July 25, 2015

A How-To for Christmas in July

Some things should be remembered more than just once a year..
Christmas in July has become a tradition at my house, and I am so glad that it has!

It's like celebrating Christmas' half-birthday.

How to observe your own 
Christmas in July (on a moments notice):

1. Plug in a Christmas CD.  Seriously, it fills the house with the spirit of Christmas!
2. Bake some cookies.  And belt out a holiday tune while you stir the dough.
3. Walk around wishing everyone a Happy Christmas (in July)!  It'll make them smile, and you too!
4. Have Hot Chocolate.  Don't forget the candy cane!
5. Break out Christmas magazine back-issues.  Now you know why you held on to them!
6. Have a popsicle.  You probably won't have the craving for them in December..
7. Watch a favorite holiday film.  May I recommend The Muppet's Christmas Carol?
And there you have it.. 
Now go celebrate!

July 7, 2015

Interview: Alive As Always

I've had the pleasure of being interviewed about my art & process for Alive As Always.
Here are a few snippets, you can read the interview in its entirety here.

Thank you Bivi! And a happy Tuesday to all of you little rabbits out there.

July 3, 2015

Sweet Like Honey

Sweet Like Honey   8"x10"  Acrylic on Paper

A little something for a sweet bear's belly. There's never a wrong time for a party, especially for a white bear in the out-of-doors. Grab a handful of honey and join in!

detail of   Sweet Like Honey

This little 'fella is a Spirit Bear. I may be slightly intrigued by them.
Bonus: they bear a striking resemblance to my golden retriever Jangles..

Spirit bears (or Kermode) are North American Black Bears which are born white or cream colored. It's a very special and rare phenomena. According to Native American legend, the spirit bear is a reminder of times past, specifically the white color of ice and snow. 

A happy summer to you!!

June 17, 2015

A Little Deer (or a Welcome Visitor)

A few days ago, we had a most welcome little visitor come say hello.
What a perfect little dear our wild, untamed friend was to let me hold him.

So here's my photographic proof that I was blessed to hold such a new, beautiful creation.

He let me come up to him so peacefully. It was a lovely, breathtaking moment in my life.
My brother and I (that's him up there: top right) were overwhelmed by such an event.

It was something I'll always remember.. and never get over.

June 6, 2015

Emmeline Wine Label Commission

 I was commissioned in the past months to design & illustrate the label for a wine company from the Land-Down-Under (aka: Australia). 

And now, since the delightful folks of Emmeline Wines were kind enough to mail me a bottle across the pond, I am very pleased to finally share the finished result with you.

...this little fox family is very dear to me...

This project was delightful from beginning to end.

p.s.  Emmeline Wines has asked me to be on board for their upcoming projects & future labels, and I am just pleased-as-punch about that!!

I feel so honored to be a part of this growing company.

April 22, 2015

Books Were Once Trees

Books Were Once Trees   8"x10"  Acrylic on paper

Every book was once a tall, mighty tree. Perhaps that's why this sweet squirrel (who is most likely named Sally) has found herself at home in their pages.

April 20, 2015

Visiting Artist

This weekend I went visiting my favorite shop, and was doing a bit of on-the-spot-painting. 

Here I am busy working away on a squirrel... I seem to be very engrossed in it.
The painting I'm working on in these photos will be finished to share with you shortly!
Stay tuned!

April 9, 2015

April Showers

April Showers   11"x14"  Acrylic on paper

All of the rain outside has inspired something inside.
Thus... a girl, a goose, and a green umbrella came to be.

April 3, 2015

Painted Eggs

My Mama and I were having a grand time painting and dyeing hard-boiled eggs these past few days.
It feels delightful to act like a child with little traditions.

Happy Easter my little rabbits!

March 25, 2015

Everything's Coming Up Roses

Everything's coming up roses (or at least the grass is showing), so glad spring has arrived! These little white beauties were a present that I have been enjoying for the last week. They brightened my spirit, as roses are my favorite flower.

Muffins have also been popping up lately. Pumpkin & Apple Muffins in pretty tartan liners.

I am looking forward to the loveliness of spring... 
and wishing a Happy Spring to you!