Friday, August 18, 2017

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017

Sweet!

Making my own candy shop!
Snipping & collaging sweets.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Happy Place


Me, doing my favorite things.
Cutting, painting & arranging color!

Friday, August 4, 2017

YES!

                                               
                                        My thought on a bright, sunny Friday.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Birthday Girl


Painted myself a little birthday picture complete with hibiscus from the garden.
*It's going to be a great year!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Monday, July 24, 2017

Toning it down.

Not my usual rainbow of color.  Starting a new project that will need
a different approach.  These were some quick studies.
I actually enjoyed painting with less color. (surprised me)
Ready to try some more!

Monday, July 17, 2017

My favorite part of summer?

Painting OUTSIDE!  Dries quicker, with a chance of hearing a bird song, or bee buzz by.
Plus, a little dose of vitamin D!

Calling this one Summer House.

Monday, July 10, 2017

It's On...

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

Watermelons


I think if you bite into a rainbow it would probably taste like watermelon.
Just saying.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Eat fresh.


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.
Awww, summer!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day


Go ahead give him kiss!
A good dad is such a gift.




Monday, June 12, 2017

Glam-ingos!


Pink, pink, coral a little sparkle & more PINK!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Fearless Female...



Happy Birthday Friday Kahlo!  
(June 6, 1907- July 13, 1954)

Monday, June 5, 2017

Ah, Summer....



I'm completely digging it!

Top piece is watered down gouache with cut paper letters.
Bottom-Summer peeps illustration is pen & watercolor.


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Summer offerings...


compliments of my hibiscus tree!  Summer is definitely my favorite season.
I never know what new color I'll find around the next corner.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Surtex, done & dusted!

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

Surtex 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

Mommas & Babies





A very special bond.  Even if they refuse to pose normally for a picture!
Happy Mother's Day! 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Refresh!


Late spring, early summer is my favorite time of year.  It's also one of my busiest.
Trying to take time to refresh, enjoy the sun, the flowers & YES the drinks! 
(*I'll take that pink tropical one please)

Friday, May 5, 2017

Animal Squares

I love animals.  Big, small, feathered or covered in fur I'm a fan.
Fierce or docile they find a way into my heart!
They're so uncomplicated. (I appreciate that)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Coral Skies



We've had a particularly grey April here.  Days of overcast, dull skies.  I've been daydreaming about a different colored sky.  Coral, perhaps!  

Friday, April 21, 2017

Spring Offerings


I feel better in my skin when the leaves return & the blooms begin.


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Vivid Easter

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

New Motto...


Works for me!
p.s. I think I'll be finding pink glitter all over for the next month. :)

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Llamas...


who are also mommas.
(Watercolor & a little love.)

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Vacay...


We recently took a long awaited family vacation, YAY!  It's been a while.
I painted what I packed. (couldn't wait to be under the sun for a couple days)
*Going away, changing the pace & coming back works wonders!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sundays

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

Note to Spring...

I'm taking a hand lettering class on Tuesday nights.  Trying to vary my hand a little more.  Inspired by the ever changing weather on this one.  

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Uncommongoods Blog




What's on the Uncommongoods blog today you ask?  
Sophie & I along with my print assortment available through Uncommongoods!  
Also, a little interview.  Enjoy!

Monday, March 6, 2017

March

I like the month of March.  (it's kind of the warm up to Spring)



Thursday, March 2, 2017

Seaside

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

Spring Fever...

Every year when the tips of those bright yellow daffodils 
begin to bloom I get serious case of spring fever.
Alas, it's begun!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Monday, February 20, 2017

Hello, World! board books

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.
Happy Reading!



Me signing some copies of the Hello, World! series at Barnes & Noble.