Annual Talent Search For a Children’s Book Illustrator
I’ve emerged from my cave after sleeping through the fourth annual Lilla Rogers’s Global Talent Search. I would still be in the dark about the talent search if not for artsy friends on Instagram. Fortuitously, a hash tag led me to a talented network of artist and illustrators who had entered a contest to win agency representation by Lilla Rogers Studio.
Lilla Rogers at Make Art That Sells sponsors an annual Global Talent Search competition to find talented children’s book illustrators. The Grand Prize winner receives agency representation from Lilla Rogers Studio; career development support in illustration; and numerous product licenses. Zowie!
Sprinkles on ice cream at a drive-through window inspired my fancy sundae art. I was seeking ice cream, i.e., DQ Fan Food, with granddaughter Tori, and discovered the secret of life — sprinkles.
While traveling in Kentucky, we pulled into the nearest Dairy Queen.
We sailed past the menu board (memorized), rolled down the car window, and chirped out our order.
Tori ordered her favorite Blizzard, topped with sprinkles.
A nano second later, she springs forward from the car seat as if she had an emergency. She needed to add something important to her order. In her most polite voice she adds …”and extra, EXTRA, sprinkles, please!”
Add Sprinkles to Everything!
What’s a few more sprinkles? I loved the delight in Tori’s eyes when she saw her Blizzard lavishly covered with sprinkles.
When I think of good getting better, I visualize extra, extra sprinkles and the enjoyment the little things in life bring.
Icons and symbols are miniature pieces of art. Their swirling lines and shapes create iconic images that decorate, illustrate, and identify. These icons can become epic, i.e., the Mac Apple. (See a page of icons on my Blog and a more complete collection at Swim Yellow Duck.)
I christened my PW monogram floating in the sea alongside a whale as art in miniature and on a lesser scale.
Working from a sketch, I had envisioned my initials inside a formal cartouche symbol, somewhat like a monogram found impressed on an old English manuscript. However, my mind wandered to Lollipop Land as I worked, and soon my “PW” initials were under water watching a whale swim by.
The zip folders include various file sizes in three formats, JPG, PNG, and SVG, that you are free to download. I’ve showcased some on my Free Icons and Symbols in a gallery on my blog. For a more complete visual reference, check out my Swim Yellow Duck gallery.
I tend towards elongated swirls. I think flowers. Many of my icons are flowers and scrolls. In my handwriting, much like stopping to smell the roses, I stop to twirl my letters because I love the curve of a line.
Icon for Christmas in July
If you are one of those who dream of snow on a sunny day in July, you might be a Christmas in July person. It’s a great time to buy yourself a gift because summer sales in July are door busters.
The fun thing about icons in my collection is that you can make them any size and any color.
What comes to mind first when you see a cactus? You’re thirsty, an iguana, desert sand, sun screen, a western movie or possibly, tequila … ?
For me, it’s Cabo San Lucas, my favorite vacation spot. Although, anywhere in the tropics with sand and the ocean would suite me well.
I will post more icons from time to time. Until then, happy trails ….
How-to: Add Color To Digital Art in a Click or Two or Three
The art in my folders is, for the most part, saved in three formats, JPG, PNG, and SVG.
A JPG image is compressed and set in a white bounding box. There is little you can do to affect a JPG in two or three clicks. In art programs like Adobe Photoshop, you can invert the colors, i.e., change the white to black and black to white. And, you can frame the bounding box.
The PNG and SVG formats lend themselves more simply to editing.
In art programs like Adobe Photoshop, you can lock the transparent background on a PNG, and paint away to change the color. As well, you can do anything to a PNG that you can do with a JPG and still retain the image transparency when you save it as a PNG.
You can totally edit an SVG image in vector art programs like Adobe Illustrator etc. The sky is the limit. Add a pattern background to the image, animate the image, or completely re-make the image, make it huge or make it tiny, all without loosing image quality, thanks to the nature of the beloved vector format.
I prefer camping in a hotel room. However, the steady stream of tourists in motor homes has sparked my curiosity for life aboard an RV.
I picture myself in a teardrop camper or other glam buggy, parked at a nearby lake, full of art supplies, and living the dream.
As artist Timree declares, If I can’t buy it, I paint it. In like fashion, I painted campers with my digital pen. [Download art for personal use at my Free Image Gallery.]
My cousin inspired Dory’s Camper. Her RV is huge and modern, unlike the compact version I drew, but she prompted the red, white, and blue trunks waving on top.
When I think of traveling in an RV, Dory at the family reunion pops into mind.
Dory had arrived at the campsite driving her mobile home, loaded with food and fun. At a strategic lull in the conversation, Dory ducked into her RV and pulled out a carefully chosen selection of huge undies, which she clipped to the clothesline. Conversation took an upturn when we saw a line full of panties waving at us.
I always smile when I think back on the fun time with family in Nashville and those panties waving in the breeze.
There is nothing that puts me in a vacation state of mind more quickly than slipping on a pair of flip flops.
In May, I was in my perpetual vacation-state-of-mind, and drew lots of flip flops, which I added to my Free Art Gallery.
Also, I modeled them together with some sandals for a poster and added it to my Art Gallery.
Flip Flops Take My Mind Off Politics
Wide Eyed rather describes my state of mind this political season. I am in a dizzying state of whazzup.
First, Jeb bowed out of the 2016 Race for the White House 2018, more accurately described as the demolition derby. He and the clan are dissing the National Republican Convention, even.
Pretty bummed. I like principled governors like Jeb Busch and John Kasich, who accomplish reforms and know how to navigate the system. I want to see in my lifetime an immigration policy for Hispanics in particular that institutes a pathway to citizenship for a people who have enriched our culture and who have been welcomed through our back door for some 50 years. Continue reading Flip Flops in my Digital Art Gallery
Cubic Me is an empirical fantasy of a splendid day.
I was drawing portraits and saw a photograph of Lady Gaga. Soon I was blurring reality in juxtaposition.
I was studying Cubism. My first attempt at Cubism was a self-portrait, titled Modular Me.
Since I enjoy geometric prints and adored geometry in high school, Cubism promises to be a natural for me, but I have some work to do.
It’s fun to re-composite an image in geometric shapes, but more challenging is to imagine a flat object from different viewpoints and to create that final image with differing viewpoints and on different planes, which is pure Cubism. Continue reading Cubic Self-Portrait in My Dreams
First, invitations for twelve to an upper room
A guest of honor, ceremony, singing,
Communion, a remembrance of His promise to come again,
I will not eat of this bread or drink of this cup until … you and I become one
His farewell shook the earth, blackened the sky.
Friends mourned His leaving not knowing
The Father above was planning the first Easter surprise.
The Lord’s day –a resurrection – a coming again.
The guest of honor has gone to prepare a dwelling place
with streets of gold in heavenly places.
We’re invited, too, but He led the way.
Because He lives, we too shall live evermore.
If these things were not so, surely He would have told us.
Peace be unto you
March: collectible tin can, miniature chair: winner, Melissa from California
April: vintage, gold doll purse, with gold metal strap and clasp: winner, Jody from CA
May: vintage tortoise shell comb with rhinestones: winner, Cynthia from MS.
June/July: antique tin doll mug, with storybook themed art: lithograph – no entries.
Aug: twin, celluloid Frozen Charlie dolls: winner, Nancy from WA
Sept: classic, vintage, carnival-style doll, Betty Boop: winner from Germany: did not
Oct/Nov/Dec: No entries. Sad face. Due to the lack of interest, we have put our Trinket Giveaway idea in the bottom drawer, where you put your least favorite sweaters, and will not continue it New Year 2017.
In January we gave away an antique half doll from Germany. In February, we gave away a figurine in the Hummel style, Made in Japan, and known as Banjo Betty. Our March GiveAway is a miniature tin can chair.
April 1 update: March Trinket GiveAway winner is Melissa in California – congratulations!
Gallery of Monthly, GiveAway Trinkets
Gallery of the current and upcoming monthly GiveAway Trinkets.
Tin Can Miniature Chair, Perfect for a Doll House or Collector’s Shelf
Enter our March Trinket GiveAway! for a tin can chair, a retro collectible, made by hand.
Made by a creative craftsman of the past, this tin can chair miniature features a woven back and curlicue arms and chair lets. A perfect addition to your collector’s shelf or doll house.
Banjo Betty is a copycat of an early Hummel by W. Goebel, from the art of Sister Innocentia Hummel titled Joyful (number 53).
When I first discovered Banjo Betty in our estate items, I was curious. Who made this piece of porcelain, and what is it worth? … need-to-know info to determine its value. I searched through my books on antique, porcelain companies to identify the manufacturer’s mark.
Our library is filled with books and magazines on antiques
My search was fruitless. The smudged manufacturer’s mark on the bottom of my mystery figurine was nowhere to be found. And even though the figurine itself had the appearance of a Hummel, I knew the mark was not one of the famous Bee marks.
Charts abound in books and online to help collectors date a Hummel. Thanks to Hummel’s fine catalog system, the date, place of origin, and name of the Hummel can be determined by the marks on the bottom of a figurine – whether it’s Bee, Full Bee, etc.
My famous process-of-elimination theory led me to error
Unable to find a porcelain maker identified with the figurine’s mark, I defaulted to Beswick because not all early Beswick was marked by the manufacturer.
Convinced the figurine was pristine, English Beswick porcelain, I posted it for sale on eBay as $valuable AND antique.
Within days, a Hummel collector e-mailed to say the figurine was NEITHER Beswick NOR antique but rather a copycat Hummel by Japanese importer Akiyama, and dates from the 50s. (Reference: Hummel Copycats; Author, Lawrence L. Wonsch, pg. 43; 1987).
Card verse –
Dear little friend,
I send you here
With heart sincere,
A loving line;
And it will be
A joy to me,
To get from you
A Valentine Be My Valentine!
A Victorian Valentine’s Day card inspired my Bonnet Girl art. Thanks to the iPad, I no longer feel like a couch potato because I can draw and paint with my apps, anywhere. I completed this illustration on the sofa with the inkPad app, watching the Iowa Caucus [Feb. 1, 2016].
This card’s sentimental verse celebrates the beloved tradition of giving and receiving a valentine.
If you like vintage postcards, see a collection on my companion website Estate Trinkets & Treasures. Click the thumbnail, and it opens to a larger image with details about the card.
Pull out your scissors, colored paper, and glue and mail someone you love a valentine! Put a stamp on it!
Love Poetry for Mom
Inspired by the classic verse, “Roses are Red, Violets are Blue …” grandson Eric made a Valentine’s Day card for his mom during his frogs and snails stage, inscribed:
Roses are red, violets are blue. If you were a flower, I would pick you! -Love, Eric
First came Estate Trinkets & Treasures –next came its feathered friend, Swim Yellow Duck!
Estate Trinkets & Treasures dot com
Estates is an online reference guide for antiques and collectibles. The website came about because we wanted to post our research and photos of antiques. After years of selling online, we had a boatload of photos and a ton of sticky notes, all about the thingamabobs we were selling.
Darrell came up with the snappy name for the website, Estate Trinkets And Treasures, thinking it was descriptive. Although, we cannot boast about the name name being memorable or easy to type in a search bar.
Swim Yellow Duck dot com
To begin selling antiques on eBay, I needed to register a unique User ID to identify me from the other millions of Buyers and Sellers already on eBay.
I typed in every combination of letters and numbers I wanted for my User ID, but they were all taken. Finally, in desperation, SwimYellowDuck popped into mind. I typed it in- success. No one else was using it. Gleefully, I registered SwimYellowDuck for my Selling and Buying name on eBay.
I found after being SwimYellowDuck online for years, I wanted to connect with collectors I had met selling on eBay to share the information I had gained about antiques and antique dolls, thus Estate Trinkets and Treasures.
Further, I fell in love with the art of the antiques and the hand-painting that embellished china and porcelain, the gloss and matte glazes on pottery, the art of blown and molded glass and especially, antique dolls. So it followed that I added the SwimYellowDuck, website and blog, inspired by the art of antiques we were selling on eBay and Etsy.
Darrell’s natural-light photography of our antiques elevate our antiques to art status. When I paint and create digital doodles on my iPad, I am inspired by his photographs. I publish his photos and my art of antiques on my SwimYellowDuck website and blog. Continue reading Which came first, the duck or the egg?