Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday Sketches (The House Guest Cont.)


This week has flown by way too quickly! It's been quite a wet week with all of the rain and chilly temperatures here at our little Bungalow. I've been working away on various projects and hope to make some special announcements very soon. Until then, enjoy the progress painting of "The House Guest" sketch from earlier this week posted for Scribble Picnic. I've been painting this since Thursday afternoon and still have at least 2-3 more days to go! Ha!

Happy Sunday Sketches and Happy World Book Day!
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Scribble Picnic (The House Guest & his ladders)

My idea for this week's Scribble Picnic theme, ladder, took quite some time to develop. After thinking and researching...and then doing more thinking and researching... and then MORE thinking............ and MORE researching.......an idea FINALLY came to mind as to what I would illustrate. Yay me!

Once I started sketching the detail for my books I realized how utterly insane it was to think up such a grand idea! This piece took two full days to come up with and implement the design for each one. How long do you think it will take to paint?! :)

With that said, can you spot my special guest and the home he's making among my favorite books?

Visit Michael's blog for more sweet and delightful contributions to this week's Scribble Picnic!
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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Sunday Sketches (Bunny Tales...)

I've been working on this illustration off and on over the past few weeks and am super pleased at how it turned out. One of my focuses in between regular client work is improving and fine-tuning my digital painting skills. Although my primary illustration skill-set is hand-painted artwork, I'm told it's good to broaden one's skills across the board. (e.g. digital work).

How about you? Are there any skills you're working or would like to work on this coming year? If you're looking to learn the basics of watercolor, I offer a very affordable online class (Watercolor 101 for $40.00) covering this plus a few of my own hints and tips. My Spring 2017 class launches May 1st and you can take it whenever you want...and it's all online! This includes lifetime access, free downloadable PDFs for reference, great video lessons and a private Facebook group page to engage with others. Why not join us in a few weeks for some creative fun?

Happy Easter, everyone! I look forward to catching up with each of you.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Scribble Picnic (Rabbit Teacups)

Look what I'm bringing to our scribble picnic party this week.....tea cups for one and all! Uh huh, fancy a cup of tea with me, sipping from these cuties? I had so much fun illustrating this "rabbit" piece for the round this week. Oh gosh! So much, I'm seriously considering designing some actual mugs/tea cups.

Anyway, you can see a few of the process photos over on my Instagram account. Simply swipe or click through to view them. Besides my watercolors, I utilized my Tombow brushes quite a bit this time around. If you're not familiar with them, keep an eye out for a post I'm working on to explain a little more about them and how to incorporate them within your own art.

Until then, grab your favorite picnic blanket and hop on over to visit with everyone else. You're sure to enjoy the sunshine and fabulous peeps!
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Sunday, April 09, 2017

Sunday Sketches (Little Red Dress)

I've been practicing faces and hairstyles the past few days. Something I need to get better at, as well as being able to create the same face/character in various poses - not always easy to achieve, let me tell you! Anyway, I thought I'd share my doodle from earlier today based off a photo of my father's parents holding me as a little baby. Every photo I've looked at of me in that red dress, I'm just smiling away. I must have loved that little, red dress!

You can check out another daily doodle I sketched out a few days ago of me and my little blue overalls. I LOVED playing in those in my grandma's backyard. So much fun and adventures! Hee

How about you? Do you have something specific you're practicing as of late with your art, photography, etc? It's such a joy sharing our art, tips, etc. Looking forward to hearing from you.

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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Scribble Picnic (Grandfather Clock)

Another challenging sketch for me this week but am thankful for the weekly themes over at Scribble Picnic to keep us on our toes! It was grandfather clock for this week and what a great way to incorporate it into the children's book I'm currently writing entitled, "Thickleberry Village"...enjoy their very own town (grandfather) clock. Hee

I spent so much time on the details and sending out yet another survey to my wonderful followers for what kind of shops, that I ran out of time to paint it this week. Can you spot the 4 shops and various details? After adding a few woodland creatures, I'll get to coloring it in and promise to share near the end of this week.

Want to get creative with us? Well, grab your summer basket and hope on over to this week's picnic on Michael's blog. It will be so much fun!
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Sunday, April 02, 2017

Sunday Sketches (Miss Lilly's Home)

Well, it's finally finished! Can you believe it's taken me 6 weeks from start to finish?! I'm sure it's because I've been hesitant to start the floor and ceiling. I wasn't quite sure which direction to go so I decided to reach out to my Instagram (IG) followers and got some pretty amazing feedback.

The following images share my little process along the way. As you can see from the last image (where I began) I started with sketching out my idea on tracing paper. Once it's finalized, it's then transferred to my favorite watercolor blocks (Fluid) and I start painting.

You'll notice my final painting is a wee bit different from my beginning sketch - and that's OK! This is the very thing I love about illustrating...the ability to let one's heart go and see where it all ends up when you're done.

How about you? Do you allow yourself the freedom to simply sketch and paint? Or do you place unnecessary restrictions upon yourself that by the time you're done, any joy you had in creating the piece has been smothered or diminished? I'd really like to hear any thoughts you might have on your process of making art. Happy Sunday Sketches!

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Scribble Picnic (Quinton's Walnut Boat)

Quinton loved his little walnut boat. One day, he'll set sail out on the ocean blue, seeking out adventures and new friends. Until then, playing at Platypus Lake will do just fine.

Boat is Scribble Picnic's theme this week and perfect for my little hedgehog in the making. Uh huh. I don't know about you, but I do enjoy being challenged in my artwork as it helps one learn and grow along the way. (Well, I don't always enjoy it but it's good for the creative soul. Ha!)

Right now, I'm teaching myself to understand how to illustrate greens better (like above with the trees and grass), making sure I'm creating depth along the way. It may sound pretty easy but let me tell you, it takes some work and a lot of squinting the eyes!

For more fabulous Scribble Picnic contributions, or to simply learn how YOU can join each week, take a spin over to Michael's blog. You don't be disappointed! 
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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sunday Sketches (& Giveaway WINNER)

Cats. I love cats. However, I'm extremely allergic to them. I remember playing with them at a friend's house for hours when I was little. For months, I'd leave with swollen eyes and having terrible issues breathing. Finally, after carefully reviewing my activities, the doctors discovered it was the cats. I cried for days when told I could no longer play with the kittens. Awww

Anyway, I don't draw cats often so thought it would be fun to illustrate one this week, incorporating my love for potted plans with it. He turned out quite cute, I must say. What do you think? Do you have cats? Any favorites?

Before venturing off to visit everyone, as promised, I'd like to announce the Sunday Sketches 7-year anniversary winner. After entering everyone's name into the online name generator, the lucky individual is Lisa Isabella Russo!  CONGRATULATIONS, Lisa. Please email me your shipping address so I can send off your fabulous parcel of goodies!

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Scribble Picnic (Fairies)

This week's Scribble Picnic theme "fairies" took me in what felt like, a half a dozen directions with nothing coming alive on paper. I felt utterly discouraged. In fact, at one point, Michael encouraged me to take a break from working and to soak awhile in a nice, hot bubble bath. Let me tell you, I'm so glad I took his advice as my final idea (above illustration) popped into my creative heart while sinking way down into the lavender suds to rest. Who would have thought a bubble bath would solve my artistic frustrations!?

When working away in the studio, it's important to me to always weave my childlike heart within each illustration I do. Why is that, you ask? I'm a firm believer doing so brings love, joy and HOPE to those who cross paths with my work. Something this world is always in need of and sometimes you and I need a bit of it, too. My desire is to never lose this...to always be a blessing to those around me...one day at a time.

For more wonderful, creative contributions, take a spin over to Michael's blog. And of course, anyone is welcome to join this great online art co-op.
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A little Spring In Your Heart


I love Spring! Of course, come Autumn, I'll say the same thing. Ha! Yesterday, we hung a beautiful tree house and paper lanterns in the trees along the side of our cozy little bungalow. It's so magical and fills my heart with joy. Those are the things I look for every single day. Life is hard enough on its own so finding simple things, such as this, brings that boost of happiness to help guide us along.

How about you? What do you do to lighten the load of life's journey along the way? I'd love to know.
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday Sketches (& A Giveaway!)

It's been quite the week for us here. Sadly, a lot of (unnecessary) stress and so we are looking forward to the weekend. Hip Hip Hooray! With that said, how about a little peace, hope, love....and some relaxation?

Let's also CELEBRATE as Sunday Sketches turns 7 years old today! Can you believe it? It's exciting to see this wonderful co-op still going strong. With that said, for anyone who participates in SS this week, your name will be entered into the giveaway to win a parcel filled with various things, including what's shown below.

So, what are you waiting for? Get out your favorite artistic tools and join us for a week of SUPER, fun creative art from wonderful people across the world!

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Scribble Picnic (Lanterns of Love)

This week's lantern theme for Scribble Picnic was (believe it or not) a bit more challenging for me. I started with two other ideas only to scrap them in the end, once realizing neither were coming to fruition. But hey, that's what scribble picnic is all about, yes?

After stepping away from my desk for awhile, I was drawn back to the illustration above that ironically, I started a few weeks back. At that time, I set it aside as it wasn't quite coming together for me. To be honest, I actually ripped it in half! (insert silly face here) I pulled it out of the trash, taped it back together and challenged myself to continue working on it...and I'm glad I did!

I'm not sure if this is finished to me as it still feels like something else is beckoning to be done. For now, we'll all simply enjoy this little tree of lanterns filled with love.

For more fabulous contributions to Scribble Picnic, pop over to Michael's blog.
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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sunday Sketches (i-phone doodling)

This is a quick post this morning. Please do accept my apologies. Yesterday we celebrated my step-daughter's 25th birthday and this morning, we're on our way to catch up with good friends who've just returned from traveling France and Spain for a month.

Above is a quick doodle I did in a sketchbook last night. I've been trying to stretch myself with characters and expressions, therefore, practicing a bit more when able. I then took a photo of my sketch, lightened it and used a phone app called "Procreate" to color it in. Not too bad using my finger on a small i-phone, ey?

OK I'll be back in a few hours and look forward to visiting everyone. Happy Sunday Sketches!
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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Scribble Picnic (Umbrella)

Polly is excited about her special birthday cake and pressie. Aww Well, I finished my sketch for scribble picnic this week but was unable to finish painting it for various reasons. I promise to post it when it's completed.

Can you spot Polly's umbrella? How about the major change I made from my initial sketch to the actual illustration? It's always fun coming up with ideas and seeing where things land in the final stages. Such as my trees....they take several steps the way I paint them but in the end, they turn out quite magical.

For those of you wondering...I've decided to take the weekly themes and implement them into the UK birthday card series I'm working on. Thus the "4" located to the right of this illustration. It's perfect and pushes me forward in meeting my deadline while stretching myself as an illustrator.

Enjoy more Scribble Picnic contributions over at Michael's page. It's sure to be a fun-filled time for everyone!
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Sunday, March 05, 2017

Sunday Sketches (A little About My Work)

People often ask about my process for drawing and painting. So, this week, I thought it would be nice to briefly share a little about what I do when preparing an illustration. Although I've mentioned some things in previous posts, placing them in one spot would probably be a bit more helpful to those who are new to watercolor painting. 

Do you really paint all of your illustrations?
YES! I hand-paint pretty much everything I do. Meaning, no "digital" painting, adding digital patterns to my clothes or curtains, etc. If I do anything digital, it's to create shadows or highlights on my finished piece after scanning and uploading into Photoshop.

Have I dabbled in "digital" painting before? Yes, I have and honestly, it's so not for me...but that's OK! Hand-painting my entire pieces seem to be the best way to capture that child-like heart within my work, especially when creating my woodland creatures and scenes.

Where do you get your ideas?
My ideas and inspiration come from various places but most of the time it's from simply taking in nature and my surroundings, whether it's walking our doggy, pulling open the blinds in the early morning hours to see a half dozen bunnies playing in our front yard and so forth.

Sometimes, I'll take a picture of what I see in order to reference it later. For example, when walking downtown a few weeks back, I spotted a squirrel perched at the top of a fence with a half corn cob in its hands. Quite cute, actually, and reminded me of Beatrix Potter and all the wonder she must have spotted as a child which she then transitioned into beautiful illustrations as well.

How do you put your ideas on paper?
Step 1: After tossing out countless sheets of nice (and expensive) watercolor paper due to smudges from constant erasing, Michael gave me the idea to sketch my ideas out on tracing paper first. This allows me to easily make changes without ruining quality paper. Take a look at this example.  You'll be able to see me sketching out my idea for Miss Lilly's house. In fact, if you look close, you can see where I'm trying to decide on whether to include a second rabbit by the window.

Step 2: Once my idea has been completely sketched (see image below), I then flip the tracing paper over and trace with a pencil the entire image. Flipping it over again, I place it on top of the watercolor paper of my choice, trace it for the last time and it's now transitioned to actual paper for me to paint (as you see in the image above).


I've plenty of other wonderful and creative techniques you can learn more about when signing up for my online class, Watercolor 101: My Illustration Secrets. It's great for anyone desiring to learn not the just basics of watercolor but what I do personally, within my own creative world for children's illustrations!

OK enough about me. I'm off to see what everyone has been up to this week and looking forward to it!
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Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Scribble Picnic (Cabin)

Here I am again....scrambling with my basket in hand, hoping to make the scribble picnic party this week...and I made it just in the nick of time! CABIN is this week's theme and let me tell you just  how much it kicked my butt! There were many lessons learned throughout the entire process of this piece.  At one point, everything in my 'cabin terrarium' seemed like one giant, green blob, leaving me feeling discouraged. Thankfully, hubby came to my rescue, showing me how to create more depth by balancing out my colors more and so forth. It's a beautiful, finished piece, and I couldn't be happier! And I'm really thrilled we make such a great team! (wink)

For more Scribble Picnic contributions, pop on over to Michael's blog and join everyone! 
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Good morning, sunshine!

There's a lot going on this week in the studio so I may not get a moment to write before this Sunday. So, enjoy a sunny peek out our kitchen window in this cozy, bungalow home we live in. So grateful for our little cottage in our favorite place here in downtown Fort Collins.

Happy Tuesday! I'd love to hear about your day and any plans you have for this week!
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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Sunday Sketches (Fabric Insipration)

When living in England last year, I somehow fell in love with fabrics. Uh huh. My niece had taken me to an incredible fabric shop in Scarborough and I was immediately taken back by all of the rows and rows (and rows!) of beautiful patterns and colors! I blame them for my "love of fabrics" now. (wink) I cannot safe enough about this sewing shop and the wonderful owners who run it. If you're ever in the area, it is a must go to.

Since then, my creative eyes are always on the lookout for fabrics representing my illustration style - English and woodland.  Let me tell you, the fabric bin is growing! Some pieces are just samples while others are 3-4 yards of a particular pattern that won my heart over and one day, I hope to make them into curtains or table cloths.

Why collect fabrics? It's easy...the patterns inspire me! I often play around with them on my desk until something new transforms and is usable in my own illustrations, such as curtains or clothing. Take a peek at my previous illustration and you'll see where I've done this with the curtains draped in the window of Miss Lilly's tree-house.

This week, I'm sharing with you how I create dots within my art. Take a close look at the first picture above. Depending on the setting/style of my illustration, I'll either use a white pastel pencil (rectangle box) or a while gel pen (square box). Both give a different texture and feel. For example, the white pastel dots will go on prior to painting, leaving a more loose and washed look, while the white gel pen goes on afterwards, presenting a smooth, even finish. Does this make sense? Please feel free to ask any questions you might have about this process or anything else I do that you're curious about. That's what we're here for each week - to learn, grow and encourage one another! Happy Sunday Sketches!
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Scribble Picnic (Octopus)

It's a miracle!!! Actually, it's an octopus which I barely squeezed in on this first (and brand new) round of Scribble Picnic. Yay for me! I've worked all day on this little illustration. In fact, this is my second attempt at painting the current theme. If you take a peek above, you can see where I started (top right) all the way through to where it was completed this evening. Let me know if you have any questions and I'll reply as quickly as I can.

Enjoy! I'm off to see what everyone else came up with over on Michael's blog.
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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Sunday Sketches (Birthday Squirrel)

Here we are with another week zooming by but happy to say I've been able to get a lot of work done. Above is birthday card #3 and absolutely pleased with how it's turning out. It's going to be a wonderful series when completed and should be ready early Spring.

Besides the cards, I've been keeping busy with packaging orders, sitting in on PB (picture book) agent reviews and more. Stay tuned for a more detailed update (hopefully) this coming week. Until then, have a fabulous week! Oh and don't forget hubby's brand new art co-op has launched - Scribble Picnic and perfect for all of us creatives.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A Little Foxy Love

Just a quick little note to wish everyone a lovely Valentine's Day. Whether you're married, dating, or living the single life....may LOVE touch your heart in more ways than one on this special February day!
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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sunday Sketches (Thickleberry Village)

Believe it or not, I've tried multiple times to write a few blog posts of things on my heart this week but it just didn't happen. I'm always amazed how quickly each week passes and soon discovering those other "to do" things on my list haven't been checked off yet again. I think it's time to re-examine my time management schedule! (wink)

With that said, I did manage to finish the "Thickleberry Village" illustration I've working on since last weekend. Above is the final piece as well as, one of my WIP pictures from a few days ago. Also, you can view a short time-lapse video of me painting over on my Facebook art page (or Instagram) to see how I illustrate my trees. And as always, feel free to leave me any questions you have about my work and/or how I do things.

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Saturday, February 04, 2017

Sunday Sketches (Birthday Greetings)


It's been a lazy kind of weekend thus far. With the warmer weather lately, it's been great getting outside to walk and enjoy the sunshine. So that means taking a break from the studio...and that I'm certainly OK with! Personally, I enjoy getting out and "looking" for inspiration to pour into my work throughout the week. :)

Above is another peek at a birthday card I'm currently designing/illustrating. For those of you wondering, the "2" represents the birth year.  This entire greeting card series will range from ages 1 through 12. It's coming along great and a project I'm very much enjoying.
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Thursday, February 02, 2017

Hello, Gorgeous! It's a New (Creative) Year


It's been a wonderful start to the new year. Much more than anticipated and it feels good to the creative soul. Uh huh. For the first time since I've started illustrating and working from home, I'm in love with my studio. I mean, I'm truly in love with my work space which in return, creates the perfect atmosphere for designing new characters.

Above is a peek at one of the children's greeting cards I'm currently hand-painting and is part of a special birthday series to be released later this year. It's going to be an adorable set so am looking forward to sharing more with you in the coming months.

Besides painting the birthday cards, I'll be creating a children's book trailer for "Ladybug! Ladybug!", putting together my own children's coloring book and beginning the illustrations for the next book in the "Flitter Flutter Crawly" series, "Bluebird! Bluebird!". Exciting!

Here's to a lovely week to each of you! I'm off to catch up with everyone here in the bloggie world!
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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Feathered Quill Book Award Winner!


I'm thrilled to announce that "Ladybug! Ladybug! has been awarded the 2017 SILVER MEDAL Feathered Quill Book award for the best illustrated children's poetry (1st place for best children's poetry book)! It's been an honor working with children's book author, Charlotte (C.J. Rains) this past year and we're thrilled to announce we're moving forward and working together on an entire book series titled, "Flitter, Flutter, Crawly". The next book, "Bluebird! Bluebird",  is scheduled to publish this Fall so stay tuned. 

Thank you to everyone who's been a part of my creative journey, encouraging and supporting me a long the way. It means so much to me and I look forward to sharing more with you this year.
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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Sunday Sketches (A Woodland Birthday Celebration)

With Michael's birthday trip being this past week, not much work was done in the studio. Which, to me, was fine knowing I need that occasional break due to my head injury. Some days I'm feeling so great, I get carried away with my work forgetting I must take breaks. Otherwise, I'm down several days in a row with intense head pain and eyes hurting, from hitting my head multiple times in my previous car accident. It's frustrating but a part of life I've learned to adjust to.

Above is a sketch I doodled out this past week while staying in the mountains for a few days. I'm sharing with you the finished illustration and a photo of it being painted. I must admit, I'm falling in love with painting woodland illustrations of sorts. What do you think? To me, I feel I've found my "calling" within my work.

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!
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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sunday Sketches (Rudi longs for a home...)

I've been working on this illustration for the past few days and am finally calling it complete. It will be part of a portfolio I'm putting together representing a children's picture book I'm writing titled, "The House On Rabbit Hill".

If you'd like to see the other sketches and transition of this illustration, visit my Instagram page. You might find some other lovely posts you'll enjoy.  More soon! It's Mr. Toast's birthday weekend, so I'll be visiting on Monday.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday Sketches (Grandpa's Lamp, Pt. 2)

Last Sunday I shared with you a preliminary sketch of Jacob and his grandfather's lamp. This week, I'm sharing with you the finalized piece. It took some time trying to decide not just what colors worked well with this clothing in this snow scene but how to best portray the lit lamp. It was a bit of a struggle but finally came to what I felt was perfect for this heart-tugging illustration, drawing the reader in to want to know more about Jacob's journey.

Please do accept my apologies for still needing to make rounds for last week's Sunday Sketches. I hope to be all caught up be the end of this evening. Happy Sunday Sketches!

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Friday, January 13, 2017

A wintry new year

Just a quick little morning doodle before diving back into work. With a pressing deadline, there's not much time to "play" at the moment. For now, enjoy this little girl, booing the snow that's on its way once again this afternoon. This past Sunday, we received about 11+ inches of snow with record temperatures, leaving things quite cold and icy. We've had quite the wintry new year already! Brrr!

More soon and I promise to catch up with my lovely Sunday Sketches peeps!
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Making Magic in the New Studio


It's finished. Done. Completed...the studio, that is. I've spent weeks rearranging, sorting, and organizing. I'm quite happy to say my new studio is finally all set up and producing magic within. I'm looking forward to sharing my 2017 journeys, projects and more! It's going to be a FABULOUS year! I can feel it. Can you? I certainly do!

How about you? Do you have a special place you like to work - a room or location that brings you JOY every single day while illustrating, crafting (or whatever you do!)? Please do share. I truly enjoy hearing your stories and memories as well. Isn't that what life is all about? Sharing and encouraging one another along the way?
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Sunday, January 08, 2017

Sunday Sketches (Grandpa's Lamp)

Follow along with Jacob as he grabs his grandfather's old lamp and ventures off into the fresh fallen snow, seeking out new adventures. What do YOU think he'll find along the way?  More working out characters and illustrations telling a perfect story. I'm definitely enjoying this new creative journey.

Things are finally getting to a place where I'll be blogging on a regular basis again. It will be wonderful catching up with each of you. Here's to a wonderful weekend for all of us!
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Friday, January 06, 2017

The Magic Winter Brings

As the new year slowly moves forward, I've nestled within my studio and started working away. It's been quite the sight, actually. With the extremely (and unusually) cold temperatures, I've bundled up in thick sweaters, wearing two pairs of socks inside my giant grey slippers, while toting around a hot water bottle all day. Regardless, for me, winter brings so much magic that my heart can hardly contain it! Eek! One cannot deny the fact that my artistic heart truly shines during the winter/Christmas months within my work.

With that said, I've many goals this year and one of them pushing myself within my work by not just telling more of a story in each illustration but also capturing that child-like heart/wonder as well. To kick-start things, I made a point to begin moving in this direction with my daily 2016 Christmas countdown. After flipping through each of the 25 illustrations completed, it was apparent I accomplished what I'd set out to do. Yay me!

After the first few weeks, most of my illustrations were stand-alone characters but in the final 10 days that followed, each slowly transitioned into full-blown illustrations, telling of a sweet, magical, Christmas story. Let me tell you just how much my heart was thrilled to see this!

Over the coming days, weeks, months...I hope to share with you more of these wonderful stories - just like the one above. In fact, you can view my initial sketch idea here. I tweaked it just a little by changing out his hat and face a little. In the end? Pure child-like heart magic found within another woodland winter tale.
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