Friday, October 21, 2016

Sculpey Pirate Parrots

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I'm at the Mid-Atlantic SCBWI meeting and had two illustrator intensives. In one of them, we learned how to make little 3D sculptures of our characters so that we can use them as reference models for our illustrations. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Kina Sets Out

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A new illustration, part of my polar bear series.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Saturday Soup Assignment

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Prepping for an illustrator intensive at the MidAtlantic SCBWI conference on Friday. We were assigned to illustrate the beginning of a story, Saturday Soup.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Big Brother

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Working on an illustration assignment for an intensive workshop coming up at the Midatlantic SCBWI conference.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Apple pie weather

It's finally cooling down, so time for apple pie and other baked goodies. I'm featured today on Vivian Kirkfield's blog, Will Write for Cookies, where I share my banana chocolate chip muffin recipe.  

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Library Bulletin Boards

Working on the library's bulletin boards, prepping for author visits by Roland Smith and Jerry Pallotta.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Once Upon a Future Time

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Working on this portfolio piece. Still need to perfect the city part. Goes with my polar bear piece.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Warm up Sketch - Playing with Brushes

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I get so used to using the same brushes that I forget I have fun ones like these splatter brushes. So I'm going to do a daily warm up sketch to play with different brushes.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Monday, September 12, 2016

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Summer Roundup Blog Post

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There's something magical about an old times carnival, isn't there? Very Something Wicked This Way Comes. Read about my summer at my blog post, Summer Roundup: ALA Conference, Classes, More.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Tidewater SCBWI Flyer for Portfolio Review

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I enjoy making these flyers. And looking forward to this event with artist agent Christine Tugeau.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Hooray Penguin

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A Hooray for End of Summer! (Actually it's only a hooray because I will have time to work; otherwise, I will miss sleeping in and having fun with the girls).

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Teacup and napkin

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Working on an entry into an art contest. Playing with the background and other details.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Ocean Snippet

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Working on a small project that will be done by next week. Stay tuned.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Still Life

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Back to the basics. I met some friends for lunch yesterday and we did some drawing together.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The View from Inside Cataract Surgery

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I've been away from this blog for awhile, with no good excuse. But a couple of days ago, I did have an excuse -I had cataract surgery on my right eye. No, I'm not 82 like my dad, who got his cataracts done recently. My dr. blames it on either my extreme nearsightedness (a risk factor) or UV damage (I grew up in the tropics and never met a pair of sunglasses).

It was a bummer I needed it but, two good things came out of it: (1) I got a lens implanted that corrected my astigmatism so now my near vision with that eye is 20/30 and improving every day. and (2) the actual surgery inspired this sketch. This is the view I had during the lens insertion phase -- plump ridged marshmallows placed against a glowing magenta field. (OK, maybe I was tripping a bit from the light sedation, but really, this is what I saw). My husband suggested that maybe I should write a picture book for the elderly, SO YOU'RE GOING IN FOR CATARACT SURGERY.

What do you think?

Thursday, May 19, 2016

#TBT Throwing it Way Back

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Going through some old journals from junior high/high school and found this from 1984. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Pirate Parrot Dummy Excerpt

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Working hard to get my revised dummy done by tonight or tomorrow for a weekend conference.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Turtle Excluder Device - Snippet of Graphic

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This is a part of a graphic I am making about TEDs (Turtle Excluder Devices) for Oceana.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Cat Nap #329 (or something like that)

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A quick sketch of Apollo from a couple of days ago. He likes to nap on my Wacom tablet so it's hard to do digital art so I used a pencil instead.

And the release begins: Day 1 of the blog tour for A MORNING WITH GRANDPA is at Kidlit411.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Apollo Naps Post-Surgery

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It's been awhile since I doodle Apollo napping, and now he's a big boy cat. Yesterday he got neutered which wasn't fun for him, but he seems none the worse for the wear today.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Thursday, April 7, 2016

kraken painting

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Nothing like a deadline (tomorrow) to get some paintings done - for this year's art show.  Deciding between above frame or below frame:

Here is a scanned version

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Tidewater SCBWI Flyer for Kim Norman

I've been busy creating things but haven't had time to post them here. This one is a quick flyer I put together using the cool site, It's drag and drop easy.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

A Book Trailer

This week I've been working on a book trailer for A MORNING WITH GRANDPA, with Christina Forshay's help. It's been a fun experience. Stay tuned for the results soon.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Fox-Girl Chibi

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My daughter has a book on drawing Chibi (Japanese manga characters that are young and cute), so I tried this one.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Collage Stage 1

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Working on something new- going to build up a collage and then paint over it. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Collage Artist

I'm working on a collage for the annual art show that I exhibit in, and Apollo has decided that this is how he gets my attention.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Tidewater SCBWI Flyer

Coming back from a week away with the family, here's a very basic flyer that I put together for our Tidewater area SCBWI workshop in a couple of weeks.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

My Book in the Public Library

Excitement! My book is on order at the Virginia Beach Public Library, and it has 2 holds on it already.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Marketing Page for A Morning with Grandpa

I put together this one-page marketing flyer for A Morning with Grandpa, to help Lee & Low's marketing department (they normally do this but I needed to have one done quickly). This is still a draft--the final may be slightly different.

Also, I got a great review from Kirkus today

Monday, February 29, 2016

Polar Bears in the City

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I finally did this piece, based on a sketch I did awhile ago, based on a dream I had. It's going to be part of a series of illustrations about nature overtaking manmade things.

This was the original sketch I did:

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