Friday, December 19, 2014

my first novel

Well, not so much a novel as a short story.

I’ve been working on this story for a few years now. I’ve drawn and redrawn the images. I’ve written and rewritten the story.

I shared the book cover a while back. Remember this?


Well, I finally put together a small mocked up (dummy) version of the complete book. I haven’t painted all of the images yet…but here are two. I still see lots of little things that need “fixed” before I get to a final version.



I won’t go into a lot of the details but things “float” … as in there’s no gravity.

Sometimes, I think I want to try and get it published but I don’t think I can handle all the rejection.

Maybe I’ll just finish the pages (paint them, I mean) then do a self-publish book.

Just for me.

And one for my grandson. He was the model for the main character. I have tons of photos of him in various “floating” positions!

He’s a good sport. If ever I get published, I will have to dedicate it to him ☺

Thursday, December 18, 2014

i remember…


I never learned how to play pinochle.

But I would pretend to be interested in the game so I could sneak off with some snacks while they were concentrating on their hand.

It would have been okay if it were just me sneaking. But multiply that times 3 (brothers) and pretty soon all the snacks are gone and there’s none left for company!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

i remember…

Here is another doodle for my sketchbook called “I remember.” Every once in a while, I pull it out and add another memory from my childhood.

This is one of the memories of my Grandpa.

Butter, jelly, jam…whatever he was putting on his bread…he would cover the entire slice. Slowly and meticulously…leaving no bread to peek through.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

that darn cat

Luna does this…I’m not sure why. It’s impossible to figure out what goes on in that little cat brain of hers ☺

Friday, December 12, 2014

cats in chairs


I’ve been in a cat doodling mood this week!!




I have gifts to wrap and cards to mail and cookies to bake…but that can wait until I’m done with my cat doodles ☺

Happy Paint Party Friday!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

my flower

Yesterday I shared a link from Carla Sonheim’s Year of the Fairy Tale zine. If you didn’t have time to check it out yet, please do!

Here is what I contributed:

A title page graphic


A flower that spreads a rainbow over the valley every time it blooms! I chose this version to emphasize the rainbow.



Below is another version. I think the “rainbow” effect sort of got lost in all the color.




This might explain why I’ve been absent from the blog lately. I spend a lot of time doing things over (and over and over….)

Oh, well.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Year of the Fairy Tale 'zine


Our final assignment at Year of the Fairy Tale was to illustrate a magic “______” (fill in the blank!)

Check out some of the creative solutions!!

Monday, December 8, 2014

more birthday cards

I worked on these over the weekend. I have one more to go for December. These are watercolor images on top of gelli prints.





It seems like lately I’ve run out of steam or something. Or maybe just busy with other things that NEED to be done instead of things I WANT to do. Stuff around the house. That sort of thing.

I’ve been looking at a few online courses happening in 2015. Two start in January and I debated for days with myself about which one to take. Then I had this conversation with the husband:

Me: I’m just not sure which one to take. I keep looking at both of them.
Husband: Why? You know you will end up signing up for both of them. Why don’t you just sign up and be done with it.
Me: You know me so well!!

So I will go from resting up in December to overloading myself in January. That’s all right. I function better on deadlines anyway!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

another birthday card


This one is for my niece’s daughter. (Would that be my great niece? I don’t know. I’m not very good at family tree stuff.)

Anyway, a birthday cupcake card for Laila.