Wednesday, November 18, 2015

These illustrations were created by moi but carefully hand glittered by Darcy of Pretty Girl Designs for her Etsy shop. This was years ago, so you won't find them currently posted in her shop, but you will find lots of other lovely stationery items. Check it out! PrettyGirlDesigns.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Tiki Time

It's raining today. It rained yesterday, and it's supposed to rain tomorrow and then the white stuff arrives. Time to head for the islands! It's Tiki Time! Where's my ticket, I'm ready to go!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

More Poppy Sketches

I'd love to fly to Paris for a cup of hot chocolate, especially if I could do it with the help of a hat instead of a plane trip! Here are a couple more sketches-to-finish illustrations of Poppy and Her Magic Hat.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Poppy sketches

Here are a few pages from Poppy and Her Magic Hat, along with the preliminary sketch that preceded each final illustration. It's always interesting to see the progression of an artist's work, from the concept to the final. Sometimes there is very little difference, but sometimes the transformation can be significant! In order to prevent revisions after the artwork was in the final stage, I was very careful to keep the preliminary sketches as detailed as possible so that the editor would have a good idea of what the final versions would look like.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Poppy and Her Magic Hat

It's finally out, my first published coloring book! It was fun to write, and even more fun to illustrate. Poppy discovers a very special hat that gives her the ability to fly. She embarks upon a series of adventures, sailing in and out of the neighborhood library and corner grocery store before flying through New York City. From the top of the Statue of Liberty she sees the Eiffel Tower, so she flies to Paris for tea with new friends. What child wouldn't like to fly anywhere their imagination could take them? Tomorrow I'll post some of the preliminary and final inked pages. In the meantime, if you are so inclined, you can order a copy for your special little friend from the publisher Dover Publications or through

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Inky Sketch

I have finally put away my snow pants and sled. I don't ever want to see them again! It takes forever for summer to come to Minnesota, but when it does, it is splendid!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Inks and Watercolor and Collage

As I'm sorting through files I discovered some sketches done for previous assignments. It's fun to travel back in time to when I was using different mediums.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Canada Lynx

I took out my artistic license here, with my imaginary cookie-cutter tract homes in Montana.  As civilization consumes his habitat, the lovely lynx is contemplating a long downward dive. From my "Numbered Days" series of oil paintings.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Long-eared Owl

This curious fellow is another from my "Endangered Species" series.

Long-eared owls are more nocturnal than any other North American owl species. When disturbed, he will raise his ear tufts, compress his feathers tightly against his body and freeze, mimicking tree bark or a broken limb. Should he decide to fly the coop, he will take off with his ear tufts flattened against his head. But of course I will never see this, as I will be fast asleep.

Oil on canvas, 40" x 30"

Saturday, January 24, 2015

It's Always Darkest Before

.....spring! I do think it's coming! I smelled it in the air when I opened the back door, and somewhere a bird sang a few notes. I know I shouldn't even declare such news, I'm sure to put a jinx on the whole affair. It's only mid-Janury after all. I'm off to the studio. Eventually I'll post some artwork, but for now my eyes are glued to the sky.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Reflections of a New Day

The theater of sunrise continues in my little backyard. Early this morning I opened the back door to let Suzi out, and I loved seeing the neighbor's house reflecting the sky, and the glowing green of the fence posts. What a great way to start my day!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Frosty Sunrise

The holidays are over. Hallelujah! Let the New Year begin! I'm so ready for it. I'm not so ready for this dreadful cold winter, though. This morning's sunrise was a brief treat and a good way to start another cold morning. The temperature? Minus eleven, but with the windchill factor it feels like minus twenty-five degrees. That's a good 57 degrees below the freezing mark. Welcome to Minnesota. Come for the culture, stay and your car won't start.