Friday, January 9, 2009

Cat's Cradle Portrait of Akiko Watanabe

"Her Cat's Cradle" 2.5x3.5 inches watercolor
This a deal that developed during the DSDF Portrait project. I have always admired Akiko Watanabe's work - it's nothing short of EXCELLENT. Her attention to details that is always done with such care and impeccable skills. Her love for animals is always manifested through each one of her creations. Here is her website and here is her blog prepare to be knocked over :)

So I see Akiko as an angel, most especially cats. This is why I thought I'd paint her with wings. And a pair of hands with the cat's cradle string position to symbolize that cats find comfort with her. I tried with my limited knowledge of cat shapes to paint 15 cats on her shirt. This number symbolizes an important figure to her which I will let her own. It's a miniature piece of art, but it's the biggest hug I can send right now and made with love for dear Akiko xxx

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Slideshow of my watercolors - artist, Jillian Crider

I've been busy.

I was not satisfied with my 'gallery' for art on my website, so spent hours putting a selection of my images up as slideshows. Each slideshow was assigned to a category - acrylics, etc.

This is my watercolor gallery. I hope you'll take a look and enjoy. It does contain a couple of images that haven't been seen before. I also have watercolors in other categories - miniatures and SFA 4x6 & 5x7. Also I do a lot of ACEOs as watercolors - these I have sorted into categories, too, and provided slideshows of selected works. However these are sorted by Subject/theme (animals, houses, etc.) Maybe if you have a little time on your hands, you might like to spend a little time to view. I hope your enjoy them.


Happy 2009!


Lake Lanier Quackers" 2.5x3" watercolor painting

"Lake Lanier Quakers"

on watercolor paper.

2.5" x 3"
"There is a lot of detail and hours of work in this. I am a member of the Miniature Art Society of Florida and past member of other miniature societies. I did this for a special display of miniature art."

This work looks so lovely framed. I've got it listed on ebay, with just over a day to go.


Tuesday, January 6, 2009


4 x 6 inches, watercolour and gouache, 2009.

This is a self portrait of myself at 22, painted for the EBSQ Self Portrait show and the WNW watercolour group self portrait challenge.

At 22 I was still a student, it was the dog end of the 80's and I had big hair and a big pout.


ACEO, 2.5 x 3.5 inches, watercolour and gouache, 2008.

Hyacinthus was a Spartan youth loved by both Apollo and Zephyrus. While playing discuss with Apollo, Zephyrus, the god of the west wind, jealous of Hyacithnus' preference for Apollo, blew the discus so it hit Hyacinthus in the head, killing him. Apollo used Hyacinthus' blood to create the hyacinth flower.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Lady Ice

ACEO, 2.5 x 3.5 inches, watercolour and gouache, 2008.

The first painting of the new year! Inspired by the cold and icy weather we are having at the moment...

A spirit of winter,Lady Ice wanders the night, her ice jewelled dress and scarf leaving a sparkling frosty trail accross the land.