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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Evie and Mr. Quackers Love to Swim

(Click to see a clear version. You can click twice to see even closer.)

Copyright 2008 & Beyond~Kasie Sallee

~~I'm still playing around with this illustration style. It's a lot of fun for me and stretches me creatively. With this piece I pushed even more toward a vintage "Dick and Jane" look by stylizing the features and simplifying the overall look. As strange as it sounds, it's harder for me to simplify. I've spent so many years trying to teach my eyes to see every detail that it's a challenge to pare things down to only what's important.
~~I used my youngest daughter as inspiration for this character but made her different in her own way. I've nicknamed her Evie and was thinking about who she might be and what her personality is like as I was painting her. Who knows, there might be more paintings coming with the adventures of Evie and Mr. Quackers, lol. At least my girls are entertained by the idea.
~~I had a photoshoot with a dear friend's daughter this past week. She modeled for a new angel in my angel series. I'm also going to be meeting with another little model next week. I'm excited to have two little angels waiting in the wings. (How do you like that pun!)
So it's safe to say that my creative ideas are on over-drive right now. I'm bubbling over with ideas and I'm excited to get to work.

~I would honestly like to hear your opinions on these illustration type pieces. Don't be afraid to tell me what you truly think. Do you like them at all? You won't hurt my feelings. Honest. I've got my tough skin on. (Just say your opinions nicely, lol.)

~~Well, I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Anonymous said...

Dustin said you posted a new one, so I had to come and see:)
This is soo cute, Kasie. love her swimsuit...Evie looks like she is saying, don't mess with my duck :)

p.s I can't see the first picture for some might just be my slow computer :)

mornin'lady said...

Kasie, I love the illustrations, somehow I'm seeing your name in my minds eye on children's books in the library as the illustrator someday ;-)

Rose Welty said...


I think this is a great idea...the illustration style is a good one, fits with your personality!

It's a good with it!

Anonymous said...

I definitely think you have illustration potential! She has a sort of American Girl look, but younger, more of a paper doll look. I like her! I'm excited to see what else you come up with because if you ever do prints I could see myself getting one for my niece!

Elise said...

Hi Kasie

Gorgeous, sweet and if this was a print I would certainly love to have it in Savanna's room.

You are so talented and creative.

Lots of love

Valerie Jones said...

I LOVE IT! I agree....I can certainly see you as a children's book illustrator! And you need to start getting prints made, girlie!

Ann said...

Kasie, I think these are absolutely charming! And the style is so 'you'. I agree, there are children's book illustrations in your future. Go for it!

Jen said...

this is so cute Kassie! I love it!

Jen said...

this is so cute Kassie! I love it!

Anonymous said...

I agree that you could easily make some mad money as a book illustrator. And I think you and I are not the only ones interested in a 'vintage' look. Of course, my hero Mary Engelbreit has been making a living at it for years.... I just got the cutest wall hangings but Illustrator Jessie Wilcox Smith from Magic Cabin! My kids are too old for them, but they're for me anyway. I hung them over my art desk and they inspire me. Mr. Quackers and friend have that same feel to me.|5|HOUSEHOLD%20ITEMS%20DEPARTMENTS|333377|333377-P1

Anonymous said...

Hi Kasie... I know what you mean about being a lover of detail but I also love the simpler style... like you and Jen, I also love the vintage style and have played with it a bit myself... but I think with this style and your personality children's books could be a possibility! Bless you and the work of your hands and heart!!

And thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment... you're a blessing!

Chrissy Foreman C said...

I definitely agree about the children's book illustrations - your work is so beautiful and suited to that! How lovely!