Thursday, March 31, 2011

Today was like summer

After a whole lot of rain and cold weather, today turned out to be quite hot—87°! I knew the kids would want to swim. They swear the pool is just right. Of course, they jump out as fast as in. The blue lips are another clue, though they deny they're cold.

They've been busy growing all winter, so we had to quickly buy some shorts and swimsuits.

No sure why this is so fun, but they do it every time.

This is Cody's go to spot when the boys swim. He's not fond of the water, however he was quick to join us outside when we started the BBQ. He's not so dumb.

I wish I could show you what I've been working on, but it's all hush hush. I hope to be back soon with something to share.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Sharing some old art because I'm avoiding the things I'm supposed to be doing.

I'm avoiding mundane tasks I don't want to do today. My brain refuses to focus, so I give up trying to work today. I should be cleaning/shopping/cooking/doing laundry anyway.

 Way back before my BFF and I had kids, we used to get together on Sundays and paint. These are two of the paintings I completed at that time. The ceramics are all by my talented friend, ceramic artist, Kristen Doner.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Mummy Walks

Last week's #kidlitart chat on Twitter was all about backgrounds. I think everyone struggles with them, including me. This illo is a case in point. I really struggled with this one and I'm still not sure if I like it yet. This piece was from a sketch in my Sketchbook Project.

Friday, March 18, 2011


This charming fellow was meant for a past job, but he didn't make the cut. I liked him, though, so I thought I'd give him center stage.

Those of you on Twitter know that I will be receiving my very first licensing contract next week. I am so flipping excited. I actually got light headed and had to lay down for awhile. This is just very early days, but it could not have come at a better time just when I needed a boost. Thanks for all of your support!

I don't know about you, but I'm feeling so excited about Hunger Games being made into a movie. I can't wait!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Chickens Revisited

I'm busy working on increasing my digital portfolio right now by reworking some older work. These chickens have long been a favorite of mine, but I was never happy with the background. I love the new digital version. It's more happy and cozy, if that makes sense.

Here's the all color pencil version.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Randomness and the 80s Party

I had an insanely fun time dancing my heart out at our school's dinner and auction Saturday night. It was an 80s theme. As the owner of 80s hair, I was very excited to let my hair do it's thing. I put straightening gel in it, can you tell? It just got bigger the more I danced. I'm thinking that gel isn't doing what it's supposed to do.

Can you believe how much jewelry I had on?

We had a Prom King and Queen.

There were a lot of mullats.

The fourth grade parents really got into the 80s thing. They even had a second 80s outfit for the after party.

This and that:

Have you seen these hand painted brooches by one of my favorite artists, Genine Zlatkis?
Meg Hunt and her sister are starting an art auction to help Japan. Please spread the word.
I'm really enjoying following Design Mom's story of their move to France.

I'm not enjoying this time change—are you?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

New Collage Portrait for First Communion

I just finished this Collage Portrait for a First Communion. This is a new color combination that I'm working on for First Communions, Baptisms, and Bridal/Wedding/Anniversaries. I love all the details I was able to add like rhinestones to her tiara, a cream colored ribbon, a cross, and touches of lace doilies. This was so fun to work on!

You can order yours here. Mother's Day is coming up and this makes a great gift!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Sewing & Digital Painting

Here's what I've been working on lately. I finally finished my studio closet curtains. I'm so happy that all that stuff is covered up. I can think again.

I'm also working on my digital portfolio. I'd like to pick up more educational clients, so I reworked some old art in Photoshop. These were originally part of a set of four illos for workbooks on different cultures.

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