Saturday, March 28, 2015

Shop Allyn Howard- Society 6


I recently added some new things to my Society 6 shop.
Above, Lotta Buns in blue on orange background, inspired by fellow scenic, Will Valentin.
Certain designs are easy to customize and sometimes come out better than the original! 

Admiring Frederick Douglass, w/bunny bag, at the NY Historical Society

Well, I like both the pink and orange and I added some bunnies on green, too :)


Browse prints, pillows, bags and more in my Shop - Society6.com/AllynHoward




Salon style animal portraits are new to my shop, too!



Most of you Blipadee followers have probably seen baby Birds, they remain a favorite of mine :)


These two were just added today - Bunny Seascape and below, Bear moves on ...

Originals painted with acrylics on unprimed wood.

Drum roll, please ...

photo courtesy Melissa Zexter, decoration by me

Come see my lovey friend, Kristine Lombardi, read her new book Lovey Bunny
at my neighborhood bookstore, Book Court - Saturday April 4th 11am
I can't wait!


and just in time for Easter! 

detail - it's almost here! Easter illustration 

Have a lovely weekend!
xo, A

Saturday, March 14, 2015

My Comrades, an Exhibition and Lovey Bunny!

Shane Ingersoll, me and Michael Nirenberg (Ajamu "red cap" Kojo)  -   photo by Anne Harmon

Just another day in the studio - working the barre with my fellow scenic painters
preparing for our dance debut.


It's not as easy as we make it look ;)


Anne Harmon took the stage at Reverend Ike's United Palace
We're still doing work on The Following, filming there for a day or two.
We didn't have too much to do inside, just a little additional plug to paint, 
masking out some signs, things like that. 
I've worked there before, it's simply stunning! I wish I had pictures of the lobby.

photo by Jessie Walker, stand-by camera scenic

Here is part of the crew I've been working with since January. 
Left to right is Shane Ingersoll, Anne Harmon (behind me), Ajamu Kojo (biting my head), 
Michael Nirenberg, Dieter Council and in front, our leader, Travis Child
Sadly, this photo is missing William Valentin and Tim Daly
who regularly work on Travis' jobs. 


This mansion upstate was quite beautiful, yet much of it is dilapidated and 
there were some safety hazards that came up as we worked. I'm glad I'm in a union
that's all I can say.


Thursday night was the opening of a children's book illustration show with my good
friend, Yuko Katakawa and a few other CBIG members. 


I'm so happy for her! 
The opening had to be rescheduled because of snow last week and 
it was a nice mild night this Thursday, thus a good turnout :)
She has about 15 pieces in the show and sold 4!!

photo by Nina Edwards

(our lovely teacher from SVA's Continuing Education dept, where I met Yuko a few years ago)
Ruth Chan (also in the show) and Nina Edwards' cute & funny daughter.


I like that they asked each artist this.

photo by Kristine Lombardi

Here, just a small sampling of Yuko's work on view. 
The exhibit is at The Interchurch Center, near Columbia, and it's a large space with lots of light.
It's up until March 31st. Take a look if you're up that way.


Ruth and Barbara are also terrific illustrators and part of CBIG


I loved this piece by Violet Paek, she had a few water tower pieces on display.

Daniel Kirk listens intently as Kristine reads - photo by Melissa Iwai

Onto Kristine Lombardi's Big Event at Books of Wonder last Sunday.
Lovey Bunny made her debut March 3rd and Kristine was part of a panel reading. 
 This has been her dream for so many years. I felt terrible that I couldn't be there. 
I rarely have to work on Sundays, but I was working on a commercial that day.


Luckily, friends shared photos and I got to see video of her reading.
I knew she'd be great and she was! Kristine is super charming and funny.
I could not be happier that this is happening for her. 
She's a great friend and one of the hardest workers I know. 



Below, you can see where she'll be next.


I'm thrilled she'll be doing a signing at my local bookstore, 
Book Court on April 4th! I'll keep you updated.


:: Lovey at home ::

photo by Ajamu Kojo

Just giving a little more direction to performers, tying up loose ends...
It's almost there ;)

Have a swell weekend!
xo, A

Monday, March 2, 2015

paint paint paint pictures


:: Happy Monday ::




Here are some new paintings to start your day off right.




I loved painting these little abstractions with animals!



This piece, above, is a few years old. I've decided I like it again.
It's funny how you can tire of something, then look at it again in a new light.
I think because I want to maintain a painterly feel in my work, it's appeals to me.


However, I love lines, too. and animals in frames ;)


I revised this one a little. It's also a few years old. Bailey bear overindulged 
at an Italian eatery and bun would like to taste those left overs!


See more work by me at AllynHoward.com 
illustration, custom paintings, murals, product designs and process pics.

Hope you have a splendid week ahead.
xo, A

:::

*PS - Kristine Lombardi's 1st picture book, Lovey Bunny, debuts this week! 
Perhaps I can score an interview with her this month :D

She'll be reading and signing books at Books of Wonder this Sunday
March 8th from 2-4pm
I'll be there. Maybe I'll see you!

Monday, February 16, 2015

More round paintings - yay!


I made 6 more round paintings in the last few days.
We only have to submit one for Lilla Rogers' Bootcamp class,
but my love for painting on wood has been reawakened.

Rudy Rides! Bike Chase on Boardwalk

I like chase scenes.


I found an image of clotheslines on Pinterest that I liked, then later stumbled 
upon a panda toy hanging out to dry, soooo I couldn't resist.


I wanted to include another face with decorative flowers in the series
and thought it would be nice to paint a younger girl in springy fresh colors.

Peacock with babies and daisies

 A peacock seemed perfect for the round format.

Flirtatious Lion, in touch with feminine side ;)

Hope you've enjoyed seeing these as much as I've enjoyed painting them.



I have to decide which to submit by our deadline this Sunday 2-22. 
I think I have a favorite, but will see which lasts in my mind :)
Which one would you choose?

Thanks for stopping by!
Stay warm East Coasters!!

xo, A

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