September 20, 2014

In My Hart of Hearts


In My Hart of Hearts   8"x10"  Acrylic on paper

Something I did for the music magazine, The Girls Are, illustrating the song "Maps" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. This gentlemen deer is my interpretation of the song lyrics. I'll be letting you peek into the print magazine shortly.

His clothing and title were inspired by a little quote from the pen of great literary icon, Will Shakespeare. It just seemed fitting as "Hart" is an old world term for a male deer or stag.

"Show me the person who's master of his emotions, and I'll put him close to my heart—in my heart of hearts—as I do you."  
-William Shakespeare, Hamlet

September 6, 2014

Morning Glory Muffins, Tea & Toys

..Official list of 5 things I'm thankful for today..

1. These Morning Glory Muffins (the recipe was tweaked a bit)
2. Sketching a new painting
3. The season of sweaters begins in just 17 days
4. Vintage floral fabric
5. Old fashioned toys (See below: Edward the wooden horse)





Morning Glory Muffins are such a wonderful thing to wake up to, it's a small wonder what inspired their name. Here Edward my own wooden horse is keeping a close eye on them until snack time officially starts.

August 28, 2014

Then We Had Tea

Then We Had Tea   11"x14"  Acrylic on paper


This was an illustration I did to accompany a short story in a children's magazine.
All of the little pastries and refreshments made me want to climb inside the paper and sit down on the bench log beside the raccoon & fox. Letting the soft music of the rabbit musical duo surround me. Accordion and cello arrangements? Yes, please! I imagine that bear has quite a bit of interesting stories to tell once he's finished his sweeties. 

Of course, I had to include a wee bit of chaos which always seems to happen at large gatherings of any variety. A young Mr. fox has spilled his tea and broken his cup. Right now he's deciding whether or not to mention the incident.

Growing up I had lots of tea parties, and they were always the theme for my young birthdays. Needless to say, I would have adored this true afternoon woodland tea, complete with a pie-carrying-giant-sized-badger.

Off for a good 'cuppa myself. These days I enjoy it while painting. 

August 27, 2014

Seascape

Seascape   8"x10"  Acrylic on Paper

Here's the craft/project appearing in this month's issue of Babiekins. A sheet of fun cut-outs to place on the back of an otherwise lonely fishbowl, or aquarium. Nothing like having your own mermaid and narwhal for friends! Plus it gives your fish a bit of company.

Here's an illustration of the basic idea behind the project, to help you visualize your fishbowl transformation.

Hop on your seahorse and pick up a copy.


August 26, 2014

You're Quite a Catch

You're Quite a Catch   7"x7" Acrylic on paper

Another illustration I did to accompany my little craft project appearing in the latest issue of Babiekins. This print I've made available for sale in the shop features a bit of typography. (There's nothing like a quirky old saying to convey the heart's affections.) Tomorrow, I'll finally share the featured craft project and the version of this cat that appeared with it in print. 

My own copy of the print magazine is currently in the mail!

I promise all these ominous cats and fishbowls will be relevant by tomorrow.

August 25, 2014

Brother and I

I was asked to do several illustrations for the very sweet children's fashion magazine Babiekins, and now the issue is out! So over the course of the next few days, I'll be sharing them with you.

One of the things I did was a little project you can cut out of the magazine, with a trusty pair of scissors and the help of an adult (if you're of the small persuasion). I did an illustration to show children cutting the image out of the magazine, so this isn't the project itself but something that accompanied it. It's a how-to illustration.

Brother and I   8"x10" Acrylic on paper

Big brother is helping his little sister. I'm especially fond of that cat who's looming over the fish tank, with a paw hovering over about to bat the water.


More to come shortly!

August 20, 2014

Feathers & Tunes

Feathers & Tunes   8"x10"  Acrylic on paper

I was probably among the last to transition from cassette tapes to CDs, I was quite happy with my square little friends. I had compiled quite a few of my own mixtapes, which I still have. I suppose the cassette still holds a soft place in my heart, even when I had to rewind them with a pencil after a Walkman mishap.

An owl in a snazzy sweater with a mixtape of her own has been a bee in my bonnet for quite a while. My brand new Moleskine sketchbook finally coaxed it out of me. I can already tell that this is the beginning to a wonderful relationship with my notebook!


 I also intend to incorporate a bit of typography with a variant of this print in the future. 

Until then, this print is now available in the store!

I love how she's taking her music very seriously. What a hoot I had with this!

August 19, 2014

Head in the Clouds

Head in the Clouds   10"x8" Acrylic on paper

Daydreaming is part of my artistic process. I admit a freshly sharpened pencil and a blank page can make you feel a bit like a pioneer into the unknown. They say "She has her head in the clouds" like it's almost a bad thing, but what do they know? 

Give me a good ol' Dixon and I'm off! Now, I just need an aviation hat and a reliable bear to navigate.

Confession:
I already have an aviation hat.. 

July 25, 2014

Keeping Christmas the Whole Year Long

Amidst all of the family get-togethers and trips to the beach that July brings, it also brings a reason to be thankful for all that Christmas is - full of grace, love, mercy and joy. Today being the halfway point to that delightful, loving holiday. So in short, it's really just a time to be remember to be joyful. 

And with a reason like that, I do not need any more of an excuse. 


A giant candy cane was preserved since Christmas 2013, for just such an occasion. Oh I'm so glad I didn't give in back in May!


My favorite thing about today, is that my own sweet Mama brings up the little tree from the decoration box, and we listen to Christmas music. Then we bake little confections coated with love (and powdered sugar) all the live long day.


Hands down, Christmas is my favorite holiday. Today is just an appetizer before the real celebration. And now, for the Charles Dickens quote you're probably all expecting..

“And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us!"
-Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Indeed!

July 16, 2014

Dreaming in Floral Blue


Falling in love with the color navy and the many breathtaking flowers that surround us, while painting this.

So grateful that the world has such an extensive palette to choose from.