Hopalong Hollow....

Hopalong Hollow, where the Blueberries grow sweet, and the moss feels soft beneath your feet.

Monday, May 6, 2013


I used to paint in a realistic style and one of the the most wonderful challenges was the painting of textures. Now that my work is more fanciful, more illustrative and more folk-like, I still love the challenge of painting texture, but am not so concerned about getting things perfectly realistic anymore. Working on this  illustration with so many textures,  made the journey most interesting.

  Bricks, basket weave,  red glass, hobnail glass, wax, carved wood, and hazy lantern light...

embroidery, quilted fabric, tiny stitches..

 fur, sharp needles, goosefeathers, painted carved wood and birch-bark .
It was really fun.!

Not "realism"... just real enough for a mother bear... who's really good with a needle.


  1. Fabulous! The embroidery and the tiny stitches and the wicker and the curved needle at the edge. All the details......love it:)

  2. YOU are just phenomenal, Jeri. The time that it takes to do this....but look at the results. As focused as I am, I wonder what I have done in such detail that shows intricacy....hmmmm....I have to think about this. Because whatever we spend the most time on shows those textures, those stitches, that love. I best think about this because what I want the most is to write. I hope that in time, my words, prose and poems will have that same texture that unfolds as the artist puts as much time into their craft as you do into your paintings....so lovely.


  3. I just love that painting of Mother Bear embroidering and all that makes up the scene where she lives in her lovely home.

    You have a wonderful talent Jeri, in writing and painting.

    Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

  4. I am always amazed by your work, Jeri. It's just wonderful, and my favorite bit is the embroidery. In the photo above, it looks like real, 3d embroidery! How do you do it?!!

  5. There is such richness of detail and texture in this piece, as in all of your work. The more I look, the more I see. I think that is why I love what you do....it is so multi layered.
    I received my package in the mail yesterday and I am thrilled. Thank you so very much for the giveaway. I'm having it framed tomorrow. Oma Linda

  6. Every artwork of you is a jewel. Thank you Jeri ! You talent is great.
    Nice week,

  7. A realism painter, I would love to see some of your paintings.. Maybe one day you would share? But you know, I consider you a realism painter in a storybook world.. The textures you show here and on all of your art is really amazing Jeri...

    Mother bear certainly is good with the needle... I must say, I have to agree with Starr.. It does look like 3D embroidery.. Beautiful Jeri, just beautiful!
    I love that there is always so much detail in your art. So many little things that I find when I come back to look yet again.

    I see the your template is much brighter! I can see your bunnies much clearer now...
    Have a great week Jeri
    fondly, Penny

  8. Amazing, Jeri....what I wouldn't do for just a hair of your talent!!! I sooooooo love your illustrations!


    France, WATCH OUT....Jeri and the gang are coming!!!!

    Oh I am thrilled to pieces that you are going to join! Remember, France is HUGE on farms, animal life, but do what you wish! WIth your wit and humor, ART and love for nature, I know that you are going to create a most CHARMING POST! Love that you are on the LOVE TRAIN!


  10. I love your sweet blog. Such beautiful art work and adorable animals. Love Bushky thought one of my daughters was the only one to use that name on her pet guinea big. :)


  11. Dear Jeri - you sure caught the texture as well as the details. I love it...whimsical is always the best.

  12. Beautifuuly detailed artistry! Amazing all the details that bring it to life and capture the imagination. Your work is awesome! Patty/BC

  13. Super gorgeous ! your art is always a feast for the eyes and heart!

  14. I really do just love your style! The textures are great. I'm still feeling my way out with textures in watercolor (thankfully I can google stuff on the internet!)

  15. Dear Jeri,

    Your art just keeps getting better and better! And your patience level must be pretty high, too. . . :) We all love getting peeks of the book; we're so glad you're sharing the process.



  16. Incredible Jeri! To me, it is still very real. Those stitches speak for themselves!
    You are amazing.

  17. I am in awe, dear Jeri! Amazing, beautiful work. Your illustrations are the kind I can never get enough of...
    Blessings to you...
    Have a lovely week-end!
    - Irina

  18. I just love your work, it just makes me smile, and I love to visit! Have a lovely weekend!

  19. Hi Jeri,
    Thank you so much for your visit and sweet note.
    Happy mom's day to you too!

  20. HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY JERI LANDERS! And to the females animalia at the farm too....tteeheee

  21. I love the textured feel of the brick, the puffy softness of the quilt and moma bears fur ... oh you do know I love your work ! Have so missed your visits but I do understand it is a busy time of year. Give the Pyrs a little snuggle for me.

  22. Dear Jery: I love drawing and explain the texture is very interesting. I am a great fan Patchwork and this drawing find it me frankly wonderful
    A hug
    .Mª Carmen Duque


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