Thursday, December 13, 2007

Last weekend, I went to a needle felting workshop. It was easy and incredibly satisfying. I have added a little something to the mitten, and made two bears, too. Photos don't do the bears justice. Edie dressed the gray bear in clothes she took from her other animals, but I made the white bear's Christmas skirt.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

I am trying to figure out little Christmas presents. This is my first attempt.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

The past few weeks, our cat Althea's health has gone downhill fast. She died peacefully yesterday afternoon. She had a good long life- 17 1/2 years. I drew this picture right before we took her in to the vet's office. She will be missed.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Meow! I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving.
Here's a little something I made with Edie. I highly recommend the book Softies by Therese Laskey. It has 25 easy projects, but this simple cat I made on my own.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Here's this week's roster of interviews. Check them out!

Monday, October 29

Tuesday, October 30

Wednesday, October 31

Thursday, November 1

Friday, November 2

Saturday, November 3

Sunday, November 4

Thursday, October 25, 2007

A group of children's book enthusiasts/bloggers have put together something they're calling "blogging for the cure". Every day, an artist who participated in Robert's Snow is being featured on a different blog.
Check out some of the interviews. It's pretty cool to have a chance to hear from each artist. Here's this week's schedule:

Monday, October 22

Tuesday, October 23

Wednesday, October 24

Thursday, October 25

Friday, October 26

Saturday, October 27

Sunday, October 28

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

I realized when posting my blog address that I haven't posted art recently.
Here's something from one of my last projects. I am always happier getting readers with more space for art. It is almost impossible to create something interesting in a long narrow horizontal space.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Last night, Tom and I had the great pleasure of hearing his high school friend, musician Piers Faccini play at the Flynn Theater in Burlington. His music, a unique blend of celtic, west african and eastern influences, is amazing. Not to mention the fact that he is just a thouroughly nice guy. If the chance to hear him (touring with Ben Harper- also fantastic) comes along, be sure not to miss it. You can check out both his music AND his paintings(!!) at his website:
The snowflakes are now available for viewing at: Take a look! There are some great ones out there and all proceeds go to Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Unfortunately, this year's auction will be bitter-sweet, as Robert Mercer, for whom the project is named, succumbed to cancer in August.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Here's the backside of the snowflake. I have finished and am just about ready to pack it up and put it in the mail.

For the third year, I am participating in an online auction called Robert's Snow for Cancer's Cure. This is an online auction organized by children's book author/illustrator Grace Lin ( after her husband was diagnosed with cancer. The proceeds of this auction of beautifully illustrated snowflakes made by children's book illustrators go to Dana Farber Cancer Institute. You can find out more at:
This is the front of my snowflake.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Spring is here and we are raising chickens for their eggs. We have four adorable chicks. Believe it or not, you can order the chicks online and they arrive in the mail. I got a phone call from the post office at 6:45 am and went to pick them up right away. They were only two days old. We had split an order of chicks with two other families since there is a 25 chick minimum.
Here's a photo of Edie and the Black Australorp chick, and one of me with a chick roosting on my shoulder.

Monday, April 23, 2007

This is a thumbnail image for a promotional piece. The size will be about 1" square, which required me to strip all unnecessary detail.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

There's something so charming and interesting about the art of children. Edie who is four is interested in drawing animals and rainbows, while Thomas, who is six, is interested in things with engines and wheels. Here are a couple of examples of their art. Edie's is a quiet scene of ducks in a pond. Thomas' is accompanied by his invented spelling describing the scene as: The monster truck went off the jump.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

So, I have had a little free time and have gotten out the sewing machine. This is a dress I made for Edie's doll out of old fabric that my friend's mother had once intended to make into curtains.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Happy Spring!? Today is the 12th of April and it is snowing again! I am thinking ahead to warmer days and working on a May Day invitation for my friend. Though I do love snow, I hope it will all be gone by then. Here are a couple of gnomes that I came up with:

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Edie went to a party on Sunday where there was a face painter. Here she is modeling her dog face.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Today, Edie and I got to go visit my friend Tiny's baby goats, Luna and Prank. They were born at about breakfast time this morning. It is amazing to me that they can walk around and have a full coat of fur at birth. Thomas was bald until he was about one, I think.

Friday, March 30, 2007

I was sorting through all of the art that my kids bring home from school and I found this. It's just a doodle that I did at the end of the day when they were a little younger. Maybe a little glimpse of parenthood at the witching hour.

Friday, February 23, 2007

On my most recent project, I've decided to do something new with color. I discovered a way of working using only a warm and a cool shade of each primary color (6 colors total- cerulean blue and french ultramarine, etc...), supplemented by a couple of extra colors that aren't mixable.
Theoretically, mixing only the same temperature primaries together will produce clean bright secondary and tertiary colors. So far I have been able to mix just about every color that I have wanted and a black that has far more depth than anything I had previously used. I found the information on the Daniel Smith website:
Choose the learn tab, and you will find all kinds of useful information.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

The frustrations of planting a pumpkin.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Here's a recent sketch from a reader. Can you guess what the story might be?