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, December 25, 2012

Illustration Friday!



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Friday, December 14, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Voila! Kevin magically appears at SCBWI Bainbridge kidlit night!

Seven intrepid SCBWI-ers traveled from far and wide on a very dark and rainy Friday night recently to join up on at Casa Rojas Cantina on Bainbridge Island for Kid Lit Drink Night.   Kevan Attebury came all the way over from the East Side (but departed before our photo shoot). Christina Wilsdon joined us from Seattle. Rowena Russell traveled from Bremerton. And Andrea Lawson came down in the dark from Port Townsend. Margaret Nevinski, Dawn Simon and Jennifer Mann made the relatively short journey from other dark and rainy neighborhoods on the island. Although we competed for the Noisiest Group Award with a large and lively crowd imbibing at the Cantina before seeing Breaking Dawn at the theater next door, we did manage to silence the room when we loudly brainstormed brilliant and unexpected markets for Kevan’s Monster-a-day project. We also solved some vexing photoshop problems, discussed the current state of publishing and generally toasted the wonder and joy that is children’s books. It was a great night to venture out into the rain! Next time maybe we’ll aim for a sunny summer evening, and a spot on the deck of the Harbour Pub. This blurb courtesy of  Jennifer Mann, illustrator, writer.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

SCBWI Bainbridge KidLit Night. Kevin Atteberry didn't get into the picture. Hi Kevin!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Participant 73x73Nanowrimo gadget  without the gidget. Yay for Nanowrimo!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

PROCESS: Artists and the Creative Process

Process: Featuring Artists and how they create. Please share your own techniques and comments!

I plan to post different artists, styles  and techniques each month.



The renowned  illustrator Quentin  Blake inspires me so much that I wanted to share this video for my first artist process entry. Here is an illustrator who doesn't seem to bother with the computer  and doesn't need it! Mostly I love  the movement and expression in his lines and ease of coloring seemingly without fuss. It is also a reminder to draw and redraw and redraw...


Shane Watson shared this fun video about printmaking and bookmaking. The artist and writer  is Michael Wertz,.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Illustration Friday Submissions



Whiskers: In the Mirror

Zoom: Dandelion Fluff Ride 

Water: Relaxing Mice
Bunnies On Unicycles

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Illustration Friday

I just found out about this fun blog where illustrators of all ilk ( is that how one spells ilk? Is it even a word?) can show their work. Weekly topics...Illustration Friday

Sunday, August 19, 2012

You Are Invited to The Reception for a Celebration!

Please join me at the reception Friday September 7, 2012 5:30-8:30 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.  It is sponsored by Artist Trust, a wonderful organization which supports creativity and individual artists. Here's the complete invitation. The event is free and open to the public. Other events  happening throughout the show of artists, writers and multi-media artists. See www.andreaklawson.com or www.artisttrust.org for more information.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I'm looking forward to CELEBRATION!

Artist Trust Seattle.EDGE ARt Exhibit: "Celebration"

opens July 21! Show runs through October 21, 2012. Second Floor of the Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA.

Reception September 7 at 5:00-8:00 PM

My acrylic painting Threads of Fire will be on view. 





Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Mona Art Auction in June!

My Rite of Spring:Dance, Blue Green will be part of the Museum

 of Northwest Art Auction Saturday, June 16 in La Conner.

Preview Hours: Friday June 15, noon to 5 pm and Saturday June 16, 11 am to 3pm, free and open to the public. 

 Silent and Live Auction tickets available. Silent Auction begins at 5pm and Live Auction at 7:15pm

For tickets and info contact: 

Museum of Northwest Art 

 Rite of Spring:Dance, Blue Green by  Andrea K. Lawson

Sunday, April 29, 2012

New Illustrations, still debating Seaweederella or Swimerella

               Swimerella Rides to The Ball in my twist on Grimm's Fairy Tale, Cinderella. In my version, Cinderella is a mermaid, Swimerella or Seaweederella.
     Last weekend I had a fabulously inspiring time attending the Society of Children's Writer's and Illustrators Western Washington conference.
As part of the conference, I took a master illustrators intensive with Scott Magoon, Art Director, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and  Lucy Ruth Cummins, art director with Simon and Shuster. Both are also children's book illustrators.  The two directors really got across their excitement and love of children's books. Our assignment was to create an illustration from Grimm's Fairy Tales, with a twist. This was fun and also crazy to see all of the variations from my Seaweederella  to an adorable  fluff ball monster Little Red Riding hood, ( Ben Clanton)  and Robin's nutty Rapunzel with a beard.
Working with variations on fairy tales is a fun way to expand both  visual and literary ideas.
These drawings led to some new illustrations for my portfolio which are now on view at my website gallery. http://www.andreaklawson.com/gallery/illustrations/
I named my underwater Cinderella, Seaweederella, thinking that Cinderella was named for her proximity to the cinders and that Seaweederella  would be all covered in ocean muck and seaweed. I had a suggestion  to name her Swimerella and  think it has a nice sound to it.  For now, I won't say who the suggestion came  from as that might sway public opinion. I'll give the person credit if wanted,  later.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Frozen Plein Air on Marrowstone Island

Now that I have recovered from my broken ankle and am more mobile, I was determined to do some early morning landscape painting. My adventurous friend Beverly Michaelson joined me early one morning in February in what turned out to be 28 degree weather. We appeared by the side of the road looking like rotund elves topped with paint spattered smocks. Painting as fast as we could between sips of quickly cooling hot tea, we managed to capture some of the early morning light over Marrowstone Island's waterways. Here are some of our results. My smaller study and Beverly's landscape.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A Bird On a Pig

Unnofficial Participant Tomi dePaula Award 2012

copyright Andrea K. Lawson 2011
My illustration for “Chicken Licken,” by P.C. Asbj√∂rnsen is included in the unnoficial gallery of Tomi dePaula award. http://scbwicontest.blogspot.com/

So they went along and went along until they met Turkey Lurkey
“Good morning, Goosey Loosey, Ducky Daddles, Cocky Locky, Henny Penny,
and Chicken Licken,” said Turkey Lurkey, “where are you going?”
“Oh, Turkey Lurkey, the sky is falling and we are going to tell the King!”
“How do you know the sky is falling?” asked Turkey Lurkey.
“Ducky Daddles told me,” said Goosey Loosey.
“Cocky Locky told me,” said Ducky Daddles.
“Henny Penny told me,” said Cocky Locky.
“Chicken Licken told me,” said Henny Penny
“I saw it with my own eyes, I heard it with my own ears,
and a piece of it fell on my tail!” said Chicken Licken.
“Then I will go with you,” said Turkey Lurkey, “and we will tell the King!”