October 19, 2017
Just got to jump in and follow your heart
October 18, 2017
When your boy returns home and he is just not the sweet little guy that you remember – Scary!
October 17, 2017
Sometimes friends taste even better than they look.
October 16, 2017
A quick shout out to those who can ignore differences and become best friends.
October 13, 2017
This is a trial concept. Every day, I find inspiring things on the internet. Some of it timely, some of it eternal (if such a thing exists on digital media). My plan is to collect these pages as they show up and share them weekly on Fridays. Inspiration Friday – October 7-13 The Hunting […]
October 12, 2017
Happens every year – along about mid-October, I get hungry for paint and color. Inktober is just too dark. I caved a bit early this year. The weather has been hot and muggy outside, the remnants of a tropical storm. It feels like July, not cool and crisp, the way I like it. Clearly the […]
October 11, 2017
I have an unnatural fascination with old and odd information. Because of this, I also own more an a couple of sets of really old reference books. If you have never tried to reference information from an old encyclopedia, then you probably have never realized that these books often were just accumulations and layers of […]
October 10, 2017
I miss chalkboards. Whiteboards, stained with last week’s lessons, just don’t cut it. #InkTober2017 #inkTober
October 9, 2017
Dinner – a much anticipated treat, but also disappointing. What’s a dog to do? Today’s #InkTober doodle for October 9,2017
October 9, 2017
My Chair! The duel of the quiet weekend. Online line a day late and dollar short, but posted! #inktober 2017 #inktober
October 6, 2017
Ralph was a fine old dog. A true gentleman.
October 5, 2017
An Inktober ink mix: I began with zebra brush pen with waterproof ink and was going to move on to watercolor, but after I scanned it, the siren song of PhotoShop was too strong. Color and colored pen strokes are all digital.
October 3, 2017
Poison apples and the evil witch for #Inktober day 3. I had a couple minutes to throw in some digital ink too. #inktober2017
October 2, 2017
Today’s InkTober prompt is divided. Since I am thinking about children’s math, that came down to just one thing. Unfortunately that leads to fractions, which is not tomorrow’s prompt.
October 2, 2017
Late last night I barely made the October 1 deadline for the first day of InkTober. I’m glad it’s back. There’s nothing like a deadline to inspire activity. My drawing for October 1. Rule for InkTober are simple- see below: And the official daily prompts, but you can draw / submit anything that flows out […]
September 21, 2017
I have just submitted my first grant request. It is for funds to attend the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCWBI) winter conference in NY. I’ve been dreaming of going to the conference for a few years. Awhile back I began to look at the costs to get there and realized that it […]
September 18, 2017
Published as a trading card for Banned Books Week at the Chapel Hill Library. If you’re in town, come join the opening Friday, Sept 22 7-8pm I depicted the Rabbit’s Wedding by Garth Williams. In 1958, it was banned for promoting interracial marriage. Official library invite:” Banned Books Trading Card Project http://chapelhillpubliclibrary.org/…/banned-books-trading-…/ and they will all […]
September 11, 2017
Pondering Scientific Method. Always begin with curiosity and daydreams.
September 8, 2017
More motion in everything. I have launched my illustration focused instagram feed: https://www.instagram.com/serena.fenton.art/ I can only say that it was painful to get art from my computer onto a platform that is dedicated to mobile apps. Now that it’s there, I have linked up my fave illustrators and children’s book publishers – and wow! It is […]
August 31, 2017
Getting into the groove of drawing groups of children, I tried my hand at a Welcome Back illustration. The original was done in watercolor with watercolor pencils and ink. Then the scanned version was touched up in PhotoShop. I am loving my digital tablet!
August 26, 2017
Today is national dog day. How did I not figure that out until 5 pm?? Oh wait, I know. I bought a new graphics tablet and have been working to get it to behave with WIndows 10. (Ahem – Wacom – not all artists use Macs). I finally won, but it involved doing a lot […]
August 22, 2017
In North Carolina, school is back in session again. Is it cruel or kind to keep kids indoors when the temperature and humidity are in the mid-90s? There is the distraction factor of math and spelling.
August 19, 2017
What’s a cat to do when the mouse refuses to run? Playing dead just isn’t any what kitty has in mind.
August 17, 2017
Some watercolor exercises of kids being kids. Possible book spot illustrations. These were done as two separate pieces, but they seem to get along well.
August 15, 2017
It’s raining and Allison has bright new red rubber boots, which are perfect for puddle splashing and explorations. My exploration in this piece was how to paint rain. From the back of my desk, I unearthed a rather motley looking brush that I bought years ago at a hobby store. It’s labelled Filbert Wisp. I […]