Looking at Pippity's Year..
Illustrations began in March...
These are the endpapers before being painted.
Bit by bit...
and stroke by stroke,
the paints bring the pages to life.
I enjoy going back through my photographs to see how each page progressed.
You never really know what the effect will be, until you paint.
Sometimes I have to "fix" something that turned out completely wrong. I changed Pippity's bedspread 3 times.
Usually, I have to "imagine" my rooms....but I sometimes have a prop that I can paint from..
Such as this marvelous mouse-size, cast iron stove inside Trimble Manor.
My Preying Mantis "models" had to come from photographs because no obliging insects would pose for me.
This video shows the last illustration in the book
All are completed except the Book jacket, which is the job of the day. That's the best job of all!