Treats for Tricks
I See the Moon
It's Only a Paper Moon
Peter Pan: Book Cover
Peter Pan: Interior Illustration
Mother Goose: Little Bo Peep
James & The Giant Peach
The Boxcar Children 75th Anniversary Fully Illustrated Edition
Be Cool Stay in School
Charlotte's Web: Book Cover
Fun & Games
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Peace on Earth
Coloring Eggs Together
Henry Turns Four
Hansel & Gretel: Breadcrumbs
The Key to My Heart
An Afternoon of Hygge
Miracle on 34th Street
The Christmas Pageant
Farmer O'Hare & Bonny Bunny: The Morning Chores
Cat's Unhappy Valentine's Day
The Trick and the Treat
The Animal's Picnic
The Elves & the Shoemaker
Maggie Among the Magnolias
Froggie Went a-Courtin'
The Magical Story Hour
You're the Apple of My Eye
Thankful for Friendly Windows and Pumpkin Pie
The Family Fox
Book Cover: Python Computer Programming Guide
Making Friends with Furry Friends: Hello
Santa's Little Helpers
Hope is the Thing With Feathers
Rainy Day Companions
THE WOODLAND HALLOWEEN TRICK-OR-TREATERS
The Caroling Troupe
Wind in the Willows: Mr. Toad
Wind in the Willows: The Rat and His River
PAINTING THE GREAT EGG
Rambling Jack Rabbit
Sending Love Your Way
GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS: Someone's Been Eating My Porridge
Smitten with the Mitten: Bear Mitten
Smitten with the Mitten: Fox Mitten
Smitten with the Mitten: Deer Mitten
Smitten with the Mitten: Bunny Mitten
Cold Hands, Warm Hearts
Patty Cake's Recipe for Fun
Wind in the Willows: Mr. Mole in Springtime
Wind in the Willows: Badger By Candleight
The Town Mouse & the Country Mouse: Blackberries
The Town Mouse & the Country Mouse: Dollhouse
Treats for TricksTreats for Tricks, watercolor on paper: Busy about new circus tricks, who needs a "Flea Circus" when you have your own beetle?
I See the MoonI See the Moon, watercolor on paper: Stargazing is her favorite hobby.
It's Only a Paper MoonIt’s Only a Paper Moon, watercolor on paper:'It is only a paper moonHanging over a cardboard seaBut it wouldn't be make believeIf you believe in me...' -Nat King Cole, It's Only a Paper Moon
Peter Pan: Book CoverPeter Pan: Book Cover & Interior Illustration watercolor on paperThis story, these characters, and this world have all been favorites of mine since I was a little girl. And so since I have been illustrating some of my favorite classic book covers recently, I thought I would pay tribute to J.M. Barrie's immortal tale as well.“Second star to the right and straight on 'til morning! ”
Peter Pan: Interior IllustrationPeter Pan: Book Cover & Interior Illustration, watercolor on paper This story, these characters, and this world have all been favorites of mine since I was a little girl. And so since I have been illustrating some of my favorite classic book covers recently, I thought I would pay tribute to J.M. Barrie's immortal tale as well.“Second star to the right and straight on 'til morning! ”
Mother Goose: Little Bo PeepMother Goose: Little Bo Peep watercolor on paper: She may have lost them in the past, but this Little Bo Peep is full of gumption and confidence, and sure of herself; she's keeping a close eye on her flock. Friends stick together after all.
Friend ShipFriend Ship, watercolor on paper: Even when sailing through stormy weather and rough waters, the Friend Ship holds fast and strong!
Building FriendshipsBuilding Friendships 12"x12" watercolor & ink on paper // One of my favorite things about the winter is being able to sculpt a jolly being from all that snow. These clever kids have thought of all of the right ingredients for making a new friend and bring him to life!
James & The Giant PeachJames & the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl - Book Cover Tribute: What happens when you combine an orphaned boy, a spider, centepeed, inch-worm, lady bird, glow worm, grasshopper, and one oversized fruit? Genius. This is another tribute book cover I did to one of my all time favorite adventures. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (originally published in 1961 by Alfred A. Knopf)You can bet his wicked old aunts are up in that rickety house planning some kind of no-good and mean schemes. But for me, that round fruit full of typography left me suddenly wishing for bowls full of peaches and cream.
Apple DogApple Dog 11"x14" watercolor on paper // A painting I did of my brother and his sweet black dog Molly- her favorite treats are apples. This is precisely how I wanted to capture them forever, singing to one another, and sharing in one of their famous adventures.
The Boxcar Children 75th Anniversary Fully Illustrated EditionTHE BOXCAR CHILDREN: 75TH ANNIVERSARY, FULLY ILLUSTRATED EDITIONSo excited to announce that I was chosen to illustrate the first ever fully illustrated edition of The Boxcar Childrenfor the 75th anniversary of its release!! I painted over 30 interior illustrations for this book, and every single one of them was a wonderful adventure and joy for me to work on! The cover art was painted by Anne Yvonne Gilbert.Thank you ever so much to the lovely folks at Albert Whitman & Co. it was a joy working with you during this project, and to my sweet agent Nicole of T2 Illustrators & Authors (you're a superhero!!) And so thankful to my parents and brother Seth, you guys are my best friends!! And above all thanks to my Heavenly Father for blessing me always and in all things!Feeling so thankful and blessed for the opportunity! Happy 75th Anniversary Boxcar Children!!
Be Cool Stay in SchoolBe Cool Stay in School, 14"x16" If we all only had a giant, helpful rabbit who helped us with the heavy lifting so we could have a free hand for yo-yo-ing! This kid is super cool, and he knows it! (p.s. His glasses are my favorite part about his outfit, hands down.)
Charlotte's Web: Book Cover"CHARLOTTE'S WEB" by E. B. White - Book CoverMy favorite place to sift through books is- and always has been- in the children's book section of any library or bookstore I stumble into. Last summer my sweet mother started re-reading E. B. White's classic story of Charlotte's Web aloud to my family (my dad, my brother and I) Other than be the luckiest to have that sort of tradition with my family still going on - especially in this digital day and age. I have fallen, once again for Wilbur and Mr. White's world.Originally published in 1952 by Harper & Row (now Harper Collins) It is still just as sweet, enduring, timeless, and beloved today.This book cover is my tribute to the talented author and his immortal characters.
HomeHome, watercolor on paper // I just love this illustration, and it certainly has to be in my top favorites. It depicts my favorite season, and it reminds me of my home, so that of course is what I decided to call it!
Bobby BrockBobby Brock watercolor on paperThis is Bobby Brock. He's a shy young badger, but he's also a wonderful friend, and he loves to cloud-paint.
Simon SquirrelSimon Squirrel watercolor on paper: There's no nut he finds too tough to crack. To be sure, he's one smart squirrel.
Fun & GamesFun & Games watercolor on paper: Croquet is so much more fun when a hedgehog friends decides to come along for the ride and join in. It is all fun and games afterall.
Goldilocks and the Three BearsGOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS - 14"x11" Watercolor & Gouache on Paper, 2016. My interpretation of the classic tale has Goldilocks and the three bears sitting down for a nice bowl of hot porridge together. Because the best things are better when enjoyed with dear friends.
Peace on EarthPeace on Earth, watercolor on paper // This slightly dishelved angel must have had quite an adventure when her kitty decided to take an unexpected role in the Christmas Pageant! But she's still ready to play her part, and as they say, the show must go on!
Coloring Eggs TogetherPart one of my little series of bunnies and children painting a large scale masterpiece in the spring.
Henry Turns FourBirthday wishes for Henry from his friends.
Hansel & Gretel: BreadcrumbsSome frightening crows are trying to take Hansel & Gretel's bread, and they so need it to leave a crumb trail! Hansel is protecting his sister, as always.
Kitchen Fun9"x11" Watercolor & Ink on paper. Dear friends always make for the best ingredients when having fun!
The ValentineTHE VALENTINE: These two young sweethearts are holding hands, the boy in snowshoes is steading the girl on her wobbly ice-skates. She's presenting him with her homemade valentine, and he has a little bouquet of flowers behind his back to surprise her with.
The Key to My HeartThe Key to My Heart, watercolor on paper // This little bird lass holds they key to her own heart in her beak, exposing it, vulnerable to give away to a sweet love bird. There are many different keys that open many different locks, unlocking someone's heart is the most precious treasure of all.
An Afternoon of Hygge An Afternoon of Hygge 8"x10" watercolor on paper - A simple practice of comfort. There's nothing like the comfort that can be found in the company of good friends and a warm bowlof hot soup.
Miracle on 34th StreetMiracle on 34th Street, watercolor on paper 🎄🎥 There's nothing quite like cozying up to a favorite holiday film, and seeing what feels like an old friend who only comes to visit once a year. I just love Miracle on 34th Street, in its charming and magical black and white cinematography!! 🍬🎅 This is my interpretation of the classic scene at the end of the film where Christmas spririt has finally come into each of their hearts.
The Christmas PageantThe Christmas Pageant watercolor on paper // The cast of the children's Christmas Pageant has two unlikely roles who are the best of friends. Peace on earth truly resides over all at this magical time of year! This is when the lion and the lamb truly come together.
Farmer O'Hare & Bonny Bunny: The Morning ChoresFarmer O'Hare & Bonny Bunny: The Morning Chores 12"x10" watercolor on paper // A glimpse into the charming country life of Farmer O'Hare & Bonny Bunny. I'm convinced there could be no sweeter homestead than theirs.
Farmer O'HareFarmer O'Hare 12"x10" watercolor on paper // Farmer O'Hare and Bonnie Bunny are busy gathering and working in their garden. I've fallen in love with these two characters, and I can guarantee that you will be seeing a lot more of them in my coming work!
ScoutScout watercolor on paper // Scout is quite the little adventurer. He asked me for that skeleton key, and I gave it to him... Not certain of what he is going to use it for, but he sure did want it!!
HopperHopper watercolor on paperJust a rabbit in his garden, defending it from thieving crows.
Cat's Unhappy Valentine's DayCat's Unhappy Valentine's Day, watercolor on paper: Sometimes you just don't feel like celebrating little cupids, hearts, and warm-fuzzy feelings. This grumpy cat is here for you.
The Trick and the TreatThe Trick and the Treat 11"x14" watercolor on paperThis happy little mummy is enjoying his treat. Meanwhile his kitten is happily tricking him and unraveling his costume.. Here's to a happy Halloween!
The Animal's PicnicThe Animal's Picnic 12"x12" watercolor on paper // Summer get-togethers are the funnest, and this bunch has gathered 'round a mushroom cap for a feast of corn and ripe watermelon. Good things are always made that much better with friends. I hope your summer looks something like this (but if you are keeping company with a sweet little otter dressed in retro attire, please let me know, I'd love to tag along!)
Berry HappyBerry Happy, watercolor on paper // This little 'fella is dreaming of warm weather and sweet wild strawberries. Two things that make him Berry Happy indeed!
The Elves & the ShoemakerThe Elves & the Shoemaker 11"x11" watercolor on paperIn all of their story-telling-magicalness, The Bros. Grimm made a story about little elves that help a poor shoemaker. In my version the elves are mice, and the shoemaker a little boy who can't even afford any shoes for himself. And so he has fallen asleep with his work, barefoot, and unbeknownst to him these small helpers are scampering about his feet, helping him make his footwear, and the finest to be had!
Maggie Among the MagnoliasMaggie Among the Magnolias 8"x10" watercolor & ink on paper // A fairy and a robin make for the best of friends. These two are singing the sweet first notes of spring.
Sweet WilliamSweet William 8"x10" watercolor & ink on paper // A Sweet William peddler employs the help of a friendly, obliging snail who is pulling along his little cart full of spring cheer.
Froggie Went a-Courtin'Froggie Went a-Courtin' 8"x10" watercolor & ink on paper // Miss Mousie has a pleasant surprise waiting for her outside of her front door. Froggie has come a calling for her hand, with a bouquet of waterlilies.
The Magical Story HourThe Magical Story Hour 12"x12" watercolor & ink on paper // After building their new friend, the following day the children returned to enjoy his company again. And they all settled down for a quiet and magical story hour with their new friend. Everyone is hoping to have their favorite book read aloud, even the animals (the birds are carrying their favorite in the air!) What a wonderful way to spend the afternoon!Thinking of teaching my own snow sculptures the handy trick of reading a-loud from favorite books.
You're the Apple of My EyeYou're the Apple of My Eye 11"x14" watercolor on paper. This happy trio has spent the afternoon in the apple orchard, picking apples, reading, taking the occasional photograph, and (as the evidence of blankets and baskets would suggest) enjoying a hearty picnic lunch. There really is no sweeter way to pass a day than this.
Thankful for Friendly Windows and Pumpkin PieThings to be especially thankful for: Good friends, friendly windows, and pumpkin pie.
The Family FoxThe Family Fox 11"x14" watercolor on paperCommissioned illustration (2017)
Happy TrailsHappy Trails 11"x14" watercolor and gouache on paper // These two exotic animals have been all over the world and while they wait for their next departure time, in between destinations, the sloth rests his head for a little nap, tired from all of the traveling. Meanwhile the llama is busy reading the newspaper and planning all of their new exciting travels. Clearly she has enough energy for the both of them. It seems fitting to insert an excerpt from my favorite Frank Capra film: "Do you know what the three most exciting sounds in the world are? Anchor chains, airplane motors and train whistles." These two obviously feel the same.
Book Cover: Python Computer Programming GuideThe Kindergardener Snake 8.5"x11" watercolor on paper // A book cover illustration created for a guide on the Python computer programming language. Since the subject of the project revolved around a vintage school house, mice, and a friendly snake, I titled the finished piece: The Kindergardener Snake.
Making Friends with Furry Friends: HelloMaking Friends with Furry Friends: Hello 9"x11" watercolor and ink on paper. Greetings. Hello. Salutations. How-do-you-do. Bonjour. Ciao. Howdy. No matter how you say it, there's nothing quite as nice as saying hello to a friend. These two are becoming acquainted over a fence post; and I'm sure that it won't be long before the little girl will be sharing some goodies from her basket with her new pals.
Autumn WishesWishes can always come true in the autumn.
Santa's Little HelpersSanta's little helpers hard at work on a special Christmas toy.
Hope is the Thing With Feathers8"x8", Watercolor & Ink on Paper. “Hope” is the thing with feathersThat perches in the soul - And sings the tune without the words - And never stops - at all..."-Emily Dickinson
Clover BunnyIt's important to remember to stop and smell the flowers, like this little bunny. Afterwards however, she might enjoy it for lunch.
Rainy Day CompanionsSplashing through the puddles, and sharing an umbrella.
THE WOODLAND HALLOWEEN TRICK-OR-TREATERS10"x8" watercolor and ink on paper. A bit of woodland autumn fun, just one of the reasons why October is my favorite month in the year.
High TeaA sweet mouse stirs her tea, and adds a few lumps of sugar.
The Caroling TroupeSpreading some much needed holiday cheer in a forest near you.
Thanksgiving Friends Being thankful for friendship.
Wind in the Willows: Mr. ToadWIND IN THE WILLOWS - A miniature series I did based on the characters from the classic children's novel by Kenneth Grahame, Wind in the Willows - 8"x10" watercolor & gouache on paper. Here is the infamous Mr. Toad at the wheel of his greatest weakness, the motor car. In describing his attributes and characteristics it would be best to quote him on himself: “I’m such a clever Toad.”
Wind in the Willows: The Rat and His RiverWIND IN THE WILLOWS - A miniature series I did based on the characters from the classic children's novel by Kenneth Grahame, Wind in the Willows - 14"x11" watercolor & gouache on paper. Ratty is perhaps my favorite Wind in the Willows character. He’s sweet, sensible, down to earth and content. All he needs is his boat and the river and he considers himself well-off. “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” -Ratty of The Wind in the Willows (Kenneth Grahame)
PAINTING THE GREAT EGG 'Painting the Great Egg'8"x10" Watercolor, gouache & ink on paperFredrick, Harry & George will hand you a card for their trade and it will most likely read the following: "...Bunny Bros. Inc., we'll paint your house, walls, fences, and storefronts. Have experience with whitewash, and fine detailed lettering."
Rambling Jack Rabbit
Sending Love Your WayLove letters delivered by a happy little love bird.
GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS: Someone's Been Eating My PorridgeGOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS: Someone's Been Eating My Porridge14"x11" Watercolor & Gouache on Paper, 2016My interpretation of the classic tale has Goldilocks and the three bears sitting down for a nice bowl of hot porridge together. Because the best things are better when enjoyed with dear friends.
Smitten with the Mitten: Bear MittenOur bear friend has quite a large sweet tooth, he's a gentle giant and will never turn down an opportunity for candy. He's one of my favorites from my series Smitten with the Mitten. Confession: I'm a bit jealous of his red mittens, and I'll admit that I wish they were real so I could snatch up a pair for myself! I can picture a jolly elf sporting a set of those mittens as well.
Smitten with the Mitten: Fox MittenI know this little fox has most certainly been good all year, he's a definite add to the nice list, if you want my recommendation Santa!
Smitten with the Mitten: Deer MittenThose big ears of hers are just right to hear the ringing of bells from Santa's sleigh. She may not be a reindeer, but she has some Christmas bells of her own.
Smitten with the Mitten: Bunny MittenThe beginning of a little set of animals with Scandinavian mittens. I almost want to knit a few sets of these myself to supply our woodland friends with some winter warmth.
Cold Hands, Warm HeartsUnlikely friends sharing a walk in a winter wonderland.
THE NEIGHBORHOODTHE NEIGHBORHOOD - 20"x16" watercolor and gouache on paper. A happy scene is unfolding before the eyes of these little Brooklyn row houses.
DiggeryDiggery Groundhog'senjoys nothing better than a good ol' turnip.
Corresponding Bunny Hoping the mail system upgrades to rabbit deliveries in the very near future.
Bunny WreathDesigned for a little greeting card.
Patty Cake's Recipe for FunAll of the ingredients are ready to cook up some serious fun with little Patty Cake in the kitchen!
Wind in the Willows: Mr. Mole in SpringtimeWIND IN THE WILLOWS - A miniature series I did based on the characters from the classic children's novel by Kenneth Grahame, Wind in the Willows - 11"x14" oil on wood. Mr Mole is cleaning in the springtime, taking care of his lovely home, and dreaming of above ground.
Wind in the Willows: Badger By CandleightWIND IN THE WILLOWS - A miniature series I did based on the characters from the classic children's novel by Kenneth Grahame, Wind in the Willows - 11"x14" oil on wood Mr Badger, walking the halls of his long corridors at night while Ratty and Moley are knocking outside in the cold.
Woodland AbodeThe woodland animals are all working together and living happily under one roof.
The Town Mouse & the Country Mouse: BlackberriesI have been working on a companion set of paintings to illustrate the classic Aesop's Fable, The Town Mouse & the Country Mouse. The first one takes a peek though the briers and brambles into the modest abode of a little country field mouse.
The Town Mouse & the Country Mouse: DollhouseI have been working on a companion set of paintings to illustrate the classic Aesop's Fable, The Town Mouse & the Country Mouse. Oh to be a few inches tall, then you could crawl into the walls of a miniature dollhouse! That is where the town mouse makes his home in the city, within the toy house of the little children who live in the building he takes shelter in. It makes for very lavish mouse-size living quarters, and I am a bit jealous of them!
O TannenbaumWhen picking a large Christmas tree, is it best to always bring along a large bear to help carry it home.
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