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1. these three amigos...

relocating to their new home on the west coast! baby boy Turner, here come your new crib buddies! :)

these three paintings, 8x10, 9x12, 8x10, were a commission from a sweet grandma wanting some initial panels to hang above her grandson's crib. below are a few pics of the nursery...and my spin on creating something special for baby, Turner.

please email me at enchanted easel@yahoo.com if you'd like something special created for your little one.

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2. owl, birds, tree, flowers....

turner's initial pantings
©the enchanted easel 2015
oh, and some initials too. ;)

{these three custom paintings are on the easel this week....and,  just about DONE! if you would like something special created for your little one, please contact me through my website and i will surely accommodate you. i "heart" custom work.}

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3. Spring Headdresses

A page in my sketchbook I'm proud of. There are many times I wished all the pages in my sketchbook were this full. I'm praying this is the light of something new. :)

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4. When In Doubt, Search Out Joy

As I came to the end of the Sweet Easter collection yesterday, doubt started to overwhelm me. It had already begun creeping into the space of my heart, but yesterday I was submerged and left bobbing for some kind of clarity. Did I do ok? Was this strong enough?? Is it what my agent wanted??? Will it sell????

The art licensing realm is quite different than what I'm accustomed to. I had a system to my art, always got great feedback, and I thought I knew what I was meant to do! I thought "I'm going to paint fantasy, and that's that. That's me! It's what I do!". I am learning, quickly, that nothing, NOTHING, is "That's that.". EVERYTHING is changing, all....the.....time.

That includes my art. What I'm accustomed to is, as my friend put it best, being comfortable. Art for licensing is stretching me so thin that I'm being redefined, challenged, pulled out of my box. I am usually the one teaching my students to get outside of their comfort zone, and to get outside of the "box" we choose to place ourselves in. Time to take a big bite out of my own teaching! I'm comfortable with my subject matter, my compositions, and techniques. I'm not playing anymore.
This has led to doubt. I feel helpless, lost, without faith, no trust, and begin to think I just don't have what it takes. But doubt is a LIE. It's the biggest lie out there that you'll ever find. It just takes a grain of doubt to bring your entire soul down. At least...that's usually how it rolls with me. That doubt must, I repeat, must be replaced by JOY.

Tonight, after teaching another watercolor class about getting out of your comfort zone, I decided to continue searching for words of wisdom, insight into the world of creating art for licensing, and found this amazing interview by J'Net Smith with Joan Marie.

This! This is just what I needed to hear! If you have any doubt, this simple yet compelling interview resounds all the advice and wisdom I have found thus far, on creating art for licensing. I thrive on constructive feedback, and have found very little in the licensing community so far. But there are TONS of information and interviews. These are the keys to gaining feedback. Read. Read. Read. It's just different then what I'm accustomed too. That's okay!




Find your JOY. Your VOICE. Your SPIRIT.

Then share it to the world.

This is the key I must continue to remind myself. To remind others as I teach. To remind yourself.

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5. Sweet thoughts

DSC_1672Little bee, no swerving from your line when you deliver the goods back home.

A busy place with no door but when you enter you still use your buzzer.

Then back again from flower to flower, collecting the pollen that gives you power.

It’s home again, little bundles carried to feed the Queen

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6. I Choose Sunshine and Laughter

As we head into winter I thought it would be good to have a reminder of sunny days and summery good times to keep us warm when the cold finally hits. As I write this the weather is extraordinarily mild (for the UK!), the sun is shining away brightly, I'm not as yet huddled in front of the fire, and am enjoying every moment of light and clarity ... while it lasts. Here's a little print I've made to lift the spirits during the greyer months ahead, or just to provide an extra glow if you're lucky enough to live where it's warm all year long.




I re-coloured my Painted Flowers pattern for this, and cleaned it up further. Seemed perfect for this month, wouldn't you agree?

As always, it's available as a free printable (along with the past 10 monthly designs for 2014) for all subscribers of the Floating Lemons monthly newsletter. If you'd like to sign up, just click here.

Wishing you good humour for the week ahead. Cheers.


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7. Amelia Calavera - Day of the Dead Sugar Skull

Dia de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”) is a holiday celebration which is held from October 31 to November 2, not only observed throughout Mexico but also in other cultures around the world, including most Latin American countries. This popular tradition is all about the boundaries between life and death, and how people honour and celebrate their deceased loved ones as a way to reconnect with them.

Amelia Calavera was inspired by this colorful celebration and by the beautiful botanic imagery from early 1900’s. © Sandra Vargas

Prints, Clothing, Throw Pillows and more, available here.

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8. Flower fairy wands and stunning Walter Crane illustrations

Thinking recently about books and stories which have been shared across at least three generations of our family, I was reminded of the Flower Fairy books by Cicely Mary Barker.

It was a little like suddenly seeing the trees for the wood, as Flower Fairies have long been a favourite with my girls; they love dressing up as Flower Fairies, they’ve recently “wallpapered” their bedroom walls with Flower Fairy postcards, and with autumn now approaching, they’ve been using the dried seed heads in our garden as Flower Fairy wands; as you wave them about ‘fairy dust’ (seeds) fly out casting magic which will grow next year.


These seed heads come from poppies, love-in-the-mist, bluebells, Granny’s bonnets (also known as Columbine), teasels and cow parsley. Playing with these natural objects is such a delight – not only are they free, they are exquisite. (Poppies, love-in-the-mist and Granny’s Bonnets have the added advantage of being the easiest flowers to grow: Just throw the seeds onto soil and forget, and they’ll reward you returning year after year!)

howtofindflowerfairiesApart from the original collections of Flower Fairy poems and illustrations, my girls favourite book is How To Find Flower Fairies. With truly magical paper engineering, replete with hidden treasures, and lavish illustrations this is a book they treasure.

In searching for new Flower Fairy related books I came across some incredible illustrations that actually pre-date Barker’s Flower Fairies:












These images come from “A Floral Fantasy in an Old English Garden. Set forth in verses & coloured designs” by Walter Crane (1899) and I found them in the British Library’s Flickr stream.


Whilst they’re not designated as fairies, you can see why I made the connection with Barker’s illustrations. I particularly love that there are so many men in Crane’s illustrations.

A second book by Crane also caught my eye. The following illustrations are taken from “Flora’s Feast. A masque of flowers, penned & pictured by Walter Crane” (also first published 1899), and again found in the British Library’s Flickr stream.














How I would love to dress up as any one of these next World Book Day!

If your kids also love the Flower Fairies, here are some other resources that might inspire them:

  • Flower Fairy Fashions from Artful Kids – a free printable to use with flower petals to create your own real flower fairies!
  • How to press flowers by Red Ted Art
  • Fairy glitter wands (and a great book about fairness) – an old post on Playing by the book
  • Flower fairies made from wooden beads, artificial flowers and pipecleaners – a tutorial on Spoonful.
  • The Flower Fairy poems set to music – I haven’t got a copy of this myself, but it could be just right for dancing to.
  • What books have been shared across three or more generation of your family? If you HAD to be a flower fairy, which one would you chose to be?

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    9. The Sun and stars Align to Improve Child Literacy & A Visit from a Hummingbird hawk-moth

    The Sun newspaper has teamed up with some of the most popular children’s authors and entertainers to introduce a new weekly feature encouraging parents to read with their children.

    Specially written ten-minute stories from authors including David Walliams (Mr. Stink), former children's laureate Michael Morpurgo (War Horse) and Derek Landy (Skulduggery Pleasant) will be published in Saturday editions of The Sun.

    The Get Kids Reading campaign is part of a wider Read On, Get On campaign with Save the Children that calls on the government, local organisations and parents to tackle illiteracy and get children reading. 

    David Walliams

    David Dinsmore, Editor of The Sun, said: Illiteracy in Britain should be something our schoolchildren know only from the pages of their history books. Getting kids to read about things they're interested in is half the battle. With exclusive stories by top children¹s authors and free e-book offers, we will be helping parents find ways to make reading an easy everyday part of life.

    Justin Forsyth from Save The Children said: We want every child to be given a fair and equal chance to learn to read well. We applaud The Sun for getting behind this campaign, and look forward to working with its readers to restore literacy to its rightful levels in the UK.

    Other contributors who have supplied ten-minute reads are Susanna Reid, Rizzle Kicks and David Baddiel. The newspaper is also running a national competition to find the next budding children’s author with the winning story published as the final instalment of the series.

    The Sun bus is visiting schools giving away books throughout October and free children’s e-books will be available to download for Sun members.

    Disclaimer; I received no financial compensation for writing this post and have no material connection to the brands or products mentioned. 


    Autumn has definitely arrived in Somerset. The dahlias are at their best, and the apple trees are laden with fruit. Yesterday, we received a visit from a hummingbird hawk moth and could hardly believe our eyes! What on earth is it, we asked? A baby hummingbird? A bug? Terry rushed for his camera, and I rushed for the Internet! The moth was too quick for the camera, but the Internet revealed all.

    According to the BBC Nature Website Hummingbird hawk-moths are found in Britain all summer long, especially in Southern parts and in Ireland (odd that this is the first one we’ve seen?) They beat their wings at such speed they emit an audible hum. Their name is further derived from their similar feeding patterns to hummingbirds. Hummingbird hawk-moths are strongly attracted to flowers with a plentiful supply of nectar such as honeysuckle and buddleia. The one we saw was flitting between our honeysuckle and a neighbour's buddleia…

    The photographs that follow were all taken in our garden…

    In the Other gardens
     And all up the vale,

    From the autumn bonfires
      See the smoke trail!

    Pleasant summer over
      And all the summer flowers,

    The red fire blazes,
     The gray smoke towers.

    Sing a song of seasons!
      Something bright in all!

    Flowers in the summer,
    Fires in the fall!

    Autumn Fires by
    Robert Louis Stevenson (from A Child’s Garden of Verses, 1885)

     Thanks for your visit...

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    10. “Rose colored glasses”



    I was just thinking that it’s not the perfect flower I look for in my photography, it’s the perfect feeling, same with my friends, they all have little flaws just like me but when I close my eyes and think of them I only know the sweet essence of their perfection and see how wonderful life is to let me see them … Love you all !

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    11. Digital Drawing on Photographs

    Allium artwork

    I have a little more to share about our trip to France, but for now, here’s a little artwork.

    On a recent flight from Boston to Charlotte, I took a break from reading and started fiddling around with an app (Adobe Ideas), drawing on some of my photographs. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen some of these before, both pre and post-drawing.

    Floral Arrangement

    Fun, eh? Have a favorite?

    Floral Artwork

    Just finished watching the BBC adaptation of Dickens’ Bleak House. Really enjoyed it. Currently reading Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth (it’s the memoir upon which the show is based). Now watching Bletchley Circle. I seem to be in a BBC/ British kind of mood.

    For more posts about  my artwork and others’, click here.

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    12. drink in the garden

    As usual I was having trouble deciding on a direction for my final assignment. I ended up dedicating this picture to a good friend who taught me how to make a mean margarita.

    This is set in her lovely garden surrounded by her flowers.
    Check out the amazing work of my fellow students here in the gallery

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    13. Watercolour: Painted Flowers

    I am going to have to apologise in advance as blogging is going to be a bit erratic in the next couple of months, as I'm dashing around clearing things up and packing. Yes, packing. More on that later ... Meanwhile, here's a little paint doodle I did a few months ago that I've finally cleaned up and created a pattern with:




    And here's the original sketch:




    I left all the painted imperfections in this time. I normally photoshop them out, but I liked them here, it's oddly childlike and simple but sweet. Well, that's my opinion ... what do you think?

    Wishing you wonderful days of sunshine and all things good. Cheers.


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    14. fragile flowers

    and a field of flowers this time....
    watercolor and collage
    maybe this is my new approach to Illustration Friday, usually I spend most of the time trying to decide on an image :)
    Have a nice day friends!

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    15. IF: Fragile

    I've been working on a series of flowers in watercolor and collage that fit perfectly in this weeks theme over at Illustration Friday.


    Can you tell I'm having fun with these?

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    16. the fourth (and final) kokeshi....

    Aoi Kokeshi
    ©the enchanted easel 2014

    meet little Aoi, all decked out in brilliant blues! accompanied by some lanterns and plum blossoms, she is the final kokeshi in a series of four.

    she is FOR SALE as a PRINT here:

    also, all four PRINTS are FOR SALE as a set found here:

    four kokeshi series
    ©the enchanted easel 2014

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    17. Painting, collaging, gardening, and sketching

    I had a lot of deadlines lately, so I haven't been able to show many sketches of late. I'm also busy writing, which doesn't make for pretty pictures either. Sorry :) Here's my little dog friend as a consolation prize.

    To recover my mojo, I signed up for an online painting class by Mati Rose McDonough. It's been so fun and the perfect excuse to just play. Here's one of the paintings I've been working on this week.

    Small detail of a work in progress.

    And here's some pics from my garden. Happy summer!

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    18. Pattern Design: Pop Flowers Collection

    I'm still working on different colourways for my Into the Woods collection, but meanwhile, here's another new mini-collection that I've designed for spring and summer. It's wonderfully bright and cheerful, with lots of flowers that pop, and coordinating little florettes (well, that's what I call them) and stripes of curvy leaves ... wonderful for outdoor parties and get-togethers in the sunshine.





    I've already placed in onto tons of lovely goodies for the home, kitchen, and on gift boxes and matching cards and wrapping paper. Click here for a peek at a Pop Flowers table setting, and on the links below to pop over to the stores where it's on a whole range of sweet products:

    Pop Flowers Collection by Floating Lemons for Zazzle

    Pop Flowers pink at Society6

    Pop Flowers blue at Society6


    Have fun and enjoy a wonderful week. Cheers.

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    19. Abuelita by Steven James Petruccio

    I had a good time creating these characters...a grandmother and her grand-daughter in the garden.

    Watercolor painting
    Steven James Petruccio

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    20. It's Spring in TX ...

    and the wildflowers are everywhere.
    Digital collage by Susan Swan

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    21. lots of flowers in CHEERS FOR A DOZEN EARS

    CHEERS FOR A DOZEN EARS written by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky,
    illustrated by Susan Swan

    I love working in digital cut paper, but even more so when flowers are the subject.

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    22. Garden Helper

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    23. Watering Flowers

    This is an illustration as a promotional piece. I love patterns, and flowers. I am excited for the people in the nice summer areas, ours are hot here  in Florida. So, enjoy your summer.

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    24. Flowers

    Illustration by Ellen Beier
    From a CLICK magazine story, "Flowers on the Rooftop," about a family settling into a sod house on the prairie long ago ...

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    25. Adding the flowers was the most fun

    Here's a flowery park scene. This is from a fun reading flyer that hopefully will be seen in libraries all across the nation this summer.

    The really fun part was adding the flowers, which was the last step.

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