Thursday, December 26, 2013

Merry Christmas!!!

I want you all to know that I really appreciate your visits and comments on my little blog. Thank you!!!

If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen my #HoHoDooDa sketches. Here are a few of them for your viewing pleasure.

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Saturday, December 14, 2013


I've managed to squeeze some sketching in between deadlines. 
Hope to do more soon.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Mistletoe Madness

You must be cautious about when standing under the mistletoe. You may experience a very awkward moment.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

November Sketching Leads to December Sketching.

I managed to sketch every day in November and posted it to my Instagram account, but not always on the blog. I also completed PiBoIdMo.

Now I'm sketching for Linda Silvestri's HoHoDooDa for December. 

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Small Business Saturday

I'm participating in Small Business Saturday! I've recently reopened my Etsy shop with prints, collaged decor, and original paintings. Please stop by and check it out.

I know I'm way behind on posting for SkADaMo! I promise I've been sketching everyday, but I haven't had time to post them. Here's a little something to tide you over.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

SkADaMo #8-12

Soaking up lots of inspiration around here. 

I have been sketching everyday, but I can't show it all.

Sneak Peaks

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Blog Hop!

I was recently tagged by my dear friend, Renee Kurilla, for this author/illustrator blog hop!

What are you working on right now?

I'm working on playing more while I wait for sketch revisions on a work project. I've been creating lots of new art for the past two years for my portfolio, but I'm never satisfied. Recently, I realized that I had stopped doing some of the things I love to do, like collage and smearing paint around a canvas. I returned to that for my recently completed Tomie dePaola Award contest. Now I want more of this style in my portfolio, so it's back to the drawing board.

How does this differ from other works in this genre?

I'm exploring how I do collage. Lots of other artists are doing it, but I am working on my own unique voice. I strive to keep it as simple as possible.

Why do you write what you write?

I love drawing adorable animals. In my writing, I give them a home and a story. I love funny books that seem straightforward but are anything but. I like to throw in a little subversive twist. I'm currently writing a story for these two. I'm also participating in #PiBoIdMo and loving it. That's what got me started writing in the first place. 

The hardest thing about writing, is, well, the writing! These pigs have an amazing story. They have too much story! What started as a simple idea took off in so many directions that I just had to step away to clear my head. I'm almost ready to try to rein them in again, but so far, they have resisted all of my efforts to contain them. They are irrepressible and unapologetic.

Now to spread the fun and tag some more lovely author/illustrators:

Friday, November 8, 2013

SkADaMo 7

It's been a challenging week, but I still managed to get my daily sketch on.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

SkADaMo #6

I thought I'd give you the back story on this sketch of a woman. She was based on an old woman on TV who told the bus boy who was attempting to clear her table, "You touch it, you die". Cracked me up and her facial expression was priceless.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Monday, November 4, 2013

November means PiBoIdMo & SkADaMo

I've jumped in with both feet this month by joining PiBoIdMo (brainchild of the lovely Tara Lazar) and SkADaMo (started by the lovely Linda Silvestri) this month. I'm keeping it loose and low pressure. I'm already sketching everyday and I'm really excited about coming up with more book ideas. Last year's PiBoIdMo finally got me writing and I now have a finished dummy out in the world as well as two more in the works.

I'll try to post sketches daily.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!!!!

Hoping your Halloween is full of your favorite candy and lots of spooky fun!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Tea time

My newest piece, Time for Tea.

I have lots of Halloween merchandise in my shop. Please stop by and have a look.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Why can't we be friends?

I wish we could all get along like these two little ones. Washington, are you listening?

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Tomie dePaola Contest Entry

I was very excited when I found out what the task for this year's Tomie dePaola Award was…a baby/toddler book! That's right up my alley and allowed me to try out an idea I've had swirling around in my head lately.

The best part about this is that I have a book idea inspired by this little pig. I've also published a blog post featuring this piece on the Simply Messing About blog. Stay tuned.

Saturday, October 5, 2013


A little quick sketching between deadlines and some work on a new story.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

New Postcards

New postcards are finished and ordered. Such a good feeling when this task is done. 
Now all I need is for them to arrive in time for our local Illustrator's Day where 
I will get to meet MELISSA SWEET!!!! OMG!!!

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