Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Angel Light Video Part 4

I'm thinking that the painting is done!

Here's the last installment of time-lapse videos.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Angel Light Time Lapse Video 3

My process is interrupted not just by the children, but my own mistakes and changes that I want to do to the painting.  The shoulders are going up and down according to what might look alright.  Then again, they are going to be completely covered by the hair (oh, I cannot WAIT to do the hair, but it always has to go last.)
The right wing went from yech to yay and the globe candle light thingy keeps transforming.  At the moment, I'm focusing on making the globe look like a marble I once painted, only with a candle on the inside.  (This was after the a few criticisms that the globe was appearing to look a little too much like Sauron's eye.)

What went unfilmed was last night's surprise session.  My husband was with the kids and I made a general gold glow over her shoulders and wings and turned the shadows upside-down.  I was loathe to do so, since I didn't want her nose to look too upturned, but I think that it came out well.

Next on the list is the right hand, the clothing, and then finally...oh joy of joys!...the hair!  Also probably a few more touch ups on the face, but that's never done until I hand the painting over.

Thursday, June 25, 2015


After uploading the last two time lapse videos, YouTube suggested some other ones to me which ended up being mightily helpful! When designing the background of "Angel Light," I threw in some stars, which can be tedious when each is individually painted.
Rather like the tree I did for a dear friend.

I watched a few different styles of splattered stars and thought that I'd try it on a different canvas before tackling, and potentially messing up "Angel Light."

First I covered the whole thing (even the gallery wrapped edges) with black gesso. Then I marked with partially transparent blues and purples where I wanted my sky and water. Then I SPLATTERED!!!!  This involved a two inch brush, white acrylic paint, and my fingers ruffling the brush like a a deck of cards. Fun!

Here's a video time lapse of the finishing touches. The clouds were just too bright and, since this was a gift for my handsome hubby, I put in the silhouette of a dragon.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Angel Light Time Lapse Video 2

Here's the latest two sessions.

Session 3 focused intensely on the left wing.  I find faces so much more fun to paint than anything else, so I have to work hard to not fudge the other important details of the painting.

The next session will be the right hand wing and then probably the clothing, working from the background of the figure to the foreground.

Then will be the hands and globe light and last will be the upper background, which will be dictated by how the light ends up working.


Monday, June 22, 2015

Comic Hiatus

Sorry, folks, but Lucy is taking a break as I work on some commissions.
But never fear!  I will post updates.

Here we have the blurry (sorry again) before and during pictures of commission number one.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Swimsuit Season

The struggle was real.  Now I'm just happy to fit into my clothes that are B.C.
Before Children.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Part 5: The Shrew's Shower

For those not in the know: 
Mr. Collins is a character from Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," a clergyman, and as  Deirdre Le Faye wrote, "What does make Mr Collins a figure of fun and rightful mockery is his lack of sense, of taste, and of generosity of spirit contrasted to his own supreme unawareness of his shortcomings in these respects."

For anyone who missed English Lit, Miss Havisham is from Charles Dickens' "Great Expectation."
She is a wealthy spinster who lives in her ruined mansion with her adopted daughter, Estella. Dickens describes her as looking like "the witch of the place."
Although she has often been portrayed in film versions as very elderly, Dickens's own notes indicate that she is only in her mid-fifties. However, it is also indicated that her long life away from the sunlight has in itself aged her, and she is said to look like a cross between a waxwork and a skeleton, with moving eyes.

Friday, May 22, 2015

People Eaters

For once, based on reality.  HT to my husband who was there for it!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Crazed Collage

Crazed expressions of horror, anger, joy, and shock. Can you count how many faces are on here?
Also, there's a sneak peek of tomorrow's comic.
#tbt #tbl #throwbacklucy

Friday, April 24, 2015

Won't You Be My Neighbor

Won't you be my neighbor?  Today's TGILucy was inspired by the recent Open House across the street from us.  It was like I couldn't tear myself away from the window, wondering WHO might be our new neighbor.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Baby Decoy

When I was a youth, I didn't know that people that I perceived as being self assured could be insecure, that those who appeared to be stuck-up were just shy, and that if you're at a loss for words, all you had to do was present a decoy.  This method works on people that you do and do NOT know how to talk to. 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Bow Club

Easter Sunday and we have all of the kids dressed to the eights (not the nines, because...well, sneakers).  Our pastor comes over to compliment the littlest on her pretty bow and my husband's response was automatic and the one that I used for this comic.

It bears repeating, though: if you want the toddler to keep the bow on her head and not attack you, do NOT talk about the bow.  Ever.

Thankfully, our little one has yet to attack anyone who mentions the bow, but it's only a matter of time.

But as for baby Hannah in the comic, I think that her temper and tolerance of both bows and Wickham is about equal to her Auntie Irmgard's.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tongue Tied

Ever been on hold so long that you get tongue tied when they finally pick up?

Ever do the dishes while on hold?

Make a cake?

Take out the trash?

Start dinner?

Eat dinner?

Eat the cake?

Go to sleep?

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Old MacDonald

One morning I was casually quizzing the kids on what noises different animals made.  Then we tried some more difficult ones.  Giraffes, platypuses, earth worms.  The last one stumped them exceedingly until I started screaming and yelling as though I was being eaten.

The kids laughed and laughed and insisted that I make it a comic.

Now it's not gruesome since the kids requested it...right?

Friday, March 27, 2015


My younger brother and I would wait for our father to come home from work--that totally exhausted and beaten down wonderful man--and jump on him with hugs in what we called, "Daddy attack!"

Now my own kids wait at the door, usually only in diapers, for their own completely tired daddy to come home so they can have, "Daddy time!"  This consists of my husband faceplanting on the bed while the children climb on his back and head.

Here's to those overwhelmed workers who come home and patiently let us glomp them with love.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Procreate App and Surprise Faces

The last two days I had so much fun with the procreate app on my iPod. I did this drawing of my 4 year old over the course of yesterday and today. 

A cool thing about this App is that it records what you've done, so you can see the progression in fast play.  Check it out here!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Sailors, Take Warning

Ages ago (aka 2010) I started the canvas and got as far as the sky colors with some waves sketched in.  Tonight, after a glass of Riesling and with Netflix playing in the background, I finished it up, lightened the sky, and worked on the waves. 

Pretty happy!

Love that Alizarin Crimson!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Don't Quote the Quote of the Quote Board

Almost as soon as I joined Pinterest (however many years ago it was...two?...thirty?...are there such a thing as years in Pinterest based on the number of pins pinned?  Because I have 12,656 at the moment of writing this post, so I'd make a pretty Methuselah right now), I began to see an increase in low morale amongst the female of my kind.  No, not just the Mom-breeders, but the crafters, the non-crafters, and us over-sharers of memes.  Blogs like Pintrosity gave us some hope that others were also failing as miserably as we at making everyone's first pin: the impossible cookie ice cream bowl, but after a while I began to see despair memes.

These memes displayed depressing expressions that I recall from my college days when people would see that I was an art major and then basically hate-compliment me.  You know, the kind like, "I'm so jealous that you can draw."  "Ugh, I can't draw a stick figure, I hate that you can paint realistically!  Haha, just kidding, you're so talented.  I hate people like you."


Image from despair.com
I know that I won't survive a zombie apocalypse by running or hitting things (except by accident or at very very close range if the zombie has my Dove Chocolate), but I don't hate you because you are a graceful gazelle of a human, who could wield a battleaxe to chop off a zombie's head while leaping over the rest of us meerkats.

But back to those memes.

New ones appeared that were about how we were pinning but not doing, looking but not baking, planning but not marrying (you should see the amount of wedding boards!), and then ones about how angry we were that others were doing things better than we ever could.

So I leave you with this thought, plan, look, pin, then DO or do not.  But don't compare yourself based on the myriad of ideas that you're not doing right now.  It will only steal your joy.

And to husbands, don't quote the quote board if your wife only wants affirmation that her store-bought playdough and pixelated images are just as good as Becky's.  Please.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Origin Story--Throwback Thursday

The cartoon that started it all.  <3

But when did Lucy really start?  

In 2009 I considered writing a written blog, one based on my life but with pseudonyms to protect myself in my workplace.  It was going to be called "Lucy and the Lion's Den" and would showcase Lucy, Leo her husband, and their baby son Luke.  But I didn't get beyond naming the characters, because I found that writing a fictionalized rant about my own life was too draining.  If I wanted it to be real rants, then I wasn't going to post about it publicly (also, I didn't want to lose my job and many of my rants were work related).

I came home to mom around full-time when another baby was born.  That year I did more art than I have in ages when I illustrated an eBook version of "Little Women."

But once the book was published, the art waned.

Fastforward to 2014 and I was bitten by the Bitstrips bug.  I put off buying the app because I thought that I could do better.  But I didn't.  I mean I just didn't do any art at all to tell my story.  Like most people, I scoffed at the badly conceived Bitstrips scenes and sneered at some of the captions they provide. The ability to change my characters movements and the captions on the computer made me warm up to the Facebook version. Then, after a while, I was back to feeling rather frustrated with their whole setup and its limitations. The artist in me was gnashing her teeth.

So I began to write down ideas.

In the dentist's waiting room I started to character sketch.  (This guy really needs to make it into the comic sometime.)

Over the course of a few short weeks, I doodled some more--more ideas, more expressions.

Then I put the question out to my friends.  Should I go with my gut and start rolling out a weekly web comic? I was asking like I pretended that I had time outside of momming around all day.)

And after 13 likes and these replies...

 I started Lucy & the Lion's Den.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

St. Paddy's Debacle

For all of you under 30's (or probably under 40's, if you never had a mother like mine who would say, "Just try this movie for FIVE minutes," and then found yourself two hours later watching the credits), Brigadoon is one of those rare gems that you're not sure if you hate it, love to hate it, hate to love it, or just love.

Also, some useful links in time...Irmgard had a run in with these wee folk at her Karaoke Christmas and the poor dear also appears to be stuck with Mr. Wickham from Pride and Prejudice at her beck and call, much to her dismay.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Do you know how long it takes to fold, stuff, seal, and inventory 370 greeting cards?  As long as it takes to make a comic.  So here's some photos of upcoming listings on my etsy shop, Artist Ave.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Hidden Horizon

Another one nighter ocean (what else?) painting. I listened to good old Bob Ross, but didn't paint what he was painting. 

I'm curious how this will look when it dries and isn't so glossy. 

Something Wickham This Way Comes

This comic took quite a while to do and it's worth noting because, if you rush art (like Irmgard will here), you end up with disastrous results.

Remember, if you can't read the comic, click on the image.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


There's two ways to politely deal with hot food. Wait patiently until it is cool or, if you tried it too soon, discreetly use a napkin to remove it from your mouth. 

Then there's the option to yell, "HOT!" repeatedly around the mouthful, hoping that it helps. 

I've done this.  Around a mouthful of coffee, home fries, or bacon.  Been there, shouted that, got the tee shirt.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Beach Rambling

Putting away the paintbrushes and calling this night's beach rambling good. Tried a day seascape instead of a sunrise/set.
Also, let it be noted that painting to the Doctor Who episode with Van Gogh is highly recommended.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Jumping back in

...to painting waves and ocean and, well, more water!

I had an unexpected break today when my brother and sister-in-love took the three kiddos for the afternoon. Having been of a mind to fix some old seascapes, I first started with a fresh one. It needs to dry a bit before I finish it, but so far so good!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Cards cards CARDS!

Another day with no comic???

I have two answers as to why.

Well, three.

Maybe four.

But you will get two.

One is that I AM working on a comic, only it's an Irmgard and Krystall multi-panel, which takes a while longer.  Here's a sneak-peak.

Then there's also these cards that I'm ordering to post on etsy.  Some of them will be available soon.  It's only a matter of logging onto etsy before the kids notice.  Keep your eyes peeled!