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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

The Vizir Who Was Punished, An Arab Fairy Tale


It was extra hard to choose what to use for an illustration for this story.  The goal is to entice the reader to read the story without giving away too much of the main focus or ending.  I didn't want to illustrate the prince but I could have.  I didn't want to illustrate the vizir because he would have been an older man and I wanted to appeal to children by depicting children.  So I chose the ogress in the form of a girl by the side of the road.  I hope it is intriguing enough to get you to listen to the story or read it for yourself when the book is published early in the new year.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Urashima Taro, A Japanese Fairy Tale Collage


This is a classic fairy tale from Japan where the fisherman has mercy on a sea turtle and is rewarded with a view of the undersea world.  It has a sad ending though.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Collage of Threatened Boy for Black Lives Matter


My series on Black Lives Matter focuses on children and why not?  They are the real losers when lives are threatened.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Painting Watercolor Botanicals, Goldfinch and Grapes


This is the third of the four botanicals I did.  I love the gold and purple/blue colors together.  It sparkles.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

The Sacrafice of Sim Cheong, A Korean Fairy Tale Collage


Sometimes I think I should change the ending of very sad or disturbing stories for my children's book, but in this case the Korean story is very deeply engrained in the culture and the girl always sacrifices herself for the sake of her father.  How can I change that?  So I decided to leave it at is was and hope people understand.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Rabbit Throws Out His Sandal, A Mayan Folk Tale Collage


This is such a funny story about the tricky rabbits pulling pranks.  It's another speed collage.  Enjoy.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Qasim, The King of Crocodiles, An Indian Fairy Tale Collage


Qasim, King of Crocodiles, An Indian Fairy Tale is about a crocodile who takes a wife.  It is a magical story, if a little strange.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Painting Watercolor Botanicals, Blue Jay and Grapes


This is another botanical for the commission for a lady in Mississippi.  I'm really enjoying these birds and fruits.  Watercolor is so versatile a medium.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Painting Watercolor Botanicals, Red-headed Finch and Apples


Painting is so relaxing.  This is for a commission of four botanicals special ordered by a dear client who really appreciates my work.  

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

The Pooka, An Irish Fairy Tale Collage


This is such an unusual and interesting fairy tale from Ireland that I couldn't help but include it in my FairyTale Alphabet Book.  I hope you like it too.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Olufunke, The One Who Never Lies, An African Fairy Tale Collage



This one is one of my favorites this year.  What would you give for one who never lies?  Valuable beyond words in days like these.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Plastic Wrap Watercolor Technique





I like adding tutorials on watercolor technique from time to time.  It's a change from all the fairy tale collages.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Madschun, A Turkish Fairy Tale Collage





Who couldn't use a magical word to make things freeze?  I know I could certainly use it.  This sweet story is about a challenged boy with no hair.

The Nightingale, A Danish Fairy Tale Collage





You know, now that I am past the "M" half-way mark, I am on the downhill side of this alphabet book.  I feel the momentum building even though I have many other things vying for my time.  Still, wouldn't it be fabulous to have this ready by the beginning of the new year instead of next July like I had originally planned? I'm working on it.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The Lame Fox, A Serbian Fairy Tale Collage





It is almost laughable how much trouble the fox has to get this boy out of while he tries to help his father.  I enjoyed hiding things in this collage.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

King Kojata, A Polish Fairy Tale Collage





A Polish Fairy Tale from my FairyTale Alphabet book.  I like this one.  Even though it is called King Kojata, it is really about the king's son who isn't named.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Jasper, Who Herded Hares, A Scandinavian Fairy Tale Collage



Jasper is a great story, I really loved collaging these hares and the boy.  Some of these collages are my favorites because of the pose and subject matter.  This is one.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Make Fans With Watercolor Paintings: Freda Kahlo





Time for a watercolor video.  This one I actually painted last year but decided to publish this year.  Painting Freda Kahlo was fun and making the fans was even more so.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Geirlug, The King’s Daughter Illustration Collage





I'm very excited that this series is coming along.  Today I published the collage for G in the Fairy Tale Alphabet Book.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Another Crazy Horse Rose in Watercolor





This week I had no trouble with the glitch I was having on YouTube lately.  Really good news for me.  Technology can get me down.  I enjoyed painting his rose and hope everyone enjoys seeing it.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

My tribute to Black Lives Matter Collage





This is only one of my first tributes to the Black Lives Matter movement.  I think art should make a statement and try to influence society for the better and not take its cues from society.  We have a sacred trust with these talents and if we don't speak out with our gifting, who will?

Thursday, July 16, 2020

The Elves and the Shoemaker Collage Illustration Reload





I didn't even realize that the audio voice-over didn't record properly the first time I uploaded this video to YouTube until one of my friends mentioned she liked the peaceful music.  I had to go listen to make sure it was low enough to hear my dialog only to find there was no dialog after I went to all the trouble of telling the story.  If you missed the story, here it is in this reload of the Elves and the Shoemaker.

Father Frost Collage Illustration for Children’s Book





Kevin and I fought with YouTube for 3 days putting in some 5 hours trying to circumnavigate the system glitch yesterday, but finally today I got it to publish.  What a nightmare.  Glad to have it ready though.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

A Crazy Horse Rose in Watercolor Speed Painting





These watercolor flowers never grow old for me.  I enjoy each one and I learn something new from each one too.  Painting watercolor is a joy.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Xavya and the Bird Gift, an African American Folktale for a Children’s Book





My dear friend Marie Flint wrote this story for my alphabet book using an old African American folktale to retell.  It's so charming you won't be wasting your time to watch this one.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

The Elves and the Shoemaker Collage Illustration





Many thanks to my Patrons who made it possible to buy a new tripod arm for my camera to be stationary above my work.  It made filming so much easier.


Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Yellow and Pink Rose in Watercolor



So much is happening in the news and on social media, I felt it was time to take a break and just paint.  It feels good to paint.  I feel calmer somehow.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Keeping Busy During the Pandemic, Doll Shoes





It's been one of those weeks when you want to do something, anything to take your mind off of the horrible things in the news.  I've been working on these doll clothes for weeks but last week I finished the shoes.  Hope you like them.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

New Hampshire House Paper House Model How-to





I'm working on more little houses to keep myself busy during this lockdown.  Today is my day 74 of sheltering in place.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

The Celestial Sisters Collage for a Children’s Book



I'm always happy to have another page done for my FairyTale Alphabet Book.  This one is C for the Celestial Sisters, a Native American Folk Tale.  It was a fun one.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Almondseed Fairy Tale Collage for Children’s Book



Finally working on my new FairyTale Alphabet Book starting with A for Almondseed.  This one is a Greek Fairy Tale and I really enjoyed doing the research on it.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Rose Blush Painting and Covid 19 Insults



We got some bad news last week and it has been hard to take.  Saying goodbye is hard enough but not to have a funeral or wake in the light of this pandemic is really cruel.  So I paint.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Time for Vegan Oriental Salad





Okay.  So it is finally warm enough for my Vegan Oriental Salad.  I've waited a long time for this.  The ramen noodles and teriyaki sauce really make it.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

A Collage of Echeveria Succulents and Quarantine



I have a few suggestions on what to do during the quarantine lockdown.  I work on collages and cooking.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Painting Watercolor Lilacs and Blessings





In the middle of the fear of pandemic and all the strange media posts, I decided it was time to post something positive and uplifting.  I encourage everyone to list their blessings or what they are thankful for instead of dwelling on what if going wrong in the world or what we don't have right now.  It's a good exercise and will uplift your day.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Searching for Wild Greens





Searching for weeds for my salad.  These grow wild and free for the picking.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Yellow Roses in Watercolor



What a busy week for me but I still finished these yellow roses.  Here is my story.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Simple Watercolor Wreath/Practicing with new brush





I'm practicing with my new travel watercolor brush that holds the water in the handle.  It's an interesting brush and paints well.  It makes nice fine lines and that's what I wanted.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Orange Dahlia in Watercolor



This flower was very difficult to work because of the change in my vision.  I started it right before I got my new contact lenses so I had a hard time focusing.  It made my eyes water and get tired to work them this way.  But I finally got used to them. That's the good news.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Pink Roses in Watercolor





I wasn't sure I could get this one done this week with the problems I've had with my new contact lenses.  One corrected for distance and one for close-up, it has taken some getting used to.  However, in the end, I think I like them.  You make it work if you want to badly enough.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Mushroom Fairy Photo Composite





This one could have been another Skillshare class but I got tired of working it and just shortened it for YouTube.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

A Watercolor Demo by Sandy Kowallis





I always meant to do something with this footage I took back in 2012 but never quite knew how to do it back then.  Now when I came across the old footage and know how to put it together with Adobe Premiere Pro, I figured it was time to show it.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Emperor’s New Clothes Leg Collage for Children’s Book





Because I didn't film the collage of the little boy, I thought no one would be interested in the footage of the background legs but in the end, I decided to put the footage together and publish it on YouTube.  I got to share the process at the very least so that is worth something.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Hawaii Beach House Paper House Construction





This is another of the many house patterns but this one includes a paper palm.  The Hawaii Beach House is one of the more fun ones, and very simple.

Hawaii Beach House Paper House Construction





This is another of the many house patterns but this one includes a paper palm.  The Hawaii Beach House is one of the more fun ones, and very simple.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Pet Portrait Collage of Little Jipso





This collage took me 3 weeks to complete.  You can almost see time go by in the changing of my fingernail polish.  I love these collages.  It is challenging and fun for me.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Fantasy Fairy Photo Class in Skillshare





After 9 months of working on this Skillshare class I finally got it published.  This is the introduction on YouTube.