Wednesday, March 25, 2015

New Book Project! DONE!!!!

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 It's been a VERY busy couple of months, between the wedding planning, and my latest children's book project! In fact, as the deadline drew near, the wedding planning was completely put ON HOLD! (Priorities, right? *wink!*)

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 I absolutely fell in love with the manuscript and signed the contract last Fall. It was a particularly fun and challenging project to work on because I chose to expand the story beyond the literal (there were relatively few words to the text) and tell it through the facial expression and body language of the main character . 

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After several months of work, it was finally been turned in to the publisher and approved last week! 
I can honestly say it was a BLAST to work on, and I think it shows in the end result. I am extremely proud of this one, and hope it brings smiles to the children who read it! And now the wait is slated for release this fall.....ironically, right around the time of my wedding!
 (Multiple things to celebrate! *grin!*)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

It's snowing. AGAIN. UGH!!!!

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UGH!!!!  Need I say more????
While the record breaking snowfall HAS been inspirational for my illustrations lately, 
I've. Had. ENOUGH. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Happy Read Across America Day!

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Today is Read Across America Day!

Also known as "Dr. Seuss Day," it is a nationwide celebration of reading and child literacy held annually by the National Education Association on March 2nd; Dr. Seuss' birthday! 2015 marks the 18th year 
of this event that focuses on motivating children and teens to read. 
For more information, click HERE.
I doodled this avid reader during a meeting today! 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

National Dog Biscuit Day?!

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Did you know that February 23rd was National Dog Biscuit Day?
Me neither, but I found out just in time to create this illustration on Monday! 
I don't know who sits around and thinks this stuff up, but I bet the dogs sure are happy! If you missed it, no worries. You and your dog can have a belated celebration today! 
I hope this guy made you smile!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Inspired by the weather.....UGH!!!

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Well, 2015 started out a little snowy here in New England......

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And then it got A LOT snowy.....

We are currently at over 90" of snow, and with the arctic temperatures we've been experiencing when it ISN'T snowing, it isn't going anywhere any time soon!!!

On the up gives me plenty of inspiration!!
I hope you are nice and warm, wherever you are!!! As always, I appreciate you stopping by, and LOVE reading your comments!! 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone!
Well, we're one week in, and 2015 promises to be the craziest year yet!!
I've got lots of cool projects slated for the new year, including a fun children's book that I'm really excited about, lots more ACEOs (artist trading cards) & some new model horses. I also broke down and finally replaced my 8 year old iMac, and still need to find time to move everything over to my shiny new one!! My full time job's role has expanded, and somewhere in between all that, I've got to find time to plan my wedding!!! UGH! Can you say *stress?!* But it's all good stuff, 
so let the games begin!!!  

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas And Happy Holidays!

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 And because I do not know when I will be posting again, I will cover everything with
It's been a GREAT year! Hoping you will come back here for more in 2015!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Book Launch Party!

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On December 6th, I attended a book launch party for the latest children's book I illustrated, Santa's Mistake. The father-daughter team of authors, Robert Pitts & Michele Christian-Oldham put together a fun, holiday-themed event at the South Shore Pottery Shop in Abington, Massachusetts.

Kids young and old came to paint, enjoy all kinds of refreshments, visit with Santa & listen to a book reading, purchase a copy of Santa's Mistake and have it autographed by the authors & illustrator, & request a drawing from the illustrator, yours truly!! 

Santa was a big hit!

The kids (& parents!)  really seemed to love watching me draw. I had a line for 2 hours solid!!

They were so enthusiastic, appreciative, and polite, it was an absolute pleasure taking their requests! (Although I should have watched Frozen before I arrived, as there were LOTS of requests for Elsa!!!)

They were all really cute. It was fun to see the excitement and magic of the holidays from a child's perspective once again!

It was actually *difficult* to squeeze in the time to autograph the books because the line of kids waiting for an illustration never seemed to get any shorter!!

And my amazing fiance', Chris gave up his Saturday to attend and support me, as always!!!
(Most of these photos are courtesy of him!)

All in all the kids seemed to have a lot of fun, and I had a BLAST drawing for them!!!                     What a GREAT way to kick off the holiday season!!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

ACEO Cards - - Big FUN in a Small Package!

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It all started with a single little sea horse...........that got me completely hooked!!
I'm talking about my recent foray into the wonderful world of ACEOs! 

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What the heck is an ACEO you might ask?? ACEO stands for "Art Cards, Editions and Originals".  These cards can be finished in any medium, but have one main rule:  they MUST be 3.5" X 2.5" in size. (About the size of a baseball card)   They are extremely collectible, fun to trade, and are a very affordable way to collect art. They will fit in any standard trading card album and can also be framed (in a VERY small frame!!)

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For an artist like me, who tends to come up with all kinds of great ideas, but never seems to have the time to bring them to fruition,  ACEOs were a way to do just that! You see, the advantage to working so small is, it isn't long until you run out of space! So you can come up with quick little images that occupy the entire page, and actually have the time to FINISH them!!! 

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The other thing I LOVE about these cards, is they are the ideal size for me to play with my Copic markers. I don't like to work large with Copics because then I am laying down a lot of ink, and large backgrounds tend to get really streaky. I really enjoy working in marker, and this size allows me to really play and experiment with them! As you can see, I had an absolute BLAST!!!!

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 I created a series of 10 numbered pieces, all whimsical, *FUN* little characters, each designed to elicit smiles. They are now available for individual sale on Ebay, starting at ridiculously LOW prices for original art! You can see the auctions at the link !HERE! What makes them EXTRA special, is they are the very first pieces of original art I have ever offered for sale! 

They were so much fun to create, I am excited to start on the next series.........although I *may* just keep them for myself! :)

As always, I appreciate you stopping by! Would love to hear what you think!

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!!!

As always, I appreciate your visits & LOVE to read your comments!!
Thanks so much for stopping by!