Welcome to my blog! My world of flying bunnies, illustration and contemporary fine art

Welcome to my blog! My world of flying bunnies,  illustration and contemporary fine art
Exploring Fine Art and Illustration while bunnies romp and fly

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Painting With Twigs, Hoh River


I swam in the river, dried off and sat on the perfect log. I always feel different, more a part of the landscape after swimming.The view overlooked the turn in the river, mountains behind, each silhouette a different shade of green and blue sky. I dab new colors, manganese and cerulean blue on my palette. Ahh, I was so inspired. I looked in my bag. My carefully packed brushes, one pointy, one flat were not actually carefully packed. They were not there. I looked around. Several different types of fluffy weeds and leaves grew by the log. I tried a sprig. The first disintegrated. I tried another style of weed. Eventually I painted this landscape with fingers, weeds and twigs. The act of creativity and observation makes me feel at one with the land, the way swimming does. The picture wasn't the fabulous depiction of the scene I had at first envisioned but I like the scratchstrokes and the energy of the marks. I thought about being satisfied with the experience of sitting in the wilderness just being part of it.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Bears In Flight Roll-up Screen


Recently installed screen for a client, Bears In flight, (detail)
Painted in acrylic and drawn with waterproof markers.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Wild Animals? Wild Poodles? at Artisans on Taylor this month

Dance your way to Artisans On Taylor for Andrea's Rainforest Portraits and Poodle Pictures!

Fun and poignant pictures for small or large spaces.

Artwalk August 6, 5-8 Pm at Artisans On Taylor in Port Townsend, Washington.

Mini paintings on view through August, 2011

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Toy Circus on view!

Andrea's oil painting, Toy Circus is included in this month's Still Life Show, at Northwind Arts Center in Port Townsend Washington.

Still Life: A Close Up View of the World

Northwind Arts Center presents a juried exhibit of local art with the theme of taking a close view of the objects in our world. The pieces for this exhibit of still life art will be selected from works submitted by juror Barbara Slavik. This show opens June 3rd, and runs through June 27th.

Join us for the Opening during first Saturday Art Walk, June 4th starting at 5:30 pm.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Rainforest Portratis -and- Poodle Pictures!


Acrylic on Canvas


Tree Kangaroo
4 x 4"




Lemur Dancing

4 x 6"

Hooded Lemur
4 x 4"





ARtwalk this Saturday, August 6, 5-8 Pm at Artisans On Taylor fun affordable paintings on view through August, 2011

Finally, art for the small space!

and this series is available online at Artisans On Taylor.com
where you will find the complete selection of fun and poignant art!

Washington Wiilderness Coalition Helps Save Forests!


Support Washington Wilderness Coalition !!!!!When you purchase any of my Rainforest Series Paintings through my website, I donate 5% of my sales to the Washington Wilderness Coalition. To make a purchase, contact me through my website at www.andreaklawson.com


Thank you from the Rain forest!
Mention my blog for the donation






Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Symphony Parnassus Collaborates with Artists!


Symphony Parnassus has chosen my painting: Rite of Spring: Pond Dance for the cover of their March program. They will perform The Rite of Spring composed by Stravinsky. This is so fun since the Rite of Spring inspired my painting and I listened to the symphony while painting it. Now my painting will be looked at by concert goers.!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Learning from trials and tribulations, illustrating Heidi




I recently submitted an illustration for the Tomie De Paolo SCBWI award.Even though I wasn't the lucky winner the process was fun and a great learning experience. The assignment was to illustrate the first page of Heidi by Johanna Spyri. This is the page where Heidi, wearing several layers of clothes is being dragged up the sunny mountain to Grandfather.It was challenging to illustrate a classic that has been illustrated so many times before. First I read and reread the paragraph several times. Then I found my copy of the book, which I hadn't seen in a while and read the book again to remember more about Heidi. I researched the flora and landscape of Switzerland, doing sketches of Swiss wildflowers such as gentian and edelweiss, that might be in bloom during the month of June when the story opens. I created thumbnail sketches to decide on the composition. I thought it would be a fun idea to see the scene from the point of view of a mountain goat. This would also show the vastness of the mountain she was climbing and the smallness of Heidi, roasting in her clothes. I chose to make the goat very large. I tried it in pastels and then acrylic. Here are my three color illustrations. I chose to submit the acrylic because it is the most dramatic, with the larger goat. I painted these on large boards, then photographed them to create a digital image.