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“beach parasols” relief print

beach.parasols.blogI have been busy printing and finally got to frame a few of my few of my new prints as well. This is a relief print “Beach Parasols” on “natural” colored stonehenge paper, size 11.25×18″ ( just the printed area).

I got the idea for the image sitting in a local beach bar looking over the beach. There weren’t actually as many parasols up but a few and I didn’t really see any fish but know that there is plenty out there. The image is pretty ‘clean’ and simple to keep the focus on the pattern. I tried different colors for the paper but came back to a natural tone to enhance the contrast of black ink on a light colored background.

Pigs – Relief Print

Three Little Pigs by Andrea TripkeThis relief print is about 18 x 23″ in size (printed area) and printed on ‘fawn’ colored stonehenge paper. After printing on several different colored papers I decided to go with this earth toned paper to match the sometimes dirty appearance of pigs (even though these are extremely polished).



Alice in Wonderland

I was posing for this illustration as reference – 9 month pregnant. It was quiet a challenge to hold this pose until my husband was done taking the picture. Of course, I took out most of my belly 🙂 My husband posed for the rabbit as reference. He wasn’t really happy holding a fragile china dish sipping tea…and than I would replace his head and feet anyhow!

These are my photo references. They were just quickly assembled in photoshop and definitely do not show my photoshop skills. The rabbit’s head was just a place holder for the later  illustration.

This is the digital value study I based the final illustration on.

The final was done in mixed media on illustration board.

The Wacky Shrimp

My latest job was a large illustration for the Wacky Shrimp Fish Restaurant in Daphne. I finished it in about 10 days and it’s now hanging in the Restaurant.

Each of the three paintings was so large that I had to work on them in my garage. It was so much fun to do – Thanks to Richard and Rita =]

Its acrylics and colored pencils on canvas (3 each 40″ x 72″).

The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe

This is the sketch the final illustration is based on. I changed the little boy’s face later in the process – giving him a smile.

After transfering the sketch on to the illustration board I penciled in the shades with colored pencils and then added an acrylic wash.

Next I applied a purple/ green oil color wash all over. From here I worked my way to the final with more layers of acrylics and colored pencils. (more…)

personalized mini – paintings

A little while ago I started to create little (6×6″/ 1 5/8″ deep) individualized paintings on canvas. If you are interested in getting a little something for your baby, a friend or your family, please feel free to contact me at

Here are just some examples:

All I need is: the Baby’s/ Person’s/ Family’s Name? Boy/ Girl? Color preference (up to 2 colors)? Image preference?

image ideas: flowers, bumble bee, hearts, sun • moon • stars, fish, owl, houses, cowboy boots, car, train, teddy bear….)

If no color and/ or image preference is picked I will surprise you and come up with my own design.

All paintings are made individually and will differ in a unique way from each other.

Price/ each: $ 40.00 + shipment.

Exhibition at the Mobile Museum of Art

Two of my paintings were displayed in the juried exhibition at the Mobile Museum of Art “Celebrating Our Maritime Heritage: A Coastal Holiday” ! Here are some photos:

The left one is a mixed media illustration on illustration board: “Mobile Bay – Where did the Oil go?”

The painting to the right is done in mixed media on canvas: “Ghost Fish”

I created both paintings as a reminder of the oil spill (Gulf of Mexico) that happened almost 2 years ago.


Pinocchio is my latest illustration in mixed media on illustration board.

The task was to have ‘Kaleb’ – the little boy – being part of a fairy tale. I thought he would be the perfect counterpart for Pinocchio. Because Pinocchio is still “just” a string puppet I have another string puppet play with him – only the hands are shown. I didn’t want to include the face and/ or body of another figure because it’s not really part of the fairy tale.

I was able to work from really nice photographs that were provided and Kaleb is just the cutest model I can imagine. It was a really fun project.