Wednesday, December 30, 2009
I really love working for children's magazines! Here are a couple pieces I recently illustrated for Highlight's and Humpty Dumpty magazine. The spread for Humpty Dumpty was in the Nov/Dec 2009 issue and the single page for Highlight's is in the Jan. 2010 issue.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Although I feel sad for the families that didn't get to spend Christmas together because of flight delays or cancellations I still enjoyed our white Christmas.(Sorry Dickersons!) My 4 door Jeep Wrangler really gets around in the snow great, thankfully.
Here is a shot of our house just a couple hours ago as it began to turn dark and the snow keeps falling. It looks like we didn't get much snow but they say we got 7 inches. I think it's because the winds were so high (40 mph gusts) that the snow has just blown around and drifted instead of accumulating.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Wishing all my blogging friends a very Merry Christmas!
I have been working on a new book and can't post anything from it but here's a sketch I did very quickly last week. Can you guess what's been on my mind lately?! We are going to get a dog in the Spring if I can wait that long! Can't wait!!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
We got our first snow last night...well, more like a dusting of snow but it started out as freezing rain so I was very happy to see it change to snow. Here's a photo as of this morning. It was freezing! I took my camera out to the curb when I had to go fetch the trash can.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
This is a small look at a piece I did for an upcoming magazine piece but I changed it a bit and put it through a really fun Photoshop filter to give it the blur effect as if you are looking through a frosted glass window. Be sure to click on the piece to see the larger version and the full effect.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
For those who want to get started in Children's publishing as an illustrator or even those who are already working in kid's publishing; check out this wonderfully informative post by Paige Keiser. Thanks Paige for all you do for illustrators on your blog!!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Honesdale, PA...here we come!! I know I've posted this one before but it seemed appropriate. :o) I'm looking forward to seeing my illustrator friends again this year at the 2009 Highlights Illustrator's Party. What a great group of people!
Friday, September 11, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Sorry for my long absence on my blog. I have been working on my writing and have been neglecting the drawing side.
Fall is just around the corner which is my favorite time of the year! I love the cooler nights and the lower humidity this time of year in the midwest. A few of the trees are just starting to get tipped with warm hues of oranges and reds.
Here are a few of the leaves I picked up last Fall.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Here is my digital color study and although it's in final form I am still going to try a traditional version so stay tuned. Here's the original sketch. It's funny, with all the cats I have been drawing lately you'd think I was a cat person but actually I am a dog person. My hubby's allergy to cats is most likey a big reason for that. Don't get me wrong...I love kitties, it's just I am a MAJOR dog-lover!
Another observation I made regarding the chair pattern. I love plaids and polka dots and I realize this pattern may look a bit too traditional or out of style with the current trends but it reminds me of a well loved and worn-in grandpa's chair so I kept the pattern.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
OK, here's my first try. I will eventually try one with the boy, too. That is if I find time before the fall mailers need to go out. I have been keeping busy with some work...yay! That is a very good thing considering what a dismal year it's been in the industry. So, once I get my magazine illo. painted, I'll get back to trying another painting. But for now, here is the first try.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Sorry, I have been absent from posting for awhile. I have a fun new magazine piece I am working on so I have been a bit busy. I will return with some new art soon but in the meantime here is a photo of what's in my kitchen at the moment. I found these lovely sunflowers at the grocery store and just could not resist!
I love so many flowers but if I had to pick my favorite, it would be sunflowers...at least for now. Tomorrow, it might be tulips or poppies or....
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
My hubby and I recently flagged down the popsicle man and got orange creamsicles. We both felt like kids again! Oh the memories of summer's past.
Sorry about all the copyright marks but with the internet, it's become a necessity since so many folks don't understand they can't just borrow images that don't belong to them without permission.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Here is the traditional watercolor of the previous piece. As you can see I changed the colors a bit here and there. I may still add some more to it but thought I'd go ahead and post it in case I overwork it. Then again, I may not touch it and leave it as is.