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Welcome Welcome to this week’s Spotlight On Art

Today we are talking with the wonderful illustrator Louise Boulter, of Louise Boulter Illustration.

  • How did you get started in illustrations?

When I think about it,  I was illustrating to text when I was at school, creating stories and illustrating them.  My first job was for a lovely lady who owns fashion label Brat and Suzie. She got me going by asking me to come up with some illustrations for her t-shirts.

That sounds like a lot of fun!

  • Has art been a lifelong passion of yours?

I grew up with my mum who was an artist and Studied fine art at Wimbledon school of art. So I grew up in that environment.  It felt unnatural and intimidating studying fine art, but drawing and illustrating has always been something I’ve done, like sitting down to a good book.

My mom is also an artist, and my illustrator, but I could never draw well enough to suit myself so I stuck with writing. I think it is always amazing when someone can draw and create like that!

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  • How do you want people to feel when they see what you’ve created?

 

Most of the time the work I produce is commissioned by a client.  So I want them to like it.  I do family portraits so I would like the client to feel I’ve captured the nature of their family in one way or another.

Understandable! You want to make sure you capture what they want…which would drive me crazy. In my opinion, that is probably much more difficult than creating what pops into your own head and then hoping people in general enjoy it!

 

  • What media do you prefer to draw/create in, and why?

I love drawing with a scratchy fountain pen and quink ink when its all scratchy and unpredictable.

I enjoy writing with a fountain pen as well, mostly because the ink flows in funny ways and the scratch is very ‘old world’ and satisfying. 

 

  • What is your creative space/working environment like?

A complete and utter mess.  I am currently surrounded by receipts for tax, scraps of paper, pens rolling around the desk top and as it stands 4 empty teacups.  I try and tidy it once a week.

I don’t believe in completely clean work spaces! I always feel like if the work area is clean (while you’re in a project anyway) that you are probably having issues with the job at hand. 

 

  • What is something new that you’ve either learned or noticed recently?

These wonderfull GIFs that have been floating around.  Ive seen so many beautiful moving images recently.

I love those! 

 

  • What illustration related projects would you love to be able to do in the future?

A childrens book.  I am currently going though a process with a writer.

Wonderful! Children’s books are so much fun!

  • What inspires you?

People and nature.  I find I don’t really need to walk far at all until I see someone interesting.  The sensations of walking by the sea or in a forest or clifftops is almost like my fuel to keep me inspired and happy.

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Nature is so amazing, ever changing and ever solid. I find a lot of inspiration there as well. 

Thank you Louise for joining us today! It has been a lot of fun getting to know you and I look forward to seeing that children’s book soon.

You can find Louise Boulter at:

http://www.louiseboulter.co.uk/

and on Twitter: @123lop

Remember, if you, or someone you know, would like to be featured on a Tuesday Spotlight or on an Author Interview Friday please leave me a comment letting me know!

As always, I look forward to hearing from you so start up a conversation in the comment section and I’ll hop on in! Until we meet again, may your week be full of blessings and inspiration!

Artistic Tuesdays – Illustrator Becky Tyree

Welcome to this week’s beautiful edition of Artistic Tuesday! My guest today is my own illustrator (and mother) Becky Tyree. A lover of lighthouses, Christmas, and crazy deep and detailed art, Becky is a seamstress, an artist, a teacher, and much much more! Let’s see what she has to say about her art!

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               Showing her sass!

  • How did you get started in illustrations?

I studied art with a mail order art class. I really enjoyed the lessons and found mixed media enthralling.

I remember that class, she was studying that when I was about 6 or 7. My bedroom wall got a gorgeous mural of a swan on a lake. When we moved I begged until she painted it on a canvas for me!

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Her older pictures are signed ‘Teeto’ (a family nickname) but her new artwork and illustrations are signed with her full name, “Becky Tyree.”

  • Has art been a lifelong passion of yours?

I really only began art sometime in my early twenties. My husband encouraged me a lot when I was learning.

  • How do you want people to feel when they see what you’ve created? I want them to make a connection with the work. If they don’t, it is not for them.

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  • What media do you prefer to draw/create in, and why?

I love pencil work, mixed media (for me that would be pencil, ink, and then watercolor, acrylic, or even colored pencil), and wet on wet oil.

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Karl the Koi

  • What is your creative space/working environment like?

Our residence is an old Church building. My art studio is on one side of the ‘stage’ and the other side is my sewing room. The auditorium is undergoing it’s transformation into our family room and my art gallery. We hope it will be finished this year, but…..you never know.

They have been working a little every day on the great room. With the original plain colored glass windows (they are not pictures, just gorgeous glass) mostly intact, the walls getting painted, and a few pews and chairs being fixed up and painted, the space will be a bright and beautiful place to display her artwork!

  • What is something new that you’ve either learned or noticed recently?

I am always picking up anything to help me with my artwork. Recently, my granddaughter has been teaching me how to listen to what she says and translate it into a picture.

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LITTLE MONSTER!!

She has been watching videos and scanning Pinterest etc. for new ideas on how to make the perfect illustrations. She invariably decides she likes her way better because she can’t figure out why people are making things so hard on themselves! I’m sure they would think the same about her methods..I hear artists are slightly tempermental about their works. Of course, the Monkey has been giving her direct instructions for Little Monster as to the color composition, items and their placements, and so on.

  • Tell us about your two all-time favorite pictures: Please include 1 thing that you have drawn or created, and 1 someone else did.

Okay, Here I will first include my favorite picture…..Thomas Kincaid’s paintings that include lighthouses!

This is Thomas Kinkade’s “Courage” lighthouse. To see more fabulous works and get the stories behind them, check out the official site at: http://thomaskinkade.com/art-genre/lighthouses/

My favorite from my work….The wet on wet oil painting I did of a stream drifting though autumn tree’s and fields.

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She has a collection of lighthouses. Not just one or two here and there…the woman has a collection of over 100, maybe over 200 at this point, that includes miniatures, nick-knacks, paintings, blankets, coasters, table cloths, etc etc etc.

 

  • What illustration related projects would you love to be able to do in the future?

I am looking forward to drawing more dragons and fairy’s. I have the start of a wall mural going up to my daughters writing loft featuring one of her dragons. The mural is going to spread up both sides of the stairs right off the mentioned family room.

The dragon in question – pictured below – is Lavinia. Some of you have read the books and/or the short stories I post on here occasionally and are thinking “who is that?” Well, Lavinia hasn’t been in the books just yet. You see, she is a very special ‘keeper’ dragon, the Guardian of the Garden. Lavinia is posted to protect and observe a portal between Realta and Earth. This portal just so happens to reside inside the walls going up the stairs to my writer’s loft. And yes, we pat her nose and tell her hello or goodbye and goodnight every time.

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  • What inspires you?

Writers who are able to describe in such a way that I can see their story. It really encourages me to draw. God’s grace to have given me such a wonderful gift, and my loving family of writers. I am not a good writer, but I figure, hey, they aren’t the best illustrators either, but together we make a great team.

Go Team! She’s right you know, there’s a reason I’m not drawing my own stuff! Stick figures come out with weird bumps when I try to draw.

 

  • Who is your favorite artist/illustrator? Why?

Norman Rockwall With a simple picture he could tell a whole story. People connected to his work, and his work was realistic while at the same time interesting to us all.

  • Finally, tell us where to go to find you/who you illustrate for if you don’t have your own pages yet:

So far I have kept my drawings in our family. I am finishing up the drawings for my granddaughter on her first Little Monster book; – Little Monster is set to go on preorder September 20th and release on October 1st. I did a teaser post with the illustrations recently. If you want to check that out, I’ve linked it for you HERE.

Then I will be working with Elizabeth S. Tyree and an animal wildlife preserve in Kansas to complete both a color book about the animals at the park there and a series of stories about animals in the park and their cousins in the wild. Ask Elizabeth Tyree about those details. – I have spoken a little about Leonard the Lemur and more details will be coming shortly. If you would like to know more about the park we’ve talked into being Leonard’s home, check out www.tanganyikawildlife.org

After that, and probably some during, I will complete a set of pictures for the Stone Dragon Saga’s updates, as I have agreed to draw those this year. For myself I will be painting four wet on wet nature scenes and fifteen different floral studies to place on our family room/gallery walls. For Dr. W. Jay Tyree, I will be drawing updates for his children’s books at the beginning of next year. After that ….who knows…someone else want some drawings????

The rose from Dr. Tyree's original version of Monsoon McKreel...which  didn't even have an eel in it!

The rose from Dr. Tyree’s original version of Monsoon McKreel…which didn’t even have an eel in it!

I will be setting up an illustrator’s profile for her sometime soon, once we have a site we agree on to host it.

Thank you for sharing with us today Becky! We look forward to seeing your work in the books, and updates on your gallery walls!

Remember, if you are an artist and would like to be interviewed for the blog just let me know! Have a great day everyone!

Call For Authors/Illustrators to Interview

I have been the happy interviewee for a few well done Indie Author blog interviews and would love to pass that opportunity along to others! So here it is: If YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW is an Author or Illustrator AND would like to be interviewed for my blog, please let me know! I have a list of 10 questions that I’ll send your way, and we’ll get you set up with a scheduled publication of the interview.

When published, I will promote your interview via Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Goodreads, and this blog.

So leave me a message here or through my e-mail

I can’t wait to hear from you!

Updates and Release Dates

Today I thought I would swing by with a little update on out Works in Progress here at Tyree Tomes. With so much going on everywhere, we are just getting around to setting deadlines and release dates (ok, ok I am just getting around to it…the other 3 don’t much care if we set dates or just release when we’re good at ready).

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Current WIP –  A commentary on the Biblical Book of James. His favorite book. No eta on this one yet, he has been lovingly and slowly working on it for months now.

                        Weekly newspaper articles. You can find his new articles every week in the Alva Review Courier

 Classes – Dr. Tyree teaches  Biblical studies courses at North Western Oklahoma State University (Ride Rangers Ride). This semester they are using his books Paul on Paul and  What 3000 People Believed 

Available Works – To find more of his available works, search amazon.com for Dr. WIlson Jay Tyree

Binky Bo/Monkey/Princess Power Nap Tyree (She has many pseudonyms and cannot decide which to use)

Current WIP –  The Little Monster official release date October 1, 2015

She is currently making up two more little stories but, since she’s 3, I don’t know if these will hold up or not! Keep a weather eye on the horizon and we’ll see what we can do.

Available works – None, though I did finish the third book in the Stone Dragon Saga while pregnant with her so she is trying to say that she helped write that ;D

Becky Tyree (Teeto Tyree, Artist for the Tomes) – 

Current WIP – This poor woman is being worked to the bone right now! Her current WIPs include: The Little Monster (bringing Monkey’s drawings into focus), Leonard the Lemur, The Stone Dragon Saga (re-doing the covers, creating artwork for inside, etc), Paulonious Punk, AND Whatever Dr. Tyree needs her to do.

Elizabeth S. Tyree – 

Current WIP –  Leonard the Lemur – Official Release Date – November 13, 2015 for pre-lease Christmas Sale. Then off again until Spring.

Paulonious Punk – Still very much new and only half-way written, release date most likely in 2016

Dragons in the Deep – First draft is so close to finished that I could taste it if I wanted to take a bite. Release date probably in early 2016…but I’m aiming for December 6th, 2015.

The Toe Book – I have it all written and the pictures ready, I just haven’t put it together yet. Release date…when I have time to put it up I suppose. Let’s aim for September 4, 2015

The Wish(bone) Tree – This is an incredibly new and exciting (for me anyway) Children’s Picture Book idea. Almost a retelling or modernization of a fairy tale…or even possibly a sequel to one 😉 No release date on this one yet because I’ve only got the first part set up. More on this when I get it all worked out, I promise!

Available Works – Ready to see what I have to offer or wanting to read the first 3 in the Stone Dragon Saga before “Deep” is released? You can find me on amazon.com by searching Elizabeth S. Tyree

There you have it! The Works In Progress, Tentative Release Dates, and a teaser or two for good luck. Remember, you can always find more out by going to http://www.facebook.com/TyreeTomes and/or leaving us a message (here or there).

I am also working on webpages for everyone involved. I have a new author’s page alaynabellesmom.wix.com and will be working getting Binky Bo, Becky, and Dr. Tyree’s pages soon.