Thursday, October 25, 2012

Uney in the Magical Forest

Uney in the Magical Forest
3"x 9"
Oil on Canvas

I know you’re probably thinking, “How can that be a unicorn, I don’t see any hearts or rainbows!  Well I really tried to convince Uney to pose with a rainbow in the Magic Forest, but he wasn’t having any of it, he said that’s “sissy stuff” and I could count him out (his words, not mine!!)!  Apparently Uney is a “REAL” unicorn, not like what you see in those fantasy stories (plus it was night and there aren’t many rainbows at night anyway, fantasy or no).  He didn't want me to take this picture but I had to prove I saw him, right?  He was actually quite mad and stormed out, didn't see me snap this picture as he was trotting down the path with his flower and his basket of treats.  He'd be so mad if he knew I was selling this on ebay, but maybe he won't find out.   Unicorns can be so thoughtful and mysterious.

I don’t think that octopus was expecting to be caught on camera either, probably thought he was safe behind that tree, the sneak!

Uney is my October Nibblefest entry, our theme this month is Fantasy.  Please click on Uney to go to the auction (which ends p the 27th).

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Pool Party

"Pool Party" I don’t know if this ever happens to you, but sometimes I’ll go to drink my coffee and there’s “stuff” in it, plus it looks like it’s been spilled. I quizzed the cats and they insisted they weren’t involved, so I set up a spy camera and look at what I found:

I know! I can't believe it either! I’m still in shock - Bloo and her friends go SWIMMING in my COFFEE when they think I’m not looking? What is this world coming to?!  And Bloo was supposed to be the "good one!"

Here's a link to the auction, if you're interested (it's only a three day auction since I got a late start on it).

This painting is 4 x 4, oil on masonite panel.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Lunchbox in Fairyland

I see I've been slacking off in the posting department, I thought I'd posted something since May, but apparently not!

Anyway, here's my Nibblefest for this month, it's called "Lunchbox in Fairyland"

Lunchbox in Fairyland
2.5 x 3.5
 oil on panel

This month’s Nibblefest contest theme is “Fairies,” and I was stuck for a model. Not one of my other characters was willing to play Fairy for me. I didn’t even ask Lunchbox because he’s a boy (fairies are more of a girl thing), plus I didn’t think it would work so well with his diaper, but he heard about my dilemma (from Soft & Fuzzy Johnson, no doubt) and really stepped up to the plate. He put on those fairy wings like a real trooper, what a good sport he is! 

If you look at his expression though, you can tell this isn’t his premium choice, in fact he’d rather be doing almost anything else. But you know what? He has his lunch-pail and his diaper, so everything will be ok. When you have your lunch-pail and your diaper, you can rule the world (or Fairyland at least).

Let’s hear it for Lunchbox!

Friday, June 1, 2012

29 Faces: Days 20 - 29 - The Big Schtradoozie

I can't believe I managed to finish this challenge on time!  Halfway through I felt I didn't have the time, but then realized I was still drawing & painting anyway and that it was posting which was causing the problem.

Anyway, here are the final 10 faces:

First are the micro-faces, these four are all .8" square, painted on faux scrabble tiles.  You can see their supersized versions below.

Baby Quackers
Face 20
.8" x .8" Genesis Oils on Wood

Face 21
.8" x .8" Acrylic on Wood

Baby Blackey
Face 22
.8" x .8" Genesis Oils on Wood

Baby Green Monster
Face 23
.8" x .8" Genesis Oils on Wood

Next are some Graphite ACEO's:

Face 24
2.5 x 3.5 Graphite on Bristol

Face 25
2.5 x 3.5 Graphite on Bristol

Cinnabon (Violet's bunny)
Face 26
2.5 x 3.5 Graphite on Bristol

Cold Drinks, part 1
Faces 27 & 28
2.5 x 3.5 Graphite on Bristol

And Finally...
Baby Tigey
Face 29
1.6" diameter, Genesis Oils on Wood

Thanks for looking, I hope you've enjoyed this little show!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

29 Faces: Days 18 & 19 - Squawky and Violet

I'm still catching up, that'll teach me to slack off!  I thought these two go together so well that I had to post them together, like a set:

Face 18
~ 1.25 x 2.5" Acrylic on YUPO

I felt I should include at least one human face in this challenge, so of course I drew Violet, upon whom all of my human girl characters are based.  Squawky on the other hand is just Squawky.

Face 19
2.5 x 3.5" Colored Pencil on Stonehenge

Monday, May 28, 2012

29 Faces: Days 12 - 17, Parade of the Baby Elements

Catching up (again)

OK I've gotten way behind with these 29 faces and will attempt to catch up here - I've actually been working all along but haven't found the time to post.

These six faces were part of my Nibblefest entry, our theme for May was "Earth, Air, Fire, and Water."

Parade of the Baby Elements
Faces 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17
8 x 4; oil on canvas

 It’s nighttime, and you know what that means!  Well in case you don’t, it’s when Earth, Air, Fire, and Water go on parade. and if you’re lucky you just might see them march by!   This is a sweet little scene from happier days when the elements used to play nicely together.

Here comes Earth (leading the parade on his unicycle) followed closely by Air and Fire, who was even then keeping a safe distance from Baby Water (so cute in diapers he always had a hard time staying dry)!   This was long before Water gave himself that pretentious title,  “Universal Solvent” and everything went to hell in a handbasket.

And what’s a parade without an audience?  I do believe that’s Lunchbox I see, trundling up the hill to watch the show.  Good ol' Lunchbox!

Artist retains all copyrights.   
 "Parade of Baby Elements" © Elizabeth Victoria Knowles, 2012   

Friday, May 11, 2012

29 Faces - Days 10 & 11: Friends

This one has two faces so I'm caught up now.  Sorry I don't have much to say about these two, but I think they can speak for themselves!

Faces 10 and 11
2.5 x 3.5
mixed media on Stonehenge

Here's a link to the other 29 Faces in May particpants: OTHER PARTICIPANTS

Thursday, May 10, 2012

29 Faces - Day 9: Bloo

For Day 9 I have this little ACEO of Bloo.   I can't say enough good things about Bloo, she's just a great little elephant:

Face 9
2.5 x 3.5
mixed media on distressed bristol

Here's a link to the other 29 Faces in May particpants: OTHER PARTICIPANTS

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

29 Faces - Day 8: Happy Little Hamster

This one's really tiny, an inch in diameter.  But a face is a face, no matter how small, right?  Isn't that the saying?

Face 8
Happy Little Hamster
1" diameter
acrylic on wood

Here's a link to the other 29 Faces in May particpants: OTHER PARTICIPANTS

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

29 Faces - Day 7: Eyeballs McGillicuddy

I wasn't feeling too well last night so I'm a day behind with my 29 faces, I'll try to catch up this week.

Today's face belongs to Eyeballs McGillicuddy:

Face 7
Eyeballs McGillicuddy
2.5 x 3.5
graphite on bristol

Here's a link to the other 29 Faces in May particpants: OTHER PARTICIPANTS

Monday, May 7, 2012

29 Faces - Day 6, Bunny

This one's technically a WIP, there are a few things I still need to fix but it's late and I have to get up for work in the AM.

My painting for day 6 is Bunny, posing for her school portrait:

Face 6
2" x 2"
acrylic on board

Sunday, May 6, 2012

29 Faces - Face 5, Soft and Fuzzy Johnson

I know you've all been anxiously awaiting the reappearance of that enigmatic character, Soft and Fuzzy Johnson.  Well wait no more, here he is in all his soft and fuzzy glory!

Face 5
Soft and Fuzzy Johnson
1.5 x 1.5
acrylic on board

This is an enlargement, as the actual painting is quite small - 1.5" square.

Here's a link to the other 29 Faces in May particpants: OTHER PARTICIPANTS

Friday, May 4, 2012

29 Faces - Face 4, Jellybean

Here's today's Face, a fuzzy little kitty who I just realized might be our next cat (who will most likely be named Jellybean).

I'm pretty happy with how Jellybean turned out, although the graphite can be messy even after being sprayed with fixative a couple of times.

Face 4
3.5 x 2.5
graphite on bristol

Here's a link to the other particpants: OTHER PARTICIPANTS

Thursday, May 3, 2012

29 Faces Part 2, Face 3

How's that for a catchy post title?   It's almost as clever as the name of this drawing!

Face 3
Little Pinkish Puppy
2.5 x 3.5
Mixed media on Bristol

Here's a link to the other particpants: OTHER PARTICIPANTS

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

29 Faces Redux - Faces 1 and 2!

I must be a glutton for punishment, I signed up to do 29 Faces again!  Actually it was a lot of fun back in February but also a lot of work and I hope I can keep up with it.

Here are yesterday and today's faces, both are ACEO's:

Face 1
2.5 x 3.5, 
mixed media on bristol

Face 2
2.5 x 3.5
graphite on bristol

Here's a link to the other particpants: OTHER PARTICIPANTS

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Battle of the Babies

I almost forgot to post my latest Nibblefest painting here!

6" x 6" 
Acrylic on masonite panel

Godzilla and Mothra go way back.  In fact, they’ve known eachother their whole lives!  Interesting, right?!   I didn’t know that either until I came across this photo of them together on the beach, it was from back when they were “two-toothers” in diapers.   It’s nice to see that Baby Godzilla’s parents were ecologically responsible even then – no disposable diapers for the future King of Monsters!  On the other hand, maybe Pampers weren't invented yet.

In this painting, Baby Godzilla is learning how to destroy buildings (using sand sculpture of Tokyo)  while spoil-sport Baby Mothra is swooping in to stop him Way to ruin a good time, Baby Mothra!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Crazy Hat Day featuring the (unrelated) Johnsons

This month's Nibblefest theme is Horses, so here's my entry:

Crazy Hat Day
(click to go to auction)
2.5 x 3.5
oil on masonite panel

Yay, it’s Crazy Hat Day!  Horsey Johnson and Soft & Fuzzy Johnson (no relation) both love C.H.D., it’s their favorite holiday.  If you ask me, their hats really aren’t all that crazy, but who am I to judge?  I’m just the photographer.  

This was painted with Genesis heat-set oils, I've talked about them numerous times here already so I won't bore you with that story again.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Tarot of Wibble

Here's my most recent painting, I made this for EBSQ's Tarot show (click the card to see the exhibit):

This was an aggravating experience, I had a nice border around it which for some reason unbeknownst to me disappears whenever I upload it.  It was there in the thumbnail, but as soon as it got here or on EBSQ, it just disappeared!   I need to work on my Photoshop skills I guess.  Anyway, there were a few more things I'd wanted to do with it, but ran out of time as the deadline was last night at midnight.  I may still tweak it though.  That's what I get for waiting till the last second!

Here's my little "write up" that I had to include:

When I first heard about this show, I knew I had to participate because I love the artwork in Tarot and Fortune Telling decks, of which I have a small collection.  I didn't hesitate for a second about what card to create or which of my characters to feature, because of course the Fool already is Lunchbox, the true innocent, perpetually on a journey, teetering on the brink of disaster.  But everything always works out in the end (except for that kidnapping incident, but let's not dwell on that) because Lunchbox has his lunch-pail and his diaper, which, at the end of the day, is all any of us really need.

I chose the Rider Waite deck (with art by Pamela Colman Smith) as a starting point for this card because it is so well known, and the imagery is immediately recognizable.  In this card I have incorporated some familiar elements and symbols: happy-go-lucky Lunchbox stepping off a cliff, oblivious to yet safe from the sea of dangerous tentacles below; his lunch-pail containing all of his worldly needs, hanging from a stick over his right shoulder; the white rose (purity); Mr. Bones (instincts) trying to attract his attention; the yellow sky (optimism); the white sun (divine light); and the flying saucer (aliens).  There's more but I'm sure you know all that already.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

29 Faces Challenge - Day 29!

I can't believe I managed to keep this up, what a fun challenge this was!  Thanks so much Ayala for organizing it!

So for the last day I did two, I was just going to put in this kitty, but Soft and Fuzzy Johnson wanted in on the action too.  He was very sad to see the end of the challenge, as you can see, tears are streaming down his fuzzy little face:

Face 29, and Face 29!
Graphite on Bristol

Don't cry, Soft and Fuzzy Johnson!  We'll be back!

And here's the link to the rest of the challenge!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

29 Faces Challenge - Days 27 & 28

I didn't get a chance to post last night so this is a double!  Two more of my little ink & watercolor drawings.  I actually had a different piece I had wanted to post for tonight (another graphite drawing) but after scanning it one of the eyes bothered me, so I'll try to fix and post it tomorrow for the grand finale.

Face 27 and Face 28
ink & watercolor

So there they are!

Monday, February 27, 2012

29 Faces Challenge - Day 26

For today's face I'm showing something different - ink and watercolor in a much looser style.    I was (once again) looking through my under-utilized art supplies and settled on my rapidograph and watercolors for tonight's face.  I used to draw with my rapidograph all the time, I liked the loose feeling it gave my work.  Watercolors are something I've always struggled with, so this time I decided to try a different approach.

Face 26
1.5 x 3
ink & watercolor

I really enjoyed making these (I did a couple more which I may use for upcoming faces), and if they're well received I might try working a little larger in this style as well.

I just realized that I've been neglecting to include the link to this challenge - sorry!   I've been using the new posting format here, it's not as easy anymore to pull stuff from previous posts:

Sunday, February 26, 2012

29 Faces Challenge - Day 25

Only four more days of this challenge, I'm going to miss it!

For todays facial offering, I present:

Graphite on Bristol
2.5 x 3.5

Owley Johnson, again!

After seeing this on the computer I notice a few things that need to be touched up.  That's what I get for finishing this one by the light of "Hoarding, Buried Alive" on the TV!

Friday, February 24, 2012

29 Faces Challenge - Day 24, Monster Number 9

Hey!  Here I am!  Look, over here!

Face 24
graphite on bristol
2.5 x 3.5
Monster Number 9

Monster number 9 looks suspiciously like a woman I work with, only with horns.  What's up with that?

Thursday, February 23, 2012

29 Faces Challenge - Day 23

February 23 was Eggo's birthday, and while this isn't a portrait of Eggo, it is a portrait of a smallish dog, kinda like Eggo but not really.

Face 23
Graphite on Stonehnge
2.5 x 3.5

"Smallish Dog that's Not Eggo"

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

29 Faces Challenge - Day 22

Presenting face 22, another WIP of sorts - almost but not quite done:

Face 22
Oil on Illustration Board

FULL moon?  I thought you said FUR moon?!!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

29 Faces Challenge - Day 21: Pidgey

I'm doubling up today's face with a project for another art group I belong to - the theme for that was just "Birds."

Face 21
1" x 1.5"
Oil on panel

In case anyone's interested, I used Genesis heat set oils for Pidgey's little portrait.  

Monday, February 20, 2012

29 Faces Challenge - Day 20 + Nibblefest!

I'm being lazy today and doubling up my 29 faces with my Nibblefest entry for this month.  Nibblefest's theme is "Moonlight":

(click image to see the auction)
Face 20 
Oil on panel
2.5 x 3.5

"Reading by Moonlight"

Don’t you just hate when you’re sitting in your yard trying to read a really interesting story, and the stupid moon is reading over your shoulder?  It’s even worse when he starts making ridiculous comments and laughing at scenes that aren’t even funny.  

so hate that

Sunday, February 19, 2012

29 Faces Challenge - Day 19

I'll be honest, I don't even know what this is.

Face 19
2.5 x 3.5
Pastel on Stonehenge

I'm not completely satisfied with this little guy, so he's still a WIP.  But I had to post something for tonight so this is it!

29 Faces Challenge - Day 18

The Dream Snorkel

face 18
2.5 x 3.5
pastel on Stonehenge paper

No explanation needed.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

29 Faces Challenge - Day 17

Pretty Kitty

Face 17
Graphite on Bristol
2.5 x 3.5

Sorry  I don't have much of anything to say about this one - she reminds me a little of someone I knew, but I can't pinpoint who.  That bothers me a little but I'll try to get over it.

I'm trying out the "new" posting format here, I'm not seeing the blue underline anymore (thank goodness!).

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

29 Faces Challenge - day 15

Another pastel!

This worried little deer is a WIP. I got caught up in doing other stuff tonight and all of a sudden it was 11:45 and I hadn't posted my face for today, so I had to go with it as is. I certainly hope I can find the time to finish up all these WIPs I've been posting.

This is another ACEO, pastel on Stonehenge.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

29 Faces Challenge - day 14 Bostie Love

Won't you be my Valentine?


For Day 14 of the challenge I was a little short on time, so I figured I'd give pastel another go. I drew this Boston Terrier as an mixed combo of our two departed Bosties, Messrs Bone-f and Wiggles. I made it into a Valentine because a) it's Valentines day (still for about 44 minutes) and b) I love and miss those two little guys.

This is an ACEO, pastel on Stonehenge.