Thursday, May 26, 2011


Once again, blogger is being super touchy and is not taking comments (at least for me). Hopefully they will fix the issue soon...

Paula: I tried many, many times to leave a comment (and even restarted). I am not sure what is going on... It let you leave a comment. I will try firefox and see if I get better results. Usually these things eventually work out...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Aw Shucks!

Greeting from Greenville, SC! I've got the painting bug again ;~)

Here's where my still life with corn is right now...... I'd like to put another 4 or so hours into it tonight & be done with it! Any advice for a rusty oil painter? Anything weird sticking out? I know I need to work on that squat little Coke can; something's not right about it.

My steps in reverse.....

Hope everyone's doing well!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Road Trip: Norman Rockwell Exhibit and Louisville Slugger Museum

Cannot wait until November to see some original art by Norman Rockwell at the Dayton Art Institute?

I just read in the Cincinnati Enquirer that the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory has and exhibition called Norman Rockwell: Sports until August 4th.

From the site: "Open now through August 14, this special show features original sports-themed artwork by Norman Rockwell, the beloved illustrator best known for his iconic Saturday Evening Post covers. Admission to the exhibit is included with purchase of a ticket to Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory."

Well worth the trip!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Other National Park Artist in Residence Programs

If you think the program Myra is doing at Glacier Park looks cool, there are also many others. Here is a link:

From the site:
"At least 29 units of the National Park System offer "artist-in-residence" programs. Those accepted range from visual artists and photographer to sculptors, composers, and even writers. Here's a list of those parks and the application deadlines."

If anyone knows of other cool opportunities like this, feel free to share them!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Fill Creative Open House - This Friday!

Hi folks! I'm inviting everyone out to our graphic design studio space in Montgomery tomorrow (Friday) from 4pm - 8pm. I know I haven't met a lot (most) of you, but it would be a fun little creative stop for your Friday evening! We're going to have some snacks and drinks and great conversation.

Plus, please check out the fundraiser we're doing along with our Open House to raise money for Jeff Peppet's Man of the Year Campaign with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society! Jeff is a fantastic person I had the pleasure of working with in the past. We are thrilled to help contribute to his cause! Please check out his website and great story:

Hope to see everyone there! Email with any questions:

Thanks!! Stephanie Smith
9400 Main St. Suite 4 Cincinnati, OH 45242

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Illustrator News: Jim Effler

Jim Effler is teaching a two day class at Art Academy June 25th & 26th:

The Measure of Success: Portrait Drawing and
Underpainting with Jim Effler

Nationally know artist and illustrator Jim Effler gives us a vivid look into his style and technique for creating the beautiful images we have become accustomed to seeing around our town. This part demo, part studio workshop will help you expand your skill and approach to your portrait work and show you unique techniques for a successful painting.

Lunch will be provided. A clothed model will be present.

Time: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Art Academy Building

Instructor: Jim Effler

Fee: $155

Limited to 12 spaces

Monday, May 16, 2011

The Artist's Life

‎"if you can make it through the first forty years of being an artist, it's the greatest life there is"

Illustrator News: Myra Messick Simons

A while ago, I mentioned in the Illustrators Lunch Announcement that Glacier Park in Montana was looking for an Artist In Residence applications.

Myra Messick Simons decided to apply and got the position!

She says: I was accepted for this summer.  I 'm excited because I love being in the wilderness, and it will be a memorable experience for my 12 year old son. It will be an awesome opportunity to gather outdoor reference and paint on a larger scale, which I have been doing for a while. I'll let everyone know how it went when I get back later in July. There will be no internet service at the cabin where my son and I are staying, and I will not be able to use the government computers. Unfortunately, I do not own a laptop. I spent my money on art supplies and camera equipment, not to mention the cost of road travel there and back! Attached are a few paintings I have done recently.

Congratulations Myra! It makes me happy that people actually read the emails I send out each week!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Opening of "Drawing the Line: the art of comics, illustration, animation"

Picture by Kim Taylor
In a fit of blogger bugginess, this post evaporated. Must be a Google/Friday the 13th thing.

Here are the pictures again of the show opening at Clermont College. Tim Fuller, Daryll Collins, Brennan Bradford, David Hartz and I (Christina Wald) were all there to check it out.

The woman who put the show together, Kim Taylor, worked on the show The Simpsons for 5 years! How cool is that? Being part of the Simpsons creative team would be my dream job! (Futurama even better!)

She was instrumental in getting several other artists in the show from the Simpsons who put together their own comics anthology:

Here is a press release about the show:

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Bruce Erikson: Cool Paris Blog

In case you did not know, Bruce Erikson, is in Paris right now teaching for a couple weeks through a program Xavier offers (where he teaches painting and drawing).

For those interested, he is keeping a blog while he is there about his experience. Lots of great art and museum photos, like the above of the Gates of Hell by Rodin.

Check it out and be envious!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Duveneck Memorial Art Show

The 43rd Annual Duveneck Memorial Art Show will be held tomorrow Sunday May 8th from 12noon-5pm at George Rogers Clark Park on Riverside Drive in Covington, Kentucky. Come see, enjoy, and purchase artwork created by some of your favorite local artists.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Kiwanis Cares Safety Fair Poster

I thought I'd share this. My father works with Kiwanis and asked me to create this poster for their new event.

As you can probably guess, this was a really fun project to work on. Each character was designed separately, then added in. I may try to do a full composition in one sitting, but I find piece-mealing it so much easier to re-arrange as needed.

If any of you have kids (or nieces, nephews, etc.), it will be a really fun time. The theme this year is bicycles, helmet, and fire safety. The fair will take place at the Hamilton County Educational Service Center (HCESC) in Forest Park. The address is 924 Waycross Road 45240.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Drawing the Line: the art of comics, illustration, animation

Howdy Folks,
All the artists involved with the 12 Way With Cheese comic will be exhibiting two prints of their art in the comic along with a biography in this show. Each print is 12" x 18". The large poster of the cover will also be exhibited along with flyers advertising the sale of the comic.
Additionally, one of my animation students, Tom Fischbach will be showing three of his original animations in the gallery. The reception will be Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 3:30 - 5:00
at The Park National Art Gallery in Clermont College, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia, OH 45103.
Tim and I will be at the reception - I hope you all can come as well.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Recent Work

Termite Bianca


No More Blood


I've been spending most of my time writing for my MFA Project and haven't posted here in a while so here are a few things I've done over the last few months. To give credit where it is due Chris CF. Payne helped advise me on these works. Thanks again Chris for your wellspring of knowledge and patience.

Illustrator News: C.F.Payne


New print by C. F. Payne will be revealed tomorrow at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

From the blog link:

The public is invited to a cocktail reception from 3:30 to 7 p.m. on May 4 at the Cincinnati Art Museum where the print will be for sale to the public for the first time.

Framed, numbered and signed prints by C.F. Payne are will be available for $250. Unframed and numbered prints $50.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Reds Community Fund’s baseball-themed outreach programs and the Cincinnati Art Museum.

What: Unveiling of Reds Clinch Central – 2010, a commemorative print by C.F. Payne

Where: Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202

When: May 4, 2011 from 3:30 to 7 pm

Admission: Free

More info:

UPDATE: Article in the Cincinnati Enquirer:

Petar Meseldzija

I imagine there's already been a post about artist Petar Meseldzija...his popularity has recently exploded after this year's Illuxcon. But I received today my Amazon order of his book The Legend of Steel Bashaw and it is beautiful.

If you love fairy tales and narrative fantasy illustration, please give this book a glance. Most of the work can be seen on Petar's site but the book in print is really crisp. It's not an extravagant, 200 page book or anything. It's a glue-bound softcover piece and it's relatively short. I haven't read it yet, but it's beautiful and moving even at just a glance. It's a great visual lesson in color, light, narrative, texture, composition and dramatic staging. The sketches and development work at the back are a great treat as well. Check it out!

Justin, I think you'd love every bit of it from his paintings, to the painted framing of each piece.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Illustrator News: Dennis Porter

Caricature Artist John Kascht Draws Conan For The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

And here is the John Lascht's version of our own Dennis Porter!

Illustrator News: David Michael Beck

David is currently exhibiting six of his new landscape paintings at the Greenwich House Gallery located at 2124 Madison Road in,...O'Bryonville,...871-8787. The co-owner Mark Rottinghaus would be pleased to answer any questions.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Viki Woodworth's Butterfly Mask

These are kids and adults at the Cincinnati Zoo coloring in paper masks of a butterfly that Viki Woodworth designed. The mask was a big hit with kids and adults at my craft tables for Children's Day at the zoo, April 30th. The design is so attractive that even grown up ladies asked to have the mask to color.

Plein Air Sketching

Is anyone interested in some plein air sketch outings? I am always trying to improve my skills drawing foliage...

I was looking at this flikr group: