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26. SkADaMo 20 ~ Pie




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27. SkADaMo 19 ~ Pie Filling



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28. SkADaMo 18 ~ Pie Crust


Time to make the crust!


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29. SkADaMo 17 ~ Pumpkin Pie Ingredients




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30. SkADaMo 16 ~ Pumpkin Pie Tools

Something a little different this time!


Time to bake pumpkin pie!

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31. I see the Animals Sleeping App

i-see-1My illustrated book, I See the Animals Sleeping is now an App!

This free children’s app was developed by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine to educate kids about the importance of sleep. The app has optional settings for children to read the stories at their own pace or have the story read to them with audio. The app also includes a coloring book, puzzle and quiz games to make learning fun.

All of this good  stuff and yes I said FREE!

Check it out!!

Download Link

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32. SkADaMo 15 ~ Chatoui

possum mama_RBaird2Next she delivered an invite to Mrs. Piette chatoui!

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33. SkADaMo 14 ~ Mashwarohn


Hello Mr. Mashwarohn!

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34. SkADaMo 13 ~ zirondelles


Mais dat was one of da biggest zirondelles I ever done seen, said, Pierre Bear.

Fo true!


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35. SkADaMo 12 ~

turtleInvite_RBaird1An invite for Clovis tortue!

Some quick character development sketches.

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36. SkADaMo 11 ~ Blueberries


Chaoui loves dem des meurres!


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37. SkADaMo 10 ~Beignet

beignet_RBaird1Bring yo self down fo summa dem Mathéo’s beignets an dat good café au lait!


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38. SkADaMo 9 ~Zydeco


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39. SkADaMo 8 ~ Toc Toc

Fridays are for a movie and some hot buttery toc toc!

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40. SkADaMo 7 ~ Pouponer


Make yourself nice!


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41. SkADaMo 6 ~ Meenoo Meenoo!



Here, Kitty!


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42. SkADaMo 5 ~ Shhh


Fait pas une esquandal!

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43. SkADaMo 4 ~ Salutations

A polite expression of greeting or goodwill.skadamobutton2013monkey220

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44. Oh Baby!

Where did you come from, baby dear?
Out of the Everywhere and into here.
~George MacDonald, At the Back of the North Wind

baby rattle
I’ve been working a lot on middle grade art lately. I really like the preteen quirkiness, but baby books are fun to draw too.
So I’ve decided to also build up my younger portfolio as well.
Basically… I like to work in all areas.

Stay tuned!

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45. IF ~ Creature ~ The Pale Man

Pale Man_RobertaBaird
You will see a banquet, don’t eat anything!
Your life depends on it!

~Pan’s Labryinth

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46. Southwest Texas SCBWI Workshop with Richard Jessie Watson

SCBWI workshop assignment. Not for resale or download

SCBWI workshop assignment.
Not for resale or download

On October 19-20,  I went to the workshop, “The Exquisite Act of Balancing Text and Art with Richard Jesse Watson.” hosted the SCBWI SWTX chapter.


In the weeks prior to attending the workshop the  attendees where given an assignment. We were asked to illustrate a paradigm shift featuring the beloved  A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh characters.

“What day is it?”
“It’s today.” squeaked Piglet
“My favorite day,” said Pooh.
I decided to send them to the future… to a land were there was a shortage of honey!  “Oh Dear!”
Here in this illustration, they’re beginning their quest to find the land of Abundant  Honey.  No more tummy grumbles!
The workshop was really fun and inspirational.
Richard Jesse Watson, is a great speaker, a kind and encouraging person, and of course an amazing artist!
Check out his beautiful books and other works here!


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47. Happy Halloween!

Miranda Mummy groaned in despair…
“When I open my coffin, I’ve nothing to wear!”

Then she looked in her mirror and said with a pause….
“Does my bottom look bigger when wrapped up in gauze?”

Her very best ghoul friend knew just the right trick.
“I’ll pull on this string and you’ll soon look less thick….”

……. OOPS!

~by Roberta Baird

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48. Secret ~ SkADaMo 1

If cats could talk, they wouldn’t. ~Nan Porter


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49. Día de Muertos ~ SkADaMo 2


And with the morn those angel faces smile
Which I have loved long since and lost awhile.
~John Henry Newman

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50. SkADaMo 3 ~ Courtbouillon



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