Sunday, December 3, 2023

Glide

I started ice skating lessons with my son today.  I love roller skating but somehow ice skating feels so much harder!  This was my second time ever on ice skates.  “Break a leg I thought to myself”.  Thankfully I did not!  Here’s to trying something new, feeling brave and making merry memories. ⛸

 
 

(Why are outdoor ice rinks so charming, I already have a list I’d like to visit?!)

 

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Nearly December

 Well... I guess it's time to talk about Christmas.  This is a collection called Happy Pawlidays I made for Windham Fabrics.  It's very merry with lots of furry festive friends.  I don't love the Christmas season but I do adore animals & painting them is always fun.


My grandma was a quilter, it would have been fun to see what she would have made out of this!

 

Monday, November 27, 2023

Moody floral

 

This is a cut paper floral piece.  I love using a black background to make colors pop, especially these jewel tone colors.  I couldn't resist adding a bird.  We had our first snowfall on Sunday & decided to decorate the Christmas tree making for a very wintry weekend.


Saturday, November 25, 2023

Holiday Lane

 

Honk if you like the holidays!  

Silence on my end...

I'm not a fan of the Christmas Season but I do adore twinkle lights!

๐ŸŒŸ  ✨  ๐ŸŒŸ  ✨ ๐ŸŒŸ  ✨ ๐ŸŒŸ  ✨ ๐ŸŒŸ  ✨ ๐ŸŒŸ  ✨

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

All the creatures great and small.

 

Do you have a favorite animal?

I'm fascinated by elephants and find ponies to be very pretty!

(But really I have a soft spot in my heart for all animals.)

 

Friday, November 3, 2023

Greetings November

 

A little wing flap and high kick as we move into November.  Love the bright orange color of bittersweet berries!

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Halloween transportation

 


October has sped right by!  Wishing you a delightful Halloween filled with candy and cuteness.  
It’s always fun to see who shows up at the door. ๐Ÿšช ๐Ÿ‘ป

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

In the dark of night.

 

I drew this one digitally, using a black background always makes the colors pop!  This also reminds me of my beloved Light Bright toy I had as a child.  I just loved how those little pastel pegs lit up against the black board. 

Sunday, October 22, 2023

Chocolaty Wonderland

 

Making art is my happy place anytime of the year!  This is an assortment of animals painted with gouache.  I like to paint on a sanded silkscreen paper as it really holds each brush stroke with a special kind of precision.  (I discovered this trick years ago. ;)

Thursday, October 19, 2023

Four semi spooky squares!

 

Some sounds and cut paper shapes to celebrate October.

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Dress up your digits

 


The month of October makes me think about "dressing up".  I enjoy cutting and sewing as well as imaging little characters. These are some felt finger puppets I made several years ago that were sold at speciality stores and Nordstrom. 

Thursday, October 12, 2023

Still blooming

 

Somehow in the second week of October I happily find myself with things still a bloom in our garden.  As you can see many of the flowers I plant bring butterflies, bees and my favorite hummingbirds.  (Gosh, I'll miss seeing them in the morning.)

Grateful to have flowers to water & colors to fill the grey days we've had lately.   Holding on to the little things that make me feel calm while we watch other things spin out of control. 

Sunday, October 1, 2023

Meow, October!

 

๐Ÿงก Time to buy some pumpkins!

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Bugs on black

 

I LOVE to paint and somehow with just a few days until October my garden continues to bloom & buzz with all sorts of intriguing insects!

Sunday, September 24, 2023

Orchard

 

We took our annual trip to the orchard over the weekend.  I always look forward to this.  There wasn't many apples left on the the trees this year and the harvest looked low.  When we started out the day it was grey which made the few red apples left on the trees really pop.  Then the sun came out to stay.

I took lots of pictures and all the ones with my boys (Antonio & Luca) made me laugh.  They couldn't look less enthused!  I'm grateful for the years they've let me drag them around from one seasonal outing after another. 

 


 We'll go back next year & hopefully they'll look a little happier!


Wednesday, September 20, 2023

On my mind...

 

Who captures your imagination?

I like making art that gives people an opportunity to tell someone special that they care about them.

This art was licensed for cards & I hope it helped someone feel warm & appreciated.

 

Friday, September 15, 2023

Deep breath in deep breath out.

 

Friday sigh!

I sigh a lot... & find it really helps.

(I stress easily)

Sunday, September 10, 2023

Flyby

 

Somewhere between here & there.

I like how this gouache painting hints at the subtle seasonal shifts we see this time of the year.


Monday, September 4, 2023

Farewell Summer

 

Saying goodbye to summer is bittersweet!


This sketchbook spread is a scene from a favorite memory this summer.
We twisted and turned our way down a tight mountain road that led us to the medieval town— Tossa de Mar on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea.  It was one of those days that captures your imagination! ✴
Here's a closer look.

 

 
                Hope you had a beautiful summer and some days that left your heart warm & happy. ๐Ÿ’›







Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Time flies when you're having fun!

 My sweet son turns 16 today!



I painted some characters and made them into a celebratory wrap for his gift.

 

Speaking of gifts his dad & I feel like we got the biggest gift with him- he's truly delightful!

Sunday, August 20, 2023

Color play

 Here's to hoping colored pencils are at the top of your back to school supply list!



Monday, August 14, 2023

Off to School

 

 
Do you have someone in your life headed off to school for the first time?  I made a couple activity pages based off my Hello, World!  School Day book.  You can download them here, along with a few more Hello, World! coloring pages from 
other books in this series.
Happy coloring, reading, and learning! ⭐ ๐ŸŽ ⭐
 


Thursday, August 3, 2023

Accepting new members!

 

I've not been a part of many sports teams, or really actively followed one on an ongoing basis.  That said I'm am a proud member of Team Wildflower!  A bunch of dreamers & seekers of the beauty in life.

Friday, July 21, 2023

Garden Tour

 

My garden doesn't really look like this but my thumb is thankfully greening!  That's the fun thing about painting- you can be aspirational & imagine just how you'd like things to look.  Next year I would like to quadrant out areas one for only herbs, one for plants that bring pollinators, one full of veggies and next to that, a plot of plants that keep bugs away. (One with natural bug repellents, I'm curious how effective they are?)

Garden tip- if there are roses around never miss I chance to stop & give them a good sniff.  I also like to rub my hands across lavender or rosemary for a quick fragrant pick me up.

Saturday, July 8, 2023

SUMMER

 

Let the good times roll!  I've said it before & I'll say it again summer is my favorite season.

The sun, the warm air, the colors in the nature around me all adds to a happy, free feeling I carry in my mind through the summer months.  I've never lived in a place that is warm year round I wonder would this feeling carry over?  Or perhaps I find such enjoyment in the warm months because I know it's fleeting.?.

Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Independence Day


"Every heart beats true
'neath the Red, White, and Blue,"
verse from You're a Grand Old Flag
by George M. Cohan (1906)
One of my childhood favorites to belt out!๐ŸŽถ
Happy 4th of July
 
 We started the day off with an early morning 5K.







Sunday, June 25, 2023

A new week

 In a noisy world full of demands & comparisons it's sometimes good to stop & think—

You're doing great!
 

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

What time is it?

 

It's officially SUMMERTIME!  My favorite time of the year.

ENJOY! ๐ŸŒž

Sunday, June 18, 2023

A toast...

 

CHEERS—To all the wonderful and loving fathers and father figures out there!

Friday, June 9, 2023

Berry Good!

 

Snipping strawberries!  Tomorrow we're headed to a strawberry patch to pick our own.  Summer is full of sweet opportunities.

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Hello, World! School Day

 

My new Hello, World!  book School Day is now available where ever you buy books.  This board book is perfect way to introduce the fun of school by walking a young child through what their school day might look like.  It may even calm some off to school jitters!  From the start of the day, to learning stations, lunch, recess, and time head back home it's my hope that this books excites and informs young minds about their upcoming school adventure.

Thursday, June 1, 2023

Hello, June!

 

Soaring into the summer months.  Ready to feel warm & sun kissed.

Monday, May 29, 2023

Sweet Dreams

 Happy Memorial Day!  I’m sharing some prints I made for Little Sleepies available now.  This one is perfect for the start of cook out season.  What will you be grilling this summer?



Beep, beep!  Up next is my community cars print for little ones who are always on the go!



Grill & Chill and Community Cars are now Available now at Little Sleepies.


Sunday, May 28, 2023

TODAY

 

 Ups and downs

Ins and outs

Changes and discoveries

Still holding one another tight

Celebrating 18 years together!
๐Ÿ’ž

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Finding flowers A—Z

 I love flowers!  I recently made a cut paper flower chart sharing some of my favorites alphabetically.

Which one of these beauties would you like to give, get, or grow this summer season?