Category Archives: Illustrations

Remember National Novel Writing Month

 Some of my blog readers might remember when, back in October of 2012, I created an unofficial challenge for myself to write a novel in a month.  My goal was 25,000 words for middle grade fiction.  Here’s the first link … Continue reading

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Creative Leap Year-ss – Painting Journey

(FYI:  Began this Post in December 2013 and now it’s January 2014)  (FYI:  I tend to reflect backwards in the month of December – looking back over the year and looking back over my life’s journey) (FYI: I enjoy writing … Continue reading

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Sketch Dance : Feedback Request

What is your reaction when you open your e-mail to a wings of wonder post?    I hope it is delight!  I’ve begun a new series of small watercolors I am calling “Sketch Dances”.  This one, inspired by Charles Altamont … Continue reading

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Where Do Ideas Come From? – Bear Designs

  My illustrators group (OC Illustrators and SCBWI), in 2005, challenged the members  to paint an illustration based on a fairy tale.  I chose the Norwegian story, East of the Sun and West of the Moon, and painted the girl on the bear … Continue reading

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Mantra – Take Joy!

I mustn’t forget my mantra – Take Joy!   The phrase used in the following: Take Joy and Sketch Play by Linda Ruddy, two sketchbooks of illustration images for inspiration and joy. “The gloom of the world is but a shadow.  Behind it, … Continue reading


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Drawing Process No. 1

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When it comes to drawing I use every tool I can to get my idea on paper.  The five attached images represent the following:  Three dimensional object:  bunny  Free hand drawings:  The box outlines helped with scale and moving the object … Continue reading

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***News Bulletin***

  Sunday, August 21, 2011, LA Times PDF 8-21-11 The Letter – by Linda Ruddy Art and Story Los Angeles Times, Kids’ Reading Room in the Comic Section, will feature story and illustration by Linda Ruddy.   The story titled “The Letter”, … Continue reading

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Sketch Play and Quotes

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“Life is so full of meaning and of purpose, so full of beauty–beneath its covering–you will find that earth but cloaks your heaven.  Courage, then to claim it: that is all!~Fra Giovanni – year 1513 Today’s Sketch Play is inspired … Continue reading

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Peonies in Bloom

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Peonies in Bloom – a most wonderful natural high!!! Take Joy! I have fallen in love with this flower.  Before it opens the bud looks like a ball on a stick, but then the magic begins and what a glorious … Continue reading

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Girl in a Straw Hat

There is something about a straw hat!  I think sunny, summer days and lingering at the beach.  Nostalgic thoughts of vacations when I was young exploring mountain creeks or lazing at poolside.   And, of course, wearing a straw hat while tending … Continue reading

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