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1. Cats of Many Colors

I have been dabbling with different watercolor techniques recently. This is a sketch I created, then watercolored and inked. I used 150# watercolor paper,  Koh-i-noor watercolors, and a Micron india ink pen.


I really like the Koh-i-noor watercolors, as they gave me many options for color combos. Below is a photo of the finished product. I am still in the processing of completion of the new hard drive software, so I will upload it to my gallery when I am able to scan. I might also offer it for sale in my Etsy shop which you can find here. I will announce when I put some items up for sale, including a few coloring books for printing and downloading.


Thanks for stopping by!


Cats of Many Colors

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2. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day 2014

May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.
~Irish Blessing (http://www.quotegarden.com/st-patricks-day.html)

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3. In Memory of…

The wife of a friend of ours from high school recently lost her courageous battle with cancer. In her honor I  post this piece that I was commissioned to create for a client who’s friend also died from cancer. Thank you, Mary E. for permission to share on my site. RIP Margo McCabe.

Dragonfly Pond

Dragonfly Pond, commissioned in the memory of Shawn Oligmeuller 2009.

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4. Illustration Friday – Exotic

Illustration Friday – Exotic

Water and Ink on Moleskine

Illustration Friday Exotic

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5. Merry Christmas 2013

Happy Holidays to all of my fans from all over the world. I hope 2014 brings you lots of laughter, good health, and happiness. Here is a little painting I did for the season. Cheers!


Christmas 2013


Here is a quote from one of my favorite author’s Neil Gaiman. You can view the entire message and previous years wishes on his blog here.


I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you’ll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind. -Neil Gaiman 2008


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6. Perfect Picture Book Fridays – My Uncle Emily

Today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday book is about the nephew of the popular poet, Emily Dickinson and the special relationship they had.

TitleMy Uncle Emily

AuthorJane Yolen IllustratorNancy Carpenter

Publisher – Philomel Books (Penguin Young Readers Group)

Year 2009 Ages

Synopsis – This is a semi fictional tale told from the perspective of poet Emily Dickinson’s nephew. It is a warm tale of love, telling the truth, adversity, and loyalty. The classic style of the art pulls you back into time, where the special relationship between an Aunt and a boy is revealed.

Themes – love, telling the truth, adversity, family, loyalty, history.

Activities -

Emily Dickinson museum’s kids page http://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/for%20kids

Emily Dickinson museum’s fun & games page http://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/fun_and_games

Poetry lessons for kids http://www.poetry4kids.com/blog/lessons/poetry-writing-lessons/

What I liked about this book – Since I now live in Amherst, MA I have become very aware of Emily Dickinson and the impact she has had on her fans. When we went to the cemetery in which she is buried, we found numerous people at her grave site. Upon reaching it, we saw that many people had left tokens, pencils & pens, tablets, small notes with writing on them, and poems. It was very touching. The community here also has a poetry week in which a couple of the days she is honored. I think this book is a wonderful way to introduce children to this interesting and talented poet.

Perfect Picture Book Fridays are a weekly blog event where participants review some of their favorite picture books. The posts are compiled on author Susanna Leonard Hill’s website. They are categorized by theme to help parents, educators and readers find the perfect picture book easily. To learn more, please visit Susanna’s site where you will find the complete PPBF’s library.

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7. PiBoIdMo – Day 3

It is PiBoIdMo Day 3! After completing today’s idea, which involved a bear, a rabbit and the sun, I took out my picture books I picked out from the Jones Library. I love my new library! It is amazing how small it looks from the front, but how huge it is inside! I can’t wait to go back and discover more.


Jones Library, Amherst, MA

The picture books I chose were ones that I had known of (from reviews on Perfect Picture Books) but hadn’t had the resources or time to read. Suzanne Collins‘  autobiographical tale “Year of the Jungle” about her dad going to Viet Nam was very good. Kudos to James Proimos for his lively illustrations. “Plant A Kiss” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by one of my favorite picture book artists, Peter H. Reynolds, was whimsical and sweet. I also found “My Brothers Book” by the legendary Maurice Sendak. This tale was deep and rich with fascinating illustrations. He truly was the master of the story. Finally, I chose a book of which I will do for Perfect Picture Book Friday. A tale by New England author, Jane Yolen, that has yet to be put on the PPBF list. I can’t wait to review it! Check back Friday! Have a great week!

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8. PiBoIdMo 2013 – Day 2

piboidmo2013-lightbulb-proud-200x254Artist, Joyce Wan

The first week of PiBo is always a productive one for me. This year was no exception as yesterday I came up with a great idea and this morning I came up with one that was so exciting to me that I went on to write a very rough draft! Thanks to author Tammi Sauer’s wonderful post yesterday, I was able to come up with 5 titles that I thought were fun and exciting. One of those inspired the idea and then the rough draft. Awesome! Here are some (very rough) sketches from yesterday and today’s sketchbook. I hope all of my writer/illustrator friends are having as much creativity flowing! Have a great weekend!

pibo-day-1-squirrels Day One : Squirrel crazy!

kiss-sketch-pibo dragon-sketch-pibo   Day 2: A kiss and a dragon





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9. PiBoIdMo 2013 Day 1


I have signed up for Picture Book Idea Month, and today, November 1 is Day 1. I have my idea written down this a.m. in my journal, and I will post a small scan of it when I get back home from work (I always have a drawing or two with an idea).


PiBo was started in 2009 by author, Tara LazarPiBoIdMo is a challenge to write a picture book idea every day for the 30 days of November. It has grown so much in participation since the first year (in which I was one of the random winners of the grand prizes). Now, we have over 300 participants and loads of wonderfully inspirational posts every day on Tara’s blog by accomplished writers, authors, and literary creatives. It has grown into a wonderful community that inspires not only through out November, but the rest of the year as well via Facebook and Twitter. I wish all of my fellow participants good luck! To my fans, please check back for updates and new sketches related to PiBo. Have a great weekend!

piboidmo2013-lightbulb-happy-200x254Isn’t this little illo adorable? This years artwork and badge were created

by artist, Joyce Wan. Check her art out, it’s so sweet!


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10. As Charlotte would say, “Greetings and salutations”

Welcome to Massachusetts


It’s been a while since I posted on this blog, but a lot has happened in my personal life that caused me to neglect it. One major thing that I am excited to announce is my family’s move to the East Coast. We now live in Western Massachusetts and love it!  I look forward to meeting my fellow New England writer, homeschool, and illustrator friends. Thanks for visiting my blog and check back again for new art.  :)

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11. Picture Book Fridays Page

Perfect Pic Book Badge


I have participated in a number of Picture Book Fridays and have now compiled all of the posts under one tab. Please check them out under the tab above labeled “PPBF:)

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12. Spring Short & Sweets Badge

Susanna Leonard Hill commissioned me to create a badge for her Spring blog event, Short & Sweets.

Short & Sweets Badge Spring


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13. Imagekind & Zazzle Shops Updated

I have updated both my Imagekind and Zazzle shops with new art. Imagekind is having a promotion for 25% any purchase using the code KISSKISS25. Zazzle is also having a discount promotion of 15% off any product using the code HAPPYLOVEDAY.

Valentines Day

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14. Get Well

Here is a new painting I have created just for fun. I will have it available to be purchased as a card in my Zazzle shop.


Get Well





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15. Making Picture Book Magic

Making Picture Book Magic


I had the honor of being commissioned by Author Susanna Leonard Hill to create the email header for her new writing course,”Making Picture Book Magic“. If you have always wanted to write a picture book, or wanted to learn more about creating one, then sign up today for this very affordable four week course. Each day, for four weeks you will receive a lesson in your inbox. Most lessons only take 15-20 minutes, so this is a perfect course for the busy schedule. To learn more, please visit Susanna’s website. But, hurry, the course starts Feb 1!


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16. Inspiring Gifts Feature

My new Zazzle greeting card, “Home Tweet Home” was featured today on the blog, Inspiring Gifts. Please visit Inspiring Gifts to view the article. To see my “Home Tweet Home” card as well my other line of greeting cards, please visit my Zazzle shop. I am planning on adding more cards this week so please check back.

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17. Perfect Picture Book Fridays – Over in the Arctic

This week for Perfect Picture Book Fridays I chose the book Over in the Arctic: Where the Cold Wind Blows by Marianne Berkes and illustrated by Jill Dubin.


Title:  Over in the Arctic- Where The Cold Wind Blows

Author:  Marianne Berkes

Illustrated:  Jill Dubin

Publisher: Dawn Publications 2008

Ages: 3 and up

Themes:  Nature, Animals, Counting

Publishers summary:  A counting book in rhyme presents various Arctic animals and their offspring, from a mother polar bear and her “little cub one” to an old father wolf and his “little pups ten”. Includes related facts and activities.


Over in the Arctic

Where the cold waters run,

Lived a mother polar bear

And her little cub one.

“Roll,” said the mother.

“I roll,” said the one.

So they rolled on the ice

Where the cold waters run.


Winner of the 2009 Mom’s Choice Gold Award
2009 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award Finalist
Winner of the 2008 IParenting Media Greatest Product Award


There are quite a few ideas and activities in the back of the book! It was really neat to see a publisher take the time and space to add activities from both the author and illustrator. There also is a sheet of music to use along with the book.

The Alaska Sea Life Center offers a .pdf curriculum download of the life cycle of Salmon

This book would be great for an art or music lesson.

What I liked about this book:  I loved the familiar rhyme of this book (“Over in the meadow”). I enjoyed how the author used the terms for each of the young animals. This would be helpful when teaching children about animal family groups and basic counting. The artwork was created in collage format that was fun and interesting. Each page will captivate a child when reading aloud. I love picture books that are both entertaining and educational. They make a great resource for engaging a child in learning.

Here is a video of “Cookie” the little penguin at the Cincinnati Zoo. Isn’t Cookie adorable?

Perfect Picture Book Fridays are a weekly blog event where participants review some of their favorite picture books. The posts are compiled on author Susanna Leonard Hill’s website. They are categorized by theme to help parents, educators and readers find the perfect picture book easily. To learn more, please visit Susanna’s site where you will find the complete PPBF’s library.

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18. Illustration Friday – Snow

This week’s Illustration Friday prompt is “Snow”

Illustration Friday Snow
Please click on image to see it larger

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19. SkaDaMo – 1st Week

Since I am late to the challenge, I decided I would post this sketch I did today as the 1st week. I have a few others that I did, but this is the only one worthy enough for publication :)   I also started PiBoIdMo last week. One of the story ideas I came up with involved a raccoon who was on the well…plump side. Here is my sketch of him.


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20. SkADaMo – Week 2

This is Jack. He is my in-laws little dog. We love him so much! What a little character he is. I decided to draw him for my Father-In-Law’s birthday :)


Happy Birthday, Bob!

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21. PiBoIdMo & SkADaMo 2012 Winner


Today is the last day of November and I am happy to report that I finished PiBoIdMo with over 30 ideas. I also finished SkADaMo with 30 sketches. While some of the ideas and sketches are very promising, others were just good for the creative exercise. Many of my sketches were based off of my PiBo ideas. This one in particular is from an idea I had early this morning:


Another great thing that happened out of PiBoIdMo was I was able to do my MS for 12×12 from one of my ideas!12x12 in 2012


I hope I do as well on my finals coming up  as I did in the creativity department for November! Congrats to my fellow participants!

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22. Perfect Picturebook Fridays – When Dinosaurs Came With Everything

Hello everyone! The Fall term of college is over, and I now have some time to do some Perfect Picture Book reviews! Yay! To view more of today’s PPBF’s, please visit author (and founder of PPBF) Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog.

Title: When Dinosaurs Came With Everything
Author: Elise Broach
Illustrator: David Small
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Simon & Schuster). (2007)
Ages: 3 and Up
Themes: Adventure, Animals, Cause & Effect, Cleaning Up, Conflict Resolution, Consequences, Dinosaurs, Family, Fantasy, Fun, Humor, Imagination, Parenting, Perspective, Problem Solving, Positivity
Friday is errand day. My mom goes on boring errands, and I have to go with her. And this Friday seemed like every other Friday…until we got to the bakery. A sign above the donuts read: “Buy a Dozen Get a Dinosaur”.

Inside book jacket:  Get what?! Free what?! Dinosaurs? Just when a little boy thinks he is going to die of boeredom from running errands with his mom, the most remarkable, the most stupendous thing happens. He discovers that on this day, and this day only, stores everywhere are giving away a very special treat with any purchase. No, not the usual lollipop or sticker. Something bigger. Much, MUCH bigger. It’s a dream come true, except…what exactly do you do with these Jurassic treats? And how do you convince Mom to let you keep them?


“Broach and Caldecott Medalist Small’s deadpan delivery of a delectably over-the-top premise makes this tall-format picture book a virtually guaranteed crowd pleaser… Packs an outsize helping of humor.”
– Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“What if one day every merchant in town offered up, and indeed, insisted that shoppers take home a live dinosaur (free) with every purchase? That’s what happens to a boy and his mother in this sweet, absurd story that unfolds very much like a dream.”
– Kirkus, Starred Review

“Enticing, useful, and wish-fulfilling, this has ‘firm favorite’ written all over it, especially if you invite the audience to bring their own, presumably toy, dinosaurs.”
– Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books, Starred Review


Printable Coloring Sheets from Simon & Schuster

Dinosaur Quiz

Lesson Plans for Grades K-5 at Discovery.com

Videos from National Geographic Dinosaur 101

Awards this book has won:


What I liked about this book:  I liked how this book started ordinary, then took a turn for the unusual! I liked how it was told from a kids perspective. The book also had a theme of turning a negative into a positive concerning the Mom’s attitude about pet dinosaurs. The illustrations were lively and fun. This book won the E.B. White Read Aloud Award and I can see why. Each turn of the page offers more craziness as kids everywhere on that day, and that day only get dinosaurs!


Geena Davis read this book at the White House Easter Egg Roll in 2011:

Perfect Picture Book Fridays are a weekly blog event where participants review some of their favorite picture books. The posts are compiled on author Susanna Leonard Hill’s website. They are categorized by theme to help parents, educators and readers find the perfect picture book easily. To learn more, please visit Susanna’s site where you will find the complete PPBF’s library.



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23. New work: Dolphin

For  my sister’s birthday on the 10th. She loves dolphins :)   Happy Birthday, Patti!

Dolphin Splash

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24. Shop Update

I have added new art in my Imagekind store. I will also be adding new products to my Zazzle store this week.

Buy my art at ImageKind.com.

Both Imagekind and Zazzle are running coupons throughout the week, check the links to see what today’s special is!

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25. 12×12 in 2012 Blog Party

12x12 blog party


We are now reaching the end of 2012 which also means the end of 12×12 in 2012. The challenge was to finish 12 first drafts in 12 months (one MS a month). I am happy to report that I now have 12 full picture book first drafts.

For me, this was quite an accomplishment. I faced many personal challenges this past year. Yet, I still was able to complete this challenge. I know that some will never see anyone’s eyes but my own, but a few do have potential with rewrites and critiques.

I thank Julie Hedlund for creating 12×12 and sharing it with all of us. Congrats to my fellow participants!!!
seinfeld happy dance

Happy Dance!!! :)

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