More sketches for the cookbook, this set from the Snow Queen popsicle recipe.

Fanfare
watercolor study
available here
This is an earlier version of the Fandango study. You can get a better look at all the underpainting that gives structure to the fans.

Fanfare

watercolor study

available here

This is an earlier version of the Fandango study. You can get a better look at all the underpainting that gives structure to the fans.

Fandango
watercolor study
available here
I think I used half a bottle of masking fluid blocking out all that pattern.

Fandango

watercolor study

available here

I think I used half a bottle of masking fluid blocking out all that pattern.

Two sketches for GreenPrints magazine. We didn’t end up using either of these, but I think I might pursue them as personal works. Looking forward to posting the piece we did go with, once the issue comes out in November!

Another sketch for the cookbook

Another sketch for the cookbook

Another cookbook sketch, this one for the Firebird recipe.

Another cookbook sketch, this one for the Firebird recipe.

Watercoloring freehand (that is, without any pencil outline to guide me). Great for practicing bleeds and textures. Nerve-racking for proportions, since I only have one shot to get it right.

Watercoloring freehand (that is, without any pencil outline to guide me). Great for practicing bleeds and textures. Nerve-racking for proportions, since I only have one shot to get it right.

Breeze paid one of her rare visits to the studio. The studio rug is not fluffy enough to meet her standards, but once in a while she deigns to sit on it anyway.

Breeze paid one of her rare visits to the studio. The studio rug is not fluffy enough to meet her standards, but once in a while she deigns to sit on it anyway.

Another sketch for the cookbook. Starting on the scenes now.

Another sketch for the cookbook. Starting on the scenes now.

More food sketches for the cookbook

I hope you guys don’t mind food sketches, because a cookbook project means lots of food.

I hope you guys don’t mind food sketches, because a cookbook project means lots of food.

While I didn’t technically win the Tealet tshirt contest, the company liked my design so much and all the votes made such an impression that they decided to produce my tshirt anyway, and they sent me the first place prize of a whole tea collection. Very many thanks to everyone who voted! Now it’s time for a whomping tea party.

Night Climbing
A quick watercolor doodle. I like the colors bleeds, but raison d’être for this piece didn’t actually pan out. I was trying to get salt blooms, and the salt, for some reason, would not bloom. If there are any expert salt painters out there who want to share the blooming salt secret, I am all ears. All I could find in the online tutorials was la, la, la, it’s so easy, just sprinkle salt on the mildly wet paper, can’t go wrong, la, la.

Night Climbing

A quick watercolor doodle. I like the colors bleeds, but raison d’être for this piece didn’t actually pan out. I was trying to get salt blooms, and the salt, for some reason, would not bloom. If there are any expert salt painters out there who want to share the blooming salt secret, I am all ears. All I could find in the online tutorials was la, la, la, it’s so easy, just sprinkle salt on the mildly wet paper, can’t go wrong, la, la.

The Flower Queen’s Daughter

watercolor & digital

The Flower Queen’s Daughter, found in Lang’s Yellow Fairy Book, centers around a fairy princess who, supposedly, is held captive by a dragon. When the rescuing prince arrives, he learns that the dragon is holed up in the mountain for his yearly sleep, but that the Flower Queen’s daughter may be found on the next mountain, attending the nightly balls of the dragon’s mother.

Nonchalantly and between parties, the Flower Queen’s daughter coaches the prince through some impossible tasks and advises him how best to rescue her. She comes and goes freely from the mother dragon’s castle, and it seems she could leave whenever she likes, but she is a Daisy Buchanan of fairy tales, bubbly and careless and never particularly concerned with what is happening. With this in mind, I set the ball in a ’20s nightclub, with the Charleston underway.

There is a certain ambiguity in the story about how dragonish the dragons are — the mother dragon is described as a woman, and the dragons who attend her parties are said to dance. Who knows, maybe they shapeshift back and forth.

prints at INPRNT

The Flower Queen’s Daughter
Work in progress shot. Getting close.

The Flower Queen’s Daughter

Work in progress shot. Getting close.