Monday, April 18, 2016

a sheep painting, note cards, and book (EWE AND AYE) for the Refugee Benefit Auction

There's a benefit for refugees going on right now (see the end of the post for info on the auction), and I have a sheep package up for bid that includes three items:

Note: The auction has ended. Thanks to everyone who bid on items to help refugees!


1. A signed copy of the picture book, EWE AND AYE written by Candace Ryan, illustrated by Stephanie Ruble (signed by the illustrator - that's me)

2. Eight sheep note cards with my artwork (four each of two designs: sheep in a field and sheep happy birthday). The cards are printed on linen paper and come with linen envelopes.

3. An original Sheep Reading painting by me. The black line was printed on watercolor paper, and the color is hand painted* with acrylic. Size 8” x 8” including a boarder around the art for framing.
To meet the sheep and find out what they're reading, click here.

Sheep Reading Painting Process:

Step One: Sketch, ink, scan, and print the drawing onto watercolor paper, then tape it onto a board for painting -


 Step Two: Start painting -


 Step Three: Work on sky, tree, and grass. Make the sky and clouds fluffy to go with fluffy sheep -


Up close view of the fluffy sky -


Step Four (4-19 update): Lighter color for grass and tree leaves, new flowers, fixing up the fence, and starting on the  sheep -


Step Five (4-20 update): Fluffy sheep, a finished fence, and redefining the eyes -


Up close view of the fence and the zombie sheep (not really a zombie - just needs eyeballs) -


Step Six (4-21 update): More color and personality for the sheep and books! -


Step Seven (4-22 update): The color is done! All that's left is the black line.


Step Eight (4-25 update): The Finished Painting! -


To meet the sheep and find out what they're reading, click here.

About the auction - From the site: "Authors Shannon Hale and Mette Ivie Harrison have mobilized book people to donate items for an epic online auction. You will find one of a kind offers, critiques, art, books, personalized visits, and unique events from our generous helpers. All the money after administrative fees will go to Lifting Hands International, a charity that gets life-saving supplies directly to refugee camps."

Note: The auction has ended. Thanks to everyone who bid on items to help refugees! 

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