Be Cool Stay in School 14"x16"
Something I created for my agency's promotional theme of "Take Your Pet to School". 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.)
A Rabbit + a book + vintage spectacles = One happy illustrator
He's so nifty, and what's more he knows it!
So excited to announce that I was chosen to illustrate the first ever fully illustrated edition of The Boxcar Children for 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 the talented 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!!
Apple 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.
Just a corner of a surprise I made for my brother, featuring his dog and our loyal friend Molly.
The Family Fox 11"x14" watercolor on paper
I just loved creating this for a family who commissioned me. Had the funnest time putting these wonderful personalities into fox men, women and children! You can see their great many interests, and hobbies represented, and I am sending many thanks to them for asking me to create this special house warming gift.
The funnest fact about this entire piece? The new owner's last name is Fox!
Hopper watercolor on paper
Just a rabbit in his garden, defending it from thieving crows.
Scout 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!!
So you have no doubt seen a lot of little snippets, bits and bobs and pieces of my work lately. Well, all of these little glimpses have been a part of a larger picture, and I have been pursuing my dream of storytelling: I have illustrated a book! I'll share more details in the weeks to come, but until then I want to savor a beautiful melancholy-ness in my heart.
This pile represents all of the days, and minutes, and months, and weeks that I have joyfully poured into my first book. It's a wonderful feeling to actually be able to reach out and hold a piece of time like this! I can not wait until you, too, can hold this tangible form of time.
I am thankful.
I've been using a very limited palette for these silhouettes, and having great fun with the pops of red! I must admit, I love a good yarn... Can't wait to put all of these together!
Another sneak peek: Once again, the love of a true furry friend! So glad I have my sweet golden retriever to keep me company, and she just loves to have an arm wrapped 'round her!
I just adore days like this, that's probably why autumn has a special place in my heart! Warm cups of tea, pumpkins, and the smell of cinnamon. And all the while, the sound of a windy day is an enchantment to me!
A lovely little note: That bouquet that keeps popping up in my recent posts are my Mama's that she has had dried for years (a special thanks to her for letting me carefully borrow them!) I think I love a good dried flower more than the real thing sometimes!
A sneak peek, where the painting is actually peeking back. I love how she's glancing through the baby's breath...
Part Three of "Showing Paintings Without *Actually* Showing Them". Stay tuned for the subsequent sequels!
This horsey is glancing at something over his shoulder. I wonder what he sees...
I hope you have a furry friend (or feathered or finned, or scaled for that matter!) Because there's really nothing quite like it...
I've been especially pondering God's goodness today: In my life I have always been so thankful for all of my Heavenly Father's blessings and for the gifts He has given me. I am just so overwhelmed by the goodness He has shown to me for blessing me to pursue illustration and be represented by my wonderful agency. I have been so blessed to have the love and support of my Mom, Dad, and brother during the whole process. I love my family to the moon and back!
Thank you for letting me be a bit sentimental today. There are so many adventures ahead and I can not wait to discover them!!
The Animal's Picnic 12"x12" watercolor on paper
The original for this happy little excursion is now up in my shop!
Another original painting in this shop update coming soon.