Monday, December 31, 2012

A Lynx picture done in watercolor and pen.

I had a lynx sketch I did a long time ago and decided to pull it out and copy, refine, and frame it as a gift for a bride-to-be. Unfortunately I didn't get a picture of it framed before it was sent off. :( It looked much better in that black frame!

The paper turned out to be a bit wrinkled, but it flattened out some when I framed it.

~Elizabeth Joy

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

P-51 B Mustang WW II plane painting

Gracia came to me one day and told me that I needed  to paint her a WW II plane (said in a very matter of fact way). So I did. It was meant for her birthday and I could have finished in time too, but I wasn't satisfied with the results. I ended up destroying my clouds in an attempt to make it even better. :P After that I lost my inspiration for a while and set the paint brush down for a couple of days to let my frustration die down a bit. It was a struggle when I picked it up again, but I was determined. After many, many cloud over, over-kill. I finally fixed it up enough to turn my attention to the plane. No trouble there. It was like slicing cake. I was delightfully surprised at how much easier it was to paint an object verses a landscape.Truly amazing. I'm glad it didn't give me a headache too. I'm still not quite satisfied with the clouds, but I'll have to be content. Its time to move on.

Photos by Rachel

One down, three more to go. Or is that four? ;)

Have a blessed week. :)

~Elizabeth Joy

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Every year, my desire to refine this gift of art God has so graciously given me, grows and deepens. But despite it, I feel like I'm pushing against a hard wall, trying to move it, and only succeeding a tenth of a centimeter (I feel it's that much, but I know it's not). I'm trying to make progress,  but I must be patient. God Will give me that progress when it is time, the perfect time--His timing. The pace I am going is what God wants. If He wanted me to produce more, then those things that are causing my artistic production to be slow would not be present. Besides--as a good friend pointed out to me--at least I am able to produce art, and that is enough.

And...SCHOOL IS THE IMPORTANT THING RIGHT NOW, LIZ!! Because of this pressure (to produce more art) I have been letting school fall behind, I must not allow that to happen. Education is a gift from God, it is important. I CAN'T BE IMPATIENT! It accomplishes nothing.

" I will find rest nowhere but in His holy will, a will that is unspeakably beyond my largest notions of what He is up to." -Elizabeth Elliot.

Matthew 6:33 NASB

"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you".

When you worry and are impatient, you usually get nowhere, but when you trust God and let Him lead, you find yourself accomplishing a lot more and being less frazzled and broken down. I don't want anything, but God's divine will for my life. I'm not happy when I seek my own, but when I seek His will, obey and turn from sin, I feel peace and joy. We all do.

~Elizabeth Joy

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Finished commission

Here it is fokes....

(photo by Kenny)

..done on a 13×20, thicker, sturdier paper then the original. With the addition of Bob of course. :)

~Elizabeth Joy

Friday, November 2, 2012

New stuffs...

No, its not the cartoons...sorry.

 Dragon bookmark.

Magnet gold pan. Glen hwy, Rangle Mts.

Your probably tired of seeing these things...(lady bug rock)

Mt McKinley (its at a different angle then most people see it)

I'll try to post something a little more exciting next time. 

~Elizabeth Joy

Monday, October 15, 2012

A Commission for a larger modified frisbee cartoon known as "This Is us".

So, I was given a commission: to do a bigger modified version of the frisbee cartoon that I posted here. And this is the beginning process--

Stay tuned for the finished product and for another cartoon--"Of Soccer And Much, Much Water!" :-)
Note: These cartoons depict real life events. 
I need a name for this cartoon. Any suggestions?

~Elizabeth Joy

Thursday, September 27, 2012

A unique coat hanger and a model ship

Jonathan cut and sanded a wooden plaque and asked me to do a wood burning scene on it.

(Please excuse the horrible quality of the photos)

First I sketched the scene on paper...

..then I traced it with tracing paper and traced that over the plaque...

...and burned it on...

...and then Jonathan put caribou antler on it as the hanger for the coats (or for anything other than coats) and varnished it. 

Creative what he did don't you think? And beautiful too!

This is the same model ship I posted about...a year ago or so. :-/

This is as much progress that I've gone so far...pretty sad huh?

Enjoy you weekend!

~Elizabeth Joy

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Cartoon Wednesday

I thought it would be fun to do a cartoon of those of us who play Frisbee...all the time. Not that I don't like it, but, I think another soccer game is in order. *hint, hint* This is the result. Not as funny as I wanted it to look but...I like how Ben is flying through the air, and how John is just standing there amists all the flying bodies. Fun times. Good memories. I just had to capture it in a cartoon.

I tried to fit in everybody. Sorry Nathaniel, Otto, Bob, and Becky. Your probably glad I didn't draw you. :P

~Elizabeth Joy

Monday, August 20, 2012

A friend sent me this and I thought it was so cute I just had to share.

That little boy, his name is Benjamin (cute name for a curly head), is. the. most. adorable. child!! His sister is too. ;)

~ Elizabeth Joy

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Recent project... this.


 It was for a food stand (they make crepes, and did I mention, there absalutely delicious!)

This is their stand.

The theme that day was "Moosechievious fun"

~Elizabeth Joy

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Belated Cartoon Wednesday

This was for yesterday, but because of curtain unexpected turn of events, I was not home to post it but suddenly found myself with Sarah at one of her clients riding horses bare back all day. Meanwhile we waited for our truck to be fixed which had broken down while on our way to gets some hay. It was suppose to be a quick trip, or that's what we planned it to be, but God had other plans. We had a lot of fun...or, I had a lot of fun...well Sarah did too, but, she was wrestling half the time...let me rephrase...MOST of the time with a huge pigheaded draft who refused to let her do her hooves. She did get to ride at the end though. :) it is.


~Elizabeth Joy

Monday, August 6, 2012

Dragon on steroids

I did this in pen. The muscle are a little exaggerated and overdone because I tried to fix some mistakes I made.

Like it?

~Elizabeth Joy 

Friday, June 29, 2012

Thirsting for more

 We recently were passed down a bunch of art supplies, (I think we now have a life-time supply of sketch pads, which is wonderful!) I love it when people pass stuff like this to us. :) Anyway...I went on a sketch craze this week (complete with drool and googly eyes :P). I've been trying out my pens and the cool colored pencils and different sketch pads that came with the art stuff. I love how the pen sketches look, I also like the colored pencils. I'm having a lot of fun with them. Thank you Hannah A!!  
I got all trained up for my job and had nothing more I could do until some paper work stuffs was figured out, so that I could work on my own. So I had a few days free to quench my thirst to paint and sketch, and my hands felt quite neglected anyway, they definitively needed a little workout... 

When I showed my sisters this sketch, they all commented, "The horse doesn't seem to know the dragon is there, neither does the knight seem to be much in-tuned either"  -.- hands are telling me there not done yet.

I hope you all have a fun week-end! 

~Elizabeth Joy

Monday, June 11, 2012

Magnet gold pans, and more lady bugs

These gold pans are very small and make very cute refrigerator magnets.

The above gold pan is only an inch in width. 

~Elizabeth Joy

Monday, May 21, 2012

Some small news...

I recently was inspired to paint more rocks, by this blog, (her work is truly amazing) and Saturday I was spending the day with my sister at a house she was watching and we went to the Klutina river and took a hike at a BEAUTIFUL spot. I will definitively go there again! It is the very place for a photo shoot. I took the opportunity to get some nice smooth painting rocks while there, (I really had to restrain myself from not taking ALL the rocks on the shore and filling Hannah's car trunk up) it was great, I just love looking for rocks to paint, sometimes it can get very hard to tear my eyes of the ground.

 Other news....

I never did win first, second, or third place, or even honorable mention in both of the contests that I had entered a while ago.

I still have that Caribou painting to do, I'm hoping to start it soon, and the bear was a silly idea, scratch that.

I don't know how busy I will get or how often I will be able to work in my studio but I am going to train for a job soon. So, that's going to keep me busy. 


This spring has been very slow, but today was the first day of 60 degrees! I'm so excited for summer. I'm sure everyone is. Who wouldn't be?

~Elizabeth Joy

Monday, May 7, 2012

New releases from my studio. At last.

I am finally finished...

...with this painting. *pant*

I did it all from my head. It was very experiential and very good practice for me. I like bears, I paint them way to often. :)

Lady bug rocks! I did these two today, and there's more to come.

Tell me what you think!

~Elizabeth Joy

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A painting of...?

 I just finished this painting and am quite pleased with the results. I did it all from my head, trying to remember all that I learned about clouds and light direction and such. 

What do you think?

            I think its suppose to be Alaska, looks like Palmer, or Kenney Lake. 

~Elizabeth Joy

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

My last painted light-switch cover

This is my latest light-switch that I painted for a friend. Its my favorite. 

~ Elizabeth Joy

Thursday, March 29, 2012

I love Castles

I love castles. I just do. There magnificent. beautiful. spacious. and just...medieval. I want one.

Very cool Castle!

I've always had a fascination for them. As a little rag-muffian of a girl, I dreamed up my own castle. Seriously. I did. I was going to build one, in the back yard. I spent a lot of time on it. I drew pictures of it, (I still have them too) I knew how big it was going to be and what it would look like. It was simple, only consisting of four towers. There was going to be a armory room, stalls, oh, and a dungeon, can't forget the dungeon. And a round table. Yes, that too.   

 I drew this doodle yesterday with my dual brush pen :)

As a little girl I always wanted to see a castle, to walk inside of one, to feel the cold stones...And I did. Quite unsuspectingly. And it was amazing. I got to tour the largest red brick castle in Europe last year. It was in Poland while I was on a missions trip with a bunch of very wonderful people. I will never forget it, it was just as I imagined. But it was real this time. (and no, the castle pic on top of page is not it)

~Elizabeth Joy

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Monday, March 19, 2012

My Doodle 4 Google

Its done! Just in time. I'm sending it out tomorrow.
This is the original one. I didn't have to start all over after all. :D I just fixed it up with markers. It turned out quite well. Oh, and there's the old inventor...

Please click on picture to see it better.

Whatcha think?

~Elizabeth Mailly

Saturday, March 17, 2012

So...the doodle is going to be prolonged. Unfortunately I messed up with he coloring, I couldn't decide what I wanted to use to color it with. I chose colored pencils. That was a mistake. I have to start all over again and I only have two days left. I am in sore need of some inspiration. I always look at painting magazines for that...but this is different. :( Wish me success!

~Elizabeth Joy

Monday, March 12, 2012

Here's one of them! Not the Doodle 4 Google one...the other one. : P Your going to have to wait a while longer for the doodle.

Click on the photo to see it better.

~Elizabeth Joy

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Contests and cool prizes...

I'm working on several sketches for a couple different contests, which have AMAZING prizes (see below). The deadlines are very soon, so besides school and time outside (to keep my sanity) I have been spending hours in my studio in an effort to finish them. Actually, I could probably put a little more effort into them if I had a comfortable chair to sit on, I tried Sarah's exercising ball, but didn't work to well. Anywho...stay tuned for pictures of the finished products!  

Doodle 4 Google


One (1) National Winner
The National Winner will have his or her doodle featured on the U.S. homepage. He or she will be awarded a $30,000 college scholarship to be used at the school of his or her choice, a trip to New York for an event on May 17, 2012, a Google Chromebook computer, a Wacom digital design tablet, and a t-shirt printed with his or her doodle on it. We'll also award the winner's full time school a $50,000 technology grant towards the establishment or improvement of a computer lab or technology programming.
Four (4) National Finalists
Each of the other four National Finalists will win a $5,000 college scholarship to be used at the school of their choice, a trip to New York for the final event on May 17, 2012, a Wacom digital design tablet, and a t-shirt printed with their doodle on it.
Fifty (50) State Winners
Each of the other 50 State Winners will win a trip to New York for the final event on May 17, 2012 and a t-shirt printed with their doodles on it. All 50 Regional Finalists will also have their doodle displayed in a special exhibit at the New York Public Library.
Two Hundred and Fifty (250) State Finalists
Each of the other State Finalists will receive an official winner's certificate and be featured on the Doodle 4 Google contest web site.

The other contest is on a smaller scale and only for Alaska. The prizes are as follows:

First Prize:  $500.00           
Second Prize:  $300.00  
Third Prize:  $200.00     

~Elizabeth Joy

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Cartoon Wednesday

The Old Inventor

(Your probably wondering what he has in his hand and what he is doing? I'll reveal that to you later). ;)

Cartoon by Elizabeth

~Elizabeth Joy

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Cartoon Wednesday

An atheist was walking through the woods.

"What majestic trees"!

"What powerful rivers"!

"What beautiful animals"!

He said to himself.

As he was walking alongside the river, he heard a rustling in the bushes behind him. He turned to look. He saw a 7-foot grizzly charge towards him. He ran as fast as he could up the path. He looked over his shoulder & saw that the bear was closing in on him.

He looked over his shoulder again, & the bear was even closer. He tripped & fell on the ground. He rolled over to pick himself up but saw that the bear was right On top of him, reaching for him with his left paw & raising his right paw to strike him. At that instant the Atheist cried out, "Oh my God!"

Time Stopped.
The bear froze.
The forest was still.

As a bright light shone upon the man, a voice came out of the sky. "You deny my existence for all these years, teach others I don't exist and even credit creation to cosmic accident." "Do you expect me to help you out of this predicament? Am I to count you as a believer"?

The atheist looked directly into the light, "It would be hypocritical of me to suddenly ask You to treat me as a Christian now, but perhaps You could make the BEAR a Christian"?

"Very Well," said the Voice.

The light went out. The sounds of the forest resumed. And the bear dropped his right paw, brought both paws together, bowed his head & spoke:

Cartoon by Elizabeth

"Lord bless this food, which I am about to receive from thy bounty through Christ our Lord, Amen."

~Elizabeth Joy

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Pet cat rock & painted flower box

 My latest finished work.

 This is the second cat rock that I have painted so far. I really like doing the cats and it seems people  really like them too.

Its like holding a real cat. :)

This box I painted for a friend, and I liked it so much I thought I'd share it with you all.