
I would have to say that one of my favorite animals to draw is a giraffe. Of course, everyone knows they have that very long neck, but I also like them because they are so tall and I think those long eyelashes give their faces so much character.
Here’s a couple of my giraffe illustrations I’ve done over the years. And, in a few weeks, you will see my next paper sculpture. Yep, you guessed it — a giraffe!
These peonies were fun to create. The white peony has a beautiful center of different shades of brilliant yellow with a tinge of orange on the tips. The dark colored peony are a combination of purples, alizarin crimson and magentas, which are some of my favorite colors. I framed both in small, black shadowbox frames with a white mat. I think they would be nice hung together on a wall — perhaps filling up that empty little nook.
I’ll soon be finishing up my little 3-D giraffe and then I will be onto my next paper sculpture.
The peonies in my garden this spring were so beautiful, I knew I had to make them into a paper sculpture. Here’s a smattering of some of the photos I will use as reference.
I’ll post the peony sketches very soon.
It was fun to create this whimsical paper sculpture.
I wanted to feature a golden-colored seahorse sitting among the colorful coral reef. It was hard to stop adding more and more of the purple and fuchsia colors to the reef. I like the contrast of the vibrant colors against the bright, white mat and shadow box picture frame.
These Under The Sea sculptures are fun to create – always a bit more imaginative than some of my other photo realistic works. Hopefully it makes people happy when they see the colorful little under the sea creatures.
This little paper sculpture is now at the Artists’ Emporium – a new gallery at 220 N. Washington Street in Havre de Grace, MD.
The first signs of spring are in my yard, not only robins, but also little baby bunny rabbits hopping all over. Mama bunny and her little ones can be seen eating the fresh green grasses that sprout up among my purple crocus, yellow daffodils and tulips. They are so cute, I just had to make a little three-dimensional paper sculpture of a bunny rabbit. I wanted to add a little humor to it, so I included the sign, “Please Keep Off the Grass.”
The entire picture is made from paper – even the little bunny’s fur. Then it is painted in watercolor and gouache.
Happy Bunny Day is available at Seaside Art Gallery in Nags Head, NC. It will be there from May 6 through June 3, 2017.
I like the challenge of creating these free-standing three-dimensional paper sculpture scenes. This woodland setting is reminiscent of a scene from a walk in the woods – little ducklings with their mother standing among grasses and foliage – like the east coast woodland areas with oak leaves, acorns and cattails.
Quackers is available at Seaside Art Gallery in Nags Head, N.C. It will be there from May 6 through June 3, 2017.
Quackers won Honorable Mention in the 83rd Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C.
Two of my miniature paper sculptures, “On My Soapbox” and “On The Rocks,” have been accepted into the Miniature Art Society of Florida‘s 42nd Annual International Miniature Art Show. The show runs Jan. 15 through Feb. 5, 2017, at the Leepa-Rattner Museum at St. Petersburg College, 600 E. Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689.
Here are a couple photos from my solo exhibition at the gallery at the Havre de Grace Library in Havre de Grace, Md. My exhibition, which includes 26 paper sculpture pieces, shows a wide range of what can be done with just a simple piece of paper — from a paper silhouette giraffe to the complex shaping and forming of a 3-D iguana. The complex 3-D realistic paper sculptures seamlessly blend hand-sculpted paper elements painted in watercolor and gouache to create one-of-a-kind art pieces.
The exhibit will be on display through Oct. 14, 2016.
I am getting my art work ready for an upcoming show. Here is a three-dimensional pink flamingo. The entire freestanding flamingo is made out of paper that has been cut, shaped, formed and glued together, and then painted in watercolor and gouache. The flamingo fits underneath a 4” x 4” glass dome.
If you are looking for something fun to do in your local area, check out your local artist gallery. Attend one of the receptions and meet talented artists right in your own area.
These galleries rely on their community to help support their endeavors. Consider joining your local gallery and help support your fellow artists. Even if you don’t want to exhibit your art in the gallery, there are plenty of other ways you can participate in the group.
Many local art associations also bring in professional speakers to teach or demonstrate during their meetings. It is a way to get out of your studio and meet someone else that you automatically have something in common with, and even find a little inspiration.
My area has several small galleries, and I have been to several of the openings at different galleries. I look forward to checking out more of them in the upcoming months.