Simple Simon

Simple Simon met a pieman going to the fair
Said Simple Simon to the Pie man, "May I taste your ware?"

This is rough draft, but what do you think? It is "rough" meaning, there are some lines I need to fix, and some painting to touch up. I am liking the composition though. This is the beginning of my nursery rhyme collection.

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elephants and rabbits

There are elephants coming out of my brain. More elephants, and they are starting to turn into one. Elephants and Bunnies. I love drawing both. There is an innocence to them that I can't explain, only draw. These are some black and white drawings that I will either leave as is, photoshop with some color, or put into a painting. We'll see where they will go. I like this idea of the adventures of an elephant and best friends. I guess I will have to name them soon. I will have to extract more out of my brain before I get there.

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A day of firsts...

1. Addie wore underwear ("under-go-wear" she calls them) for the first time today. Key word: Wore. 2 in her crib during a time out, and one...well, I am not sure we ever really found it.

2. Ian kissed me on the lips for the first time. His initiation. I love him!

3. First day of my second cleanse. I feel great.

4. Kenneth went back to work today, all day, for the first time since his surgery. (i.e. first time with the kids all day by myself)

some scratched down ideas...

a study for a painting I want to do. I love the idea of the happy elephant in the rain.
This will either be "rain rain go away" or "it's raining it's pouring..."

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I am painting again...

I see the Moon, and the moon sees me
God bless the moon, and God bless me.

A draft with acrylic and pen on wood. I am on a Quest to find my style. I have to remember that exploring is fun. I often get too ahead of myself. But creating art for kids is a good reminder. Kids explore, and so can I!

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new favorite artists...

In some ways it is frustrating when I come across an artist with a similar style who has already succeeded in what I want to do. But at the same time, it is exciting to see that they are successful, and know that people really like that style.

I am all over the place when it comes to the styles i like...but the kind that has always been a part of me...and always will are the vintage line and wash drawings...think beatrix potter and the original winnie the poo. But with the vintage colors, it takes me back to my own childhood.

Here are some of "belle and boo" by mandy s. She is a british illustrator with a booming ETSY business. I REALLY need to get photoshop and learn!!! She draws her images, scans them inand does some digital coloring. Man, I want to learn that!!

And here is another artist...Roxanne murphy smith, who paints children's all art. I really want to combine my styles to be able to do what these women do. A mix of traditional art, with a flair of modern, yet easy on the eye and simple.

So, these styles are what I grew up liking and doing. My tastes are changing and broadening, but I think that I will stick to this while i get started again to warm up to what I know. That way I can expand from there.