Sunday, November 30, 2014

Sunday Sketches


It's been a wonderful holiday weekend with Mmm and the kids.  We've been blessed to have such a wonderful place to be our first home together this Christmas season.  Our 2nd annual Christmas party is in just a few weeks so keep an eye out for photos of this special holiday event.

Here's a sneak peek at some of the work currently on my studio table as well as a photo of our home now decorated for the holidays! The first photo is part of the nursery rhyme project I'm illustrating for the Kids Hope USA foundation.  I'm very excited to be a part of this special project helping children in need.

I'm looking forward to catching up with everyone tomorrow.  Happy SS!

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday Sketches


More wonderful illustration work happening in this studio this week.  My main focus has been on two projects this past week with deadlines quickly approaching.  First is the Peanut Butter & Pumpernickel children's book scheduled to publish in January of 2015.  This book will be focused on teaching children about the love of animals and nature, filled with alliterations and tongue twisters. 

The other collaboration currently on my studio desk is with a non profit organization called Child Hope USA where I'm creating a lovely series of nursery rhyme illustrations in a book that is scheduled for publication at the end of this year as well. Above is an example and represents Mary had a little lamb.  I feel so blessed to have so many projects and opportunities on my desk.  Keep an eye out for a peek at more of the projects I'm working on.

I'm looking forward to catching up with everyone.  Happy SS!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Creative Tuesdays: Ho Ho Ho


These little guys have arrived a tad early to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season.  As you can see, they're also a little mischievous, all tangled up in the Christmas lights and bunting - A perfect "Ho, Ho, Ho" for Mr. Toast's Creative Tuesdays.  Oh dear me.  lol  I'm in love with how this illustration turned out and am considering making this my 2014 Christmas card. 

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday Sketches


I've been continuously busy, working on multiple illustrations for my upcoming children's books, e-courses and catching up on the classes I had to drop a few months back due to the terrible car accident that left me jobless and so forth.   I've been continually amazed and humbled at the various blessings blossoming in my life - utterly thankful.  My heart cannot express the gratitude and joy overflowing at this very moment.   Each and every one of you have been amazing with your support and encouragement along the way.  Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

Above is a 15-minute illustration (aka warm-up) created this morning before diving head first into studies and work.  Enjoy and happy SS!

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Sunday, November 09, 2014

Sunday Sketches: Delightful Trio


It's been another delightful, busy week at home and in the studio.  I continue to be amazed, blessed and humbled at how my illustration world is growing - and then some.  Every spare moment is spent doodling out ideas for the next round of custom orders and a new line of Christmas cards I'm designing for the shop.  My heart is filled to the brim with so much JOY, it's hard to contain myself at times.  Uh huh.  So blessed and I have so many peeps to say thank you to, for where I'm at today.

Above is an idea for the next Creative Tuesdays theme I doodled out at one of my favorite bake shops here in our cozy, little town.  Three little birds surrounded by holly and berries.  All I have to decide now is what color to paint them!  Such sweet, precious little birds.

Here's to a beautiful weekend and Sunday to each of you!  (Raises her cup of tea.) 

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Sunday, November 02, 2014

Sunday Sketches


I've been working pretty steady on custom orders for Christmas as well as the several children's books I'm currently illustrating.  It's been a great treat and joy to be able to do something almost full-time in which I love.  I feel utterly blessed to be in the place I'm currently at right now in life.  I've got a great husband, wonderful step-children, a cozy place to live...and much more.  Humbled.

Above is a little illustration I was hired to do for a little boy who is about to be born.  I felt this was so fitting and would last a lifetime hanging on the wall in his room.

Wishing everyone a fantastic Sunday!  I'm looking forward to really catching up with peeps today.

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