Friday, December 30, 2011

New Desk for a New Year

Just in time for the New Year, I bought myself a 'new' desk. I've had my eye on this one for awhile at Ikea. Just found it on Craigslist and had to have it. I just wish I was one of those people who doesn't have to have everything visible to be inspired (or to remember what I have). Lot's of plans for 2012. If I get my nerve up, I'll post my goals for the year next week. Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


We had a great Christmas with family. I was so surprised and happy to receive this original painting by Sonia von Walter from my parents. She also hand paints nesting dolls. Mom got one for my niece who loves them.

This room is almost finished. After the contractor leaves, I still need to paint the battens, but it's so close! At least we'll be able to use it today. It's been three months! I won't be using Home Depot for any other projects. Their people are wonderful, but the policies are all about covering their a____.  I had to pay for the whole project in advance way back in September. I want to work with someone who is an expert in whatever project and who can help guide me in choosing the right materials in the first place.

On Christmas day we checked out what Santa brought, then hopped in the car and headed down to my brother-in-law's near Santa Barbara. I was so happy to sneak in a trip into town. I love Santa Barbara! It's a feast for the eyes. Fantastic weather too (68°). All I really want for Christmas is snow, but I did enjoy the warmth.

My favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara—Pascucci's. Their Firenze pasta is to die for. Yum!

Even the shuttles are festive!

I hope your holidays were the best! I can't wait to dig into 2012.

Monday, December 19, 2011

It's beginning to look like Christmas…

It's finally beginning to look like Christmas around here. I've been way behind on my decorating due to deadlines and sickness. Deadlines are met, I'm feeling better, so bring on Christmas! I just wish I had finished my shopping.

This nativity scene, the angels, and the plates all belonged to my grandma. Lladro isn't really my thing, but I love having these reminders of her and her home.

This is the Santa collection that now lives full time in my studio. It helps when I have to create Christmas art in July.

This is the one thing that's still hanging over my head—the bathroom. I so wish i was finished with this already. I've completely lost interest in it, but traipsing up the stairs all the time is getting old, and I have company coming in two days, so I must press on.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Chicken Licken

This is my entry for the Tomie dePaola award. It's a scene from Chicken Licken (aka Chicken Little). I am so excited about this piece. It's done in a style that's been brewing all year, but was always just out of reach. It's also a much more complicated composition than I usually do. I had the idea from the beginning, but it took a lot of sketching, scanning, and re-sketching to make it work. I'm so happy with it and I can't wait to get onto the next project to play some more.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Baby Quilt

If you follow me on Twitter of Facebook, you know we had a recent addition to the family. No, this is not my baby, it's my sister-in-law's baby. Introducing my new niece, Raiah (pronounced like Mariah without the 'ma').

Of course this much cuteness deserves a very special gift, so I decided to make a quilt. This is my first completed quilt. I still haven't finished my first pieced quilt which you can see here.

I used fabric from my friend, Bari J's latest line, Paris Apartment. I ordered it from Fat Quarter Shop. This is the second time I'm making a quilt with her fabrics. I think I'm the president of her fan club.

I truly love this line of fabric. It's like she used all of my favorite colors! I also love that it features dressmaker's dummies in one of the fabrics. Perfect for my SIL, Tabi, who's very into fashion. I machined quilted it with random width lines of hot pink thread. I don't have a photo of the back where I used a leftover piece of Bari's Full Bloom Fabric, which worked perfectly.

I made this quilt big for a baby quilt. It's about 48" x 60". They grow out of baby quilts so fast! I'm calling this one a cuddle quilt. Big enough for Mom & baby.

Here's a little behind the scenes photo of my assistants.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Cyber Monday Sale!!!

My gift to you is 20% off for the next three days, so stop by, stock up, and have a great holiday season!

I'm destashing my studio in preparation for the New Year. I have big projects and big plans for next year, so I need to clear the decks. I'm putting extra craft supplies in my Etsy shop. If you buy them, I'd love to see what you do with them! I also have some tins & craft boxes available.

This is an original collage in a handpainted birdhouse frame — 20% off!

I also have some originals and home decor stuff that's not working in my new home.

I'm selling this vintage sign on ebay.

This is an original painting made with vintage ephemera. I have some more originals to add, but I need a sunny day to photograph them. Stay tuned.

Monday, November 21, 2011

A stitch in time

I'd really love to be showing you the art I've been working on, but I can't, yet.

 Last night I was too tired to think, but had the urge to make something. It's no fun sitting around, not making anything. I can't handle it, I must make! So I got out another of Charlotte Lyons' patterns and some Summer Soiree fabric by Paula Prass, which I am so loving! I decided to base the color palette on this fabric. Hello, color! Now I may be able to remain sane over the weekend when I won't be able to work. Whew! Crisis averted!

Just in time for Christmas, I'm updating my shop. I've only just started, so keep checking back. I'm adding supplies, originals, and ornaments.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A bit of sillines

Sometimes you just feel a little prickly.

A quick doodle to warm up today.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Collage it up!

I've been working to change my style for at least a year now. I think I'm finally getting close to something I love. I still have some ideas on how to push it further, but I'm really happy with where this is going. I've added some collage to this illo.

This is the original version I submitted for the Illustrator's Day assignment for Disney/Hyperion Art Director, Joann Hill.


Halloween makes me so happy we moved almost two years ago. Are new neighborhood is so much fun on Halloween. We actually got caught in a couple of 'traffic jams' while Trick or Treating. This year we had the teenager and his friends hang out at the house and pass out treats (chaperoned, of course). The younger set then hit the road. A good time was had by all.

One of the perks of having a 10 year old, is that he can carve his own pumpkin! Thank goodness! I really don't like doing that at all.

Here are my Chick Magnet & my Lil Miss Sunshine. I'm so proud. I like that I got to applique and hand stitch the Chick costume. So much fun! The best part is that the little guy is wearing my old Tinkerbell costume. Talk about 'reuse'.

This is a really bad picture of a truly great costume. I wanted to keep this adorable baby! Can you believe the cuteness here?

P.S. I won a poster print from UPrinting on Jannie Ho's blog. Oh, the possibilities!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Halloween Goodies

I just got my super cute Halloween ornament from Kathy Weller! I so cute! This will be added to my Halloween decor collection which I keep up year round. You can get one here. She has so many cute things! I also got this to put in my current sketchbook.

I just can't get enough of any kind of orange and green combo. It was an accident that they landed together here on my palette.

Don't forget to order my Halloween products in my shop.

Thursday, October 13, 2011


I'm working on improving my painting skills. I'm not abandoning my color pencils, but I am painting more of the backgrounds and assembling things in Photoshop. I re-discovered a couple of books I already owned (thank goodness) that have been a great inspiration. The above is The adventures of the Dish and the Spoon by Mini Grey (sorry, she doesn't have a website-gasp). I just love everything about this book: the layout, the art, the colors!

 It has a bit of a graphic novel layout as you can see here.

Max's Words written by Kate Banks is another great book. The story is about a boy who wants to collect something and decides it'll be words. This book inspired my son to collect words in a box and 'write' stories with them.

I just love how Boris Kulikov illustrated the words, stories, and collections. So clever!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Sketchbook Project: Too much of a good thing!

I think this falls under the category of "Too much of a good thing"! Sketch plus Photoshop.

I've just recently updated my Zazzle shop with lots of fun Halloween products. Check it out!

Pumpkin Trick or Treat bag here.

Scary Spider Trick or Treat bag here.

Boo Bat T-shirt here.

Scary Spider T-shirt here.

Pumpkin T-shirt here.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Sketchbook Project 2011…Finally!

After much stalling, busy-ness, and ambivalence, I finally started my Sketchbook Project. Not sure I'll finish it, since I have other priorities. This is a small experiment. I'm trying to include more collage in my illustrations. This wasn't what I was picturing, but that's ok. I may make this sketchbook a place to pursue this goal.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Circus Art

Can I just say how much I love this time of year? Well, I do. The coziness factor has increased tenfold. I find that I'm better at the 'butt in chair' component of being a working illustrator when it's raining. Do you find that the cold, rainy weather helps or hurts your productivity?

This is from a job I did over the summer. I can't give any details, sorry. I had a lot of fun with this project. I've been wanting to do a circus project for awhile.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Sketch Sneaky Peak

Here's a sneaky peak of what I'm working on right now. I hope to be able to talk about it soon, but I can say that it involves multiple books. Squeeeee!

In other news, I'm knee deep in bathroom remodeling, enduring one hiccup after another. One thing's for sure, I do not enjoy doing it myself. Painting, hanging pictures or shelves are more my speed. My husband's just loving that I insisted on removing a 'perfectly good' tile floor, thus causing him to do intense manual labor. He's just thrilled (tongue inserted firmly in cheek)! His mantra is 'Why do it yourself when you can pay someone else to do it'. I have to agree, but I'll have to earn a lot more money to put it into practice. Sigh. At least I had enough sense to know I wouldn't want to lay the tile myself. I should get points for that.
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