Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Collecting Flowers

Here's a piece that I've been working on in a program called Painter.
Years ago I used it on a regular basis.  As my projects required more layers & a more universal software I eventually found my way to Photoshop.  I've missed all the textures & brush that Painter has to offer & I recently got the updated program.  (So crashing is less of an issue now- which is always a huge YAY!)  

Friday, September 1, 2017

See Ya Later Summer!

Labor day weekend is always a little bittersweet.
Summer is my favorite season but all good things come to an end.

Most of my summer check list has been completed:
  1. -eat lots of watermelon
  2. -add sprinkles to most things
  3. -play in the sun
  4. -keep the flowers alive
  5. -swim like a fish
  6. -gracefully let go of the season... (still working on this one)
*Now I'll start shopping for sweaters!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Toning it down.

I've been on a grey kick lately.  
This is unusual for me as I typically like to paint with 
a palette that looks like a rainbow.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

What's wrong with this picture?

Looking good in all the spots she should NOT be.
(P.S. Sophie's not allowed on the couch. I can sense her inner delight!)

Monday, August 21, 2017

Solar Eclipse

Did you see it?  The Solar Eclipse was at high visibility in Kansas City.  We joined my son's 4th grade class & watched from a baseball field.  The excitement & energy of kids added to the fun of this astrological phenomenon.   Until next time! (which is in 2024)

Friday, August 18, 2017

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017


Making my own candy shop!
Snipping & collaging sweets.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Happy Place

Me, doing my favorite things.
Cutting, painting & arranging color!

Friday, August 4, 2017


                                        My thought on a bright, sunny Friday.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Birthday Girl

Painted myself a little birthday picture complete with hibiscus from the garden.
*It's going to be a great year!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Monday, July 24, 2017

Toning it down.

Not my usual rainbow of color.  Starting a new project that will need
a different approach.  These were some quick studies.
I actually enjoyed painting with less color. (surprised me)
Ready to try some more!

Monday, July 17, 2017

My favorite part of summer?

Painting OUTSIDE!  Dries quicker, with a chance of hearing a bird song, or bee buzz by.
Plus, a little dose of vitamin D!

Calling this one Summer House.

Monday, July 10, 2017

It's On...

The forecast says hot, hot, hot all week.  Which inspired this camel caravan art.
I think I might be the rare exception- I actually really enjoy these bright, blazing days.  
(Although I do need some shady spots for a little relief & a fountain is nice too!)

Friday, June 23, 2017


I think if you bite into a rainbow it would probably taste like watermelon.
Just saying.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Eat fresh.

This is an image I illustrated for Who's in the Garden? a book I did
for Barefoot Books years ago.  It still makes me happy.  
I'm smitten with summertime.  The bright sun, the long days, the colorful flowers
and the gardens.  Full of surprises, flavors & possibilities.
Awww, summer!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day

Go ahead give him kiss!
A good dad is such a gift.

Monday, June 12, 2017


Pink, pink, coral a little sparkle & more PINK!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Fearless Female...

Happy Birthday Friday Kahlo!  
(June 6, 1907- July 13, 1954)

Monday, June 5, 2017

Ah, Summer....

I'm completely digging it!

Top piece is watered down gouache with cut paper letters.
Bottom-Summer peeps illustration is pen & watercolor.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Summer offerings...

compliments of my hibiscus tree!  Summer is definitely my favorite season.
I never know what new color I'll find around the next corner.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Surtex, done & dusted!

Me in my booth

A few of my buttons, I ended up designing 12 for a fun assortment to choose from.

A floral print giveaway for special clients.
Sometimes the booth got busy & I totally forgot about this.

Whew, I won't lie the amount of work that goes into preparing for Surtex is immense.  From updating your collection, being your own art director & editor, sending out some promotion, making banners, updating business cards, creating fun little branded giveaways & getting all that to New York-it's A LOT.  All that said it's always a great feeling of accomplishment once it's done & you're standing behind the booth.

I had a good show.  It's always important to me to stand behind my work & see what the response is like.  People will let you know what's working & what's not. (not always verbally, you can tell by body language or a look)  That keeps my eyes open & evolving which is essential as an artist.
Knowing and understanding your market is important.

I'm always blown away by how many super talented people there are in the industry and how kind and supportive most of them are.  We're all putting our hearts, dreams & days behind what we do.
And while it's not always easy it's a beautiful way to walk through life. (doing what you love)

Monday, May 15, 2017

Surtex 2017

This time next week I'll be in New York camped out in Surtex booth 3029.  Hopefully showing my work to many!  I'm thinking of my space there as my own little greenhouse overflowing with art.
Should be fun, I've have lots of new work to share from my standard kids & baby art to prints appropriate for any age.  Hope to see you there!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mommas & Babies

A very special bond.  Even if they refuse to pose normally for a picture!
Happy Mother's Day! 

Thursday, May 11, 2017


Late spring, early summer is my favorite time of year.  It's also one of my busiest.
Trying to take time to refresh, enjoy the sun, the flowers & YES the drinks! 
(*I'll take that pink tropical one please)

Friday, May 5, 2017

Animal Squares

I love animals.  Big, small, feathered or covered in fur I'm a fan.
Fierce or docile they find a way into my heart!
They're so uncomplicated. (I appreciate that)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Coral Skies

We've had a particularly grey April here.  Days of overcast, dull skies.  I've been daydreaming about a different colored sky.  Coral, perhaps!  

Friday, April 21, 2017

Spring Offerings

I feel better in my skin when the leaves return & the blooms begin.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Vivid Easter

Wishing you a very Happy Easter if this is a holiday you celebrate!
This image is inspired by the Lite-Brite toy I dearly loved as a child.  I'd make a glowing image every night before bed.  The vivid contrast was my favorite part.

*The lapsed Catholic in me can't stop painting bunnies this time of year.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

New Motto...

Works for me!
p.s. I think I'll be finding pink glitter all over for the next month. :)

Thursday, April 6, 2017


who are also mommas.
(Watercolor & a little love.)

Sunday, March 26, 2017


We recently took a long awaited family vacation, YAY!  It's been a while.
I painted what I packed. (couldn't wait to be under the sun for a couple days)
*Going away, changing the pace & coming back works wonders!

Sunday, March 19, 2017


I take a little time every Sunday to do a quick study in my sketchbook.  Something different than my norm & give myself some time for unstructured play.  Here's todays entry.

*P.S. This doesn't mean I'm not drawing/ making the other days it's just more structured & project based.  Sunday is reserved just for me!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Note to Spring...

I'm taking a hand lettering class on Tuesday nights.  Trying to vary my hand a little more.  Inspired by the ever changing weather on this one.  

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Uncommongoods Blog

What's on the Uncommongoods blog today you ask?  
Sophie & I along with my print assortment available through Uncommongoods!  
Also, a little interview.  Enjoy!