Sunday, June 05, 2016

Sunday Sketches: Ladybug JOY!

Just a quick hello this morning before we're out the door to meet friends at our favorite local bakeshop. Yesterday was filled with birthday celebrations for my youngest (and wonderful) step-son. Today we'll be catching up with old friends and spending time with my dear friend L, who's currently battling cancer. As I drifted off to sleep last night, my mind was filled with the thought that life is just too precious and short to get caught up in trivial, petty things, let alone holding grudges instead of loving one another. We're certainly not promised tomorrow. So, why take the chance of losing another day to love?

As promised earlier this week, above is the cover of 1 of 2 upcoming children's books I'm illustrating this year for other authors. This darling books is filled with delightful and charming poems about ladybugs. The release date is July 2016, so keep an ear out for the announcement. Until then, enjoy this whimsical book cover. I had SO much fun designing and painting it.

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  1. Beautiful illustration! <3
    You are right. Life is too short. I heard today that one of my hubby's acquantances died yesterday... I am so sorry for his family... :(

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    1. Aww...thank you very much Simona. I appreciate it. I'm also terribly sorry for your hubby's loss. :(

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  2. Awww, this is such cute illustration. I love how the girl has the ladybug on her finger. Haven't we all had done that at least once?!
    I agree with you sentiment of 'life is too short to hold a grudge', and live every part of our lives. Enjoy your day with your loved ones!

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    1. Hee Thank you very much! I loved playing with ladybugs growing up. Hope you're having a lovely week. :)

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  3. Alexandra, I love the lady bug cover you finished up for this new book. You are really cranking those out! she is just precious... Sorry to hear about your friend and I, also, have a good friend in MD Anderson battling leukemia.. so hard... to watch them go through this journey.... but yes, makes you even more thankful for each day... I hope you have a wonderful Sunday and enjoy this new week of your creations!!

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    1. Awww...thanks so much, Jane! Not sure about cracking them out though! haha This book is taking me quite some time! Thank you for your sentiments and will be keeping your friend in MD in my thoughts and prayers as well. xx

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  4. The cover's so wonderful, and thanks for the great and true advice, not always easy to do, but you are right.

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    1. Thank you so much, Christine. And you're right. It is challenging at times, yes. Hope you're having a good week.xx

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  5. such beautiful work,,I agree, life is too short,, take care,,

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  6. That illustration is so darling. I love it! Life indeed is precious, thanks for that thought today.

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    1. Awww, thank you, Lisa. Life is precious. Thanks for popping in! :)
      xx

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  7. Life is too short to hold grudges. One only harms themselves. Lovely cover, Alexandra 👍

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    1. I totally agree with you, Tracy. Thank you for stopping by. It's lovely to see you!

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  8. Beautiful. I love your art! I did my first Sunday sketch on my blog yesterday and linked back to your blog. Do I have to sign in every Sunday to be part? Its all very new to me.

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    1. Awww...thank you so much! and WELCOME! I hope you do have fun! And yes, please sign in each week. :)
      xx

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  9. This is another of your most precious illustrations. I just want to climb into that circle with her right now. Like I have said before, I am so excited for you about the publication of your cards and now the books. You are a busy girl and so gracious and kind to share with newbies like me your talents. Hugs...Genie

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    1. Hi Genie! Thank you very, very much for your sweet comment. I have been quite busy but hoping things will slow down soon. Hugs back! :)

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  10. You are such a kind hearted person, and so very talented and wise. I will remember your friend in my prayers. Cancer has touched the lives of many of my loved ones. It is so very hard, physically and emotionally on everyone involved.

    Happy to hear you got to relax and enjoy your week end. So looking forward to that release date for our book! :)

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    1. Charlotte, thank you for such a sweet comment and very much needed with our bumpy weekend. It started out quite relaxing but didn't quite end up that way. Putting it in God's hands. xx

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  11. A delightful illustration, the little one is in a world of her own, its magical.
    Yvonne

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  12. This came out really well. I know you worked your butt off on it, doing so many renditions and am glad you did. Totally paid off! I LOVE it! :)

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    1. Yes, it did. Thank you for all of your guidance and encouragement. :)
      xx

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  13. Aww I missed the link Alexandra... where did those few days go?
    But still, I'll enjoy seeing your gorgeous work. It really is the cutest plus I'll be visiting everyone else.
    I hope you are having a wonderful creative week and thanks for hosting ;D

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    1. Aww...sorry. Next time! I enjoy your artwork. :)

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  14. I am so happy with you and your book! I love your art! My prayers go out to your friend! Big Hugs!

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    1. Awww, thank you very much, Stacey. What a sweet comment. xx

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  15. I have to say that I'm pretty happy with the results too. More than happy. thrilled. It looks great. Glad I could also help inspire you along the way. :)

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