Monday, September 22, 2014

Happy First Day of Fall and a BIG Update!


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Happy first day of Fall! I know the coming of fall means colder (or just plain COLD!) weather is many areas, but it ALSO means beautiful foliage, baking with cinnamon, apple, & pumpkin, Halloween, and my favorite thing- getting to wear BOOTS again! So while it DOES mean I will have to put my convertible away soon, there are still good times to come!


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I haven't been participating in many Illustration Friday challenges lately, but HAVE been very busy in the studio! Last week I finished my first ATC (Artist Trading Card). If you are unfamiliar with ATCs (Also known as ACEOs), they are tiny little works of art on a card the size of a baseball card. They are very popular with collectors, and are an affordable way to buy original art, as well as prints.  I'd been wanting to try my hand at these for awhile, and I had a BLAST creating this little guy! I've already started on my first series - all original artwork - & hope to have them available for sale soon!



 And then there's the latest book I've illustrated, "Santa's Mistake" written by Michele Christian-Oldham and Robert Pitts. It is off to the printers, and should be available by mid to late October, just in time for the holidays! This was a FUN project to work on, and I'm looking forward to seeing the finished product!


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And then there was THIS really cool project! I created this trio for Cheryl at  Our Mims Retirement Haven in Paris, Kentucky. Our Mims is a non-profit sanctuary for retired thoroughbred racehorses and broodmares; animals who are often discarded when they're no longer deemed "useful." The lucky residents at their facility get to live out their final years with proper care and plenty of love. This image depicts 3 of the Our Mims residents: Blue Viking, Elmhurst, & Tea Biscuit and will be used for publicity and to raise funds for a new horse trailer that the sanctuary badly needs. It was my pleasure to be able to help the gang at Our Mims out with my artwork!!!

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Illustration Friday - SKULL



This week's illustration challenge word was SKULL. An odd choice for August....but then, where I live, the temperatures already feel like fall, so I guess this theme would be consistent with that! :) 
 I always like to try to do something a little different for these challenges, but there's not much room for interpretation with a word like SKULL. So instead, I drew 2 separate illustrations, & then decided to combine them to tell a short story of sorts....hope you like it!! 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Illustration Friday - JOURNEY

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Hank had a terrible sense of direction, so he relied heavily on the rest of the flock....


This week's Illustration Friday word is JOURNEY. I would guess nobody
knows more about journeys than migrating birds!
 This was another quick doodle done during our weekly Tuesday meeting at work! 
(I swear I really DO pay attention....)
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Illustration Friday - KING

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King Leo enjoyed his "creature comforts...."

Was feeling a little silly this week.....obviously.....
When I saw this week's Illustration Friday challenge word was KING, this is what popped into my head. I really can't explain it beyond that..........  *grin!*

What do you think? 
Did he make you smile?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Illustration Friday - PEACE


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 This week's Illustration Friday challenge word is PEACE.  I chose to go in what I think is a slightly unexpected direction on this one. It reminds me of when I was a kid, and my Mom would say my brother & I "fight like cats and dogs!"  Hoping you animal lovers appreciate it!

It's been a month since I've had time to post to my blog. But I have a good excuse! The July Doodle Day theme was my favorite subject: ANIMALS! And I took a much needed vacation to beautiful Vancouver British Columbia, and the surrounding area. Several people questioned my choice of vacation destinations, 
    but I think this 21-second video  ** CLICK HERE! **  that I took 
at the top of Whistler-Blackcomb  pretty much sums it up!

 Will be sharing some of the Doodle Day animals & more from my trip in my next post, so stay tuned, or better yet, join this site by clicking the blue box under the Facebook block on the right hand side of this page! As always, I appreciate any comments, and thank you for stopping by!!!

Whistler Olympic Park

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Illustration Friday - FRAGILE

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It's been awhile since I've been able to participate in an Illustration Friday challenge, & it's good to be back!! I'm pretty much a klutz, so fragile items are best kept out of my hands, but Walter, here, seems to do pretty well with them! (He must have a particularly smooth waddle!) If he gave you a smile, please let me know in the comments section below, or with a "like" on my Facebook page. Thanks! And as always, I appreciate you stopping by!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Illustration Friday - TEMPTATION - & A Sneak Peek!


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This week's Illustration Friday challenge word was TEMPTATION. I went with this idea, because kids seem particularly susceptible to temptation and particularly bad at exercising self control.........or is it that they are just particularly GOOD at disregarding the word 'no?' Ha ha!

 AND because a friend of mine commented on a recent post I made on my FACEBOOK page that she was surprised to see people because she couldn't remember seeing any illustrations of mine that were NOT of animals,  I just *had* to give her another person, albeit a little one! :) (Thanks, Amy!)

 The funny thing is, while I certainly DO enjoy drawing animals....arguably far more than I do people, the current book project I'm working on is ALL ABOUT people! Including everyone's FAVORITE person, Santa! And I'm having an absolute BLAST with it!
 Here's a sneak peek......although I'm on to color now, and finishing up the final art....


Looking forward to the holidays when it is scheduled to be released! 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Illustration Friday - UNI-Verse

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Yeah, I admit I was feeling a little silly this week....
That, and I didn't want to do another space scene like everyone else for this week's theme, "UNIVERSE." Anyway, my piece for "SPACE" was one of my favorites, 
and I just couldn't attempt to top it! :)
 I hope the absurdity of this gave you a smile! :)

SPACE

Thursday, May 1, 2014

DOODLE DAY!


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Today is the 1-year anniversary of the Doodle Day Facebook Group. It is a group of people of all artistic abilities & ages that just love to doodle! There is a daily prompt, that you can follow if you wish, or, you can just share what you've been working on. It was started by a wonderfully talented artist, Alison, & her young daughter Erin, and over the year they've watched the group grow to over 200 enthusiastic & creative people! 

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 I discovered Doodle Day back in December, when the theme for the month was "underwater alphabet." I had an ABSOLUTE BLAST creating various sea creatures each day, & it was something fun to take my mind off the stress of the holidays. Here are a couple of my favorites from that time.

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 Lately, I've been caught up in my children's book project, with a deadline looming, so I haven't been able to participate as often as I'd like. But I still visit the Facebook page every day to check out what the group members have been up to! Always eye candy to look at!! And they are always so supportive when I AM able to post something!!

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So because I discovered Doodle Day in December during the underwater alphabet theme, I thought an underwater tribute was appropriate! I had a lot of fun playing with my new Copic markers on a pad of OLD marker paper from college that I discovered during a visit to my parents' basement to create my artistic octopus! I honestly have not used marker paper since 1993!!!  In fact, I had so much fun, that I'm thinking I need to make a trip to Dick Blick & pick up some more! (Do they still make it?! LOL!!)
Anyway, I'd like to extend a BIG THANK YOU to Alison & Erin, & a HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to Doodle Day! I hope you have many more!!!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Illustration Friday - VANITY

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This week's Illustration Friday challenge word is VANITY.
 One of my friend Donna's often used expressions is "It's like putting lipstick on a pig," & while I was listening to her run a meeting at work today, this just popped into my head. Ironically, she also would really like to get a mini tea cup pig as a pet (I've been telling her this might not be such a good idea).............I hope that if she does........she doesn't put lipstick on it......  :D 

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