Friday, December 31, 2010


Hi Everyone! I thought I'd post today some photos of my fabric that I've been working on in the past year. I've partnered up with Eugene Textiles, and they've done a beautiful job of reproducing my art on various fabrics (cotton, fleece, flannel). Here's just a few shots, and if you'd like to see more, click here.

A Stitch in Time - flannel

Milk & Cookies, and PB&J - no the photo isn't blurry, it's fleece!

Little One - flannel

I made toddler-sized drawstring backpacks for my nieces for Christmas, and once I filled them with Dora books and dvd's, they were a big hit. :)

Happy New Year Everyone!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Oil Painting Update

In spite of all my good intentions, the oil painting I had planned to create as a Christmas gift for my in-laws is nowhere near finished. In fact, I hate to say it, but I've barely begun. My idea was to paint a portrait of my husband and his sister for them, as they live in FL and their children still reside in NH.
Fortunately our visit to them is only scheduled in January. This buys me a little time from my original self-set Christmas deadline. It's certainly not a big enough window of time for the thing to dry, and I don't plan to drag a wet painting onto an airplane. But I'm hoping it'll be enough time to get the faces up painted to a level where they're at least vaguely recognizable, and I can bring along a photo of what I'm working on.
For now, I've stretched and primed the canvas...and basically painted two circles where faces will be going in the future. There's not even so much as a halfway decent underpainting to show you this week, I'm afraid. But I promised I'd share, so here's what things look like so far:

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! Here's wishing you all a safe, happy, and creative 2011. Keep your fingers crossed for me that I can actually finish a project for once! (o;

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Christmas Alpaca?

I had great intentions of posting something with the Illustration Friday prompt "mail" but strep throat, ear infection, a new nebulizer (same kid) and last minute holiday everything got in the way. This alpaca picture is the most recent painting I haven't posted anywhere. Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Winter Solstice

Winter officially begins on Tuesday, so I thought this little snowmen print would be appropriate to usher in the new season. Also Happy Holidays to one and all!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Sketchbook Project Progress

This is from my sketchbook for The Sketchbook Project 2011. If you are doing this project, you know how terribly flimsy the paper is. Some people actually rebound their books! I really didn't want to do that, but I found a great idea on how not to have to do that here. I used pages from an old book I was going to get rid of and gave them a light coat of white acrylic paint. I used a glue stick and viola! I had pages with more body.

Here are the two prior spreads:

Monday, December 13, 2010

In my sketchbook...

I'm in the middle of juggling a few big projects (yay!) but it leaves me with little time to work on new art (boo). I've been thinking of nursery rhymes lately, that they'd make good's what I've been sketching.....

Monday, December 6, 2010

Illustration Friday - Prehistoric

Ella knew that her mother would not understand.   She would come up with some motherly words of wisdom like "Ella, we don't bring stray mammoth's home with us, do we dear?" or "How would you feel if you were a mammoth; would you want to be trapped inside or allowed to roam free?"  She said the very same thing last week when Ella brought home a lizard she found on her way home from school.   But this was different.  How could she possibly turn Rocky away?  He was so fuzzy and cute.  It's not every day a kid finds an actual mammoth.  Especially since they are supposed to be prehistoric or something.  Now... if she could just fit him in her closet.

To see to original sketch, click here.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Tis the season

I'm doing a craft fair on Saturday at Village Elementary School in York, Maine and this year I decided to do more painterly things instead of relying on my sewing machine. These are four pictures I intended to sell as prints but ended up putting them on wood, what is it with me and wood?

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Snow day

Cheers for December!
Winter's on its way!
When do you think we'll have
our very first snow day?