Saturday, October 31, 2009

When Pigs Fly makes it to a Treasury!

Oh what fun!!! this is the first time one of my stamps from my Stamped Collection made it to a treasury!!! what fun...these piggies are so cute!!!
Have a wonderful Halloween!!!
Pop back tomorrow for some photos of our night!!!

Happy Halloween!!!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Illustration Friday - Skinny

Hi Everyone....I don't think you can get any skinnier than Harold....he is so skinny...he passed skin and bones and now is just bones and bones....

Have a wonderful Friday !!!


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Inspire me Thursday

This week’s art task is to create a piece of art using the Mademoiselle Caroline Rivière image available for download here. so I did an ink sketch and watercolour for my version ...and added some Halloween inspired flare....Pop by the site to see the real painting and how people interpreted it with their heading to Inspire me Thursday!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Three Muses - Fowl Play

Hi Everyone...I made a new piece this week for the "Three Muses Challenge" ...I couldn't help it....since I had the wrong challenge last week...This is my special chicken Molly...she is ready for a night filled with fowl play!

hope you also pop by my last blog post so you can hear about my great news!!!

Have a wonderful day!!!


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

It's HERE!!! my latest book is now available....

Cole loves my new book and I love that he wants me to read it to him every day! He sure is my biggest fan....

Hi Everyone!!! I am so latest book is now available and I am thrilled with the way it turned out....It is the first book where I marry my writing with my illustrations. It is a wonderful story that I want to share with you all. I hope that this will become a family favorite.

Remember what it was like when you got to plant your first seeds? This year is the first year that this little boy gets to plant sunflower seeds in his Mom's garden. The book takes you on a journey as he learns to appreciate the things that really didn't seem like gifts and also teaches that hard work and patience can really pay off in the end. This is a wonderful read with children and can help children understand that everything has a special purpose in life. It may also inspire you and your family to spend some quality time together taking care of a garden. There are so many gifts around us and sometimes we just need to take a moment to be reminded of these wonderful gifts. And learning to be grateful for them can change our lives forever.

If you want to pick up a copy of this book you can head here to learn more or click on the photos above....

Have a wonderful night...I am off to finish my next book....


Monday, October 26, 2009

Mixed Media Monday - Marvellous Moustaches - The show must go on!

Hi the Chanterelle triplets....they were trying to make in on Broadway and would take every opportunity they when the Marvellous Moustaches show came to town they all auditioned and got the leading roles...they hated the moustaches...but they were getting so popular all because of the facial hair in this wonderful Broadway hit...they made the front of all the major papers and this made it all worth it in the end!!! Perhaps their next big roles would be "sans" the facial hair!!!

Happy Monday Everyone!!!

This is a little fun piece I made for MMM this week!!!


Friday, October 23, 2009

Illustration Friday - fast

Hi Everyone....I was really drawing a blank this morning with the prompt on Illustration Friday...but then I sat down and this is what I drew....

Sammy was one of the fastest turtles around....but no one could beat the speed of Harry the Bunny...he was so fast you could barely see him hop on by.....

Hope you have a wonderful Friday!!! and fantastic weekend!


Thursday, October 22, 2009

An Award for all of you...

Hi Everyone....

My wonderful friend Cynthia DiBlasi sent me this lovely award. She is always so thoughtful and sweet.... and please pop by her blog!!! I know you will find wonderful posts that will inspire you....

Thank you so much Cynthia for thinking of me....and now I would like to share this award with all of my wonderful blog friends.....I am grateful for all of you and thankful that you come by to visit me each and every day. Your kindness and comments always brighten my thank you all ...each and every one of you...and please accept this all inspire me and you all help us grow each and every day.....

Thank you....!!!


The rules upon accepting this award:

1.) Only one rule. Pass this award along to someone who motivated you, inspired you or enriched your artistic life with their creative gift. If you feel so inclined, you can create a short list of the things you love, your favorite muse, or your favorite childhood memories. The most important thing though is to award someone who has made your life better.

A custom watercolour for a special couple!

Hi Everyone....This wonderful couple received their special Anniversary painting so I thought I would share it with you.....I have so many things on the go these days and it's only going to get busier and more fun with the holiday season approaching!!!
Happy Thursday!


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

My "Three Muses" submission and I have extended my art stamp line to an Etsy Shop!

Hi Everyone....

The theme on Three Muses this week is Cockadoodle Cluck and I made my little hens all ready for their own Halloween night....they are planning a big party and all the hens are talking about it!!! I hope you enjoy them....

I also was debating on whether or not to open up a new Etsy Shop for my stamps...I sell these locally and they are a huge hit so I thought a while and then decided to open up a new shop ....

The shop is called "Stamped" and will have new releases of my stamp line every few weeks....I hope you enjoy these detailed pieces that will make the cutest cards, scrapbooks, and wrapping paper.....I also want to send out a note to let all the people that use my stamps send me photos of their projects....Every project you send in .....places your name in a Monthly Stamp Giveaway...where I will ship you some new fun art stamps to keep creating with!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!!!


p.s. Oops....I created a piece as inspired by next week's prompt and not this week...oops!!! so since I made a mistake I would also like to offer someone a free stamp from my new line of stamps......check out my stamp on the post....and pick out your favorite one and leave it in your comment...I will do a draw next week and pick a name to get the stamp of their choice!!!

See I guess making mistakes can turn out to be fun!!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

140 hours of fame - taking art auctions to a whole new level...

Hi Everyone...This is my finished piece from a series I started in wood and pyrography work titled "Transformation" are the first people to check it out...
I am so excited to be participating in a historical event at Galerie St. George in Staten Island, New York with this one of a kind piece!!!

This is a rare opportunity for someone to own my first wood and pyrography piece....The event is called “140 hours of Fame” an on-line art auction hosted toatlly via social networking....

Galerie St. George announced its “140 Hours of Fame®”, a unique online art auction designed to introduce emerging artists to a global marketplace. The auction will begin on 5 November 2009 at 12:01 p.m. EST and last 140 hours, through 11 November 2009 at 8:01 p.m. EST.
The 140-hour auction will take place entirely on the world wide web. The gallery has designed an auction system allowing TWITTER® users worldwide to enter their bids online.
Gary Brant, Director, explained, “With the huge popularity of TWITTER®, we wanted to reach out directly to this group of highly sophisticated users. This event will give our participating artists an opportunity to be seen by art buyers and collectors alerted to the event through the power of social networking.”

To check out my piece for the can head over to this link

to bid on the art...all you have to do is follow @140hours on twitter...

launches November 5th 2009
So mark you calendars!!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Mixed Media Monday - Theme "mothers and daughters"

Hi Everyone...Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! The theme this week on Mixed Media Monday is "Mothers and Daughters" and I created this Mother Daughter team....
My Mom is my best friend in the world and I spend as much time as I can with her....she is wonderful and I can only hope that I am like her with our children....
I also hope to have a daughter one day....
Happy Monday!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Illustration Friday "Frozen"

HI Everyone....with Halloween around the corner and only a few weeks to create more fun Halloween art I immediately thought of these cones for this week's theme on IF...Frozen.....

Have a wonderful Friday !!!!


all of a sudden I am craving a pumpkin blizzard.....

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Three Muses Challenge - Theme "Hair"

Hi Everyone!!!

The theme this week on Three Muses is "Hair" and I had to do some big hair!!! I hope you enjoy Madeline's large head of hair and her wonderful hair accessories.....

I think they are tres bien!

Happy Wednesday everyone!!!


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Crazy Amigo Challenge - Buttons and Knots....

Hi Everyone...if you know me you know I still have my very first raggedy anne doll....she now lives in my studio and watches as I create some new pieces.....I also have my very first pair of walking shoes....these are on my desk in the studio with my raggedy anne doll........they are a constant reminder of how far I have come and how far I must go in the future.....

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and my Mom made a wonderful feast I managed to take one shot before I started to enjoy!!!
Happy Tuesday!!!!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Breast Cancer Awareness Month - My Mixed Media "Guardian Angel" for MMM this week...theme "Pink"

Hi Everyone...October is Breast Cancer Awareness month...and I created this special Guardian Angel to look after all of you and your family and friends....Please take care of each other ...every little bit helps and the support you can give a friend may make all the difference in the world....

Sending prayers to everyone affected by this disease....

I was inspired to create this piece from a prompt on Mixed Media Monday....the theme is pink for this week ....

We our off to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends and I wish you all a wonderful long weekend.....

Friday, October 9, 2009

Illustration Friday - "Flying" Meet Scary....his one dream is to be flying with the birds....and Happy Thanksgiving to all ....

Hi Everyone....

This weekend is Thanksgiving here in I wish you all a most wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving....may you all take some time to think about your lives and be grateful.....

The theme on IF this week is "Flying" and I created "Scary" the Scarecrow....he always dreamed about flying one day....and the birds loved to sing for him and always flew by to say hello...he wasn't very scary...he was a Happy Scarecrow who loved when the birds would visit.....

Have a wonderful weekend!!!


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

A new group....and my process for creating....This piece is for the "Three Muses" Challenge this week....theme..."numerology"

Hi Everyone....

I have been so busy with all kinds of projects lately but when you love to draw you take a few minutes each and every day to do something just for this week...I joined a new group of illustrators on Facebook called Illustrator's Workshop ...they have a group where they share tips and detail their processes for I thought I would take a moment today to create for the "Three Muses" challenge blog and document my steps for this here it is....

I start with a pencil rough of my idea....and once I am happy with the concept...I move on to working with ink...I then finish all the details in ink and scan the piece so I can get it ready for some fun in Photoshop....I then create layers to keep adding textures and colours to the piece and this can go on and on....I will talk more about Photoshop in the months to come...I love Adobe products and I use the entire master suite...

This process is very simple....but I am a tactile person and my drawing is always pen to just feels right....I do also use a wacom tablet for modifications and changes on-line but I still start each and every illustration project with my sketchbook!!!

Have a wonderful day !!!


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Busy busy busy!!! I am starting a new business...and I am so excited....

Hi Everyone...Tuesday's post a bit late.......but better late than never....I have been busy working on a 2 new business ventures....I am starting a stamping company and will be manufacturing art stamps!!! what fun....the second venture is on hold till I get some patents out on the product....but I am very excited about this too....I will visit you as I get a chance....and catch up with all of my wonderful blog friends....thanks for being so supportive and for the inspiration I need to keep dreaming big!!!


Monday, October 5, 2009

Mixed Media Monday - Maps - you know I had to pick Paris for this one....

Hi Everyone...

This week I am featuring my wonderful witch from Paris...she is always making up spells...but never anything negative....her specialty is Love Potions.....Her dress is made with a map of Paris....I hope you love her and I hope she casts a spell on you!! This week on MMM the theme is "Maps" and you know I will always go for something from France...

Voici ma sorcière spéciale de Veille de la toussaint de Paris. Elle se spécialise dans des breuvages magiques d'amour. Au revoir et lundi heureux !

Happy Monday!!!


Friday, October 2, 2009

Illustration Friday - "germs"

Hi Everyone....I just finished a fall promo for some huge postcards that will be heading out to clients....and the theme for it was the fall and all the fun Fall Fairs....We have been attending some local fairs and we got some germs from it and ended up getting for me as soon as I saw the prompt I thought of the last Fair we attended and the germs we picked up there...

You have to love this time of year and it wouldn't be the same without some fun times at the Fair....

Happy Friday !!!

p.s. don't forget to enter my giveaway for a custom watercolour....

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