Monday, November 29, 2010

Cyber Monday Sale

I'm having a 20% off sale on both my site and etsy shop this weekend. Just use the same coupon code for both sites: BlackFriday2010

It's an especially great deal if you've been looking at any of the larger prints of originals.

Sale goes until Midnight today.

Monday, November 22, 2010

2011 Fantasy Art Calendars from Meredith Dillman


My 2011 Fantasy Art Calendar features 12 paintings of fairies, mermaid, foxes and dragons. For your convenience, it is available from three different websites this year, all with almost identical quality.

Use coupon code 40CLNDRS2011 for 40% off until Nov 30


Last year's calender design also remains available as a 2011 calendar.

Use coupon code 40CLNDRS2011 for 40% off until Nov 30


As well as a 12 month Birthstone calendar from Zazzle

Sunday, November 14, 2010

HandmadeMN Market Nov 20

I will have a booth at the HandmadeMN Market Nov 20th, on the UPSTAIRS floor.


November 20th HandmadeMN Market To Feature Largest Collection of Made-in-Minnesota Items By Local Etsy Artists

HandmadeMN; a collective of Etsy artisans and crafters, which will host its first-ever Holiday Market at the Uptown VFW in Minneapolis on November 20. Shoppers will find everything from unique statement gifts to budget-friendly stocking stuffers. The show will feature two floors of hand-crafted, locally-made items including jewelry, ceramics, paper goods, toys, clothing, photography, home d├ęcor, soaps, artwork, and accessories. A list of participating shops can be found here. You can even check in at the facebook listing for the event.

Show Details:
WHAT: HandmadeMN Market
WHEN: November 20, 2010 10am-6pm
COST: Free and Open to the Public
James Ballentine
VFW, 2916 Lyndale Avenue S,
Minneapolis, MN 55408.

Free parking lot located at rear entrance to VFW, on Aldrich Avenue.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Raven's Treasure

Raven's Treasure
8x10 watercolor and acrylic painting

Across the sky
fly ravens black,
with treasure gold.
Such great power
to behold.


Click for prints!

Limited edition prints of Summer Sun and Blossoming Spring are now available as well.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Announcing 3 new products

I'm excited to announce three new licensed products featuring my art!


• Using custom fabric, Haut Totes has designed make-up, cel phone and tote bags from 6 of my paintings. All of the bags available with my art can be seen here. Cel phone/gadget bags feature a clip to attach to a purse, strap or belt, and make up bags are backed with a strong mesh.

This week all of the cosmetics/coin purses are on sale for $9.99!


Sweet Pea Stamps is now offering my first set of rubber stamps. A set of 4 fairies, or 4 individual stamps is available. All stamps come unmounted so they can be mounted on clear or wooden blocks temporarily (to save space) or permanently according to preference. More designs will be in the works soon!


Masterpiece Memos has created a series of magnetic dry erase memo boards featuring my Birthstones collection. They are each 4x6, acrylic covered, magnetic on back, and come with a black dry-erase marker. Birthstone memos boards are also available in their etsy shop.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Summer Sun and Blossoming Spring

I finally finished the Spring and Summer paintings. I really love how they turned out! Both paintings are 5x11 inch watercolors made with archival paints and paper. Click the links below to see the entire painting:

Summer Sun

Summer Sun was inspired by sunsets and Fuschia flowers.
Prints are available here

Blossoming Spring

Blossoming Spring was inspired by Cherry and Apple blossoms of Spring. Prints are available here

If you haven't seen the previous paintings, you can see "Fallfire" and "Queen of the Night Sky" in detail on my site. Many people have been asking me to make it into a series of of 4 seasons for years.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Finished Commission - Of Air and Sea

A recently finished commission of a dragon and mermaids at the edge of an enchanted forest.

The original painting was 11x14 size watercolor.

Of Air and Sea

Print of this painting are available here.

Spring and Summer works in progress

I started working on two paintings to complete a series started with Queen of the Night Sky and Fallfire. I hadn't planned to make the seasons, but most people assume that Queen of the Night Sky was meant to be winter, and I've gotten a few requests. Spring is cherry blossom based and Summer will have a sun motif added to match the stars.

spring summer inks

Below is a mock up of my planned colors. They never end up exactly the same in watercolor but it helps to know what I'm doing first.

Spring/Summer colors

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

NEW skins for laptops, phones and more

decalgirl blog preview

I'm pleased to announce licensed skins for laptops, phones and ebook readers are now available. I have one on my own laptop and it looks amazing!

Alice laptop skin

You can see all my current designs listed right here, and if your device is not listed yet custom designs can be ordered. Just look through my gallery for the image you want and then choose your device.

They are running a 10% off promotion on all my designs from from July 14th - July 31st. Just enter the code MEREDITH10 in the checkout at to receive the discount! If you do not see a device or a design available contact their support! or 866.841.0922.

• Ebay auction this week for 9 limited edition ACEO prints starting at .99. Some are newer and some are old, but it's a great chance to get a bunch at once.

• If you're going to be at San Diego Comic Con this weekend be sure to look for my panels in the art show!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Red panda ACEO steps

1. I inked the sketch in black and then painted in most of the panda's colors. The paper is taped down around the edges with artist tape so it doesn't wrinkle. I went over the background with a light greenish yellow. Normally I'd paint the background first so this is a bit backwards.

red panda 1

2. Roughly filled in some darker areas between the leaves.

panda 2

3. Worked more on darker leaves in the background to give an impression or a full forest behind the panda and started on the tree limb. I wanted the foreground leaves to stand out more so the area around them needs to be darker.

panda 3

4. Almost finished here. The tree limb requires many layers of color and final detailed lines for 3d bark. Foreground leaves are are painted and details added for leaf veins.

panda 4

And the finished painting:

Red Panda in tree ACEO

The original painting is for sale on etsy.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

studio shot

Originally uploaded by uminomamori
from working on the last red panda ACEO.

Monday, June 28, 2010

New paintings - Sinovia, Tree Swallow, Foxfire, Red Panda, Celtic Ferret

New Originals for sale:

sinovia vampire

8x10 inch watercolor painting of
an elegant gothic vampire sitting on a throne. I've painted her
before, but always wanted to do a better version. I think this
painting is much improved and shows her personality.
The original is for auction on ebay:

aceo tree swallow

Tree Swallow ACEO
2.5x3.5 inch watercolor painting
The original is for sale on Etsy:

New Prints available:

- Foxfire


Emerald Dragon

Emerald Dragon

Gathering Poppies

poppy fairy

Moon Mermaid

Moon Mermaid

Red Panda in the Treetops

Red Panda in tree ACEO

Celtic Ferret

celtic ferret watercolor ACEO

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Current Art Show list

This list contains convention art shows & auctions for which I am not in attendance and shows which I will be at in person (in bold) The dates are current despite the original date on the post.

April 2011

Anime Detour April 1-3 2011
Bloomington MN

Oddcon April 8-10 2011
Madison WI

Sakura Con April 22-24 2011
Seattle Washington

Eerie Con April 29-May 1 2011
Niagra Falls NY

Craftstravaganza April 30 2011
MN State Fairgrounds


Anime Central May 20-22 2011


Convergence June 30-July 3 

Minneapolis MN




Dragon Con Sept 2-5 2011
Atlanta GA

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

An outdoor art faire

I spent a lot of time reading tips on EZ up tents before finally getting one. I knew it was probably going to rain the day of the fair so I got one just in time and spent most of the week finding extra supplies for displays and weighing the tent down.

It rained the whole time but luckily the new tent held up. I need waterproofing and a bigger tarp. Unfortunately my nice canvas banner I got for conventions last year turned out to not be waterproof and now has streaks running down it. So probably something vinyl or laminated would be good.

I'm sure everything will be better when figure out what works and what doesn't for the next time and have better displays. There's not a lot I can do for displays because I'm limited to what I can carry and fit in the car.


I got the idea of using chains from a photo of someone's tent on an etsy listing. It worked really well and I will get more of them.


And a corgi. Cause they're awesome.


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Flower Fairies

Red Poppy Fairy - For sale on Ebay
Size: 5x8
Medium: Watercolor

poppy fairy

Fuchsia Fairy - For sale on Ebay
Size: 5x7
Medium: Watercolor
fuschia fairy

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Monday, May 03, 2010

Emerald Dragon

Emerald Dragon - Original for sale on Etsy

4x7 inches
Watercolor and acrylic

Emerald Dragon

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

St. Paul Art Crawl this weekend

I'm at the St. Paul Art Crawl this weekend -

Friday April 23, 6-10 pm
Sat April 24, noon-8 pm
Sun April 25, noon-5 pm

Location: Hamm/Everest Building studio 204 & 206

Meredith Dillman
Fantasy & Fairy Art & Illustration

Sarah Bober – SB Design
Resin & Fine Silver Jewelry

Kati Roberts
Pastel & Mixed Media Artwork

Becky Amble
Fused glass art and jewelry

Pasha Gravdahl
Watercolor and Photography

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Adventures in Kittyland

Easter Sunday I let the cat out to play at a relative's house. She started making her way out of the yard and when someone moved to grab her she ran up a pine tree (yes, I could see this coming!) Usually she gets about 4 feet up and decides to jump down or stays until I pick her off the tree.

But not this time,
Big tree. Small kitty.

The proximity of tweeting birdies was just too much! (birdies landed right out of her reach just to mock her of course)

Hi Mom! I'm checking ze tweets!

Fft, I'm NOT coming down you silly human.

Kitty smacked my head and bit my hand when I climbed up. I picked her up and put her on a lower branch and she went right back up. So I told her she couldn't come down unless she brought me a bird. I went back inside for a few minutes and when I came back out she'd managed to find her way down herself.

She's a brat, but I love her anyways. There's a reason she gets painted as the Cheshire Cat.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Alice and a Mermaid

The finished Alice in Wonderland painting. I love all the details in this. It's filled with things I love like cats, fairies and tea. Prints have been posted in two sizes along with detail images.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Mermaid Braiding her Hair - Click here the eBay auction
2.5x8 inches


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Forest of Butterflies ACEO

Forest of Butterflies - for sale on Etsy
2.5x3.5 inches

aceo green butterflies

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Friday, February 26, 2010

Faires igoogle theme

Introducing a new igoogle theme featuring my art. There are 5 different images which change with the the time of day. If you have a google account you can add it by going here: Meredith Dillman Fairies theme

igoogle preview

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Book paintings now for sale

11 original paintings published in my book from Walter Foster - Watercolor Made Easy: Fairies and Fantasy have been released for sale in my eBay Store.

All painting are around 8x10 inches in ink and watercolor.

Castles in the Sky
Fairy Royalty
Among the Mushrooms
Throne of Ravens
Follow Me
Umi Mermaid
Fairy Friends
Snow Maiden

Also, new mug designs available at zazzle are buy 2 or more mugs or tshirts and get 22% off with the code TWOTWENTYTWO until 3/1/10.

Friday, February 12, 2010

maneki neko sketch

kyrn on Tegaki E

A sketch for a finished painting later.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Phoenix Eyes

Phoenix Eyes
size: 5x7 inches
medium: ink, watercolor

This painting was inspired by the amazing Atlas moths, and a photo I saw of a gigantic example of one.

The original painting is for sale on ebay: link

Phoenix Eyes

I saved some work in progress photos of this painting. First is inks, second I began painting some the face, crown and moth, and thirdly the finished painting.
Phoenix Eyes WIP series