Saturday, September 27, 2008


Here it is... my animal bunch eating some packed lunches. I thought I wasn't going to finish it. My kids have been sick and I have bronchitis :( , but what a great feeling to be able to post it finished and then move on to other stuff... like decorating my house for Halloween! 
Oh, I so agree with your comments, those kids did look kinda stressed out! I am much happier with these animals.

"Kids eating packed lunches"
Work in progress....

Color Study

I'm still working on colors and composition and will post the finished product later this week.
Thanks for visiting!

UPDATE: I guess this is what happens when you see the process... I completely changed my mind! These little animal creatures kept popping up in my head and I kept thinking that it would be so much fun to draw them. The overall composition is the same, but I think this looks more fun! I still have to paint it on illustration board, but here is the general idea:

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Star Light, Star Bright

Star light, star bright,
The first star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight.
-by Alfred Bester,

I didn't participate in this week's IF, because I was busy finishing this piece. I wanted to add a piece to my portfolio that illustrated one of my favorite nursery rhymes, and I wanted to stay congruent with my style. I thought this charming and simple nursery rhyme was the best choice.
I'm happy with the outcome. I welcome any comments. 

Monday, September 22, 2008

Just for Fun!

I started these paintings a few months ago and just got around to finishing them this weekend. They are small 10"x 10", colorful, fun paintings (for sale. If you are interested contact me). I won't have time to create anything this week for IF, so I thought I'd share these. Have a great week every one!

Friday, September 19, 2008


I was surprised this week by my very talented blogging friend Diana Evans who gave me this Sweet and scrumptious award! This award is so beautiful and colorful, it makes me want to eat a cupcake! Be sure to check out her work!
In her own words:
"I am giving this award to all the wonderful people that I visit almost every day....they have inspired me and shared their wonderful lives with all of us....
I only ask that you nominate some of the wonderful people you visit each and every day...."

And the award goes to.......


Here's my finished version of the 'Island' theme for Illustration Friday. I started painting and half way through it I lost my steam. Even though I did the color study at first, I just wasn't feeling it! Has this happened to anyone? Where you start a painting or illustration and half way you think it's all wrong? I liked the sketch, but once I added color it seemed that too much was going on. I finished it anyway hoping in the end it would work out, but I'm still unsure, so I played with it in Photoshop and created the black and white version below, which I like better. What do you think? 

Sunday, September 14, 2008

illustration Friday: Island

"Stranded on a Cup Cake Island"

(Diana- I love your cupcakes, and I thought of you when I was doing this. Hope you like mine!)

This week is another challenging 'time' week. I hope to color this illustration later on this week and update this post. I have some graphic design work, which I hope to share here once I'm further along. I'm still way behind on my blogs... just not enough time!

I also went to the local SCWBI meeting where I am the only illustrator attending, so the feedback was from writers only. However, it was wonderful feedback all around. It was great!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Illustration Friday: Clutter

To this boy this is not clutter, it is the pirate adventure to sail the seven seas!

and the finished 'memories' from last week.