Friday, June 21, 2019

First Day of Summer!


Painted in honor of the Summer Solstice.
I love this season-
makes me radiate happiness!
Hope you're feeling good too!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Patternville

There's no place like home!
Painted some charming patterned houses.
Which one would you like to live in?


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

My happy place!

Art has always been my happy place.
When I feel sad or confused it’s always been a space where I can
process my feelings.(hours later feeling a little clearer)
It’s also something I do when I’m feeling energetic & joyous & it brings me
the same kind of satisfaction. 

What gets you on the highway to happy & soothes your soul?
We all have something!

Friday, June 7, 2019

Joie de Vivre

How many things can you fit into the weekend?
We're about to find out!



Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

We have LIFT OFF!


MOON LANDING is out today!
I'm having a GIVEAWAY- check out my Instagram
page to enter.

This is my most in depth book yet & even though it's for toddlers I
needed a firm understanding of the subject to be able to break it down in an accessible way.
Hours of research, a trip to Kennedy Space Center in Florida
& space footage from the Apollo 11 Mission.
(You can find that on YouTube & it's fascinating to watch.)
Because the Apollo 11 Mission was in 1969 I needed to be
mindful when illustrating keeping the images true to that time.

From learning about these brave astronauts, better understanding the teamwork
& sacrifice it took from so many, I gained a new appreciation for this
remarkable mission full of firsts.

I hope you & your kids find excitement, joy & wonder in this story too.
It really does show you anything is possible!
So dream big, you never know where you maybe able to go.






Monday, June 3, 2019

MOON LANDING


5, 4, 3, 2, 1!!! 
I'm excited to share that the next book in my Hello, World! series MOON LANDING
comes out tomorrow.  
I'm equally as thrilled to let you know it was selected by Amazon as one of its 
Best of the Month books for June!
The story follows the brave Apollo 11 astronauts journey to the moon 
& the teamwork it took to get there.
It also marks the 50th anniversary of this groundbreaking mission!

A perfect introduction for future astronauts & inventors.

And, a nice way to blast off your summer reading list!

*The Hello, World! series is available at Barnes & Noble as well as Amazon.





Sunday, June 2, 2019

Believe

Follow your dreams, they know the way!
This is for all the people who've recently graduated.


Thursday, May 30, 2019

Quick question...


*Hope you're feeling good about yourself!

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Yassss!


Did you know seeing a snake is considered good luck?
I have to admit they are not my favorite but, I'm going to 
try & keep that in mind next time one slithers by.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Happy Memorial Day-


WEEEEKEND.
Hope you've had a good one!
Sometimes that extra day makes all the difference.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Blueprint NYC



I just returned from the Blueprint show in NYC.  For those not
familiar with this show it's a 4 day event.  Artist from around the world
set up booths & bring their art to show to buyers & art directors from a variety of industries.
It's a great way to connect with the art community & find homes for some of
the art that's made.

This year it was a family affair. 
I brought my son, Luca. 
(Which explains why I didn't stay 4 days.  Also, a 4 day show is REALLY long)
He's interested in art & business so this is a great example of the two colliding. 
My husband Antonio works with me & he's a pro at the show part of our business.
I definitely prefer the art part! But, booth are part of the deal.

Here's a few things I've learned doing shows for the past 15 years.

-No two shows are ever the same.  It's hard to predict 
what the response or financial outcome will be.
(I know, frustrating)

-There can be a lot of sitting and waiting for people to
come by & look at your work.
(don't stress)

-Sometimes you don't get an immediate payoff but,
contacts that grow into something good
down the road.

-Don't feel discouraged.  Make art that you love
& has a distinct look that comes from you.
This will serve you well if not at the
current moment but down the road.

-If you're an introvert shows can be exhausting.
I use to worry about that as both Antonio & I aren't
flashy, talkative sales people.  But, I've realized that art
speaks for itself & that people who like my look
really connect with it. So, no song or dance is needed.




Thursday, May 16, 2019

RED


I have a thing for the color red & words that pull at your heartstrings.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Blueprint Surface Design Show


Packing up to travel to NYC & exhibit at Blueprint.
I’ll be serving up fun, colorful art in an array of categories.
Florals, Seasonal, quirky conversationals & much more.
Looking forward to sharing my new art soon!

(*The show starts on Monday & runs through Thursday- I'll be at the Hudson Mercantile building)

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Happy Mother's Day

I look at motherhood as an ever changing journey.  An experiment of the heart.
Finding strengths you never knew you had in exchange for worries you never considered.
Appreciating your own mother a little more. 
Teaching love & compassion with times you don’t treat yourself with the same gentle care.
A tour guide through the world helping them find their voice & interest. 
Staying conscious to not lose your's along the way.
Learning when to hold on & when to let go so they feel confident & capable.
Realizing there are no redos so you’re going to do your best.
And understanding no matter what age they’ll always need their mom.
This role is no joke but, what an honor to be part of this special journey with all it’s ups & downs.
 Here's to raising good humans.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Friday, May 10, 2019

Three Cheers...

for Friday.
Yippee, Yippee, Yippee!

Hope you have a lovely weekend.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Vivid Brights

I took a watercolor class last summer & feel in love with the medium.  I enjoyed the intense color & how quickly you can fill the page. 
Planning on taking some more classes this summer to explore some processes I don't usually try.  Especially when there's a deadline involved.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Cut Paper Tea Party



Made a cut paper tea party embellished with some flower
finds from my yard.  Care to join me?


Friday, May 3, 2019

Feel Good FRIDAY!


Sending out those good vibes in a primary palette.



Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Monday, April 29, 2019

Monday


Good morning sunshine!  Coffee or tea?
I think it's coffee for me today.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Collage Cats


Many meows & possibly a purrr!
(I always enjoy collage work.)

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Blueprint this May

Sending out a birdsong to let you know I'll be exhibiting at Blueprint
May 20-23 in NYC.  
Lots of new art has been added to my collection.  If you're headed to the show
I hope you'll fly by & take a look!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Spring


Happy Easter, Happy Passover, Happy Sunday- I think that covers it!
Hope you enjoy some time outside with family & friends.

Friday, April 19, 2019

You are Soooo Good!


How do you do it?
Hope you enjoy the holiday weekend!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Centaur Celebration

Happy Birthday to my better half!
We work together, parent together, live together
so, we're pretty much attached at the hip.
And somehow it all works!

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Bloomarama


It feels like the sky has flowered.  Pink & white blooms all around!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

National Pet Day



I know the other day was International Unicorn Day which is great but,
even closer to my heart is National Pet Day- which happens to be today.
So, on behalf of myself & my strong willed side kick we hope you have
a good one.  I really think pets make the world a happier place!
(back to the belly rubs)

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

EVERYTHING is in bloom-


EVEN the alphabet!
(which makes me pretty happy & sneezy)

Monday, April 8, 2019

MONDAY motivation


Starting a new project today...
Here I go!

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Things are poppin'


The long awaited spring season has arrived!
(cut paper & fabric)

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Bird bouquet


I'm inspired by the noisy morning chirps, and pops of spring color
that are starting to show.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Over in the Meadow


It's starting to feel like spring which seemed like the right time to share
Over in the Meadow a book I illustrated many years ago.
It's a sweet sing along that happens in a happy meadow filled with creatures
you can count.  All set to a tune you can't get out of your head.
Take a look!

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Simple spring joys

I love to paint and....

pick flowers.  Later this month there will be 
a smorgasbord of options.  But, for now I'm focusing on daffodils!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Lightening UP

Spring has sprung & it's exciting to wake up to lighter layers.
No more bulky sweaters & the hot tea will soon turn into ice tea!

Friday, March 22, 2019

Hello, World! book series

Look at what just landed at Barnes & Noble... a toddler friendly display holding my Hello, W🌎RLD early learning book series! Being an author was something I never thought I could do. Get married someday, yes. Be a mom, yes. Be an artist, yes. But, write a series of books, no way! I’m dyslexic & throughout my school years I felt like a failure for my reading and writing skills. My brain sees letters that jump around the page & it’s frustrating for me to smoothly piece them together. 
Growing up in the early 80’s dyslexia programs were not readily available in my school. I found myself leaning into art & falling behind in what was called “language arts”. About five years ago I got an email from an editor at Doubleday Books. She saw a piece of Solar System art I made & was curious if I’d be interested in writing & illustrating some early learning books. I knew this was a great opportunity (something I’d dreamed of) but, I also thought I wasn’t a writer because I’m dyslexic.
Despite that I decided this was something I needed to try.
I knew writing these books would be a big challenge for me. (Yes, even for a board book with limited text.) Having a generous, smart editor has helped successfully guide me through the process & taught me volumes along the way. 
I’m so happy I said yes to this opportunity! Hello, W🌎RLD! continues to grow across the globe & it’s delightful to see toddlers learning & enjoying this series.
Feels so good to overcome a fear & share your talent with others. THANKS!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Wild & Free


Go ahead...ruffle some feathers!
(beautiful quote from Henry David Thoreau)

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Happy St. Patrick's Day


Who knows what you'll find at the end of the rainbow?

Tuesday, March 12, 2019