Tuesday, November 15, 2016

FREE Thanksgiving Coloring Page


karenblados2016

Long time no talk to! The short version is the minions are doing more, I'm working more AND teaching art classes. Something had to give, and unfortunately, it was the blog.

I'm still drawing and creating - I just post to Instagram (@kblads) because it's faster. You can check me out there if you wanna. 😀

Speaking of teaching, my students are off next week for Thanksgiving and I created this coloring page for them. I thought I'd share it here, too – kind of an I'm-sorry-I've-been-neglecting-my-blog apology gift. Just click on the image to download it.

Hope all is well with everyone and I'll try to hang out here more in the future.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Weird Places I Find Inspiration

Artwork from First Watch in Kettering, Ohio. 
I visited my mom recently and we went to First Watch for breakfast.

Oh my gosh, have you ever been to a First Watch?

Best. Breakfast. Ever.

Seriously.

And the art was pretty cool, too. Bonus!

That eye candy got me thinking about how I could do something similar ... with flowers, of course. These little (6"x6") pansy paintings are what I came up with. Not as painterly as the inspiration pieces, but no where near as controlled as I usually am.

And I like them! Double Bonus!




Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Fun Project!

I got an email recently from a mom wondering if I'd be willing to create a custom Beanie Boo Invitation for her twin girls' 6th Birthday Party. It seems she'd seen the series I did of my girl's Beanies almost two years ago.

Now that the paintings and invites are done, I thought I'd give you all a peek. First I created the requested Beanie Boos - a lilac pegasus and a rainbow sloth (which I don't think even exists ... maybe Ty should get going on that?).

This was actually the second try on the sloth. The first version had a pink head, blue body, green hands, feet, ears, etc. I decided to quit being a chicken and really make it rainbow.
After the paintings were done ... mostly ... it was time to tackle the text for the invitation. The nice thing about modern technology is I can write what I want, pick and choose the best looking elements and then combine everything. I don't have to completely start over. 

For instance, the "Josie" I did originally with the long descender didn't work with the layout. I drew a different "J", scanned it and placed it in the layout.

Yay.
And the last and final step is to bring it all together digitally. I used Illustrator mainly because it works best with type. 
I love the final product and so did the client. Of course, so does the girl and now she's a little miffed I didn't think of this myself.

Whoops.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

It's Not Procrastination...

...so much as my stupid artistic neuroses that keep me from a project I'm excited about.

The good news is I usually get over myself.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Shameless Self-Promotion

 I've added some new items to my Etsy Shop. More to come soon.
Hand-Painted Canvas Sneakers

Original Paintings

Coloring Pages/Prints

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Make It Work.

I was not a happy camper when this happened. Especially since it was my own fault ... puppies don't make the best photography assistants, after all.

Sigh.

There was a time when I would have just thrown these away and started over. Probably after a major meltdown involving foot stomping, crying and scissors.

But that's so last year.
 
Now my motto is Make It Work, so I did my best to do just that. I added color this morning.
This evening I redid the linework and now I have a pair of unique, one-of-a-kind tennis shoes...
...that are two sizes too small for me and one size too small for the girl. So they will probably end up in my Etsy shop in a day or so.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Junior Art Director.



After doodling shoes for myself and my cousin's two girls, of course the girl decided she wanted a pair. Being the Junior Art Director that she is, however, she had a couple of suggestions.

She specified the flowers she wanted and requested two other items.

A panda and a hedgehog. 
I did a bonus panda and hid it a little better ... since I'd always intended to hide a panda amongst the blooms anyway.