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 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 […]
August 14, 2017
Seems like it would be impossible to be a children’s book illustrator without being able to draw and paint a decent mouse. This one is out for a Sunday gallery tour.
August 12, 2017
Caturday again… time to get fuzzing.
August 3, 2017
Last night I went to a grants funding workshop. They pounded home one thing over and over: the artist must have a consistent body of work. If you have work in multiple categories, even if you have very good work in multiple categories, you will not be taken seriously by a group of reviewers. “Find […]
May 9, 2017
Feeling like a witness to a post-broken-wrist miracle: I am holding a pencil and brush again and making some art! The lines have a good bit more wiggle than they used to, and paint strokes are not as strong.- but I am holding implements of creation in my right hand! Hallelujah!
March 3, 2017
Another in the continuing circus cat series. This one is done in watercolor and ink. The cat itself, was inspired by a photo of a cat who is, sadly, in the local animal shelter. Adopt. Don’t buy. There are so many beautiful animals seeking homes.
December 30, 2016
Holidays are over. The family has all gone home. Tomorrow is the last Caturday of the year. Mr Prince is not happy about his party hat.
December 13, 2016
There are just those days when you have something hanging over you.
December 9, 2016
Last week, my darling daughter reflected on the passive nature of my cat paintings. Well, cats do sleep something like 22 hours a day. But that might not be a good enough defense. Poking through Pinterest, I was inspired by the Blockheads series by ceramicist Jennifer Bernhard Hatfield. This is what happens when a Blockhead […]
November 25, 2016
While I am off at the movies, Crookshanks is keeping an eye out for Fantastic Beasts. Crookshanks’ portrait was this week’s #colour_collective challenge, with sea blue wallpaper.
November 17, 2016
It’s Caturday just a little early, and I’m continuing my circus cat series. Here’s #5. The background was selected for this week’s #colour_collective challenge, in brilliant gold; gouache and watercolor. The gold watercolor from a jar of old, now discontinued, watercolor pigment that was made by Daniel Smith. Sadly, they appear to no longer sell the […]
November 10, 2016
With a background color chosen for the #colour_collective challenge, using #moroccanblue, this is my third in the circus cat series. The cat is watercolor. I was asked on the previous cat painting how I got the fur strokes. Those are done with a rigger (or liner) brush. There’s a bit of ink around the eyes and the nice flat […]
November 8, 2016
Nope, Spike is not happy at all about being forced into a clown hat and then forced to pose. What a cat has to do for his dinner… This foray into circus cat painting began with watercolor, with acrylic paint used for the opaque background and highlights.
November 5, 2016
Working on more circus animals, this time: cats! Background color determined by the week’s color for the colour_collective challenge. They named it #maygreen . Most of the work is done in a mixture of water media: watercolor, watercolor pencils and acrylic. I like the idea of acrylic, but the final patina is never what I hoped.
November 2, 2016
Fall is here. The weather is gorgeous and it is a great time to get outside with the dogs. Below is a quick pen and watercolor sketch of a jack russell terrier.