Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Illustration Friday: City

Inspired by the cut paper I was doing a week ago in tribute to my grandmother, I continued with this weeks topic for Illustration Friday.


11x14 cut paper collage and drawing.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Illustration Friday Topic: Animal

Illustration Friday Topic: Animal

This week has been a tough one.

My Grandmother at the age of 99.5 passed away peacefully in her sleep.  Although our family knew this was coming as over the last few weeks her body has been slowing. Spread out as we are, each are dealing with it in our own ways. My mother and sister were able to be there with her, for which I am grateful.  In that I am not able to be physically with my family, I haven been mourning her loss and reflecting on her amazing life here at home. 

She made the most beautiful "wycinanki" Polish cut paper. So this morning as I woke, I decided to meditate on her by creating one of my own in tribute.

This is all hand cut, I am including one shot below that give you an idea of scale and process. I hope she is smiling. 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Illustration Friday: Whimsical

The wind whipped with whimsy through the leaves on this autumn tree.

ink, colored pencil, acrylic, conte on toned paper

Monday, November 2, 2015

Illustration Friday Topic: Bouquet

It has been a month since I have found time for an Illustration Friday Topic. But here we go, last night after working off the Halloween induced sugar buzz... I found some time to draw/paint this.

Fall Bouquet.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Illustration Friday: "Reachin for the Prize"

October is here tomorrow. I have been busy with so very many things, but this little monster provides a fun break from all of it. One of my current projects is illustrations for a dia de los muertos photobooth and with that in mind. this happened.

Each little creature here is drawn and then cut out, that monster is naked underneath. I have been working on paper doll clothes for him and to hang with these guys he needed a skeleton suit.

In relation to the Illustration Friday Topic:
I have titled this piece "Reachin' for my prize"

I am adding an image here of some of the cut outs laying on a table during the process of this one.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Illustration Friday: HEART

Weekly Topic: Heart

Whenever monster and monster pick out their favorite paper clothes for a date, they are always ready to give their heart.

completely cheesy I know, but I just couldn't help myself.

continuing work on a monster paper doll series. 

Friday, July 31, 2015

Illustration Friday: Grow

These odd and interesting looking mushrooms sprouted overnight in one of my potted plants on my front porch. This wouldn't be very interesting, except that I live in southern California, where we are in a major drought and I never remember to water said plant. I am amazed that they found a way to GROW. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Illustration Friday: Nature

Last class with my intro to drawing students yesterday. I gave them options for after last crits and as we stayed in dry media no color all term, they asked for some gouache/watercolor techniques. We did small 5x7 studies. Washes and botanical illustrations, perfectly fitting for the nature theme this week:)

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Illustration Friday: Treasure

The timing of this topic speaking to the content I addressed in it. Yesterday I received 4 stuffed to capacity boxes full of nothing short of treasure. My mother was visiting her parents, my grandparents home in Minnesota. I asked her to send me some of the massive archive of photographs, slides, negatives of my late grandfather. He passed in 2008 at 93 after what was nothing short of an incredibly rich life.

There are many amazing stories in my family history, but today I want to tell you about him. He was born in Podlesie, Belarus in 1915. He grew up, married my grandmother and had my mother in that area. They as a family survived the war, concentration camp, shrapnel from a bombing, and made the move to America in 1949-50. My grandfather had been a doctor in Europe, but upon entering the US had to again earn that status. He worked as a house painter until he was able to do that. 

He helped establish the Monticello-Big Lake (Minnesota) Hospital and Nursing Home, and he served as Medical Director of the nursing home for many years. He was a kind doctor, a rural doctor, trading food and banjo music for his services at times. He was an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota involved in research on the heart. He also did medical transcriptions for other physicians at the U of M as he was fluent in several languages (I think our count was 8?) . He was also an Honorary Staff Physician at the St Cloud Hospital. 

His fluency in many languages allowed him to research and translate bibles and other texts, and he secretly was a published poet under a pen name in Belarus. He served as Chairman of the School board for 13 years, there was also the fact that he nearly accompanied the US hockey team to Russia for the Olympics.. The list of his professional accomplishments is huge. 

There was a whole other side to him as well. He told horribly cheesy jokes, that he would repeat over and over again laughing so infectiously at himself that you could not help but join in. And he had "Hobbies" for lack of a better word.  He sailed, taught us to sail, played chess and earned the title of master chess player. He was a HAM radio operator. He dabbled in electronics, collecting, building, repairing radios, cameras, and phonographs. He built the family's first television set. later in life in his 70's and 80's he dissected and repaired Apple computers to send back to those without in Belarus. 

This leads me back to my treasure, through out his entire life, there was a camera around his neck or in his hand. He photographed nearly every thing, but some of his favorite subjects were Minnesota landscape, flora, my grandmother (who was beautiful) and people in his life which ranged from us his family to those at the nursing home, to vendors at the flea markets he faithfully attended and supported. Had a dark room in the house where he developed almost all of his own photos too. I am including a self portrait he took with my grandmother here when they first settled in Minnesota and another self portrait from later in his life (looking very stern which was not a natural expression as his smile was huge. I am beyond excited to begin to make my way through the thousands of photos I now have, my treasure.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Illustration Friday: Garden

This garden started from the bench and dreams of what I might have my own garden look like. I was cleaning my yard this past weekend, debris that had been there a year from when I had demolished and rebuilt the termite infested deck. The pile of debris was overgrown with vines that had  crawled their way over and under everything.

I like when nature goes a bit untamed in a yard.
After all, much like a cage for animals, and like many Southern California yards it is contained by an old chain link fence.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Cards available online!

ok, I know you have seen this image before but I HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT!!

FINALLY!!! Many of you who live in various parts of the country have been asking for a way to purchase my handmade archival greeting cards. Well, I have a few of them up (close to 80!) phew! 
Still debating if I want to break them up into categories (and what those might be, opinions welcome:) But for now its official they are ready to go and shipping is free.

So go forth and send art one stamp at a time!

Please help me spread the word!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Illustration Friday: Sharp

traditional watercolor and ink on arches paper
revisiting some Haeckel inspired studies for this prompt.
These gorgeous intricate little ancient creatures had tiny sharp defenses. 
digital manipulation of traditional drawing
digital manipulation of traditional drawing

Monday, June 29, 2015

more of the monster. IF:danger

Well here he is again, my son is home sick today from camp and so some drawing downtime together meant a visit from the orange monster.. Danger! The wind is about to take that lovely umbrella.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Illustration Friday: Monster

Sunday with Monster. 

This weeks Illustration Friday Topic : Monster.

This is actually three separate little illustrations all in gouache on paper.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Illustration Friday: Melt

I'm back. It has been so busy I haven't managed to squeeze in an IF post.  Art Fairs, commissions, Photobooth props, Set Design, Teaching. But finally I had a day, today and I tackled melt.

gouache and ink on arches. The full illustration on right, 10x14" details of two of the cones on left:)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Illustration Friday: Strong

"Strong and balanced, though sometimes hard to see"

painting on paper 10x10"

"Strong and balanced, though sometimes hard to see" 

my response to the #illustrationfriday topic

#strong. Painting on paper. The theme of balance seems to be creeping back in to my work. Such a difficult thing to manage. 

mother + artist + teacher + woman + human + sister + daughter + aunt + friend + lost + found + tired + awake

Monday, March 9, 2015

Illustration Friday: Path

Weekly Topic: Path

This one was a fun experiment for me. The path and rectangular structures are collaged in and painted/drawn with the rest of the composition.

10x13 in vellum collage, acrylic, ink and conte on cold press toned paper.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Illustration Friday: Reflection

10 X 14" Watercolor and Ink on Arches.

Today, I was notified that I was selected by the jury for the inaugural Jackalope Art Fair in Pasadena. I thought it might be a fitting tribute to take on the topic of reflection with that Jackalope in mind. This is the result.

info on the fair @
or the event page

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Illustration Friday: Metropolis

Illustration Friday: Metropolis

It has been quite some time since my last participation in an Illustration Friday challenge.

I was excited to jump in on this one and play with the idea of a personal metropolis slightly removed from the one just behind. Much like myself. see what else I have been up to by following me on instagram @aliciagorecki

12x18" pen and ink.