When it comes to illustration, I am very much a beginner. I feel a beginner’s frustration. I make a beginner’s mistakes. I get discouraged. Sometimes I quit. And then I try again. Sometimes I can find no inspiration. And sometimes I find it in unexpected places.
A dear friend of mine recently celebrated a milestone birthday. She and her family took a vacation to mark the occasion. Yesterday, she posted some gorgeous pictures from their trip. Many of them were of her canine kids enjoying the beautiful pastoral setting – sometimes frolicking like puppies and other times just relaxing. There were also photos of the house where they stayed, and one of them – of a gorgeous and colorful stained glass window in a room painted yellow – compelled me to create this piece.
This is actually a small shadow box. The ‘window’ is a separate piece that frames the illustration of my friends’ two dogs (inspired by a photo of the two of them looking off into the distance). It was done in pen & ink and watercolor pencil*.
I truly hope that, despite the fact that it is a beginner’s effort, my friend loves her belated birthday gift. Happy birthday, K! (keep an eye on your mailbox)
* For anyone who has a Michael’s nearby and is in the market for watercolor pencils, you may want to head there ASAP. I got a great deal on open stock Derwent watercolor pencils ($.49 each) and Derwent Aquatone pencils ($.99 each) on Sunday.