Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas cookies on the food network blog

Thanks to "They Draw and Cook"... I was featured on Food Network's Blog!!
Link above.
I illustrated this Christmas cookie recipe that was featured.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Sunny Holiday

I did this painting of of a dog named sunny. He is a rescue dog belonging to Ally, a manager at the Anthropologie store where I work. I think Ally has wanted me to do a painting of sun since she first found out I was a painter. What a cute pup to paint! He is going to appear on some Xmas cards this year. This painting is a gouache and acrylic 8x11.

Friday, December 10, 2010

The Holiday Llama

New llama! A festive llama with holly. Painted in gouache on watercolor paper.

Thursday, December 9, 2010


Starting to think holidays. This looks lovely as a print. It was done in gouache and digital color.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Holiday card, Drawn in microns and gouache paint with digital color.


Monday, November 22, 2010

Words of Birds

For something different, I did some practice of my hand drawn texts. They are all names of birds. I like the way these words look as a repeating pattern. There is a little image of this below.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Raccoon and Fox

Raccoon and Fox toasting marshmallows on a burning fire.

Gouache and acrylic on watercolor paper

Monday, November 1, 2010


The brown bear spent much time practicing music on the piano.

Gouache and acrylic on watercolor paper

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Many things Halloween

Happy Halloween ... almost. This was a micron pen and gouache drawing I did to be a festive card. I added digital color to parts of it. I love drawing holiday stuff!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sketch Series
Portraits of Mountain peoples-some new sketches I did.
You can see the whole series, just click the link above.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Postcards for Anthropologie kids event

These ghosts and the spooky llama were used for postcards to a children’s pumpkin painting event at the Anthropologie store in PA where I work. For me, its too cool to see my Illustration work representing our Anthropologie store in this small way.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Spooky Llama

A spooky Llama with a mask, holding a basket of pumpkins. Painted in gouache.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Just a quick little gouache illustration. I realized that the water skier’s one ski isn’t really in the water but I feel this is what it would look like if I was trying to water ski.

Monday, September 27, 2010


brown sailor bear pulling old-fashioned toy boat.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Sun Flowers

My most recent painting of figures. Gouache and acrylic on watercolor paper. I’m happy with how vibrant this piece turned out. I wanted the background to look more painterly so I layered down different yellows and oranges of gouache paint. Originally I did not have the blue sky in this painting. The top was just additional yellow. It was a little to much yellow in the piece, so I covered it in blue sky. The sky complemented the yellow and orange well. Two small clouds I added to make it more sky-like. I hope to get a few more paintings underway soon. Maybe so fall inspired things.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Birthday Cards

Birthday train

Birthday balloon

Many jazzy birthday presents

Here are a few birthday cards I did for a greeting card portfolio I have been working on.
The first two are for little kids, and then I did one more for adults.
I did these in gouache and digital color. All have hand drawn types.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Willow Tree

One more summer time painting .
Gouache and Acrylic on watercolor paper 9x13

Friday, August 27, 2010


full view and close up

Illustration of a children’s fable. In the story the turnip is immovable until everyone lends a hand. Gouache and Acrylic on watercolor paper 9.5 x 13.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Up to the atmosphere…a dog and cat fly kites.
Posted for IF “atmosphere”
Gouache and acrylic painting on watercolor paper.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Colorful Moths

I painted a pattern of colorful moths for a greeting card. The colorful moths I painted in gouache. The only moth I really used reference for was the big green one in the middle, this is a Luna moth. The other moths I just kind of made up. I used reference for their shapes but not for their colors and spots/designs. I doubt there is such a blue moth like the ones I made up. I hope my moths read as moths and not butterflies and that image isn’t thrown off by the colors. I chose to paint moths over butterflies because moths have those little feather-like antennas. So cute! The colorless line drawing was the finished sketch for the painting. I did this in microns. I didn’t realize at first how much I like this image. I think the pattern in just lines looks nice. It might work as a separate piece. Though I do like the colorful painting a bit more.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Star Gazing

Posted for Illustration Friday’s “Star Gazing”
A quick acrylic and gouache painting I did this morning. The colors of the animals I kept muted. To me the muted colors allows the animals appear to be in a dark setting, which they are. My star gazers are a lion, a raccoon, and a few stripy dogs.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Chocolate Crepe recipe

“They Draw and Cook” is a wonderful blog I discovered. One of my favs! This blog is updated daily with delicious recipes and beautiful illustrations. I recently submitted my favorite recipe. Check it out :) Chocolate Crepe! Num Num Num!
^ ^ ^Awesome blog! They Draw and Cook
^ ^ ^ My Recipe

Monday, August 2, 2010


Full view above and a close up view below

A pattern of robots and boops and beeps. This was done with paint, microns and digital color. Posted for Illustration Friday's theme , “Artificial ". Beep Boop Beep.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

In a creek

A quick painting of a couple in a creek. Outlining the shapes in my paintings for me is the most enjoyable part of painting. I get to use a liner brush - (these brushes last forever! I love them.) Also I do the outlines last so my painting comes together once their done. This painting was wonderful practice and I’m happy with how it turned out. For this one I like it being simple.

Monday, July 19, 2010


My owl was published along side an article in SCBWI's Bulletin for July. Yay I love that my hoot is going to be seen by so many writers and artists.


The original painting is 9x13 done in gouache and acrylic on watercolor paper.
I was asked by a friend to do a more whimsical painting with people. Several years ago while in school I painted mostly whimsical things. I remember once I painted a dragon with a picnic table tied to his back for picnickers. I feel my work grew away from being this whimsical over the last couple years; I would like to bring it back into my work. Just a little bit. While working on this painting I listened to the sound track to The Darjeeling Limited the Wes Anderson movie that takes place in India. Some inspiring music for a painting featuring an Indian tiger. I’m debating going back and re-painting the tigers eye. His eye is a little different from eyes I usually paint - (Just ovals…Hehe) but part of me likes the fact that it’s a little different.

Friday, July 16, 2010

A fox and a kite

The other day I did this painting in Gouache and acrylic. I was looking through some old sketches while cleaning my studio space. One sketch I put aside was of a fox flying a kite. After cleaning I decided to paint (mess up what I had just cleaned). This painting has similar colors and design of a smaller painting I did a few months back. The painting was of a bear and cat in a red wagon (It is on my web page as well as my ETSY site).It had the same grassy lines as well as the sandy color background. I like this design very much and I would like to start a series of illustrations much like this one.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

cat roll

This is just a sketch I did in pencil then went over the lines with black gouache.
Have you ever seen a cat flop down and roll about? My cats do this all the time.
So I thought i would do a sketch of a happy cat rolling.