Court Martial at Fort Devens by Jeffrey Sweet

23 03 2012

The next play being put on by the Emerson Theater Collaborative (ETC) is a historical play about black women in the army during WWII. They joined to become nurses and were told by a racist general that they could not treat white soldiers and were demoted to cleaning duty. They go on strike and by disobeying the orders of a general are court martialed. They will either go to prison for standing up for themselves and wanting to be nurses, or go back to cleaning floors.

This is the illustration I created for ETC. I wanted it to be monochromatic, but also a play on the white uniforms of a nurse vs. the blue uniforms that the janitors wear. These women were confined unwillingly to clean toilets when in fact they were trained to be nurses.

You can see the play at the First United Methodist Church, 23 Willow Street, Mystic CT. A portion of the profits to benefit Military Child Education Coalition.

Friday, April 13, 2012 @ 8pm
Saturday, April 14, 2012 @ 8pm
Sunday, April 15, 2012 @ 4pm
Thursday, April 19, 2012 @ 8pm
Friday, April 20, 2012 @ 8pm
Saturday, April 21, 2012 @ 8pm
Sunday, April 22, 2012 @ 4pm

Tickets are $25/person, $20 for students and seniors. Call 860.705.9711 for tickets or go to:

This illustration was created in watercolor.


Day 28 – 30 Days of Creativity

22 07 2011

I’m a very lucky person. It was hot today, too hot. And yesterday too. So I decided that it would be better to be hot by a lake than in my studio. My studio is a pretty cool place. It’s in the basement, and I have air conditioning, but I don’t like to use it. I’d much rather just be in a cooler place. …or go jump in a lake. So that’s what I did today. I brought my computer and a few art supplies and drove up to the lake. I knew what work had to be done and I did it. Here at the lake. Then I jumped in and cooled off, went back to the computer and worked some more. In my bathing suit. On the deck. I repeat: I’m a very lucky person.

So my 28th day of creativity, I took my portable watercolor set and sat by the lake and painted the neighbors beach. (using lake water)


It’s not the best quality image, because I don’t have my scanner. So I took a picture with my iphone and color corrected the best I could in photoshop. It’s pretty close to the original.

Part of what makes a good artist is knowing when to stop. I still struggle with this. The background of this piece could have been very simple, but I didn’t like it, so I just kept going. I made it darker and darker. It is dark back there, but this might be darker than it’s supposed to be… Oh well. It looked better when I stepped back. See? 🙂



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Day 26 – 30 Days of Creativity

21 07 2011

I’ve been teaching my little cousin art lessons. She is learning how to paint with acrylics right now. She made me miss painting. I haven’t painted in a very long time. I draw often, and I love pastels and colored pencils, but painting is different. It’s more of a challenge. The paintbrush is less predictable than a sharp pencil tip. But I love it. I love painting, and have to do it more often. I usually use hot press watercolor paper. Hot press watercolor paper is smooth, cold press has a texture to it. It comes down to control. Watercolor is a fickle medium and I want to control it. Which, with practice, is doable, but time consuming and hard. I’ve found that most people use cold press watercolor paper. Most people are also less controlling of the medium than I am and let it flow freely. I have a hard time letting go, though I have to realize that it’s okay to let the medium go where it wants to. It’s part of the beauty of watercolor.

So my creative thing for today was to paint an apple in watercolor on textured paper. It was a challenge, and I have to learn when to stop painting and just let it be….

watercolor apple

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Illustration Friday – Contained

15 01 2009

If time could be contained, so it doesn’t run away from me so quickly, I would put it in a bottle. I’m sure you’ve heard the Jim Croce song “Time in a Bottle”. That’s where I got the inspiration for this illustration. I think even if you could bottle time you’d still be looking for more.


This illustration was done in watercolor on hot pressed watercolor paper. Size is approx. 8″ x 11″

Merry Christmas!

24 12 2008

Here is my Christmas card for this year. It was painted in watercolor. I wanted to do something whimsical and fun. I usually do pieces that are realistic with reference shots and research, but this I just wanted to be fun and colorful.

card template

This is the inside text on the card:

card template

I hope everyone has a Christmas that is as perfect as a scene in a snow globe!

Custom Xmas Cards

6 10 2008

I love making cards. I make cards for every occasion: birthday, anniversary, xmas, get well, thank you. I make notecards as well. Last year I made a Christmas card for a client that looked like this:

She sent this card out to all her friends at Christmas time. Consequently, one of her friends really liked the card but wanted a German Shepherd on the card instead. So this year, I did this card for the new client:

I did a whole new painting for the new card, and they get to keep the original! I can reprint more cards at any time. I can also put YOUR pet on this Christmas card! I can create cards from a portrait of your children or your pets. You get to keep the portrait and hang it on your wall and then you can send out the cards to friends and family! To see more cards that I have created click here.

Visit my website for more samples of work, or contact me for more details.

Relay for Life Raffle!

11 09 2008

Last year I did the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. It was such a great experience. Desiree and I raised over $4000 collectively over the course of the year and each walked 39 miles in two days. We camped out with the other Avon walkers, met lots of interesting people and had a great time! We had so much fun, but it was a LOT of work.

This year we have decided to walk in the Relay for Life at the University of Hartford. The walk is on October 3rd (less than a month away!) and my goal is to raise $400 by then. We decided our team name is Gotham’s Finest because of our love for the new Batman movie: The Dark Knight. 

These are four of my favorite pieces that I have created. The first two Can Music Save Your Mortal Soul and Serendipity are done in watercolor. The last two Sandman and The Frog Prince are created in colored pencils.

For every $10 you donate through my page to the American Cancer Society your name will be entered into a drawing for one of these prints. There will be one drawing on October 3rd, and the winner will be able to choose one of the prints I have listed above. There’s something for everyone! For anyone who has already donated money — your name has already been entered. Feel free to pass this info along to anyone you think might enjoy these prints! 

Click here to go to my page and donate to the American Cancer Society. If you don’t want to donate online, you can download the offline donation form and send it to the address indicated on my page.

So please click this link and help me reach my goal. Everyone knows someone who has been afflicted with this terrible disease. Please join me and many others in the fight to eradicate cancer.

Let me know if you have any questions you can email me directly or leave a comment!

Relay for Life