I'm ready... how about you?
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Monday, August 14, 2017
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Friday, August 4, 2017
Monday, July 31, 2017
Friday, July 28, 2017
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Monday, July 24, 2017
Monday, July 17, 2017
Monday, July 10, 2017
The forecast says hot, hot, hot all week. Which inspired this camel caravan art.
I think I might be the rare exception- I actually really enjoy these bright, blazing days.
(Although I do need some shady spots for a little relief & a fountain is nice too!)
Friday, June 23, 2017
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
This is an image I illustrated for Who's in the Garden? a book I did
for Barefoot Books years ago. It still makes me happy.
I'm smitten with summertime. The bright sun, the long days, the colorful flowers
and the gardens. Full of surprises, flavors & possibilities.
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Monday, June 12, 2017
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Monday, June 5, 2017
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Me in my booth
A few of my buttons, I ended up designing 12 for a fun assortment to choose from.
A floral print giveaway for special clients.
Sometimes the booth got busy & I totally forgot about this.
Whew, I won't lie the amount of work that goes into preparing for Surtex is immense. From updating your collection, being your own art director & editor, sending out some promotion, making banners, updating business cards, creating fun little branded giveaways & getting all that to New York-it's A LOT. All that said it's always a great feeling of accomplishment once it's done & you're standing behind the booth.
I had a good show. It's always important to me to stand behind my work & see what the response is like. People will let you know what's working & what's not. (not always verbally, you can tell by body language or a look) That keeps my eyes open & evolving which is essential as an artist.
Knowing and understanding your market is important.
I'm always blown away by how many super talented people there are in the industry and how kind and supportive most of them are. We're all putting our hearts, dreams & days behind what we do.
And while it's not always easy it's a beautiful way to walk through life. (doing what you love)
Monday, May 15, 2017
This time next week I'll be in New York camped out in Surtex booth 3029. Hopefully showing my work to many! I'm thinking of my space there as my own little greenhouse overflowing with art.
Should be fun, I've have lots of new work to share from my standard kids & baby art to prints appropriate for any age. Hope to see you there!
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Friday, May 5, 2017
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Friday, April 21, 2017
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Wishing you a very Happy Easter if this is a holiday you celebrate!
This image is inspired by the Lite-Brite toy I dearly loved as a child. I'd make a glowing image every night before bed. The vivid contrast was my favorite part.
*The lapsed Catholic in me can't stop painting bunnies this time of year.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Sunday, March 19, 2017
I take a little time every Sunday to do a quick study in my sketchbook. Something different than my norm & give myself some time for unstructured play. Here's todays entry.
*P.S. This doesn't mean I'm not drawing/ making the other days it's just more structured & project based. Sunday is reserved just for me!
Friday, March 17, 2017
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Monday, March 6, 2017
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Here's a look at the strike offs of my Seaside collection for Windham Fabric.
(out April 2017)
I'm excited to make some tiny sundresses for my nieces out of the whale watching print.
Land locked in Kansas City, MO. this collection was inspired by yearning for the water.
Messages in a bottle, anchors away & patterned lighthouses all in a palette of blues
that beckons the sea. Do you feel the breeze? (me too!)
Monday, February 27, 2017
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
I'm excited to share that the next two books in the Hello, World! series that I'm writing & illustrating for Random House Kids is now out.
Birds & Backyard Bugs are board books for toddlers that give a colorful, basic but fun introduction to each topic.
The Hello, World! series was developed by myself & my wonderful editor as a way to share simple concepts about nature & science. Watching the series grow has been so rewarding! Two new books will be out spring 2018. (Dinosaurs & My Body)
It is my hope that these books bring families & young readers the same happiness they've provided me with.
Me signing some copies of the Hello, World! series at Barnes & Noble.