Monday, August 4, 2014

A Summer of Paper

Realized I haven't posted in a while ... Oops!  Wanted to post the completed cut paper pieces before I get waist deep in more paper trimmings...

mermaid lagoon illustration watercolor
I had to resist just covering this one in sparkles ... 28 years old and I still can't resist sparkly things!

mermaid tropical bird watercolor illustration
Lagoon Love - 10x20

 Sweets Shoppe -8x10

birdcage rustic watercolor illustration southern pourches

Summer Birds - 11x17

And here's a little sneak peek of my next post ... COMING SOON!


Monday, July 21, 2014

Silly Old Bear . . .

So a friend of mine is having a baby and I wanted to make their future little boy something special.  The theme for their nursery is Winnie The Pooh so it was only natural that Pooh's butt makes an appearance.  So I recreated one of my favorite scenes from Disney's 1966 film Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree and attempted to mimic the film's artistic style, but in layers of hand cut and painted watercolor paper.
disney winnie the pooh and the honey tree

winnie the pooh stuck in rabbit's hole

winnie the pooh and the honey tree stuck in rabbits hole
It was a great excuse to watch the movie again, but frankly I never need an excuse to watch Disney movies!  Hopefully their future baby boy loves this movie as much as I do someday!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Paper Fiend

Just wanted to post a lil update on what I've been working on this past month.  What started out as wedding and baby shower cards has now become a full blown production!

I'll be participating in an alumni art show for Academy of Art University in SF this upcoming fall (I'll include details in a later post) and decided that I wanted to take my cards to the next level... FRAMES! Shocking, I know.

No matter how much my fingers hurt I am addicted to this method!  My over enthusiastic self wanted to enter 5 pieces in this style but seeing that the entry deadline is July 23rd I may have to limit myself to just 3, but I don't think my stubborn side will let me surrender like that.  We'll have to see!

Here are some snap shots of my process.  I'll have another post when they're all shinny and finished :)

watercolor puppy daughter bakery illustration

watercolor puppy illustration bakery birds art
mermaid lagoon watercolor illustration art

mermaid lagoon watercolor j.shari.ewing jennifer ewing illustration

Of course there has to be a mermaid :)

Friday, May 30, 2014

Love Birds

'Tis the season for weddings!  My cousin got married last weekend and I thought I would make them a fun little piece instead of a typical card.  Love is in the air!

love birds illustration

And a close up!

love birds illustration summer wedding

Thought I would share that I'm going to be part of an upcoming alumni Art Auction in October for AAU and I decided I'm going to do some more intricate pieces in this style.  Let the explosion of paper begin!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Paparazzi Princess- Rapunzel

Ever have one of those days where you want to lop all your hair off?  Well that was me this past week, and who better to understand this annoyance then Rapunzel!

She may be a princess with all the finer luxuries in life (like a personal hair dresser), but even she can have a bad hair day.  Here is Rapunzel picking up a quick cup of coffee on her hair dresser's day off... she doesn't seem to be coping too well-

disney princess rapunzel tangled illustration

Sometimes a girl has to surrender to the hair gods, and sometimes the hair gods are very angry!  

Thursday, April 10, 2014


Just a quick lil post! Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' video for Thrift Shop came on tv the other day for the millionth time, but this time I saw the opening sequence and thought "OoO!  That would be fun to illustrate!"  So I did!

macklemore and ryan lewis thrift shop illustration

Now back to the 10 other pieces I have randomly started before I was distracted by shinny things!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Adventures in Bristol!

I happened upon an enjoyably interesting article on the Huffington Post today that talked about things that creative people do differently.  Here is a link to the article if you want to have a peek!

One of the bullet points was PEOPLE WATCHING and it dawned on me, "I haven't done that in months!  I need to people watch/draw today!"  So down to Barnes and Noble I went armed with watercolors and a Bristol pad.  After a couple hours of daydreaming and people stalking I left with these little beauties!

watercolor illustrations starbucks

The two Baristas working the Starbucks Coffee counter, they were definitely the most entertaining of the people I saw today.  Michael was cracking me up with the random things he was saying to customers.
watercolor illustrations starbucks barista

The old man sitting next to me patiently waiting for his wife to finish looking at the magazines

watercolor illustrations funny

And a fellow daydreamer admiring the people outside.

watercolor illustration daydreamer

I've been so wrapped up in learning new things on photoshop that I've almost forgotten how much fun it is to go out in public and really observe the people around me.  I will definitely try to make this a more frequent exercise!

Now back to Paparazzi Princess illustrations!