Wednesday, November 7, 2018

IF: Vote

Yes, I should have posted this yesterday, but I was busy actually leaving my studio -- in the rain -- to go vote. I was at first concerned that there was no line. I even took a book with me in case. I was concerned the rain had scared people away, but when I asked, the woman assured me that they had been busy all morning and they were just having an afternoon lull. So it was perfect timing for me.

Thanks to Illustration Friday for the kick in the seat of the pants to actually create this piece of art. I painted this using Procreate with my iPad Pro and mostly my finger to paint with details added using the Apple Pencil.

Did you vote? Do you think it's important to raise our children to be involved in politics and the decisions being made in our country?
Traci Van Wagoner paint play Vote
©2018 Traci Van Wagoner

Thursday, November 1, 2018

IF: Witch

Illustration Friday: Witch

I know, I know, I should have posted this yesterday for Halloween, but as you may or may not know by now, I firmly believe in procrastination. This is NYC Witch I created a while ago. I had another witch painting I was working on, but I haven't had a chance to finish it since other work stuff got in the way. Pesky work stuff. This was created in Photoshop using my signature texture colors which were originally created in Painter.

Wouldn't you just love to be able to fly over New York City on a broomstick? I know I would. I hope you all had a spooktacular Halloween. Since I don't have kids, I don't do the trick or treat thing, and so, I have no candy. Boo. I'd love to hear about your Halloween escapades in the comments below.

Illustration Friday Witch created by Traci Van Wagoner
©2014 Traci Van Wagoner,  NYC Witch

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

IF: Ghost

BOO!

'Tis that time of year again with ghosts roaming about. So I'm sharing (again) my Balloon Lift Off Spooky for this week's Illustration Friday prompt Ghost. The house on the hill is haunted.

This painting is part of my Red Balloon series. If you're interested getting this as a print, let me know.

Happy Halloween!

Illustration Friday Ghost by Traci Van Wagoner
©2017 Traci Van Wagoner

Monday, October 15, 2018

Magical

Have a MAGICAL Monday!

It's been a while since I've shared here. I thought I'd dive back in with the Illustration Friday challenge word, Magical. Oh yeah, that's my kind of word. Doesn't everyone want a fairy godmother to turn them into a princess or prince? Or a mouse into a carriage horse? A pumpkin into the carriage? Bippity-boppity-boo! The transformation has begun.

I created this using Procreate on my iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil. Part of my #paintplay exploration and fun painting adventure. Please let me know if you would like to purchase this as a print.

If you could have one wish granted, what would it be?
Magical IF Traci Van Wagoner
Fairy Godmother, @2018 Traci Van Wagoner


Thursday, June 7, 2018

Illustration Friday: Green

Sunny Green 

I haven't had a chance to participate in Illustration Friday for a while. I couldn't pass up on the prompt word, Green. So, as I took a few moments to relax between deadlines and paint play in my iPad Pro with Procreate and my finger and this pretty scene of rolling green hills is what came out. And a castle is always fun, and a warm, bright sun, yeah. So, there you have it, Sunny Green.

What do you think of when you hear the word Green?
Sunny Green fantasy painting by Traci Van Wagoner
©2018 Traci Van Wagoner

Friday, May 25, 2018

Balloon Lift Off Painting Series

The Full 5 Red Balloon Adventure by Traci Van Wagoner

I have been remiss in updating you on my Balloon Lift Off Series. I thought it would be fun to show them all here in a full set of 10 paintings in the series so far. Most of them are available as prints, cards, and more on my Redbubble Store. If there is a paint here you don't see there, and you'd like to get a print or other item, please contact me.

I'm letting the wind take me where it will on these. If you have any place specific you'd like to see her fly over or through, let me know. If you feel so inclined, post a photo of a place you'd like to see her visit. I hope you're enjoying the journey.

Live, Laugh, Learn -- and Fly!


Balloon Lift Off Series of paintings by Traci Van Wagoner
Balloon Lift Off ©2017 Traci Van Wagoner
Balloon Lift Off Series of paintings by Traci Van Wagoner
Up, Up and Away ©2017 Traci Van Wagoner




Balloon Lift Off Series of paintings by Traci Van Wagoner
Washed Out to Sea ©2017 Traci Van Wagoner
Balloon Lift Off Series of paintings by Traci Van Wagoner
The Lighthouse ©2017 Traci Van Wagoner


Balloon Lift Off Series of paintings by Traci Van Wagoner
Wild ©2017 Traci Van Wagoner
Balloon Lift Off Series of paintings by Traci Van Wagoner
Balloon Crossing ©2017 Traci Van Wagoner


Balloon Lift Off Series of paintings by Traci Van Wagoner
Spooky ©2017 Traci Van Wagoner
Balloon Lift Off Series of paintings by Traci Van Wagoner
Thanksgiving Day Parade ©2017 Traci Van Wagoner



Balloon Lift Off Series of paintings by Traci Van Wagoner
Full Moon Balloons ©2018 Traci Van Wagoner
Balloon Lift Off Series of paintings by Traci Van Wagoner
Reflections ©2018 Traci Van Wagoner

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Piano Recital Then and Now

When I saw the prompt for Illustration Friday this week of piano, I had to have a go at this painting again, Piano Recital. The girl is all grown up now with a bigger audience and perhaps more refined color and a not so heavy handed feel overall. I've always loved this painting, and over the last year I've been playing with loosening up my paint style and have explored with a ton of new tools, so I thought it would be fun to recreate this.

Improvement in style or not?

New - painted in Procreate with iPadPro


Piano Concert Now by Traci Van Wagoner
©2018 Traci Van Wagoner

 Old - painted many many years ago using Corel Painter (probably version 1 or close to it) and a Wacom tablet on a Mac.


Piano Concert Then by Traci Van Wagoner
©2012 Traci Van Wagoner

Thursday, February 22, 2018

IF: House

House in the Hills


Illustration Friday provided the lovely prompt of House this week, and this house (and little house friends) popped up in my paint play in Procreate while chilling. I had started the fall colored trees and rolling hills a while ago (in Autumn to be specific), but nothing came of it until the big house showed up. Thanks for the prompt, IF! Things fell into place and I quite like the result. I'd love to hear what you think of this style.

House in the Hills art by Traci Van Wagoner, for prompt House by IF
©2018 Traci Van Wagoner


Thursday, February 15, 2018

IF: Olympics

Hippo and Zebra Couples Figure Skating


I've enjoyed watching figure skating in the Olympics this week and with the prompt from Kidlitart #BAPC18 of animals for February, I decided to have some #paintplay fun with a hippo and zebra couple skating their way across the ice in the spotlights of the Olympics.

This month, I'm also in the process of playing with a variety of styles (my own personal challenge) and had fun playing with this painterly, loose style with Procreate on my iPad Pro. I have an Apple Pencil, but I didn't use it with this painting since I wanted to keep things loose.

Hippo and Zebra figure skaters by Traci Van Wagoner
©2018 Traci Van Wagoner


 If you'd like to see a process video, check out my FB page or on twitter @TraciVanWagoner

Also, if you'd like to see more art in this style with or without animals, let me know. I'm always trying to create art that brings smiles.

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...