Monday, March 28, 2011

Monday Morning Men

Now the question is, are they running to work, or away from work? This is a doodle from my sketchbook.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Workout Miss

Every spring I make the same horrible discovery - I CAN'T FIT INTO MY CLOTHES! Every spring I say, "How did this happen?" I'm sure my clothes shrank from too many washings over the winter (roll the eyes), but I guess it wouldn't hurt to ramp up the exercise regime.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Paper Dolls

I loved paper dolls as a kid, so it was really fun to do a grown up version while creating concepts in an ad agency. The art director needed different outfits to present to his client, and this was the barbecue outfit. The final version, which I don't have, was in full color.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Sketches for the Retro Fair

Here's a sketchbook page for another fabric pattern. The theme was that of a country fair with the roller coaster, big slides, cotton candy, fortune teller and "Guess your Weight" scale. Sometimes the sketches have a loose lively look to them that compensates for the lack of color.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Farmer's Breakfast Print

This was a fun novelty pattern to make for fabric, entitled "Farmer's Breakfast". I don't know what I like painting more, animals or food. Both are so comforting!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Retro Gloves & Purse

Why wait until you are crowned Queen of Everything to to put on your long white gloves? You will need them to carry around your cute little beaded purse when you go to pick up your dog from the groomers, etc.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Illustration Friday - "Stir"

Oh, those 50's ladies, they could bake a cake in pearls and high heels!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

50's Fashionista - Mop Girl

Yes, home-owning is an endless round of chores, but nowadays it's a lot easier to mop a floor without wearing high heels! This illustration is available as a card - come visit my Etsy Shop!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

50's Fashionista - Jello Girl

There's always room for JELL-O. Some things never change...

This illustration is available as a card - come visit my Etsy Shop!

Monday, March 7, 2011

50's Fashionista - Dusting Girl

Joan Rivers once said, "I hate housework. You make the beds, you do the dishes and six months later you have to start all over again." This Fashionista looks like she is thinking the same thing!

This illustration is available as a card - come visit my Etsy Shop!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

50's Fashionista - Pie Girl

I've been expanding my Fashionista line, thinking these retro ladies would look great on cards as well as prints. Here is Miss Pie Lover, the first of my new creations. I'll be listing them soon in my Etsy Shop.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011




I met an angel at a dinner party last week, and she was trying to pretend she was just a normal human being. But I could tell she was special, especially when she got to the part in her story about the seven dogs sleeping on her bed at home while we were having this lively dinner conversation. It turns out that St. Cheryl is a volunteer for Second Chance, an animal rescue organization here in Minneapolis. Second Chance was recognized by City Pages Magazine as the Best 2010 Charity (you can read the article here). Cheryl, like other foster moms, provides a home for dogs who have been abandoned or rescued until they find their "forever home" through the organization.

This is a special cause for me, since I am an animal lover, and now that the economy has forced so many people into tight situations, their pets are suffering, too, being abandoned or put up for adoption. The equally sad situation is that due to budget cuts, many shelters are closing their doors, and the need for private home foster care is so desperately needed.

Alfie and Sidney, above, need a home. You need a dog or cat. Who can't benefit from a little unconditional love and a nice warm hairy greeting committee when you walk in the door? So check out the list of adorable little creatures who need homes on SECOND CHANCE's website.

The next adoption date is March 12th - go for a visit and take your friends! - It will be the Petco in Roseville between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more information, see the website.

I adopted my Suzi years ago and you can see what a difference a little TLC can make with the following photos - her face went from worry lines to snotty confidence. Her TLC made a big difference in my face too, but that's another story:


Several months later

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Ice Skater

Ice skating always looks like so much fun, until I get on the ice and realize that my brain and my feet have lost communication! This is another illustration for Pretty Girl Designs.