Tuesday, November 30, 2010

IF - savour

Savouring hot chocolate or a mocha on a cold day...pure joy!

Friday, November 19, 2010

IF - sneaky

How lucky am I? I just finished this racoon for my animal alphabet and the word of the week on Illustration Friday is sneaky. Perfect! Even if they aren't all that sneaky in real life, they sure look the part, with those bandit masks they are always wearing.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

now for something really different

Thought I'd show you all what I've been working on for the last couple of weeks. Mixed media paintings for the Seattle Art Museum gallery. Each piece is 18" x 24". I'll be taking these to get framed tomorrow, then they will be available to rent or purchase through SAM. I usually just show my illustration work here, but my blog buddy, Julissa, encouraged me to post these, so here they are. It was fun to get creative in a different way, the hands on - messy way.

I'm calling these The Woodland Park Series, after the park near my house. The photos aren't the best, it was a gray day today and even though I was outside on the porch, the flash came on. That's Seattle in the winter for you. Gray skies. Maybe that will be the title of my next series of paintings. 

Monday, November 15, 2010


I'm doing PiBoIdMo this month, are you? It's a challenge, hosted by children's author, Tara Lazar, to come up with an idea for a children's Picture Book, every day for the month of November. Here we are at the half way point and I gotta say, it's getting harder! I'm doing OK, though, and I think I'll make it. Some of my ideas are just a title, like "Oops!", others are a little more thought out and have a basic idea and characters with names. A few even have all of that and an ending! It's been fun and challenging. The endings are the most challenging for me - the payoff, it's gotta be good to make it worth the read, ya know? Only 15 more to go...how about a bear, who has to come up with 30 ideas in 30 days, hee-hee.

Thursday, November 11, 2010


Hello all my blog buddies, I'm still here, just been super busy! Thought I'd pop in real quick and show some more animals in my alphabet. I actually did these a couple of weeks ago and just found a minute to put them on the 'ole blog. Some of the letters of the alpha are a bit of a challenge - not quite so much fun as others. Newt was one of those for me. I was going for a cute newt, but didn't want it to look too cartoonish. I hope I did that. The quail was fun, though, with his funky head plume.

I've been spending a lot of time fulfilling my duties as the Arts Coordinator for my daughter's High School this week and I'm working on a series of mixed media paintings for the gallery I show at.

I miss you, Adobe Illustrator, but I'll be back soon. I promise.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

pingg - staff pick

Hey, check it out. One of my designs, Turkey Time, is the staff pick Winner of the Week over on Pingg! You can use this design, for your Turkey Day invites, for FREE! Yep, that's what I said, FREE! Link directly to this design, right here. Thanks to everyone at Pingg!

Monday, November 01, 2010

we love to illustrate

The November post is up over at my group blog, We Love to Illustrate! We decided to celebrate Fall this month and everyone did such a fantastic job. The colors and imagery of Fall are so yummy, it really makes for some awesome illustrations. Check it out, right here!