Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!

Wishing you a positively ghastly Halloween & a ghoulishly good night!
Until next year...

Monday, October 24, 2016

Pattern Play

I love to paint patterns!  I've been playing around mixing & matching in cool & warm palettes. Thinking they wold make great rugs or upholstery for a an oversized chair.
Lots of possibilities!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Something New

Felt like I was channeling my inner "grandma" when I was painting this.  Definitely not my usual color palette.  Trying to push myself out of my norm & into some NEW.
The challenge continues ...

Monday, October 17, 2016

Modern Thrive Workshop

Come on a voyage with me, be part of the Modern Thrive 3-day online workshop, 
Myself,  the talented Katie Vernon & Sophie Dufresne will be giving you an inside look at how we've gone about building our illustration business.  

If you sign up before 11/1 you get a special price with discount code: JillMcdonald

*Looking forward to sharing a few of the tips I've learned along the way!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Thursday, October 13, 2016


Holding fall colors in my hand.
I love to wander around the yard gathering leaves & flowers.
(my happy place)

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


Does the trick every time!

Monday, October 10, 2016


Working on writing & illustrating the 5th book in the Hello, World! series for Random House Kids.  
This has been such an exciting & personally rewarding experience for me. (#grateful)
Can you guess what this next book will be about?
Hint.... "ROAR"

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Meet Birdie

This is Birdie, my good friend Gina's pet parakeet.
He's a pretty boy & oh so photogenic!
Gina takes lots of photo of Birdie with interesting props.
(& lots of fun photos in general)
You can take a look here.

We decided to try a series with my illustrations as a backdrop for 
Birdie.  Stay tuned for more. 
We'd LOVE to make a book out if it.  
(dreaming BIG but, isn't that the only way to dream?!?)

Friday, October 7, 2016

Rambunctious Garden

Cut paper garden... No green thumb, no problem!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Sundown Color Study

Have you noticed it's getting dark earlier?
Trying to appreciate the colors of the setting sun to ease my way into
what I know is ahead.  (brrrrrrr)

Sunday, October 2, 2016