Making a Sunflower

A sunflower just says Summer to me.  So, in honor of the first day of Summer, I've made a cut paper sunflower.  Of coarse a friend showed up.  The leaf of a sunflower is always a nice place to sit. 

 

 "Sunny Day with a Friend"  Cut Paper  10x17               Melissa Babcock Saylor  

"Sunny Day with a Friend"  Cut Paper  10x17               Melissa Babcock Saylor  

A Look at my new Book

Well, at long last it is here!  The book I illustrated called Also an Animal by Lynn Parish Sutton is out and available for purchase.  It is a lovely book written in verse and I think it's just a delight.

Here is a link to the site where you can purchase.

https://new.myubam.com/p/7076/also-an-animal

 This is the cover of the book. 

This is the cover of the book. 

 Here is a look inside the book.  I love the puffin.

Here is a look inside the book.  I love the puffin.

Using up my Scraps

Believe it or not, I'm busy using up some of my paper scraps.  And I have a lot!  Last week sometime, I said to myself....self, what should I do with all these scraps of paper.  I really hate to throw them away. Well low and behold, I started making little houses.  Now, truth be told, I've always drawn little houses in my sketch book or just doodled them on paper laying around and I also adore and love house quilts. Any kind.  Well, it didn't take long and I was sniping away and pasting to my hearts content. I hope you enjoy seeing them.  I had fun making them.

  "A Colorful Neighborhood" 7x7 Cut Paper    Melissa Babcock Saylor

"A Colorful Neighborhood" 7x7 Cut Paper Melissa Babcock Saylor

  "Standing Out in a Crowd"  7x7 Cut Paper   Melissa Babcock Saylor

"Standing Out in a Crowd"  7x7 Cut Paper   Melissa Babcock Saylor

The King of Hearts came to Visit

So, I always have my sketchbook with me.  And not long ago, while on a family vacation in South Carolina (Edisto Beach) I was playing cards and I thought it might be fun to design my own deck of cards.  Here is the sketch and what I ended up with.  This was done fairly quickly.  There is a sketch of the Queen as well.  In fact a couple sketches. The Queen at the bottom of the page looks a bit cranky.  Also, a turtle at the top of the page.  Because I'm always on the lookout for turtles while at the beach.  I've never seen one, only tracks.  They're very sly.

The finished King card is at the bottom of this post.  As you can see I changed him to the King of Hearts from a spade.   Because well, why not?  This illustration was done in cut paper. Using mostly paper that I hand painted and stamped myself.  I did use a bit of sheet music and then employed Photoshop to finish things up.

Hope you enjoyed this visit.

 

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Hello Little Hedgehog

I have no idea how I decided to create a hedgehog in this artwork.  It just needed to be there.  I think he looks quite friendly.  It might be nice to meet up with this little fellow in the garden.  But, then again it would probably give me quite a start.  

At any rate,  this piece of art was done in cut paper.  It measures 11 x 16 and is made with mostly papers I have hand painted.  In the foreground are lines to indicate grass.  That sort of design is made form lino printing with ink and then painting over in greens and yellow.  There is also a bit of scrapbook paper and some old stamps used in this piece as well.

 

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Happy Easter

I may have posted this Spring rabbit on my other blog, last year.  But, I still like it a lot.  So, Happy Easter everyone!  I hope your day is filled with many blessings.  If you have some sunshine, go out and enjoy it!

 

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A Few New Things

It continues to rain in beautiful Albany Oregon.  But, it is Spring after all. 

I have finished illustrations for Also An Animal by Lynn Parish Sutton, published by Kane Miller Books.  It should be out soon.  I also just finished illustrations for In Search of a Beanstalk put out by Benchmark Educational Publishing.  Not sure when that will be out in the world. 

So, now I'm back to just having fun with my art.  Here are a few new pieces.

 

 Mouse Reading in the Garden   cut paper 12x12   

Mouse Reading in the Garden   cut paper 12x12

 

 Red Dog  collage  16x16

Red Dog  collage  16x16

 Girl with her cat Friend  collage  8x8

Girl with her cat Friend  collage  8x8

Rainy Saturday

It’s raining in Albany.  Not unusual for us.  I kind of enjoy curling up inside with a book and a nice cup of tea.  But, I have a hundred things to accomplish today. So, I better get busy.  I’m getting ready to celebrate birthdays for both my son and daughter today.  I hope you enjoy your day as much as I will.  Cheers!

 

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Holiday Show Coming Soon

Here is one of my collage holiday pictures that will be on display at Sybaris in Albany, Oregon for the month of December 2017.  I started doing this little holiday show 8 years ago.  The idea was really to take my mind off the surgery I would be going through in December of 2009.  So, I decided to do a holiday art show as a gift to my community, who have been so supportive of my artwork.  The first show was a hit, so I just keep doing it every year.  (By the way, the surgery I had went well and I am fine now)

This is a collage on canvas, using old sheet music for my background.  All the other paper was hand painted by yours truly.  16x20

 

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