Saturday, January 9, 2016

               HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!


With the start of a new year I got to thinking about "directions" and what I should, or more importantly, what I want to focus on in the coming weeks and months.  I still plan on finishing up my animal alphabet book but found myself tugged back to an older idea I had.   In browsing through my image files I came across this illustration "Sled Ride" which resonated with me and put me on the road to debating where to focus my direction next.
"Winter Friends" or "Snow Day" were my choices for the title of this particular book idea and I'm still trying to make up my mind about the title of it and/or where to direct my energies.  I like this illustration very much so while I'm  noodling these decisions I thought it would be fun to share it with you.

Sled Ride

and finally (for now:) here is the finished color on the last two sketches I showed you, before the  holidays, for my animal alphabet book…enjoy and let me know what you think!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Where have I been all these months you might ask.  My blogging on this site kinda took a back seat while I concentrated on my fine art and an exhibit of about 30 paintings.

This summer, amidst a ten week kitchen renovation and visitors, I have been working diligently on an idea I had for a children's ABC book with quirky animals.  Although it's going well, I seem to keep defeating myself by adding ideas just when I think I'm done with an illustration, which complicates the process (that's when you need an editor):))
I'm trying to take my time so I won't have to redo pages, which I'll probably still end up doing anyway since the creative process sometimes takes me places I do't plan on going.  But then again, I quite often find that I end up in a great place!!!

I have decided on all the animals for each letter but am still noodling on the title page while working  through the alphabet letter by letter.

Anyway, thought I'd give you a sneak preview of the first few finished letters….. so let me have some feed back!

Still working on my ABC book project and have finished painting a couple more letters
"B is for Batting Badger" and  "C is for Cute Cow".  I have also worked up a couple more sketches and thought you might like to see what's in the works for the future, so here we have
"Jumping Jackrabbit" and "Itchy Iguana"…


Monday, October 26, 2015

I've finally finished a couple of painting commissions and now I hope will be able to find time to work on some cover ideas for storybooks.  I plan on making it a priority in the new year.
Now, with Halloween so close I'm revisiting a book idea I had put aside late last year.  It's working title is "When You Meet a Witch".
Here is the cover sketch and finished color for you to see, plus one other finished color illustration from the book.
I'm hoping to add more in the coming weeks….



Besides working on illustrating children's books themselves, I also love designing the covers and hope to do more of that in the future.  Here are a couple of examples.


Cabin Boy is a story I was illustrating for a very dear friend of mine, Margot Theis Raven.  Margot was a well known children's book writer and one of my best friends. Margot unfortunately, succumbed to cancer a year ago.  Cabin Boy is one of my favorite of her stories but was never published, we were working on it together before she became ill and I'm happy to share the cover illustration with you.
Please do look up this amazing writer's historical fiction books, they are all simply wonderful, moving stories that bring history to life for young readers.


Some of Margot's books that you should consider introducing your children to:

Friday, August 10, 2012

I've been designing a cover for a children's book project for a friend of mine and came up with these two.  So, how about some input from you, my friends... let me know which you find more eye catching, the longer perspective or the closer view.. and why? 
 I'm going to be looking forward and very interested in your opinions so I hope to hear from  you soon:) 



Too hot to play ball but I just had to paint it!  This is in oil for a change and it was such fun to paint it!!!

Monday, January 30, 2012

A Fun Day!

Had a great time with the children at the Su Escuela School Festival on Saturday. Every room was a decorated as a different country with language, music... lotsa, food and landmarks exhibited. 
I painted this cute snowman and the children asked many interesting questions about what I did, looked closely at my original book illustrations which I had brought along, and then at the same printed ones in my books E is for Empire and Times Square and we talked about the difference in the printed color, with lots of "whys". 

 I had made up coloring sheets for them from my original sketches and we colored together.  I found that children's lively curiosity and enthusiasm make for a really FUN Day!