Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Father's Day

To all the old school & new school dads out there- Happy Father's Day!
I hit the jackpot with my dad*** he's been supportive of all my dreams & continues to teach me grace & determination.  (What a gift!)

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

And the winner is...

I'm calling this piece "Prize Winning Cute".  It's a mix of fabric & paper collage,
a little paint, some embroidered details & A LOT of love.
Hope it brings a smile to your face!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Ready to sail into the weekend?

Yoo- hoo, FRIDAY can you hear me?

This week has felt so     L     O      N       G      !
(watercolor sailboats painted summer 2017)

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Open heart, open mind

........message from high up on a kitchen chair.......
Zinnias- such a happy flower!

Monday, June 4, 2018


Ready, set, begin!  I finished my old sketchbook & it's time to start a new one.
This is spread one.

Friday, June 1, 2018


Greetings June, my favorite month of the year.
(limited color doodle, pen and yellow gouache in my notebook)

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Pattern Dance

Pattern dance color play.  A new spread in my mini sketchbook.
The hot days & sunshine have me reaching for the brightest colors I can find.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Memorial Day Weekend

A parade of popsicles... I'll take on of each!
This weekend came just in time.  I'm in desperate need of a
l  o  n  g   holiday weekend!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Surtex 2018

What a whirlwind the last month has been!
So many exciting things going on with my little studio.
After months of preparation I now get to check Surtex 2018 off my to do list!
(yes, I make lists...)

This was our 14th year exhibiting at Surtex.  The show has changed over time. (most things do)

My goal this year has been not just to check the tasks off but to do my best to be present with each.  So often it's just about getting it done. (particularly when you get stressed & busy)
I found myself although feeling overwhelmed at times enjoying the whole process so much more when I stay present with what I'm doing and not letting my mind flutter off to the next job.

Antonio & I took our son Luca to the show.  I'm not sure he really believed I have a job.  Working from home it can be ambiguous to the ones around you how it all works.  I think him seeing his dad & I at work with other humans gave him a better idea of what we do.  He often says "you're lucky you just draw all day" and I reply there's much more to it than that.  But, when I stop & think about it
he's right I basically just draw all day & sometimes at night.
And, I do so happily!

Luca (age 10) & almost as tall as me in heels.
(the vitamins are working)

P.S. A special thanks to this guy who is always supportive & patient with me.
Having your own business is hard work!
He let's me live in my own little world & makes me feel safe with all the parts I'm so bad at.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Roll with it!

This is my mantra for the week.
I just wrapped up a big book project &
we leave for N.Y.C in 3 days.  There's still so many little
details to attend to before the Surtex show. (and many more after)

This time of year always feel like a mind blow but I'm rolling with it!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Happy Mother's Day!

A bouquet for mom.
(painted with gouache)

Tuesday, May 1, 2018


Hola, MAY!
The sun is shining, flowers are blooming & time is flying by.
(this time of year is so lovely & unfortunately so busy)
Trying to savor each day & not get caught up in the TO DO list.
It always gets done.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Surtex 2018

It's that time of the year again & Surtex is just around the corner.
I have lots of NEW art from baby & kids prints to sophisticated florals, fun conversational prints and seasonal art as well.  If you're headed to the show I hope you'll stop by!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Friendship Goals

A little painting from my mini sketchbook inspired by one of my favorite things
to make as a kid- friendship bracelets & pins.  I'd very carefully created my color combos until it felt just right.  Sometimes even adding metallic thread. (which I treasured)  I might have to give it try again.
Seems like a nice activity to do on a warm summer day, poolside perhaps.

Happy Friday friends!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Happy Earth Day

So happy to call this beautiful planet home!  I'm celebrating Earth Day by planting some of my favorite hearty herbs.  Still a little too chilly here to plant all those colorful flowers I've had my eye on.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Weekend Vibes....

Painted with gouache, made with love, flowering branches from a neighbors tree
Shhhh, don't tell anyone!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Up, up & away!

Someone I love- A LOT had one of those big milestone birthdays yesterday.
He lacked enthusiasm but we still wanted to celebrate.
Unlike this illustration we didn't fill the sky with balloons.  Instead we went to the arcade!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Monkey Business

Busy working on some fun new boys art for the upcoming Surtex show.
As a mother to a son I quickly realized how saturated the market was with lovely designs for girls.  Not nearly as many for boys.  With a focus on this niche,  I'm rounding out my current collection.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Tropical Birds

This print was inspired by my recent trip to south Florida.
Remembering all the beautiful birds & giant hibiscus I saw.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Tailed by a leopard!

Painted a big spotted cat in my tiny sketchbook.
I'd like to have a leopard friend!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Snipping Citrus...

& pretending it's warm outside.
*I've always wanted a lemon tree in my yard.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Hop, Hop!

Wishing you & your little bunnies a very Happy Easter!
Off to find eggs & maybe a few carrots.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Flowers & bunnies-

what could be better?

I painted this on Tuesday, March 20th to celebrate the spring equinox.
I also gathered some of my favorite spring blooms to keep the festivities going.
(Nothing smells better to me this time of year than hyacinth!)

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Spring Break

Taking a little trip to Florida soon.
Imagining what I might see!
(I'm ready for a tropical moment.)

Monday, March 19, 2018

Spring Baubles

I still have shades of green on my mind.
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Friday, March 16, 2018

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

*** Shine On ***

Look how they shine for you!
I'm a sucker for a night sky filled with twinkling stars.
(collage work in my mini sketchbook)

Monday, March 12, 2018

Green Vibes

Can't wait to feel my hands in the dirt & sprinkle pops of color throughout my garden!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Bright Colors

That says it all.  Since I was a little girl I adored bright colors!

I'd hide my favorite crayons from my 3 brothers who I was convinced 
really didn't appreciate their beauty.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

My motto-

for adulthood.

You were once wild...
Don't let them tame you!
-Isadora Duncan
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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Spring chirps!

HOORAY,  March has arrived!
(cue budding trees now...)

Monday, February 26, 2018


When life gives you lemons just absorb the vitamin C.
More fun in my mini sketchbook!

(Almost at the end of this one, I wonder if they make circular shaped sketchbooks?)

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Green fix

February, my least favorite month of the year. 
After almost a full week of cold, ice, and no school I'm ready to bring on the blooms!
(this helped a little)

Saturday, February 17, 2018

It's the year of the dog.

Happy Chinese New Year!
This is an old piece I painted a while ago.
I think in dog years it's around 82 years old!

Friday, February 16, 2018


I'm excited to share the next book in my Hello, World! series with Random House Kids.
Dinosaurs is a bright, colorful journey back to a time when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.
Big, small, horned or plated this board book explores many of the favorites.  Along with a *special fact on each page.  Hope the little dinosaur lovers in your life enjoy snuggling up & learning a little more!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Monday, February 12, 2018

New additions to Hello, World!

I'm excited to let you know that two NEW books will be added to my Hello, World! series with Random House Kids.  Today I'm featuring My Body.  This is a toe dip into anatomy.  Head, shoulders, knees and a whole lot of fun!

This book was chosen as one of Amazons books of the month for February.
I hope if you have a little one in your life you'll sit down & share this book together.
Happy Reading & high five!
(Available at Barnes & Noble or Amazon.)

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Note to self:

Things you can't always see are hard at work.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Roses are red, some birds are aqua blue.

More birds and visual thoughts on February.
(Guess I'm feeling caged up?)

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Thursday, February 1, 2018

February 1st

February has arrived & I'm celebrating with shade of red.
Excited to be slowly inching our way towards spring!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Take a Bow.

Tada!  I'm sharing a kids Valentine I made for Papyrus.
This is the front of the card.  With the bear finger puppet secured to the interior.

Here's a few of the fun characters on the interior.  There's also lots of fun on the back of the card. (along with red foil details throughout)
I love the interactive quality of this card.  The die cut stage & finger puppet are perfect for a storyline & play.   Available online at Papyrus.