Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Bunny Cupcakes for everyone...

Hi Everyone...

Happy Tuesday...I have been busy with a whole line of Spring inpsired pieces....Hope you enjoy these bunny cupcakes....zero calories....

Have a wonderful day....

hugs
Diana

Monday, March 30, 2009

Mixed Media Monday - "Come Fly with me..." and Crazy Amigos "Butterflies"




Hi Everyone....I just created a bunch of Butterfly samples....and then decided to make some of them into these pieces for Mixed Media Monday....the theme this week is "Come fly with me" and since Spring is here and summer is coming....I love to see all the Butterflies in my Garden....I can't wait to start gardening!!! and to my surprise Crazy Amigos theme this week is "Butterflies" I must be a psychic!!! hehehehe


Have a wonderful Monday!!!
Hugs
Diana

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Cole New Spaceship Tent - Minnie likes it too...hehehehe

Hi Everyone....I just had to share a photo of Cole and his best friend Minnie...as they play in his new Spaceship tent....this tent is amazing....he loves it and uses his imagination when playing with it....you have to love that!!!
Happy Sunday everyone...
Hugs
Diana

Friday, March 27, 2009

Illustration Friday - Poise

She was dignified and self-confident and it showed...She was the epitome of "poise"....
Have a wonderful Friday everyone...
Hugs
Diana

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Theme Thursday - Clowns

It's been ages since I drew a clown or two...this was so much fun!!! I hope they bring you a smile today....

Hugs
Diana



Wednesday, March 25, 2009

ATC Wednesday - Theme "Fly"





Hi Everyone...here are my submissions to ATC Wednesday....
May we all Fly with our dreams...

Hugs,

Diana

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

My Bee Project Print is featured in an Etsy Treasury...come show me some love


Hi Everyone...My "bees for a cause" print just made it to an Etsy Treasury!
Hugs
Diana

Crazy Amigos Challenge - Theme "Stripes"


Hi Everyone...I wanted to join in this week's challenge so I created a quick piece as inspired by stripes...
Have a wonderful Tuesday....
Hugs
Diana

Monday, March 23, 2009

Meet the talented Nathanael Lark....

Hi Everyone....

I just got back from an extended weekend break to find the "sweetest" gifts in the mail...Don't get me wrong...I love technology and e-mails and stuff...but there is nothing "sweeter" then getting snail mail...and when it comes from a very talented fellow artist and illustrator I am beside myself....



I was lucky enough to head over to Nathanael's blog to check out a submission he completed for Illustration Friday....the theme that week was "Intricate". Nathanael created the coolest piece with a little fun to boot...he had a contest on his blog....anyone that would figure out what the following equation was all about would be the winner of this original sketch....

I had to participate ....this brought back all those wonderful memories of me in one of my favorite classes...Physics!!! (yeah who knew that an artist would be interested in Physics....)

anyway...long story short I left Nathanael a comment on my take on this equation.....

Later that day he contacted me and told me that I won the contest!!!! can you imagine my excitement!!!
So I sent him my address and today I received these magical pieces of art that I will place in my studio....He even made me this special piece as an added bonus....how wonderful is that!!!


Nathanael's work is so much fun and he has a special way to engage his audience....He is a multi-talented artist and illustrator. You can check out his work on his website.....and please head over and say hello to him on his blog!!!
Have a wonderful night !!!
Hugs
Diana

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Cole and Mommy's latest book....

I think we will be reading this before bedtime atleast twice a week....ok ....make it three times...
Brad and I designed this special bookshelf for Cole for his first Christmas and we bought him every one of our favorite picture books....can you tell we love our stories....




Friday, March 20, 2009

Illustration Friday -"Subtract"

if you subtract the steak ...it would be boring...
if you subtract the shrimps ...it would be boring....
if you subtract anything ...it would be boring...so I am keeping them all!!!
ok...a big stretch this week...but come on...

Have a great week!!!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

ATC Wednesday and Theme Thursday - Shoes and the colour orange...


Hi Everyone....
I started out with this pink and green piece for ATC Wednesday then decided to play around with it...since Theme Thursday this week is "the colour orange"
So here are both of my pieces....
I am off for a shopping day!!!
Have a wonderful day....
Hugs
Diana

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Challenge Wednesday at Daily Art Stop - Transformation

Hi Everyone....I host a blog called "Daily Art Stop" and every Wednesday there is a weekly challenge with a theme....This week the theme is "Transformation" and I created this piece ....this piece will also be the inspiration for my latest series of art on wood...so pop back regularly to check out my progress.....

Have a wonderful day and always know that your visits always make my day!!!
Thanks for popping by....

Hugs
Diana

Monday, March 16, 2009

Mixed Media Monday - Spring colours

Whenever I think of Spring...I think of my favorite shades of pink, green and yellow....and blue and orange...oh yeah I love each and every one....This week on Mixed Media Monday...the theme is "Spring colours" and this little "Spring Chicken" cuppie is all ready for a sweet day...

Have a wonderful Monday!!


Hugs

Diana
Thanks to Candace...I was reminded to show these upside down cupcakes we make every Easter...We decorate them with the kids...they love them!!!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Cole's Latest Works of Art! I am running out of frames....






This morning he wanted to work with Blue and yellow....I love that he tells me what colours he want to use...so much fun to see him learn each and every day....


This is the purple and orange piece he worked on yesterday....
He uses a lot of water when he paints but when the pieces dry I am blown away....

Hi Everyone...I am so proud of Cole's fine paintings...he is doing a wonderful job...and I have framed all of his fine art pieces....he truly amazes me with his colour choices...

and all at 2 and a half years old....wonderful work son!!!
Hugs

Diana


Friday, March 13, 2009

Illustration Friday "Legendary" The Trojan cupcake...

Hi Everyone...the first thing I thought of when I heard "Legendary" was the Trojan horse...but you know I had to do my take on it...so here is the Trojan Cupcake...it didn't win any wars it only made peace where ever it went....

Cheers,
Diana

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Inspire Me Thursday - Swirl and Caardvarks "Critters"

Since I started my work on "Bees for a Cause" 2009 I have been using bees in many of my latest pieces...When I saw the prompt on IMT this week...I thought of bees and how they fly and swirl....Thanks for popping by ....and please pop by my Bees for a Cause Blog....

Theme Thursday - Flowers

Here is a mixed media dress bust I created...It is inspired by "Springtime in Paris" it is filled with wonderful torn papers, ink artwork, flowers, bees, the Eiffel Tower....It is just perfect for Spring!


Thanks for popping by...

Hugs

Diana

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Inspire Me Thursday "Bamboo" and Daily Art Stop's Challenge Wednesday....my lucky charm

Meet my bamboo lover....Timber....he loved living in the bamboo forest...where he would never go hungry!

Have a wonderful day....
Hugs
Diana

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Arty Girlz Challenge Blog - "Smile"

Hi Everyone...

My latest picture book is out and available....

I am so thrilled...you can read more about it here

This was a rough that I did when I was trying to get the characters figured out...so it was not one that we used but I thought it was perfect for the prompt "SMILE"

I hope you all have a day filled with smiles and new inspriations...

Hugs
Diana

Monday, March 9, 2009

It's here!!! my latest picture book "I Spy a Dragonfly"



I am so happy to say that my book with Author Carla Burke is now available!
you can pop by here to get a signed copy of it or see where it is available!!

Have a wonderful day!!!
Hugs
Diana

Mixed Media Monday - The Written Word - le mot écrit

hi Everyone...I have been so busy with wonderful Birthday celebrations for my Dad...so I had to create a collage of some of my art pieces for Mixed Media Monday this week....Every Spring all I think about is Paris...so it seemed like a fun way to enjoy this week's challenge....these are watercolours and inks and some fun in Photoshop....

Have a wonderful Monday!!!

Hugs
Diana

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Happy Birthday to My Dad!!! He is one of the greatest Dad's ever!!!

Hi Everyone...today is my Dad's Birthday!!! We will be celebrating and enjoying family time...he is one of the greatest Dad's ever...he is one of the big reason's I got into art and painted as a child...the inpsiration for why I paint with our son Cole...It meant the world to me when we used to create together...just me and my Dad!!! and I can only hope that I am as big a part in Cole's life as my Parents are in mine....we are all best friends and spend as much time as possible together....I am so grateful for each and every moment we share....I wish you could all meet my Dad...and my Mom...they would feed you and make you all kinds of treats....they are the sweetest people I know....
My Dad was also an avid Bee keeper...one of the reason's I started the Bees for a Cause initiative....I was inpsired by him....I can't wait to tell him that we managed to raise enough money in our first few days to purchase 2 hives, 2 boxes of bees and training for deserving families.....I also got him a special print to remember this cause...and baked him this cake ....I can't wait to bring it to the party!!!
Hugs Everyone....
Diana
P.S. i will post this recipe on Daily Art Stop's Foodie Monday post!!!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Meet the Author of my current picture books....

Hi Everyone...I would like you to meet Carla Burke....the author of "I spy a Dragonfly" which will be available within the week...and the current book we are working on....that will be out in the next few months.....

She just started a blog and it would be wonderful if you could pop by and say hello to her and welcome her to this wonderful blogging community....

Here is her website - http://www.carlaburke.org/
Here is her blog - http://carla-burke.blogspot.com/

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Hugs
Diana

Friday, March 6, 2009

Illustration Friday - Intricate

Molly loved being a paper doll...she knew no matter what dress she would get for the day...they would be intricate and fun to wear!!
My submission for illustration Friday this week....
Have a Magical Weekend!!!
Hugs
Diana

Thursday, March 5, 2009

More Creative Days with Cole...this is one of my favorites...

Hi Everyone....some of my favorite special moments are the ones where I get to create with our son Cole...he loves to paint and every day he tells me "Mommy, Cole wants to paint"....how could I say not now....with some of the wonderful work he has been putting out...I decided to get him some fine french watercolour paper and now he has full use of all my good watercolour paints....

He loves it when he gets to use Mommy's Paint....and I am so very proud of him.....The finished piece is framed below....














Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Please pop by and read my interview over at IndieNorth....


Hi Everyone...what a "Sweet Day"


Beth at IndieNorth did an interview with me....


Please pop by and show me some love!


Hugs


Diana

Daily Art Stop - Food

Hi Everyone...this week on Daily Art Stop the challenge is "Food" and I have so many things I love about food...this piece is a montage of some of my favorite treats....these were all pen and inks I did as part of the "Yummy sketch of the Day"

I also want to thank Marianne for being the first to help with the "Bees for a Cause" she bought the first print to help support a wonderful cause...please click here to read more about it....


Enjoy!!!
Hugs
Diana

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Help Me - Help People - Help You - I need your help!


Hi Everyone....


Each year I try to do a few projects to help the world in one small little way and this year I was inspired by bees. I located a charity called Heifer.....and what caught my eye was something that has been near and dear to me for many years....Bees....This group helps struggling families earn income through the sale of honey, beeswax and pollen. Beehives require almost no space and, once established, are inexpensive to maintain. As bees search for nectar, they pollinate plants. Placed strategically, beehives can as much as double some fruit and vegetable yields. In this way, a beehive can be a boost to a whole village.Although most Heifer partners keep bees as a supplement to family income, beekeeping can be a family's livelihood. Your gift can help Heifer provide a family with a package of bees, the box and hive, plus training in beekeeping - and this unique gift will be passed on to another family in need. This is a perfect way to help people that will also help the world....


I created a new blog to document this project and hope that you will help me spread the word and help make a difference. I created a special art piece and 10.00 dollars from the large print and 5.00 dollars from the smaller print goes to a fund that will help purchase bees for special families. Every $30 Raised purchases a package of bees, the box and hive, plus training in beekeeping....this not only helps make a family more self reliant it helps the overall population of bees throughout the world. With the collapse of many colonies all over the world this makes even more sense. My slogan for this campaign is "HELP ME - HELP PEOPLE - HELP YOU" as in the end I think we all win in a special way....


Buy a print

Please check out my blog - http://beesforacause.blogspot.com/
and please add this to your blog side bar...to help!!
Thank you from the heart!!!
hugs
Diana
 
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