Florida painter, Everglades, Marco Island, artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

8/13/08

Children's Story Illustration Change from Everglades!

I've just delivered the first six illustrations for a children's story called "The Berry Good Berry and Nut Company" Let me introduce you to Sammy Squirrel and his helper Midget Mouse. Midget is throwing her worries to the wind at Wayward Willies, and the friends are relaxing at Sally's Swill. Yes, Sally's Swill - no comments, please! After a lot of sketching (how does a squirrel's shoulder look when he's moving, where is a mouse tail actually attached?) I used mixed media, including watercolor, watercolor pencils, and India ink pens and brushes. Faber Castell artist pens with brush tips were new to me and a pleasure to use. Quite a change from my usual Everglades. I'm sure it will help me to grow as an artist. How far out of your comfort zone in life are you willing to go to grow?


4 comments:

bonnieluria said...

JoAnn - what a beguiling set of illustrations and further indication of your range.
I've got you on direct feed and when this opened this morning, I thought, hmmm, is she posting the work of a friend.
Yes- in fact, your best friend. Your other artist self.

This is just wonderful, charming.

How many more pages do you feel you have to add?

JoAnn Sanborn said...

Thanks, Bonnie! There are six in this set, but I only showed the two -- isn't that enought for an Everglades blog? Now if I could only edit the story! You know I check in with you now and then. Looks like now I'll want to figure out "direct feed" Something new every day.....

John said...

I recently visited Mrs. Sanborn at her studio while on a trip with my mother (who had purchased an everglades diptich). It was a pleasure to chat with such a talented artist. Her paintings capture the essence of the Florida everglades, I am also intrested in seeing more of her impressionist styled paintings. John Drake

JoAnn Sanborn said...

The pleasure was certainly mine, John. You have a great eye! You'll be welcome whenever you're on Marco. JoAnn

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