Picture Book Studio



Picture Book Studio will have a booth at the Crocker Park Fine Art Fair

 

Saturday - June 13th

and

Sunday - June 14th

 

in Westlake, Ohio on Crocker Park Lane

 

 Here is the latest piece that will make the fair called Bicycle Bouquet







This winter and spring has been a busy one. Lucky for me, I have a wonderful husband who is also a graphic designer who helps me get ready for my upcoming shows.



I print my illustrations on canvas using an 11 color process, which I coat afterwards.

 



Then, my husband does the tedious job of cutting the canvas and stretching it on stretchers adding a bracket for easy hanging.

 

Even, my cat Katie, adds her opinion to the process.

 

There is still so much to do before our first outdoor show this year coming up in June.

More updates to follow...




This is a break from tradition. 
I was asked by a friend to come in on to a project that relates to a little local history. 

In Westlake, Ohio, there is a little museum called the Clague House Museum that sports the Clague Playhouse in the back of it. Across from it is Clague Park.
So you kind of get with all the name dropping that the Clague family were kind of the pioneers that help established the surrounding area. It was the Clague family that cut down the trees to create the road that is now called Clague Rd.  

As I said, my friend, Betty Franklin, asked me to help on a project which turned out to be illustrating a family tree for the Clague family for the house museum at the request, help, and research of the curator, Lysa Stanton

This was a new journey for me. I have never illustrated a family tree before. As I started my sketches, trying to figure out who's who, I realized it was a bit more complicated than I thought. It was easy to get lost on who should go on what limb. But at last, after this evening's approval, here it is.

Side note to those that are interested in the kite and the Latin quote below; these relate to the family's place of origin. The Clague family came from the Isle of Man. 

The "triskelion" or the symbol of the three legs joined at the thigh is on the flag of the Isle of Man. Putting the three legged symbol on a kite was a little bit of creative license, but I later found out that they do a bit of kite flying with the kids at the museum. 

The Latin quote at the bottom is the island's motto translated as "whichever way you throw, it will stand". Upon further research from Wikipedia, I found that the meaning of the motto may have referred to the poor quality of the coinage around the 17th century, which more likely meant "however it is tested it will pass". 

And why an apple tree you might ask? They were farmers that planted orchards and one of their many crops were apples. 




The Letter C for Cat & Canary

 



The Letter D for Duncan the Dragon

 



F is for Fairy

 



E is for Elk and Eagles

 

The positive side to the gray skies of winter is it has been a productive one. I have been working on new letter illustrations for my up coming shows starting in June at Crocker Park, in Westlake, OH. Variety keeps the customers coming!




Whew! That is a lot of artwork!

While visiting the Beck Center of the Arts with my husband Norman to photograph the artwork for the other contributing artists, I took this shot with my iPhone. It struck me that my retirement from American Greetings has been a busy one! As you can see after working in rectangular layouts for 39 years, the square became a nice change of pace!




Three of my artists friends from American Greetings and I opened our show called Women of Creativity: Four Artists, Four Perspectives last Saturday. The show will be up through February 8th.

 

It was a cold night, but I was amazed at the turn out for a January. My husband, Norman, helped me to hang 74 pieces of art in the gallery area of the Beck Center for the Arts. It took us 3 1/2 hours which meant we hung one every 3 minutes. The staff at the Beck Center are truly wonderful! They make having a show and an opening easy. We were indebted to their help.

 

It was nice to see familiar faces from my many years at American Greetings as well as family and friends. It certainly brightened up a cold January evening!




I have joined with some of my fellow artists Jen Fitchwell, Lisa Aten, and Terry Flores, all of whom I had worked with over the years at American Greetings to do a show at the Beck Center for the Arts which is located on 1780 Detroit Rd., Lakewood, OH.

 

I am quite excited to do this show again. The looks will be quite diverse, but very uplifting to chase away the gray winter skies of Cleveland.

 

If you are in the area, come check us out. The show is from January 9th - February 8th.




While doing a few shows this spring and summer, I have received several suggestions for ideas for new designs. While some are more personal and therefore spesific, one kept standing out; a design suitable for a baby gift. Of course the letter B stood out as an oppportunity, so here is my latest addition: B is for Baby Bear.


Hope to get a good response this September in some of my upcoming shows.


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