Thursday, April 24, 2014

Its Finally Here!

I've tried to be patient...

Work began on this story over 4 years ago. And finally its done! On sale. Ready to share.

So I'm planning to spend the summer and fall talking about it and visiting as many places as I can to share my creation, "Patient for Pumpkins."

Though it appears to be a fall-themed story, it actually takes place over the course of the summer season. T.J. and his dad visit the Farmer's Market to find fresh, seasonal produce. Each visit, they discover something new and tasty.

Here are some ways to purchase the book online:
Barnes &
North Atlantic Books (the publisher)
Random House (the distributor)

Or, please ask for it at your local bookstore.

Maybe even look for me at your local farmer's market this summer and get an autographed copy.

Let me also thank all those people who helped make this endeavor possible!

T.J. and his dad at the market.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Spring Has Sprung

Student art ala Georgia O'Keeffe, tempera
Teaching has been keeping me very busy lately. I love celebrating the spring with flower and animal art. The kids always do such beautiful work!

I'm getting ready for Stanislaus Artist Open Studio tour, coming up on April 12-13. We've been rehabbing the yard, framing art and planning menus. And trying to finish a few new paintings as well.

This year on the tour, my work will be focused on the launch of my first professionally published picture book, Patient for Pumpkins. Here's one of my favorite pictures from the book.

"Summer Bounty" from Patient for Pumpkins, watercolor, 2013
Dinosaur story, work in progress
I've been working on several new picture book ideas. Hoping to have them ready for submissions over the summer. Although, I'm considering another self-publishing venture. We'll see.

Hope you have a beautiful spring!

"Dancing Maidens" watercolor by Linda Knoll, 2013
Yard work.
Refurbished bar stool.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Inspiration from Kids' Projects

I've been SO busy lately teaching art, that I haven't had a lot of time to make any myself. But, after working on a project with trees the other day, I was inspired to try one.

I remember being asked once why techniques such as crayon resist aren't used in "grown up" art. I couldn't really come up with a good answer, except that other methods are available that aren't really suited to kids or teaching. This method of resist uses masking tape. To get a nice rough edge that looks like bark, I had the kids tear the tape, and create the tree with multiple pieces.
And so I did the same masking tape tree for the large one in the foreground. But after that was done, it seemed like it needed more. After one light wash of blue, I added some trees behind by pouring and guiding masking fluid.
Then came a wash of oranges, blues and purples. Still not enough, I thought. So, I put more masking fluid trees. And more vermillion and Payne's gray.
I couldn't wait any longer to remove the masking! This is the result. Still not done, though. I'm pondering my next move. More detail on the foreground tree? But how much? Crop off a little from the left so its not so centered? Hmm. We shall see.

I might try another one from a different perspective. Like this tree from my front yard which has some splendid color right now. Since the first one was really just an experiment, I can now approach it with a plan. Maybe.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Over in the Valley Originals Still for Sale

Rainbow Trout, from Over in the Valley, 2009

Over in the Valley is based on the old children's song, Over in the Meadow, but adapted to tell about the animals that are native to the San Joaquin Valley. It's also a counting song. And the book contains art activities and scientific information about the animals.

The book, is available from, and locally (Modesto, CA) at the McHenry Museum Gift Shop, and the Great Valley Museum at Modesto Junior College. Prints are available of all 10 pictures in 11"x11" or 8"x8" sizes. 

The following original 11" x 11" watercolor illustrations are for sale, $300 each, plus any shipping or delivery. Email for information,

Least Bell's Vireo, from Over in the Valley, 2009

San Joaquin Kit Fox, from Over in the Valley, 2009

Friday, August 30, 2013

Back Yard Doodle

Back Yard Doodle, Linda Knoll 2013
Prints available at imagekind

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Stanislaus Doodle

Stanislaus Doodle, in progress, Linda Knoll 2013

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Yosemite en Plein Air

A Cloudy Day at Tenaya Lake, watercolor by Linda Knoll, July 2013