I'm an artist and educator, who is fascinated by how creativity expresses itself. I've been drawing for as long as I can remember, and love exploring new ways to put images together.
I've been married for over 15 years, and have two children (who keep me up to date on my education!)
There have been many discoveries this week. The first one is that the Greyhound bus is not a viable means of travel for me and my children (ages 3 and 6) We are visiting my parents, and after multiple delays and having one of my bags stolen in Dallas, I bought plane tickets for the trip home. (Yes the bag was stolen, someone found it empty in a trash can in the Dallas bus station and called my husband's cell phone which happened to be still on the bag--the bus tags had been cut off.) Thankfully the other discoveries on this trip have been more pleasant. The idea started with seeing my daughter in the mountain grasses that swayed over her head. And then I was reading EckhartTolle's A NEW EARTH. He talks about observing the world in terms of seeing through the outer form and into the inner essence. As I read this I glanced at the bookmark I'd grabbed from my Mom's bookshelf and it was covered with random design patterns. And lo, I'd made the discovery of my idea for Illustration Friday. (albeit many days late...)
And the geeks shall inherit the Earth. (At least this is what my Dad implied.) It's true in my life, since video games put bread and butter on the table (and numerous consoles, stations, controllers, cartridges, disks, etc...) I'm not supposed to complain, but some days I wish for a break from hearing beeps, boops and explosions.
I’ve been reading Charles de Lint’s WIDDERSHINS. His stories are always filled with these wonderful fairy creatures made from all sorts of things. So I decided to just try and create a character that was made from leaves and twisted branches and I drew the little capering man. When I saw this week’s theme I recalled the little man, but I also recalled a dried bit of twisted vine I’d come across when the family was walking at Walnut Creek. So I created the other character from the idea of the twisted vine. They need a background. But that may or may not happen.