Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Illustration Friday: STAY

Sometimes, the forces of nature are just telling us to STAY (this week's IF Challenge)...
only those who are silent enough, will hear the call. 
I just got back from the beach, and my toes are missing the sand already.

I challenged myself this week to STAY the course of simpler images and bolder color.

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Illustration Friday: REMEDY

This is from a book, Alphatorts with X-tra Yummy Zucchinis. 
When I saw the REMEDY challenge for this week, I couldn't resist posting this illustration. 
Afterall, when you are in Blueberry Court, with licorice hammocks, ingesting jellybeans and donuts
with a zucchini on the side, well, you ARE in need of a remedy!
I had a blast creating these illustrations with a gouache/graphite pencil combination...
the text was so language-rich, I decided to do more of a spot color on the black and white drawing.

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Illustration Friday Challenge: Midsummer's Night

How can you not think of fireflies on a midsummer's night?
As Doodle and Deedle always have a late night adventure ~ the tide has turned on catching fireflies in a jar!

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Illustration Friday Challenge: LAUNCH

And with much energy and enthusiasm, he launched himself into the orbit of the playroom space, calming his inner need for a good bounce.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Is there anything more precious than a sleeping child? 
Two totally different illustration treatments, and I couldn't choose between them, so I posted them both. The watercolor/ink illustration is from my Squirmy Wormy book, "Sometimes eVen when I'm tired... My arms and legs just feel like dancing... DANCE, DANCE, DANCE, DANCE, DANCE". 
The graphite illustration is of my husband and son. I find such great joy when I capture the minutia of detail on these "life's special moments"-type portraits. It's a feeling of beautiful intimacy as I create individual fingernails, or just the right curve of a face, or a foot. Does anyone else have that same feeling when capturing people or things near to your heart?

Monday, May 23, 2011


How great when a plan to play with bubbles is greeted by the rain and the garden hose...
a serendipitous cacaphony of bubbles, and a whole lot of soakin' going on!
I have a fascination, no passion, uh-maybe, obsession with bubbles, and when I saw the IF challenge was "soaked", well, you can see where my passion (or is it a fetish?) went to... 
I hope you enjoy "a little of the bubbly" as much as I did creating it.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


**~~ Flights of fancy for the beginner dragonfly~~**
I started out this morning with visions of little "beginner" elephants blowing bubbles out of their trunks,
and somehow switched over to the beginner dragonfly...
the creative process, or a flight of fancy of my own??

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


Sometimes, it is just TOO hard to sit still for any lesson...
especially when it feels like those squirmy wormies are just crawlin' out of your pants!
And when those squirmin' worms are playing around and blowin' bubbles,
well, the alphabet lesson is just not going to happen.
Summer is near and I bet there is an epidemic of squirmin' goin' on!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Sure, anyone can have a shiny red bicycle, but a two-wheeled, pillow-haulin', branched, riding pony handle barred, cardboard box is somethin' really special.  I was feeling very primary today, so I experimented with a primary combination that could have come from a little school paint box with a plastic, stiff-bristeled brush.  I'm thinking it is a little too elementary for my taste, but a fun time was had on a rainy day.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Medium Exploration

I had so much fun using graphite pencil with pops of vibrant color in gouache.  This was such a deviation from my softer watercolor/pen and ink illustrations.  Hhhmmm... so many choices.