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1. note to self

Part of a wip, and a necessary reminder these days. When it seems that there are way more things I know nothing about, than things I'm capable of....

Take courage!

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2. foxy

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3. big headed

Some more great work by these kids, way to go!

age 11
age 10

age 6
age 8

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4. more coming...

Just can't get enough...notice the bird has caught a fish!

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5. I'm over here!

...just powering through spring break, teaching art camp for kids ages 6-12. What an amazing group, it's never been this fun! The theme of the week is paper, and we've made our own, played with pulp, made some marionettes and today built a complete paperland. Here's a peek:


I'm so proud of these guys (and the ones I didn't show are great too), awesome job, and kind of inspiring...

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6. wip

cut paper design
I don't know how I got here....but it feels right for now. Would you like a plate like this?

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7. patterning

 Hello all, fun busy times over here. I'm working full tilt on a project I can't show, and playing with patterns (rather amateurishly by hand) for the class I'm taking. Here's a quick peek:

When my schedule clears up I am ready to learn some computer skills; until then I'll continue to muddle through :)

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8. signs of life...

Just checking in, happy April to all of you, no fooling!

guest image by Nora, age 8
At the moment I'm busy finishing up a project and  taking a course. Aside from life as usual and a bit of teaching.
I can point you to an amazing cake recipe though, thanks for being friends!
I'll be back soon.

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9. slice of life

 I'm just getting started on instagram and most of my followers are under 18. While I am proud of my cross generational appeal, I wouldn't mind mixing it up a little.... stop by and visit!

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10. happy spring !

Enjoy your weekend!

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11. first position

guess which one belongs with me ...

If you know me, you are aware of the fact that I'm not much of a dancer. I think I missed that window, and now it's definitely too late...
But I've been doing my research, and I have a few dance illustrations in the works, just for fun.
I hope you are having some fun too, spring is coming!

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12. jungle cat

Happy Monday!
I was playing around with my panther sketch and here's what I ended up with:

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13. happy PI day!

My daughter has been looking forward to this day for a long time.  Although I do believe it has more to do with  her appreciation of pie than her love for math; her teacher promised to bake a pie for the student who memorizes the highest number of digits in PI. (more than 90 at last count!)
So here is my contribution:
I've been meaning to practice my hand lettering skills...

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14. wip

A lot of things are in the works around here, even if this space is rather quiet.
This is a rough sketch for an assignment I'm very excited about. I get to do the cover and interior black and whites for a rather intriguing chapter book - I'll tell you more when it comes out.

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15. happy monday!

something fun and colorful to start off the week...
Nick Cave

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16. coloring

Hi little blog!
 I'm very happy to be doing black and white illustrations for a chapter book - one of my favorite things. (more on that later, of course) So almost everything on my desk lately has been black and white; pencil drawings, pen and ink, and some silhouettes and papercuts. I'm also learning about patterns and drawing a lot.
As early spring flowers pop up around us though (I know, the perks of a southern life...), I've been experimenting with my watercolors and it's been a lot of fun.

I'm even on Instagram now, check it out!

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17. snow baby 1

snow baby
We have an actual snow day - with snow this time - very exciting!
We're off to the sledding hill, time for drawing while we thaw out.
Have a happy day!

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18. snowless days

it isn't snowing here - but we wish it were....
An old collage piece recycled as today's header. I hope you get to play in the snow!

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19. a notable lamb...

I was very excited to find this message in my inbox yesterday: 
" the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee has chosen The Passover Lamb as a Notable book in the Younger Readers Category for 2014".  Thank you!
look at that poor lonely neglected lamb way in  back

When I was a kid I loved all books, OK most books, but I remember the pleasure of reading about the All-Of- A-Kind-Family. And there were sequels!

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20. Jumping right in

to the new year, happy 2014!

I'm so excited to be featured on the Babybug Blog this month! 

If you want to get to know me better you can pop right over and read the interview here. To be honest, my studio is quite a bit messier than in the picture, but I love it anyway.
Thank you Kathleen.

one of my illustrations in Babybug magazine, Jan 2014

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21. on my desk

detail of a fun side project

little pet portrait in progress
Note to self: once you get started it's not so hard, it's actually fun! 
That's why I love it...

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22. moo

Lots of animal sketching going on here these days. Unexpected side effect: easy to whip up a quick card for a friend.
(not my hand)

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23. Samichlaus

Happy St.Nicholas day all! 

a quick Samichlaus sketch
We started the day with a boot full of treats and will spend the afternoon baking Grittibaenze ( Swiss dough men) and eating nuts and mandarin oranges. These are traditions I can get into :)

I think this sketch might need some photoshop help....why do you think the paper looks so grey?

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24. december crazies

what I've been doing...
 rainy Christmas parade

paper mache Luna moth Christmas parade float/sculpture (yes that's me on the right, having a good time)
 We had a good group to build the float/sculpture this year. There's never quite enough time, and it always rains, so those are the limitations to work around. It's still fun, even when you're walking in the rain behind the "Chick-fil-a" car. Definitely my kids favorite holiday tradition, especially when you include pizza with friends afterwards.

There's more, of course. I never like to mention the daily runaround stuff, I'm sure you've got your own. December is always full with all sorts of projects, so I'll just pop in occasionally to let you know I'm still kickin'.

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25. IF: Shadow

Lots of works in progress over here, on and off the table. Some fun assignments, a local event hall to decorate (yikes), an interview (!!! more on that when it comes out) -  and wait till you see the Arts Center float/sculpture for this year's Christmas parade! 
Don't worry, I'll show you pictures as things develop.

I did want to check in and wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, and put up a drawing for Illustration Friday. This week's topic is "shadow".

watercolor and gouache

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