Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Presidential Portraits

 


 
Today our 46th president is sworn into office.
These presidential portraits where made when my son was a toddler & President Obama
won the presidency. I was so excited that kids would finally see
an African American as President.  Representation allows you
to dream bigger & see yourself in ways you hadn’t before.  

The last four years have been long & divisive.
It has provided new respect for the fragility & strength of our democracy.
I was proud to paint Joe Biden as our 46th president.
A leader who supports science, empathy, and opportunity for all.

I was thrilled to add the first African American, Indian American woman as
Vice President.  Opening the eyes of little girls of every color
in our diverse country.  We move forward even as some hold
on to the past.  There is work to be done!
 
Art available at
Oopsy Daisy.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

 

Today we honor a man who believed all people treated fairly can make the world a better place.

His teaching & wise words ring just as strongly today as we continue to open our eyes, listen & settle for nothing less than real progress.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Shelfie

 

Thanks to everyone who entered my Hello, World! book giveaway.  The winners were notified Friday.  It's wonderful to see & read all your kind comments about this series.  (*I still pinch myself.)

Hope you're enjoying a quiet weekend with a chance to escape in a good book or two.  Although reading has never been relaxing or easy for me I've always loved getting lost in the illustrations.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

WARMTH


 Mid-week check in!

How are you doing?

Friday, January 8, 2021

MUSIC

 

 
My Hello, World! book MUSIC  dropped earlier this week.
When I plan the next titles in the series I make a list of subjects
I think are missing & run it by my smart, savvy editor.
We both agreed music was a must.
Music can lift your mood, be a creative outlet & gives
your body permission to move.  The book covers
a sampling of instruments, the size, shape, color & sound along
with a signature *fun fact. (Which, I try to make something the adult most likely 
reading didn't know as well.)
 
I wanted to mix up the color palette for this book.  My hand usually gravitates to
brighter bolder color but, for this book & subject I thought something more
light & bubbly was in order.  Some pages build to dark, louder color
like the drum spread. (similar to the sound)  But overall the color is light & airy.
 

People often ask how I make the art. 
I started by painting an array of papers in pastel tones.
Then I cut out each instrument & character adding little details.
(scissors, glue, tape, paintbrush & pen)
Next it was all scanned into Photoshop, cleaned up so I could
more the layers around & added a few touches digitally.
 

 

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Vroom, Vroom!

 

 
I have two new Hello, World! books out today.
I'm starting with Cars & Trucks- a book with all sorts of 
vehicles that GO!
 
One of my favorite trucks is an ice-cream truck.
Followed closely by a food truck!
(Tacos, anyone?)
 


Monday, January 4, 2021

KA- BLOOM!

 
A little everyday motivation.
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I do my best to be a life long learner.
Keeping my mind curious helps me stay engaged.
Through podcasts, movies, music, cooking, new yoga moves, conversations, art or
a long run. (yuck, but you'd be surprised what comes to mind 5 miles later)
 Particularly, now when it's easy to feel stuck in
the ciaos & the ongoing pandemic.  (I don't like scary things-
if this was a ride I would have avoided it completely or demanded off- sigh!)
That's why putting one foot in front of the other to keep moving forward
is really resonating with me.  Resilience is everything!
Plant, water, BLOOM, enjoy the beauty... then start again. (you're never done)

Hope you're doing well & if you're not then be
gentle with yourself & try again tomorrow.

I'm working on a gardening book, I think that's why I've got flowers on my mind.
(who am I kidding I always have flowers on my mind)