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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