Thursday, March 31, 2011


meet hannah and her little sister ashley! they LOVE the fish pond...and each other:) hannah used to be one of my students a couple of years ago (she is the gorgeous little blonde girl in the pic below). ironically, i also went to high school with her mom...small world! this sketch is for hannah's birthday painting, which is at the end of april. her and her sister love the fish pond as well as the yellow daylilies that can be found there as well. i love little ashley's red hair and freckles so i can't wait to start painting this!

Monday, March 28, 2011

~two pillows~ finished illustration

well, i got this in friday before todays's deadline and the art director loved it...thank God. it is set to be in the may 2011 issue of stories for children magazine(an on-line magazine). i can't wait to see it in there!!!:)))

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

~two pillows~

i am super excited to be working on my first "published" piece (so-to-speak). it is for an on-line children's magazine:) i am now on their illustrators call list and they emailed me looking for one illustration for a sweet story entitled "two pillows". it is about two pillows (obviously)-one being the bright new velvety pillow and the other being the older. more worn pillow. to sum it up, there is a bit of bullying by the new pillow and that in turn leaves the older one sad and feeling very lost and lonely. well, one night as the little boy gets ready for bed, his mom places the new pillow at the top of the bed and the other pillow on the side (a much less "respected" place). the little boy crawls into bed, places his head on the new pillow and somewhere in his slumber, finds himself embracing his older, much more worn and LOVED pillow:)
gosh, i hope explained that right;) so here is my one illustration for the story. it was approved by the lovely art director and i am painting it as we speak. deadline is monday the 28th, but i'm shooting for this friday!:)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

illustration friday~stir

are you wondering how this fits into the illustration friday theme of "stir"? well..."s" is for stir! AND i couldn't resist the cuteness of the elephant...sorry;)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

it's a tea (with milk) and cookies kind of day...DONE!:)

i'm happy to say this piece is all done and ready to be shipped! it was a joy working on this and i truly think it is one of the cutest concepts i've had yet;) it is FOR SALE as a REPRODUCTION/PRINT in my etsy shop and can be found here
i "heart" this piece!:)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

making progress...

i LOVE this piece and am enjoying EVERY second of painting it!:) as we all know, i am the world's worst photographer;) took this pic with my phone really quick so the colors are a bit "off". but, i'm getting there...:) can't wait to finish it!!!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

illustration friday~swarm 2/26/11 i figured this painting fit this week's illustration friday theme of "swarm". i actually just finished it last week (as it is part of a set for a little girl's nursery). i just remembered to post it 11:30 pm before the midnight cut off for illustration friday. whew...;)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

it's a tea (with milk) and cookies kind of day;)

ok...this could be one of my new favorites:) this is a sketch for a comissioned piece for the cousin of the little girl's room i just finished up last week-isabelle.
thank so much to liz for asking me to now adorn her niece's room with my work. i am beyond excited to do another piece for this wonderful family!:)
*a few background notes about this piece-mailee loves loves loves cows! her room is pink and brown AND they used to live in washington d.c.*
so i couldn't resist the cherry blossom trees (which are my favorite) and a sweet little pink and brown stuffed cow. besides, what little girl doesn't absolutely love to have tea parties with her stuffed animals/dolls?! i am super excited to start painting this in the next couple of days...:)