Monday, October 19, 2020

Good things are coming...

 


                                                                   
Let's choose joy!
 

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Gathering Beauty

 

           We cannot become what we want by remaining what we are.

       -Max De Pree

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Lucky Charms

 

    Eyes open... even during the toughest times there is magic to be found.

   Especially in October!

Friday, October 9, 2020

Feeling Folksy

 

 
Friday fall flourishes.
Wow, that's a lot of Fs!
*FABULOUS*

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

REPTILES

 

 

Something new & a little different has slithered into the Hello, World book series… REPTILES
I’ll admit I’m squeamish when it come to snakes but, when you learn about something
it often takes away some of the fear.

Crawl, slither, hiss, bite (yikes) there’s a lot of reptiles to explore!

*Ophidiophobia is the fear of snakes.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Hello, World! PLANET EARTH

 

Exciting news two new Hello, World books are out today!
Let’s start with Planet Earth- the place we call home.
This book is packed with fun educational visuals.
Maps, a variety of different habitats & a classroom of kiddos
doing their part to contribute to a healthy world.
It’s my hope that by sharing the beauty of our planet with
little ones we might instill a curiosity & desire to protect &
preserve our amazing Planet Earth.  It’s one of a kind!
 

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Greetings

 

I typically look forward to the spookiest month of the year but 2020 has felt scary enough!

Nonetheless or should I say nevermore here we are.  If you're not familair with the podcast LORE now is the perfect time to listen.  It's slightly unsettling historic folktales that makes you feel a little like you're sitting around the campfire.  (Only improvement would be some s'mores!)

*Most the stories are kid friendly for ages 10 & up.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Monday, September 28, 2020

Autumn Wish

 

                                    As September winds down a spread of apples & some spindly 

                                                                flowers to start the week.


Sunday, September 27, 2020

Yellow

 

One more day of the weekend to enjoy!  It's funny as a full time freelancer you often find yourself working on the weekend. I try & mark it by sleeping a little later or baking something that would feel to time consuming over the traditional work week.  

Yellow makes me happy... how about you?  I've found myself gravitating to it the last month.  Maybe it's the September golden light that has inspired me or maybe it's just that little lift it seems like we could all use right now.  A little fun fact *I like yellow so much my kitchen cabinets are bright yellow. 

(I don't regret it!)

Happy Sunday!

Friday, September 25, 2020

Autumn Vibes

 

Subtle shifts of color & some floral finds.
Nature always inspires me!

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Celebrate & Participate

 


 In 41 days (or sooner by mail) it will be time to vote!

I hope you have a plan in place to participate in our democracy. (it's trickier this time)

If you're not registered or curious about checking your status you can visit

nationalvoterregistrationday.org

If you feel like you'd like a blueprint on how you'll vote this November you can visit

planyourvote.org  Both sites are tools available to you.

Since my son was a toddler I'd take him to the polling center with me so he could see me vote.

At the end we'd both grab a sticker & we'd talk about how it's important to vote for what you believe in.

That everyone has a voice & that the beautiful thing about our country is that we can have a say in how things go.

This year I'll have him sit at the kitchen table with me when my ballot arrives and I'll once again talk to him about why voting is an important tradition to preserve.

Kids model our behavior, please vote & let them know why you do it & what it means to you.


Thursday, September 17, 2020

Seasonal Storytime

 

How Do Apples Grow? is part of my Hello, World! early learning book series.  It came out a couple years ago & remains one of my favorites to revisit this time of the year.  We always enjoyed autumn trips to the orchard but, to be honest I wasn't really sure how apples grow?

Each one of these apples was once a pink or white bloom!
Here's a little 5 step diagram from the book to help.
 
 
 Bees are a big part of the process flying from flower to flower to help
pollinate.
 
 Knowing a little more about apples makes a trip to the orchard even more enjoyable.

Being there with your kiddo– even more so!
 

 


Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Fall Fungi

 

 Some painted mushroom magic. 
In my first house there were morels that would grow in the front yard.

They'd show up in the spring.  
I was afraid to eat them but, neighbors who lived in the area forever
would take them to enjoy.

They look a little like a sponge on a stem.
 
When I walk the dog in the evenings I'm noticing
fall mushrooms popping up.
Something fun to be on the lookout for.
I'm not eager to pop them in my mouth but I do like their shapes &  delicate details.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

From the heart

 

 
b l o o m   b r a v e l y

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Faces and Shapes

 

 
I like to paint animals & I wish I knew how to quilt!
The rectangle shapes on grey would be the best quilt.
 

Monday, September 7, 2020

Heliotropism:

 A plants tendency to turn towards the sun.

 

Follow the sun... Happy Labor Day! 

 
(acrylic painting from 2015 titled- Sunflower Ride)
 

 

 


Friday, September 4, 2020

A nod to September

 

 
Sometimes when I take my dog on a walk I grab a pair of scissors
to snip bits of nature that inspire me along the way.
(sorry if you've seen me near your yard- I try to be respectful & only take one :)
 
It's fun to do this when the season begins to change as it becomes
a little sampling of what is going with the subtle changes around me.
 

 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

10 Tuesdays from NOW

 

Happy September!  I've got the upcoming election on my mind.  Did you know that 10 

Tuesdays from now it will be election day?  Let's due our civic duty, show our country some love 

& VOTE.  Elections are important but, this one seems pivotal & we ALL have a voice that counts.

Show up through voting by mail or in person.... (please)

 
 

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

International Dog Day

 I can't hide it... I'm on team dog!  I'm really allergic to cats & just love the light hearted, mischievous nature of dogs.  Painting them is fun & I tried to get their personalities to shine through. 

Can you guess each breed?

 
 

 
 

 

 
 

 


Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Friday, August 14, 2020

Go ahead....

 

 
treat yourself– we made it to Friday!
(painted popsicles from years ago)

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Individually nice....



together something special!  A collection of shapes buried in the back of my sketchbook.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Birds & blooms


The nice thing about a paper garden... no water required!

Friday, July 24, 2020

Spreading a little love


Something we all need to hear!
Especially, when things feel uncertain.

 💜  💚  💛  💜  💚  💚  💜  💛  💙  💙  💙   💜  💚  💛  💚  💜  💛  💙  💙  💙   💜  💚  💛

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Many MEOWS


Just a quick pop in to say–

H E L L O !

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Unsolicited Advice

It started in my sketchbook....


& ended up with a few more details but, the story 
remained the same.  Do your best- forget the rest-
R E P E A T !


Monday, July 20, 2020

Patchwork


There's something satisfying about placing shapes in boxes.
(gelly roll pen play in my sketchbook)

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Fun from afar....


for now but...not forever.
(h o p e f u l l y)

Monday, July 13, 2020

Flamingo fun


When was the last time you stood on one leg?


Friday, July 10, 2020

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Pink puffballs


This is the mimosa tree in my front yard.
I look forward to its pink feathery blooms each summer.
We bought the lot we live on 7 years ago & built our home 5 years ago.
The Mimosa tree was a sign to me that this was our place
to call home.  I always wanted a Mimosa tree.
(which I just found out is also called a Pink Persian Silk tree)

Extra bonus... it smells great & attracts hummingbirds.
Can you see one making a surprise appearance in the photo?
I was overjoyed.  I'm more easily entertained now!

Monday, July 6, 2020

Abundance of blooms


I'm so happy it's summertime!
I love wandering around collecting blooms.


Monday, June 29, 2020

Happy place


It's Monday... again.
Hope you make some time for your "happy place"
this week.  Whatever that may be.?.
For me it's art.
I'm lucky it also pays the bills!

As I get older I'm learning to lean into what makes me
happy more & try to not dwell on the rest.
(I won't lie this is hard!)
I tend to be a perfectionist so, I want to get
everything right which is impossible not to
mention ridiculous.
(& squelches out joy)

Friday, June 26, 2020

Pinching myself!


                   I hit an exciting milestone with my Hello, World! early learning book series–
ONE MILLION books SOLD! I wanted to share a heartfelt thanks to everyone who has
enjoyed the books & sent me kind messages (featuring your cute, curious kiddos).

A special thanks goes to the team at Random House Kids / Double Day Books who has been a 
delight to work with. Espicially my editor, whose keen eye & generous spirit has helped make
this series even stronger! You never do this kind of things completely on your own. 
So... THANK YOU for making space on your shelves & in this busy world for my books!