Thursday, December 11, 2008


I enjoyed these characters so much, I wanted to put them together in a different situation, after they became friends.

Thursday, December 4, 2008


I took a long break from drawing and painting while playing Mrs. Bedwin in the musical Oliver. Now I'm back! We also have a new puppy who is very playful. Anything looks like a toy.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Sugary for IF

I remember making Kool-Aid with a friend of mine when we were little. I don't know how much sugar we were supposed to put in, but we added scoop after scoop after scoop. I have no idea how it tasted but the memory of pouring so much into it stuck with me forever. Joseph had an explanation for each one, too. One for you, one for me, one for Jen, one for Tommy, one just because...

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


I recently saw an old picture of my sister and me. When thinking of ideas for 'Island' I remembered how we used to sit on the couch and pretend we were surrounded by water and couldn't touch the ground. Sometimes we looked through a catalog, picking out the items we would have with us on our island. We chose crazy things that didn't make any sense, but since it was our imagination we could have anything we wanted. I know there were diamond necklaces, emerald earrings, and gold bracelets. It had nothing to do with survival but everything to do with fantasy.

Clutter - for Illustration Friday

What a frustrating image to consider. Aren't we all trying to avoid clutter and simplify our lives? The inspiration for this picture came from things I saw around my house. My test audience said it was hard to look at, and discomforting. Well, that's the point.

Thursday, September 4, 2008


This is very different from my original idea of opening an old trunk in an attic, but I think I like this one better. The easy, care-free life of a young girl in the country, in the sparkling color of dreams.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Routine

This is what Saturday morning looks like to me, plus bird cages, and vacuuming...

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


detach: disengage and remove something; avoid and put an end to any connection associated with it.

Thursday, July 10, 2008


After pages of sketches I came up with the idea of a lemonade stand. He's either really impressed with their "World's Best" or is a little suspicious of what goes into it.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008


After chasing him all day, Michael saw a new side of his beloved cat "Little Mew" when he tried to take the toy mouse.

Saturday, June 21, 2008


"We'll be best friends forever and I'll take you with me everywhere," she told the new doll, forgetting those were the same words she said to her old favorite doll.

Monday, May 19, 2008


My son kept telling me to just draw a whole bunch of lines. Well I took those lines and I put them in a little globe and made his hair stand on end!


Hey, if you stay in the tub too long, you'll get all wrinkly.

Sunday, April 27, 2008


A sketch for Illustration Friday. Outhouses are something real from my past. When I moved to New Hampshire as a child, we lived in an old cabin that was fascinating to me. An outhouse, a hand pump well, a wood stove, lots and lots of mosquitoes, and giant luna moths at night on the screens. After that we lived in another cabin with an outhouse (always fun in the middle of the night). As we built our house, we upgraded to a "new" fresh wood outhouse, with a deeper hole into the earth. What a treat!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Wednesday, March 12, 2008


Jumping for joy. After all those boys, it's a girl born in a leap year.


I've got little seedlings planted just about everywhere - inside and out - and it's a daily activity to check on them with the kids.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Theory: Pigs Do Fly

Another one for Illustration Friday. He had a theory about whether or not pigs could fly. If he could only get them up into the air he was sure they would make it.

Thursday, February 14, 2008


Draw your own conclusions. Is he going to save the girl? Is he going to pick which one will get to her first? Will he choose to buy one to bring home? My son has had enough of his sister's little dolls and thinks this picture is quite funny. "Faster train, faster!" he shouts.

Friday, February 8, 2008


The theme of blanket can be taken any number of directions, but I settled on one that is familiar to me. One of the most common places to find a blanket in my house is in the form of a tent

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Tales and Legends

This one was created with little girls in mind, and judging from my daughter's reaction, I was able to reach my audience!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Spaghetti, plain

The first thing that came to mind for the theme "plain" was spaghetti, as in the request from a child who doesn't like all that fancy sauce and meatballs