Last Day for sale!

Lily Ann wpQueen Lily Ann just wants to remind you that today is the last day to take advantage of the 15% off the cover price of Hideaway Hilda Learns to Share.

It’s been a very good week for us and we all hope you will stay tuned to see the upcoming adventures, art lessons, free drawing pages, and games. Be sure to sign up for the monthly newsletter for the full behind the scene stories, the progress on the creation of the fairy gardens and much, much more to come.

Thank you again!

Ann

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PS…..check out my other blog  http://secondglances.net/ and discover some ordinary images of ordinary things, that is, until you take that second glance. Another division of An Artist View

 

Clover’s Butterball Maze

cloverwp     Let’s help Emma and Megan catch the Honey Butterballs Clover is tossing for them. Visit the Free Fun Games page of my website to download the game. http://www.anartistview.net/Free%20Fun%20Games.html   Only 2 days left to take advantage of the 15% off the new book “Hideaway Hilda Learns to Share” Offer ends Oct. 17th. Order your copy today!  http://www.anartistview.net/The%20Enchanted%20Door.html

Have a fun day Ann

Inspiring a child’s imagination

IMG_2587   I begin this morning by telling you about writing for my grand kids. Let me begin by saying that I’m an artist first and the writing of the stories began because of playing with the kids. Being a grand parent is the perfect excuse to play once again without everyone thinking you just lost your mind.

It all started one day as we were playing with play doah. It was then that I realized that kids don’t really know what to do with the stuff until you actually show them. We started making little things and it grew into bigger things. It was amazing to see their little faces as they themselves realized they could make it into whatever their imaginations wanted. It was then that I began to push their imaginations. Making up stories and playing the “what if” game with them. It was so much fun, and not just for me. I had forgotten how much fun it was play, to imagine to dream without limits.

After they went home, the work began. I would create a world of fairies that would forever keep their imaginations growing. I created little clay fairies that held perfectly still if you looked at them. We began one day with a simple fairy trap. It was a box rigged with a string dangling from the inside from which a piece of jewelry hung. If a fairy came and tugged on the jewelry, the door would shut and the fairy trapped.  I had the kids set it up that night, lining the path with Skittles, cuz you know no one can refuse those colorful candies. Come sunrise those kids  were out the door before I knew it. They had trapped their first fairy. Then two.  And so the stories began and more fairies had to be made.

The fairies are the first things they look for when they come over now as the fairies never do seem to stay in one spot and the children always want to put them back into the aquarium village where they have there inside home. I wonder how long this wonderful game will last. Will the kids begin to make up there own stories? Will they still be looking for the fairies when they get older? And maybe not want to admit they are?  As for me, I know I’ll keep it up as long as they do. Maybe even let them weave the stories by the kid’s imaginations.  Will they eventually begin to write there own stories? Time will tell and I’ll be sure to let you know.

Have a creative day!

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Hideaway Hilda Learns to Share

back cover wp     The two new friends began their journey through the tall field grass. Chatting and laughing as they went. Avery caught a red feather that floated down in front of them. Neither of them seeing the slow moving shadow creeping up behind them. The darkness ended their carefree conversation. It was now circling them on the ground. Avery and Sadie stood perfectly still. They could hear a swooshing sound and it was getting louder.
Hideaway Hilda Hawkins would take whatever she wanted. Until the day she took Avery.

After nearly eight months, it’s finally coming to an end. Now for the editing and final arrangements.

Coming this July!!!!

Preorders will be available in late June.

 

Introducing Dawson

Dawsonwp     I believe this has been the hardest image I’ve ever had to do. You see, Dawson is my grandson and he is only 5 and if I don’t get his approval, I dare say I may forever damage the kids ego and become the worst grandma ever. You talk about pressure! Anyways, after days and days of changes, I’m pretty much done. His eyes will have to stay a little bigger than normal since all things are not quite as they are in the fairy world. I’ll let you know if I get his OK or not.

Fielder is teaching Dawson how to shoot his sling shot. It takes a lot of rocks and a lot of practice.

I really liked how the smudge tool is working on the skin. Only I can see I’ll have to go back over it with a little bit of the grain filter to tone down the smudginess just a little bit. I’ll leave the highlights and deep shadows for last. Then add the grain.

This week I’ll be working on Fielder, our little Elf.

 

Put that imagination to work!

Dawsonbeforewp     Ann

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first glance of Dawson meets Fielder

Dawson-meets-Fielder0001     In my neck of the woods, we are expecting 12 inches of snow today. I love it when I get a day like this. You really can’t spend time outside so it’s perfect for doing any kind of artwork.
Today I will move on in the book with the next image. Dawson meets Fielder, chapter 2. In this chapter Dawson and Avery meet Fielder while following along the path and are asked to help him and Spinderella fix the Queen Anne’s Lace that was mysteriously ripped.
Here is the preliminary sketch of what I had in mind. I’m not too concerned about shapes at this point as I’ll correct and change things as I go. I prefer to work digitally rather than pencil and paper so I vaguely draw what I want, then I scan and trace the image into Photoshop. I’m going to push myself a little bit more in this image by adding perspective lines. I was watching a video online of someone doing a digital painting when something clicked in this old scattered brain of mine that maybe, even I needed to check that every once in awhile.

By the way, the grandkids have found out about the book last week, so now I better get it right. Talk about pressure.

Have an imaginative day!

Ann

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The completion of Gaurdie

And here he is, Gaurdie, our little Scottish guard of The Enchanted Door with his flowery beard and plaid wings.

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I was asked this past weekend, by a fellow artist, if I saw the final version of Gaurdie before I started to draw him. My response was, I start out with a general idea then work with it along the way making changes as I go. I guess, as an artist, with sure a scattered brain, I feel it’s best if I leave room on my canvas for better ideas as they come to mind.

Now…..I better get drawing the next chapter image. Dawson and Avery will meet Fielder and help Lady Spindrella sew some Queen Ann’s Lace back together. Something is tearing them apart!

Have an imaginative day!

Ann

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