Monday, December 20, 2010

Free Coloring Page - Raindeer, Rudolph

Rudolph went for a walk to take a break from his chores.
His bright red nose made it possible for him to see in the dark.
As he walked by a tree, he spotted a squirrel a nut.

What do you think happened next?

Click on the image to print and color.

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Free Nutcracker Coloring Page

Another free coloring page for this holiday season. Have you been to a Nutcracker performance? They are really unforgettable! and they are a great way to expose the little ones to the theater too.

For the coloring page, click on the image of the nutcracker above to print and color it.

Monday, December 13, 2010

The Holiday Phenomenon. Free Elf Coloring Page

This is that time a year when all the elves are busy getting all those presents ready for the big night. Lots of running around! Let's just hope they have enough cookies and eggnog to keep them going! Are you running around like this elf?

Click on the image to print it and color it. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Coloring Page Santa

This Santa is taking a break and eating a cookie.
I thought of doing 12 days of coloring pages, but unfortunately, I just don't have that much free time. I will try to post a few more before Christmas, so make sure to come back.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thanksgiving: coloring pages

Here are two more FREE coloring pages for this Thanksgiving. Please click on the image, print, and color.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Illustration Friday: Burning - Coloring Page : Thanksgiving Turkey

Hopefully, this turkey will be far from burning on Thanksgiving day!

This is the first of a few more coloring pages I will be posting for this Thanksgiving.

Click on the image above to open a .jpg to print and color. Send me your colored version (less than 1MB) to and I'll post it here on my blog!

Happy coloring!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Stopping Form Spam

Form Spam is something almost every website owner encounters. The most popular form of protecting your website from form spam is by using a visual image that contain text in a strange font and is usually difficult to read (CAPTCHA) so that OCR algorithms by form spam attacks cannot decipher the images.

The problem with this solution is that many users find them difficult to use.

Another Approach

Distorted text can hinder the user's experience and it can prevent users from posting a comment or completing a form. Many people have difficulty understanding the characters and retyping blurred words can become frustrating.

An innovative idea is to use CSS to create a solution that seems like a Captcha by using an image without the <IMG> tag. Instead, it uses the background image property in the CSS file. It is not impossible, but unlikely for robots to scan the HTML file, find the CSS file, compare CSS selectors, find a CSS definition, locate the image and read it using OCR algorithm. The advantage is that you can design your image anyway you want without using complicated code. Keep the exercise simple; the idea is not to frustrate the user but to stop the spam bots from successfully submitting your form. A simple ‘1 2 3 A 5 6’ image where you ask ‘write the letter you see above’ would be quick and easy enough.

Before you go ahead and implement this on your website, there are a few things to consider…

This solution works best for lower traffic websites. Tools can be developed to connect all the dots and decode the image, which would be more probable for a high profile website.

This trick only works with CSS enabled browsers, and it is not very accessibility friendly, as it would leave out users that need built-in voice for browsing. Think audience first.

Another solution is to create an extra form field and set it to display:none. A spam bot always finds the hidden field and fills it in. On the back end, the script would not authenticate or process the form if the field is filled out.

Here’s a sample code.


*Anti Spam. Please fill out the following:

<label class="question" for="question">Anti Spam. Please answer the following</label>
<input type="text" name="antispam" size="30">

**Notice the field name is generic enough that spam bots won’t recognize it as something obvious such as ‘name’ or ‘display:none. The field is mandatory. Javascript is used to validate the entry”

CSS code

background:url(../images/question.gif) no-repeat 0 0;


**Notice the CSS selector is also generic enough that spam bots won’t recognize it as something obvious such as ‘CAPTCHA or ‘hidden field”

Javascript Code

<script type="text/javascript">
function validateFormOnSubmit(theForm) {
var reason = "";
reason += validateEmail(;
reason += validatePhone(;
reason += validateEmpty(theForm.realname);
reason += validateAntispam(theForm.antispam);

if (reason != "") {
alert("Some fields need correction:\n" + reason);
return false;

return true;

function validateAntispam(fld) {
var error="";
var str = "red";

if (fld.value.length == 0) { = '#baaca2';
error = "You did not answer the AntiSpam Question Correctly.\n";
else if (fld.value.toLowerCase() != "red") {
error = "You did not answer the AntiSpam Question Correctly.\n"; = '#baaca2';
} else { = 'White';
return error;

I'm sure there are other methods. This one just seemed to be easy to implement, and works.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

TMIHEALTH : Nutrition Consultant

Before I went on vacation this past summer, I completed a corporate identity design project (logo, biz>) for Tracy Mastandrea, nutrition consultant who is completely passionate and dedicated to changing lives with a unique nutrition and detox approach. This was a project really close to my heart since my family has greatly benefited from her services and expertise.




Aldys Caballero : Visual Artist

I recently had the pleasure of working on a logo and a website for an emerging Contemporary Christian Visual Artist. Her work is so inspiring and touching. It is truly unique!

Below are some samples of the work I created. I encourage you to visit her work and to follow her blog and FaceBook fan page.




Sunday, October 17, 2010


Here's an old 'spooky' Halloween image...

and here's a newer one that's not so spooky...

Thursday, October 14, 2010

At the beach...

I know that summer is over, but I'm beginning to miss it.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

IF: Transportation

The image above is the finished piece image. I had to add seat belts since that was a major oversight on my part (my husband and one of you pointed that out). Even though this is an illustration and it's an imaginary world, I want to send the right message to kids. I think everyone is safe.

Well, there's still the dog... I know dogs are supposed to be in a crate or a seatbelt, but I think I'll try to have some creative license here.

Do you think an AD would require the dog to wear a seat belt or be in a crate?

Lucky me! This week's topic matches what I was working on... transportation.

This is a work in progress... I hope to post the finished piece soon.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


Pure, Raw, Honey! Nothing artificial there!

This was done in 1 hour. I wish I had time to work out some of the details and clean it up... but I'm happy I was able to draw!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

IF: Trail

It’s been almost 3 months since my last IF post. A year ago, I couldn’t imagine not posting weekly but so things change and we have to adapt.

2010 It’s been an interesting year. Old doors have opened up. I once thought that my career as a designer/web designer was a thing of the past, simply because I could not balance deadlines and a family. I guess it is all about timing… my kids are a bit older and I have more time to dedicate to projects and clients, which works out quite well.

I still dream with illustrating a children’s book someday, but at the moment I’m listening to the universe and what it wants me to do…. And it is to design … design … design! And I love it!

I do miss my daily drawings and drawing with a kid’s perspective. So I am going back to the beginning and why I started this blog 2 years ago and it is just to draw for fun, just not posting as often perhaps…

This week’s post for IF was inspired by my son. Lately, when he gets upset he says he wants to run away, of course we talk it out and he realizes that home is where he wants to be. Anyway, I thought of this little bunny packing his most precious items and some bread in his pocket (like Hansel and Gretel)… and wondering down a trail.

I hope you enjoy the post and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

My mother....a Gourd Artist!

My mother recently turned to art. She had never drawn or touched a paint brush in her life, until a couple of years ago when she discovered Gourds. She has since fallen in love with the fine art of crafting these wonderful coveted items and is now one of the resident artists at the Art Bank in Fort Pierce. If you are in the area please stop by and check out her wonderful work. You can also find her Gourds on etsy.

This is a postcard I designed for her.

Monday, May 10, 2010

My Latest Paintings

I have been busy creating websites, logos, brochures and other promotional materials for various clients. My time has been so limited and I just don't have as much time to update this blog or participate on Illustration Friday. I'm not sure if anyone still visits, I've been updating so sporadically. I have considered walking away from this blog, but I think I will just continue to update when I can, even if it is not as often as it used to be. I hope you continue to stop by from time to time.

I finished a personal project so I thought I would share that here. It was really great to work on something different from my usual illustration style. I also worked with softer colors for a change.

My angel project has been put on hold since I just don't have the time to work on something so large at the moment.

I recently acquired an original mixed media artwork by my friend and very talented Nicole Merkens. I love it! Her work is so inspiring!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Fallen Angel

This is the sketch of what will be an oil paint. This is not the final version since I'm still trying to workout some layout and composition issues. Once I have that figured out, I'll work on a color version digitally, and then I'll work on a life size canvas. (yikes! - that's going to take a while!).

I'm wondering about making it a series, and perhaps making this a recurring character ... or a series of angels, not sure yet.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Back to the Studio

Spring break is over and it is time to restart those creative batteries. I am trying to ignore that tiny voice inside that keeps us all from moving forward... so instead, I decided to paint for the sake of painting without a plan, or sketch or anything in mind. Things progressed rather quickly. I am not sure if I love the results, but it was worth a try.

Thanks for stopping by. I always appreciate the feedback.

In less than a month it will be the second anniversary of this blog, and I cannot believe I've kept it going this long!

Thursday, March 25, 2010


I will be away for the next week taking some much needed time off with the family. I will not be posting until after Easter. In the mean time, I hope you and your kids enjoy this coloring page.

Sunday, March 21, 2010


I think that's happened to most of us... We go in the fridge hoping to find a good snack/drink, only to find that it has expired! -- This was another quick sketch.

I've been thinking a lot lately trying to align my goals with what my heart desires and where the universe wants me to be at this point in time. I guess I'm in a bit of a funk and my creativity is being affected by it. Usually, my drawings flow rather natural but lately they feels forced. I have a ton of ideas but it is the hand to paper that's been somewhat blocked!

The very kind and talented Ginger Nielson shared a new jewel in the making... that is a new portfolio site for illustrators. It is called Hire and Illustrator. I encourage you to check them out. I just joined and love the fact that I was on their homepage for 3 days and I'm still on the first page when you click on artists. It is brand new, so I'm not sure how much traffic they are attracting at the moment. However, the fact that I can become a member and show my work and pay week by week and cancel any time I want, was what really sold me on the site. I'm aware that there are other sites out there, but this one really fit my needs.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


I'm not participating on IF this week, but I wanted to post a sketch I made on an ATC card. Hope you like it!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Just added to my web site

This is another image that I just finished and added to my portfolio web site. I am getting ready to start another project, so I won't be posting for a little while. I hope you enjoy this image until my next post...

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


I'm in the middle of another illustraton which doesn't quite fit the word 'brave', but I thought this illustration from a couple of days ago does, so I'm posting it for Illustration Friday. Now who's the brave one here? Not the gopher for sure!

This is from a sketch I worked on while on my trip to Greece over 6 months ago. I tweaked it until I was happy with it. I also went back to making the outlines with pencil instead of inking it and then coloring with Photoshop. I am finding that I end up with heavier lines when I ink the drawings, which may be a bit distracting. I think this is a nice balance between line, color, etc.

I also just added some of my latest illustrations to my website, added my profile to, and updated my portfolio on the SCBWI website. I'm still undecided as to which portfolio site to join since most comments talk about how it is great exposure but leads to no tangible results. I think I will continue to send post cards for now. I have received some positive responses from those, so that may be a better marketing avenue for me at the moment.

Saturday, February 27, 2010


This is an illustration I created a while ago for an online children's magazine.
I thought it fit the prompt perfectly.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

IF: PROPAGATE and award

I can’t help but stare at my kids at night while they sleep. Not only because they look like such angels, but because I get to admire their complexion and I get to think about how our traits propagate. My son for instance, looks 100% like my husband. Nothing like me.

I haven’t been a great blogger lately. So when Debora Mori awarded me with the Sunshine Award, I was really shocked. I’m very touched and grateful.

I need to pay it forward to the bloggers that brighten up my day:

Alicia Padron

Gaia Bordicchia

Kathy Weller

Diana Evans

Nicole Merkens

There are so many more of you, but I decided to stop at 5.
Rules: Please link back to the person who awarded you and post a link to your favorite bloggers who bring a ray of sunshine into your life. Don't forget to tell them about it!

Thursday, February 18, 2010


A while back I wrote about the sudden identity crisis I experienced when putting together my illustration mailer. I don’t mean personal identity, although in some ways it may be, but more on a business level.

I am a graphic designer and my studio is Tenengo Design. Everyone that has done business with me knows me that way. I thought the natural thing to do was to annex the children’s illustrations to that side of the business. Well, it was very confusing, (not to mention that ADs and Editors really want to find a website that only focuses on illustration).

I finally separated the two websites, thus providing me with dual identity. My illustrations reside over at and my graphic design over at These are some of the screen shots of the newly designed Tenengo website.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Yes! This Queen Bee came over to a warmer place. Apparently Canada was just too cold for her. Well, was more like I had to have it when I saw it over at my friend, Diana Evans' Etsy store.

The very talented Diana Evans recently started to make these cute dolls from drawings she's made. They are the most adorable little things. Here's where she blogged about it! She packaged it so well! It came in without a sparkle off!


Originally I was thinking of a cub, but I ended up with more of a cat.
The reflection shows better on the original, once I scanned it, some of it was lost.
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 11, 2010


I have a few projects that involve branding, which involves creating a logo, collateral and websites that follow a specific marketing objective. I feel fortunate to be able to switch hats and brains that way. Although some times is more challenging than others!
This is a project that I’m still working on, but I’m actually very excited about it, and could not delay sharing. It is the branding of a Nutritionist’s services whose focus is not only nutrition but also toxicity from bio-toxins and heavy metals, along with nutritional deficiencies and fitness. Her program is very unique because it encompasses many areas and really truly gets to the deeper levels of what could be making us sick. My job was to design a logo, business cards and web site that was fresh, modern and communicated her holistic approach. I will share the web site when it’s complete, but for now:




Tuesday, February 9, 2010


I thought it would be helpful to many people hopeful illustrators to read about my experience at the SCBWI New York Winter Conference.

I had registered for the Friday illustrator’s intensive and portfolio showcase. I knew that the conference is mostly for writers, and thought that I would benefit mostly from the illustrator’s intensive. I was right! Although now that I think of it….if they had these panelists during the Sat and Sun sessions, I would have only gone to their sessions since that is what interests me. I would have also saved the extra money for the extra day + hotel, but that’s a different point!

In any case, the panelists were all seasoned illustrators that brought a great deal of experience and knowledge about their career and their own individual path to be where they are today. I won’t tell you what they talked about since you could read that over at the SCBWI blog. I can tell you that Paul Zelinsky, Lisa Desimini and Kevin Hawkes are all amazing! The one common element they all shared is that their style changes based on the project, which I thought was contradictory of what the Art Directors say, which is ‘have a consistent and recognizable style’. Then again, having a Caldecott and other awards helps to be able to break those rules.

This was my assignment for one of the workshops. We were to illustrate Snow white and the seven dwarfs party with a twist. We were to draw the first thing that came to mind which was this:

and then we were supposed to take this idea and stretch it by POV, line, character, twist, etc.

So this is what I came up with:

At 3:00 everyone dropped of their portfolio and then we went back to listen to Art Directors from 3 major publishing houses. They talked about having that ‘Aha!’ moment when they saw something that they considered special. Of course there wasn’t a specific formula for this. It’s more of I know it when I see it. Most of the examples that they showed were truly distinctive from everything else that’s out there. Mostly because they had some humor and they were weird, quirky, or strange. One great example is the work by Red Nose Studio. Really innovative work!

I was hesitant about writing this, but as a graphic designer, I’m really against spec work. I think it devalues and degrades the profession. So I have to tell you that I was shocked when one of the Art Directors from a very large and well know publishing house mentioned asking a hopeful illustrator for spec work! This Art Director asked for several rounds of character design and layout design before being sure if the illustrator was right for the job. I have to say that this really put me off! From what I can see many illustrators struggle to make a living since it is not the most lucrative career. Many illustrators have told me that you do this for the love of art. Then, you have an experienced Art Director speaking to over 150 hopeful illustrators setting the expectation that this behavior is okay in the industry. Really wrong! Everyone’s time is valuable! I just hope that this situation is not standard for other Art Directors. Yes this illustrator got the contract and he is now published. So a happy ending indeed.

We then had a break while the ADs and Editors walked through the portfolio room. Later that evening we had the chance to look through the portfolios ourselves. Over 150 (maybe closer to 200) of them! There was a lot of talent in the room for sure. I wasn’t happy with the placement of my portfolio since they were arranged alphabetically and the portfolios with last names starting with A,B,C were right in front of the door and received the most traffic. Those with last names starting with T,U,V,W,X,Y,Z were at the back of the room and did not get much traffic. Whoever arranged the postcards put mine face down. It was somewhat disappointing.

Friday was the most exciting day! All of the writers (over 800 of them!) joined the conference on Saturday and Sunday. Therefore the content of the workshops was geared to the writers (except the one with Art Director Lauren Linn).

On Sunday the speakers addressed the future of publishing and mentioned how the industry is in flux and everyone is playing the conservative card until they know what will happen. Not a surprise!

All in all it was a great experience, but seeing the large amounts of people trying to break in (and that was just a small fraction, I’m sure) It is difficult to feel empowered and hopeful. But I’ll close on a more positive note by saying that there is no success without failure!

Thanks for reading and feel free to share your comments!