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1. illustration friday~bouquet

green eyes (lily)
9x12 acrylic on canvas
©the enchanted easel 2015
perfect for this week's IF theme, bouquet...and a little throwback thursday action as well.
this green eyed beauty, lily, and her bouquet of what else? white lilies.

"green eyes, yeah the spotlight shines upon you..."~coldplay 


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2. Bouquet

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3. Mia Charro

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Mia Charro is a spanish illustrator and children’s book author, who is inspired by nature, fairytales and magic. Her illustrations are very whimsical, highlighting her love for the outdoors. When she’s not illustrating she loves nothing more than walking through the woods and writing.

Find out more about this great illustrator at her website and blog

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4. all you need is love....

doesn't matter what shape, size and/or color.

this piece was a commission from a friend of mine whose daughter i taught a few years back. a bot more about their story here.

it's always a cherished moment when someone calls upon me for a custom painting. it's an even bigger treasure when it's a friend. this piece was truly a pleasure to create. 

i am offering a LIMITED amount of prints which can be found here.

onto another commission...:)

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5. it was a busy september....

working on some woodland animals...

and a couple commissions. haven't been great at blogging this week...:(

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6. i got the blogging blues

No matter how many good intentions I have, I just can't keep  my blogging up. I sometimes even forget it's here. I can Facebook, Tweet, Instagram and even Flickr, but I just can't get into a blogging habit. 
Here, I bring you some flowers to apologise. Thanks to those of you who still visit. I'm not sure why you would. I hardly ever seem to. For those of you who keep up with yours; HOW do you do it?
Flowers for sale HERE

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7. Kate Wilson

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Kate Wilson is a New Zealand based illustrator. Her illustrations are peaceful and whimsical, concentrating on the wildlife and small beings that live outdoors. She has a keen eye for small things, which translates in her work. Her influences include; gardening and spending time with animals but she does dislike mowing the lawn! 

See more from this lovely illustrator at her website, blog and Facebook

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8. Azizi and the Little Blue Bird

AziziLittleBlueBird_Cover_finalWith all the ingredients of an enduring fairy tale, Azizi and the Little Blue Bird is a charming and beautiful tale of freedom over oppression and hope over fear, with the intriguing twist that it is actually based on real-life events from just a few years ago.

Written by Laïla Koubaa, illustrated by Mattias De Leeuw and translated by David Colmer, this allegory is set in an imaginary Middle Eastern land where despotic rulers, Tih and Reni, cream the land for its riches whilst locking up those they don’t like. Thus it comes to pass that all the country’s blue birds are trapped in one huge cage inside the rulers’ palace.

Whilst Tih and Reni feast on opulent riches, a single bird manages to escape and to find the hero of our story, a young boy. Azizi climbs onto the blue bird’s back and soon they are flying over the whole country, with a garland of flowers trailing behind them, leaving a ribbon of scent as if to wake the senses of everyone they pass. Will it be enough to overthrow the tyrants and free the birds?

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Wonderfully rich imagery in word and illustration triggers memories of colourful bazaars piled high with riches. De Leeuw makes liberal use of smudges; creating softer, more energetic illustrations where you can feel the hand of the illustrator very close by. His use of perspective accentuates the sense of oppression: The rulers get bigger and bigger whilst their subjects become smaller and smaller.

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Koubaa’s timeless tale, translated with clarity and beauty by David Colmer, actually refers to a period in 2010/2011 when, during the Arab Spring. the the internet was censored and/or shut down during the uprisings, in an attempt to prevent protests from spreading over the region. The little blue birds – have you already guessed it? – refer to Twitter.

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For me it is really interesting to see a children’s picture book explore the positive side of social media, albeit metaphorically. When I recently looked into portrayals of social media in books for the very young, I found that the message was overwhelmingly a negative one. This book, however, would be an interesting one to include in a more nuanced discussion about the pros and cons of life online as explored through picture books.

Azizi and the Little Blue Bird is a wonderfully hopeful and evocative fairy story is about good triumphing over bad and little people being brave and clever. I hope it reaches the wide audience it deserves.

Enchanted by the vision of a sweet smelling garland of flowers spreading and hope, the girls and I raided our allotment for flowers we could thread.



Using tapestry needles (nice and big for little hands), and strong thread the girls set to threading their garland.


It was a lovely sensory experience and soon we had a good long stretch of colour and good cheer.



We added a few blue birds and our garland was complete!


Bergamot, zinnias and cornflowers (the flowers we used) all dry quite well so I’m hoping that the garland will have quite a long life.


Whilst making our flower garland we listened to:

  • I’ll Fly Away performed by Gillian Welch and Alison Krauss
  • Little Bird, Little Bird by Elizabeth Mitchell
  • Pãram pãram – a traditional Tunisian song, found in Songs in the Shade of the Olive Tree, a storybook and CD featuring lullabies and nursery rhymes from Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia.
  • Other activities which might work well alongside reading this book include:

  • Cooking couscous. The rulers in this book eat lots of couscous, and couscous is very kid-friendly food when it comes to preparation. This BBC recipe gives you some ideas for preparing a meal together.
  • Creating paper jasmine flowers. Here’s an origami tutorial. You could even scent them with jasmine essential oil.
  • Making your own (blue) birds. Here’s a tutorial for making some out of fimo (modelling clay), or how about out of cake?
  • If you liked this post you might like these other posts by me:

  • Making a house out of flowers alongside a lovely re-telling of the Three Little Pigs tale.
  • Creating birds out of doilies – perfect for mobiles.
  • An Iranian story about determination and freedom.
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    Disclosure: I was sent a free review copy of this book by the publisher.

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    9. a little late with this one....

    camellia~original drawing
    7x9 graphite/tinted graphite on bristol
    ©the enchanted easel 2015

    but better late than never, right? :)

    this little beauty goes by the name, Camillia  and is the the final drawing in my series of 3 flower/summer girls.

    with today being september 1st already (and i'm perfectly ok with that-c'mon football and PEYTON and fall, of course) well, i'm kinda late with this little lady but it's been a busy august and she's been done for quite a while actually....just forgot to post her. so....

    better late than never! :)

    Camillia (along with her lovely little companions, Flora and Blossom) is/are FOR SALE as the ORIGINAL DRAWING(S) in my etsy shop. i also have a trio of winter girls listed for sale here...of course being the snow bunny i am, these three are my personal favorites. either way, hop on over to my shop and have a look. if you'd like to purchase the trio of either the summer/winter girls, please send me a convo through etsy and we can work out a happy price for all three beauties.

    {did i mention i'm super stoked for FALL, FOOTBALL and PEYTON?! :)}

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    10. "Blue Rhapsody"...

    "blue rhapsody"
    6x6 acrylic on canvas
    ©the enchanted easel 2015
    a beautiful little bluebird singing her sweet song composed mainly of floral notes, of course. ;)

    ORIGINAL PAINTING FOR SALE HERE as well PRINTS AND OTHER GOODIES featuring this little sweetie can be found HERE.

    {so, she may have a friend named Sunshine FOR SALE HERE!}

    ~HaPpY ShOpPiNg!~

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    11. Pick of the Week for GROW and This Week’s Topic


    Happy Illustration Friday, fellow creators!

    We’re ready to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the wonderful illustration above by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of GROW. Thanks to everyone who participated with drawings, paintings, sculptures, and more. We love seeing it all!

    You can see a gallery of ALL the entries here.

    And of course, you can now participate in this week’s topic:


    Here’s how:

    Step 1: Illustrate your interpretation of the current week’s topic (always viewable on the homepage).

    Step 2: Post your image onto your blog / flickr / facebook, etc.

    Step 3: Come back to Illustration Friday and submit your illustration (see big “Submit your illustration” button on the homepage).

    Step 4: Your illustration will then be added to the public Gallery where it will be viewable along with everyone else’s from the IF community!

    Also be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe to our weekly email newsletter to keep up with our exciting community updates!


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    12. meet blossom....

    blossom~original drawing
    graphite/tinted graphite on bristol 7x9
    ©the enchanted easel 2015
    second in a series of three summer/flower girls.

    the ORIGINAL DRAWING is FOR SALE here. also, sweet little Flora can be found in shop as well...and then for the winter lover like myself, well there are three pristine ice princesses in my shop FOR SALE also. 

    with Blossom and Flora complete, there is only lovely Camillia left in the series...COMING SOON! :)

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    13. Gardening

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    14. "sitting pretty"....

    on a Monday night! :)

    this little sweetie goes by the name Sunshine (well, she is bright, cheery and yellow like the sun....) and is one in a small series of cute little birds.


    {an adorable little bluebird is up next....}

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    15. meet Flora....

    flora~original drawing
    7x9 graphite on bristol
    ©the enchanted easel 2015
    the first in a series of three summer/flower girls i will be releasing FOR SALE this summer.

    *NOTE~this is an ORIGINAL DRAWING not a print. i will not be selling prints until the original drawing is sold. you can find here FOR SALE here.

    also, in my etsy shop, i have three winter girls (ORIGINAL DRAWINGS) available. try not to be biased but they are my favorite. well of course they are, they represent WINTER...one of my obsessions (because God knows i have a few of those...;) )

    ok, back to business.....i have also added share buttons to the images here in my blog. i have been trying to add pinterest buttons to the gallery images on my site but due to the format (carousel) i have the images displayed in, well that's the only format in which the pinterest buttons do not want to play nice. kind of stuck on the carousel format so i apologize for the lack of ease in sharing any images you may love on my site onto your pinterest pages. please feel free to share from my blog here though...if the mood strikes you. always remember, ALL of my images belong solely to ME. NONE of them are to be reproduced by anyone but myself. i see lots of artists have their hard work taken by others unknowingly and popping up all over the internet without consent/permission. so wrong but don't get me started....

    so now that Flora has made her little debut this first full week of summer (thank you God for the gift of air conditioning....) her lovely little friends, Camillia and Blossom will be following...soon! :)

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    16. "green eyes....

    "green eyes" (lily)
    ©the enchanted easel 2015
    the spotlight shines upon you!" {to quote my beloved chris martin from coldplay}

    and here she is, little miss "green eyes" (aka, lily)..named for the coldplay song (of course) as well as my love of white flowers and lilies. oh, and my love of red heads and gingers too. ;)


    {"honey you are a rock, upon which i stand..."}

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    17. Sexual deception in orchids

    “In the spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love” (Alfred, Lord Tennyson), but he could have said the same for insects too. Male insects will be following the scent of females, looking for a partner, but not every female is what she seems to be. It might look like the orchid is getting some unwanted attention in the video below, but it’s actually the bee that’s the victim. The orchid has released complex scents to fool the bee into thinking it’s meeting a female.

    The post Sexual deception in orchids appeared first on OUPblog.

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    18. crazy week. multiple projects....

    and, i've been under the weather (hence my lack of blogging). with that being said, let's play catch up, shall we? ;)

    ok...first things first. with some commissions going on, there is still beautiful little lily who i have been working on for what seems like forever (no complaints though because i have fallen in love with her) and i am happy to say...she is just about DONE! another day or two and she'll be ready to be scanned and ready to SELL! :) here'a peek at the lovely flowers that gave her her name....

    ©the enchanted easel 2015
    next up, we have some thumbnails of a couple of commissions i am currently in the process of taking on. one being a very personal and sweet portrait of an adopted mom and her daughter (and ex student of mine, actually) and her birth mother. looking forward to this one as it is chinese and we all know how much i LOVE asian art...from kokeshis to the anime influence. love it all.
    ©the enchanted easel 2015
    commission number 2? baby jungle animals. right. up. my. alley. cute? baby? animals? yeah, i got this ...especially when it involves and ELEPHANT...my other favorite thing! :)
    ©the enchanted easel 2015
    {and the thumbnail below? just some doodling because i am the eternal snow bunny and in my world, well it snows everyday and it's always pink! ;)}
    ©the enchanted easel 2015
    so, now that we are all caught up, i'm going back to my easel with the help of some kleenex and the cough drops i have been sucking on like candy all week. :(

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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. Gift Bag at Barnes and Noble

    I was so happy to see this Gift Wrap Company bag that I illustrated, at Barnes and Noble recently. Perfect for Spring!!!

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    23. Image Reveal: BUTTERFLY PARK by Award-Winning Author/Illustrator Elly MacKay and GIVEAWAY!


    Coming May 26th, from Running Press Kids:
    Butterfly Park
    by Award-Winning Author/Illustrator Elly MacKay

    Running Press Kids is teaming up with select blogs to promote a very special picture book artist, Elly MacKay. Elly MacKay creates paper worlds inside a miniature lightbox theater, and turns those worlds into picture books. The images in her upcoming picture book, BUTTERFLY PARK, are nothing short of breathtaking. Let others know about Elly MacKay and her tour @Twitter: #ButterflyTrail


    “Once there was a girl who loved butterflies. And when she moved to a new town, she felt lucky to find a place nearby called Butterfly Park! But when she opened the gate, there were no butterflies to be found.

    “The girl tried to catch some butterflies and asked neighborhood children to help bring them to Butterfly Park. But to their disappointment, the butterflies didn’t stay. As the entire town got involved, they finally realized what they needed to do. Together, the girl and her community planted flowers in Butterfly Park, and in time, the butterflies came.” [publisher]

    Running Press Kids has put together a special illustration tour, each Tuesday, leading up to the late May release date of Butterfly Park. Why an illustration tour, and not a “normal” book tour? MacKay used her acclaimed paper-cut artwork, giving each spread a 3-dimensional look. While knocking on neighbors’ doors, looking for help, the kids look like they could dance right off the page. Paper-cut art must be a tedious labor of love. The result is a magnificent picture book, with a final 4-page spread worthy of framing. The book jacket is also a poster of flowers that entice butterflies. To WIN YOUR OWN COPY of Butterfly Park, all it takes is a comment. Winner announced on Monday, May 11th.

    Well, this is an image reveal, so here it is, the left half of spread number ten:


    It took them up and down through the town. Curiosity grew. Windows and doors began to open.

    It took them up and down through the town.
    Curiosity grew. Windows and doors began to open.

    “Centered on the park’s elaborate art nouveau gateway, MacKay’s lyrical paper collage and diorama constructs feature layered details and out-of-focus backgrounds for a sense of depth. Brightly patterned butterflies, delicate flowers, and human figures pose like gracefully off-balance dancers…. Worthy of theme and equally pleasing to the eye and the spirit.”
    ~~Kirkus Reviews

    “MacKay’s artwork recreates the feel and pleasure of Edwardian-era illustration, and lovers of picture book fantasy will embrace it.”
    ~~Publishers Weekly

    Butterfly Park
    Written and Illustrated by Elly MacKay
    Published by Running Press Kids
    May 26, 2015
    38 pages             Age 3 +

    Also by Elly MacKay

    If You Hold a Seed

    If You Hold a Seed

    Shadow Chasers

    Shadow Chasers







    If You Hold a Seed

    2014 Blue Spruce™ Award Nominee – Ontario Library Association
    2013 Best Bets Top 10 Picture Books – Ontario Library Association
    2013 Best Books List (preschool—early elementary) – Atlanta Parent Magazine

    Shadow Chasers

    2014 Best Books of the Year (children—teens) – Amazon Canada

    About Elly MacKay
    Elly MacKay is the author and illustrator of If You Hold a Seed and Shadow Chasers. She attends Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and now her artwork is sold around the world, including her Etsy.com shop, Theater Clouds.

    Website: http://ellymackay.com
    Facebook: http://facebook.com/theaterclouds
    Twitter: @TheaterClouds

    Here is the schedule for Ms. MacKay’s tour:

    Butterfly Trail Blog Tour Page

    4/07  The Unconventional Librarian  http://bit.ly/TheUnconventionalLibrarian

    4/14  The Geo Librarian   http://bit.ly/TheGeoLibrarian

    4/21  Mom Read It   http://bit.ly/MomReadIt

    4/28  Mother Daughter Book Reviews  http://bit.ly/MotherDaughterBookReviews

    5/05  Kid Lit Reviews   ♥ YOU ARE HERE

    5/12  Unleashing Readers     http://bit.ly/UnleashingReaders

    5/19  The Childrens Book Review  http://bit.ly/TheChildrensBookReview

    5/26  RELEASE DAY!  Click to purchase Butterfly Park early 


    Pass this post on. Help Award-Winning-Author Elly MacKay get the word out about Butterfly Park:  TWEET:  #ButterflyTrail



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    24. If You Love Honey, Nature's Connections

    After turning in artwork for If You Love Honey, Nature's Connections I got a look at Patty Arnold's design and layout for the book. I'm posting a few spreads here to give you a sneak peek. This is my second book illustrated by Martha Sullivan and third book for Dawn Publishing. It comes out this fall. After doing a lot of research for the illustrations I'm now a true honey bee fanatic, not to mention a Martha Sullivan fan!

     And I wanted to say "Thanks!" to William Porter at the Denver Post for including me in his Mother's Day article. It's always great to give a shout out to our moms, especially our moms who spent a lot of time reading to us.

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    25. flowers in her hair....

    ©the enchanted easel 2015
    and a few new drawings...underway.

    {it's been a crazy couple of weeks....new drawings, commissions and my lovely little lily (see pic below) all trying to get done at the same time. busy, busy, busy....and loving every single second.}

    lily...in progress
    ©the enchanted easel 2015

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