Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Christine L. Henderson, Let's Write!: The Artwork of Stories: An Interview with Traci Van Wagoner

I took a break from the digital world for a couple weeks while I spent the holidays with my family so I didn't get a chance to share this interview earlier. I hope you were all able to enjoy family and traditions this Christmas. Happy New Year!

Christine L. Henderson... Let's Write!: The Artwork of Stories: An Interview with Traci Va...: How did you get involved with doing the illustrations for this book? I worked with Pelican Publishing on a book before this, The Mermai...

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Sleepy Sugar Plum Dragon and Friend

Day 25, Inktober 2016 Dragons, Tired

Sleepy Sugar Plum Dragon and Friend pen and ink by Traci Van Wagoner
This drawing has tugged at me all year to paint it since creating it last year during #inktober as part of my dragon collection for the prompt word #tired.
So I did.

I've painted dragons in various colors: red, green, gold -- the usual, so when I saw the #colour_collective color prompt, sugar plum pink, this last week, I was inspired to try that out. What do you think? Do you like pink dragons? Hmm, what kind of magic or abilities would a pink dragon have?

I do believe the little girl is having sweet dreams as she cuddles up with this cute and dusty pink dragon.
Sleepy Sugar Plum Dragon and Friend by Traci Van Wagoner
©2017 Traci Van Wagoner, all rights reserved

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Cute Winter Animal Gift Tags

Get your own free printable Winter Animals Gift Tags

Winter Animal Cardinal Gift Tag by Traci Van Wagoner

Last year while doing some winter paint play, I painted some cute winter animals. I decided this year they would make fun gift tags for the holiday season. Since it is the season of giving, I'm giving these away for your own personal use. All I ask is that you visit my website and hit the subscribe button so I can email you a pdf. I promise I won't be inundating your emails, just the occasional free activity page and updates on the goings ons in my studio.

The tags have a fox, reindeer, and a cardinal. Print them on paper or card stock, trim and enjoy! Happy Holidays!

Winter Animal Gift Tags by Traci Van Wagoner
See full page of Winter Animal Gift tags on my website
Get your free pdf printable at www.tracivanwagoner.com. Thanks a bunch for following my creative journey!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Balloon Lift Off 9: Balloon Parade

The red balloons have got caught up in some kind of parade!

I had fun over the Thanksgiving holiday last weekend to paint this scene, inspired, of course, by the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. I didn't go out into the massive crowds to see the parade myself, instead I joined the parade with the five red balloons, the girl and her dog. It was a beautiful crisp day in New York, and I'm pleased with how I captured that fall feeling.

Balloon Lift Off 9: Balloon Parade by Traci Van Wagoner
©2017 Traci Van Wagoner, Balloon Parade

Can you name the big balloon on the left?

Stay tuned for more adventures. You can now bring the adventure home with a print, poster, book bag and more from my Redbubble store, and you'd be helping out an artist. Please feel free to leave a suggestion of where you'd like to see the balloons go.

As a bonus this lovely weekend, here's another painting I did the day after Thanksgiving while sitting on my roof deck in the now empty roof garden enjoying the slanting fall sun. Have a wonderful weekend!

Roof Garden at 299 NYC by Traci Van Wagoner
©2017 Traci Van Wagoner, Roof Garden at 299 NYC by Traci Van Wagoner

Monday, November 27, 2017

Balloon Lift Off Prints

Now you can get the red balloons series as posters and more!

I've had a lot of interest in my Balloon Lift Off series of paintings, so I am currently putting them up on my Redbubble store as prints, posters, cards, cool tees and more. Check it out and support an artist by buying something for yourself or for a friend.


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Balloon Lift Off Prints and More on Redbubble by Traci Van Wagoner
Balloon Lift Off by Traci Van Wagoner

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Hot Chocolate Comfort

Everything is better with hot cocoa on a cold winter's day

I started this painting last year during the holidays and didn't get chance to finish it, so this year as the weather turned colder and the days shorter, I pulled out my Holidays folder of sketches and WIP half finished paintings and ideas, and this one stood out as a perfect fit for the SCBWI Draw This prompt, Comfort. So, I finished it.

I always loved the feeling as a kid of playing outside all day with my cousins and family, iceskating, tubing, sleigh riding, playing Fox and Geese in the fresh snow, and of course the occasional snow ball fight and snowman making, and then coming inside frozen to the bone to find steaming mugs of hot cocoa. Ice cold hands melt and cold bones warm while wrapped in Grandma's soft afghan. Nothing better that that at the end of a full day of winter play. This is the comforts of home.

Hot Chocolate Comfort by Traci Van Wagoner
©2017 Traci Van Wagoner, Hot Chocolate Comfort

What is your favorite winter activity? What is your comfort of home? Feel free to share in the comments and enjoy the changing of the seasons.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Falling in Love with Fall

This week I decided to embrace fall with some fall color paintings.

This time of year, while I enjoy the fall colors and the crisp cool air, I'm always filled with melancholy. I love the seasons and the change of weather, but I also miss summer so when it's not here. And while I enjoy winter, I'm not generally excited for it to appear -- mostly because it gets dark so dang early.

The first painting, Fall Walk, has some cotton candy sky, the color prompt for #colour_collective and splashes of fall colors and a couple in silhouette walking through a park with a city in the background. It think it captures my melancholy fall mood pretty well.
Wall Walk by Traci Van Wagoner
Fall Walk, @2017 Traci VanWagoner
Fall Friends 1, Boy and Turtle, by Traci Van Wagoner
Fall Friends 1, ©2017 Traci Van Wagoner

Fall Friends

I enjoyed playing with the fall colors so much, I decided to embrace the change of season and dive into the autumn color theme. While I was relaxing and painting in swatches and textures and broad strokes playing with different brushes in Procreate, the boy and turtle popped out and insisted on being painted.

And while painting them, a girl popped into mind, so I painted her and her cat. They are all happy it's fall!
Fall Friends 2, Girl and Cat, by Traci Van Wagoner
Fall Friends 2, ©2017 Traci Van Wagoner

Do you love fall or does it also make you a bit sad? What is your favorite season?

There may be more kids popping out of those fall colors. We'll see. In the meantime enjoy Fall Walk and Fall Friends and go out and enjoy the crisp fall air and colors too!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Balloon Lift Off 8: The Haunted House on the Hill

The Red Balloons Keep on Flying

It's been a while since I painted more of the red balloon series. I couldn't pass up doing something spooky this week in honor of Halloween with a color scheme prompted by colour_collective and the color Ash.

The last in the red balloons series showed the girl floating toward a castle in the clouds and now she's coming back down and floating over a haunted house on a hill with a jack-o-lantern and a ghost. Eek! Her pup looks up at her from the middle of the island. Will he ever catch up with her? Will she ever come back down? Where will those balloons take her next?
Balloon Lift Off 8: The Haunted House on the Hill by Traci Van Wagoner
©2017 Traci Van Wagoner, all rights reserved
Balloon Lift Off Series 1-3 available in my RedBubble Store, art by Traci Van Wagoner
©2017 Traci Van Wagoner, all rights reserved

Thanks again for joining in the adventure. You can now get Balloon Lift Off paintings 1-3 in my online store as posters, prints, cards and more! Check it out. I'll be putting more up for sale soon, so be sure to follow along and keep up on all the latest.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Headless Horseman Spooky Art

Have a Spooky Halloween!

Illustration Friday's Spooky prompt was perfect for this week. I'm sure that was the idea. 

I've always been fascinated by the Headless Horseman and since that's pretty spooky and since it's Halloween, I painted this for some spooky fun. Have a spooktacular day!

Headless Horseman, spooky art by Traci Van Wagoner
©2017 Traci Van Wagoner, all rights reserved

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Madame Animalia a Picture Book Character

Concept art for my picture book project, That Dragon Must Go.

The Wondrous Madame Animalia, Trainer of Animals both Rare and Fantastical.

Madame Animalia character concept art for That Dragon Must Go by Traci Van Wagoner
©2017 Traci Van Wagoner, all rights reserved

I had started this character color study for last week's #colour_collective with the blue of the sky, but work project deadlines took over and I didn't get a chance to finish, so this week's Deep Saffron worked just as well with the tent and Madame Animalia's pants.

I've posted other characters and setting concept art for this project that you can see here. I have a completed a rough sketch dummy for this book and am in the process of creating a final dummy for submitting. This project took over this month instead of doing Inktober, and I'm thrilled with the progress I've made.

And now it's time to go sketch. Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to follow or subscribe to be on top of the latest updates. If you'd like to see more of my work, be sure to visit my new and improved website.