This is one of Aileen's crazy colourful pages - full of texture and detail. The illustration on the left was in the book - and she created the frame and opposing page to tie it all together.
This is one of Shelley's spreads. I think the image on the right was original - but maybe not. You can see how she is a master of colour and pattern mixing.
This is one of Dorothy's pages. Her spreads almost always include words - poems, thoughts, quotes.
This is by Terrie who found the perfect images to echo the soft colours of the existing illustration.
So i had the book the whole month of July - but chose not to bring it on vacation lest it get lost or ruined. So yeah, i worked on it the first week of August.
The illustration on the left was in the book, unframed. I added the soft patterned paper since the colours worked. The lady on the right was from a Nordstrom ad. The bottom of her dress was cut off - so i used it to create a bra top for the corset on the left! Tucked into a pocket is a card with all the things we did on vacation.
The smoking jacketed piano playing gentleman on the left gave me a playboy vibe, so i added a frilly bed from the Anthropologie catalog and a couple of ladies wearing chiffon and lace.
The tree on the left had goats on the branches. Yeah. Goats. So on the right i added a tree with a peacock on the branches. The next town over, Arcadia actually has live free-range peacocks meandering the towns lush lawns and flitting about the roof's and tree tops!Finally - i took a page from a Zen calendar and added it to the last page of the July section of the calendar. No embellishment necessary. Off it goes for another round - 5 artists, 4 spreads each, 5 months, and at the end of the year - it will come back to me filled with artistic friendship.