July 25, 2014

Keeping Christmas the Whole Year Long

Amidst all of the family get-togethers and trips to the beach that July brings, it also brings a reason to be thankful for all that Christmas is - full of grace, love, mercy and joy. Today being the halfway point to that delightful, loving holiday. So in short, it's really just a time to be remember to be joyful. 

And with a reason like that, I do not need any more of an excuse. 

A giant candy cane was preserved since Christmas 2013, for just such an occasion. Oh I'm so glad I didn't give in back in May!

My favorite thing about today, is that my own sweet Mama brings up the little tree from the decoration box, and we listen to Christmas music. Then we bake little confections coated with love (and powdered sugar) all the live long day.

Hands down, Christmas is my favorite holiday. Today is just an appetizer before the real celebration. And now, for the Charles Dickens quote you're probably all expecting..

“And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us!"
-Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol


July 16, 2014

Dreaming in Floral Blue

Falling in love with the color navy and the many breathtaking flowers that surround us, while painting this.

So grateful that the world has such an extensive palette to choose from.

July 5, 2014

Illustrating for Lionheart Magazine

Here's the article I illustrated Pack up All Your Cares and Woes for, featured in Lionheart Magazine.

..It's about the joy of traveling..

Issue Five is out and ready for you absorb. If your interest has been piqued, you can obtain a copy here!

July 3, 2014

Pack up All Your Cares and Woes

Pack up All Your Cares and Woes  11"x14" Acrylic on paper

Here's a little something I painted back in April and I'm just now able to share it with you. That's how commissioned magazine illustrations work. It's such fun, but it's hard not to reveal it sooner.

And so the setting: A young girl heads off to find adventure and the unknown down a country road. She's got all of her troubles and worries behind her, and roaming geese and freshly cut flowers are on her mind now! I wanted to capture her embracing a bit of Wanderlust.

The magazine it appears in just arrived the other day, so I'll share what it looks like in the print issue with you after the holiday. By the way, Happy Independence Day tomorrow (for all of us Yankees). Hope you get to do a bit of traveling yourselves - or enjoying grilled corn outside, smothered with butter & herbs, which is what I'll be doing.

June 21, 2014

Happy Midsummer's Eve

...I have and always will love this night of the year.

A night when anything magical and fantastical can present itself. Such as a chance encounter with a member of the fairy-folk! A very interesting meeting on that subject are the Cottingley Fairies.

If you aren't familiar with the film based on these fantastic girls and their story, you really should get acquainted with Fairytale: A True Story. I adored this film when I was a little girl. These three pictures are the photos captured by Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths of their fairy friends.

Living off of Cecily Mary Barker and her illustrations along with that movie, Mama and I would always build little houses from leaves and sticks on Midsummer's Night. Along with a little sweet and refreshment in a miniature tea set, we would make sure the fairies had enough supplies to dance the night away. And in the morning there would sometimes be a gift in exchange, a flower, a daisy chain, and one year some Raspberry Lotion & Gardenia Perfume (which I refused to use, since they were too precious). 

It isn't only the fairies that I love tonight for, it's the memories with my mother. I'm so blessed to have a Mama that I have so much in common with.

So, get out and scamper tonight. Catch some fireflies, drink tea outside by the moonlight, and keep your eyes peeled for the wee fairy-folk!

Happy Midsummer's Eve to you!

June 18, 2014

We Go Together like Peaches 'N Cream

We Go Together like Peaches 'N Cream   8"x10"  Acrylic on paper

A fun and quirky way to proclaim your love for a sweetheart or best friend. Or just something sweet to hang on your walls or keep you company in the kitchen!

Prints will be up in the shop along with "The Great Peach Expedition" in a few days.

June 17, 2014

The Great Peach Expedition

The Great Peach Expedition   8"x10"  Acrylic on paper 

I've written and illustrated a story for Ardent Magazine, on the joys of picking peaches at a U-Pick and taking them home to create a bowl of comforting Peaches and Cream. 

Plus the accompanying illustration was a blast to dream-up. Showcasing the necessities for any proper peach hunt. Binoculars, compass, and map. The inspiration behind it was Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom meets hungry fruit enthusiasts. 

This was such fun to do, and every endearing word I said about the fruit, I meant.

p.s. I also snuck a recipe inside the story to make your own Peaches and Cream (aka: Summer in a Bowl)

June 16, 2014

Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink series: Leah Bear, Olivia Otter  both 8"x10", 
Emma Deer, & Tasha Wolf  both 11"x14"  
Acrylic on paper

The girls in designer clothes collection Pretty in Pink originals are now up for sale in the shop! Prints & sets are also available today in the shop!

I'm absolutely in love with this series, titled Pretty in Pink after the soft peach background enveloping each of these fashionable & unique gals. I'll confess, Emma Deer and Leah Bear have proven to be the hardest for me to think of parting with.

By the way, summer is sneaking up on us, just five days until it officially begins. I'm so excited!

June 13, 2014

Betty Magazine: Animals in Clothes We Like

We're very excited about finally getting our hands on the summer issue of Betty Magazine

Above, Emma is showing her enthusiasm. 
Here's how I show mine:

Leah Bear, Emma Deer, Olivia Otter & Tasha Wolf..
All of the girls are featured in the article Animals in Clothes We Like.

As promised, here is the magazine feature in print!!

All that's left now, is for it to be thoroughly absorbed & enjoyed over a cup of tea..

June 12, 2014

Behind the Scenes

(Leah Bear   in progress)

I couldn't be more excited to share the Behind-the-Scenes look at my process for the paintings featured in the summer issue of Betty Magazine! Hop on over to their site to see all of the progress photos and read the article

(Emma Deer   in progress)

This Pretty in Pink series is one of my favorites!! It'll be hard for me to part with them..

(Olivia Otter   sketch)

The actual magazine article will be posted shortly.
Prints and originals becoming available in the near future as well. 

In short:  
I'm in love with life on this beautiful, seemingly-ordinary Thursday!