October 16, 2014

Four & Twenty Blackbirds Baked in a Birthday Pie

October is one of my favorite words, I just love the way it sounds. It is also my favorite time of year. And every October, I get to celebrate my birthday. I feel so blessed to be born in my favorite month!

This year I requested a cherry pie.

accompanied by fish & chips..

Along with four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie to celebrate my 24th year!

Sing a song of sixpence,
A pocket full of rye
Four and Twenty Blackbirds,
Baked in a pie.
When the pie was opened,
The birds began to sing;
Wasn't that a dainty dish,
To set before the king?

Happy October to all of you!

October 8, 2014

Kris Kringle

Kris Kringle   8"x10"  Acrylic on paper

Here's my version of old Kris Kringle himself. A right jolly old elf. He's ready to spread Christmas cheer, and dust your chimneys out in the process!

Here's the 2014 Christmas card set together.

I have three new cards this holiday season. They'll be available by the end-of-October-first-of-November.

Until then, the Kris Kringle & Bear Claus originals are for sale and prints also.
For me the Christmas countdown has begun!

October 7, 2014

Bear Claus

Bear Claus   8"x10"  Acrylic on paper

Say hello to Santa's bear, he lives with him in the North Pole! He has quite a sweet tooth. I think Santa may have put a candy cane in his mitten.

This fella is part of a Christmas card set! Oh Mr. Postman, please hurry with my greeting cards. 
I can't wait to send these off to my own friends & family.

Happy Tuesday!

October 6, 2014

O Tannenbaum

O Tannenbaum   14"x11"  Acrylic on paper

This illustrator has been hearing silver bells, and listening to classic carol-crooning, these past weeks. The halls of my heart have been decked with boughs of holly & jolly.  

This merry bunch is the epitome of holiday larks.
Here is the 2014 Christmas Illustration, now available as a print while the greeting cards find their way from the printers to my doorstep. By the first of November, O Tannenbaum holiday note cards will be stocked in the shop!! 

Hope this puts a bit of Fa-la-la-la-la in your step today!

October 2, 2014

Delusions of Grandeur

Teddy Roosevelt Bear & Napoleon Musk Oxen   both 8"x10"  Acrylic on paper

I wrote a little poem for the set titled Delusions of Grandeur. The poem and paintings appear in the new issue of Old Tat Magazine, a print magazine out of the United Kingdom.

Delusions of Grandeur
a poem written and illustrated by Gretchen Ellen Powers

Roosevelt was skeptical
And Bonaparte was sure,
That neither he nor Teddy 
Had had quite such hair before.

And wouldn't for our lessons
Make a more intriguing pair,
If Napoleon were an oxen
And old Roosevelt a bear?

Napoleon Musk Oxen

Napoleon Musk Oxen   8"x10"  Acrylic on paper

Napoleon Bonaparte's famous hat reminded me quite a bit of the horns on a musk oxen.

His hoof tucked into his unbuttoned shirt, is also capturing a recognizable trait of his.
I'm titling this set, "Delusions of Grandeur".

Perhaps worth noting:
I just may have written a little poem to accompany them. Come read it here later today!

September 30, 2014

Teddy Roosevelt Bear

Teddy Roosevelt Bear   8"x10"  Acrylic on paper

Taking historical figures, and turning them into animals.
This is President Theodore Roosevelt, appearing as a brown bear.

A second to come soon!


This has been hard for me to write, but I lost a dear friend this past week. My big, happy yellow dog Emma has passed away.

This is my favorite photo of Emma & I. 
And that's all I have to say about that.

I love you Emma.

September 24, 2014


Look what I went out and bought at Barnes & Noble this week:
I have three illustrations appearing in this issue!

You can grab your own copy of Babiekins at many locations and bookstores! 

Happy Wednesday little rabbits!

September 20, 2014

In My Hart of Hearts

In My Hart of Hearts   8"x10"  Acrylic on paper

Something I did for the music magazine, The Girls Are, illustrating the song "Maps" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. This gentlemen deer is my interpretation of the song lyrics. I'll be letting you peek into the print magazine shortly.

His clothing and title were inspired by a little quote from the pen of great literary icon, Will Shakespeare. It just seemed fitting as "Hart" is an old world term for a male deer or stag.

"Show me the person who's master of his emotions, and I'll put him close to my heart—in my heart of hearts—as I do you."  
-William Shakespeare, Hamlet