Thursday, December 11, 2014

He's Big in the UK!

This is Mr. Mole or Moley from Kenneth Grahame's Wind in the Willows. Poor old Moley is my worst selling Christmas card here in Arizona. I guess people here aren't that familiar with the little animal since we don't have any in the state. Surely we have fans of the book! It's one of my favorites! 

This year I started selling on Etsy which means I reach an international audience. 
Suddenly, Mr. Mole is very popular! All his buyers are from the United Kingdom! 
Hooray for my friends across the pond!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Snail Mail

There is nothing that makes my day like getting a handwritten letter through my mail slot! I live in a historical neighborhood where the mail carrier will still walk up to my door and slip the mail through a brass covered slot. I illustrated this card for all of us who still use and love snail mail.

Monday, September 22, 2014

From the Vaults...

I found this as I was digging around in some art stuff today. I painted a short series of these portraits the summer after I graduated from college for some show or other that I didn't get into. The star on his chest was taken from an alchemy book, but I have no recollection of its meaning-way too long ago!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

How an Illustration Starts

I have been having fun in my sketchbook with some owl illustration ideas. Here is the progression...
Grumpy Owl Pencil Drawing

 Ink drawing

Watercolor underpainting
A little more paint detail

Grumpy Owl idea final!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Calm your problem can be solved by a drunken monkey. -Emily Arnold McCully

They say that all artists have a muse who points out inspirational things to them and grants them help with creative problems. Apparently my muse is a big, hairy, chattering monkey who wakes me up at 2:00 AM screeching, "Hey! What about this? You could do this... Say, here's an idea for you...and on, and on, and on. I recite W.B. Yeats, The Two Trees in my head to drown out her jabbering until I reach a line in the poem and off she goes again, "The ravens of unresting thought! Hey! That's good imagery! Remember you were going to do an illustration about that? How come you haven't? It's in your sketchbook...." and on, and on, and on. I switch to trying to remember all the words, in order, to Don McLean's American Pie and she shouts,"Hey! Can't we learn an epic song that is more up to date? This one is pretty old! Do they still write songs longer than eight minutes anymore? Remember when they used to truncate that song for radio play? What a shame"...and on, and on, and on.

Well, Miss Chattering Monkey Muse, although I appreciate your thoughts and ideas, could you give it a rest tonight? It's been a long week of setting up this blog, my new Etsy store, and finally making business cards for myself and I need to sleep tonight! Thanks in advance and I'll talk to you tomorrow night. 

Have a look at the new stuff set up under the tabs here on the blog, including a preview of my Etsy store. I still have work to do, but it's a big step for me! Thanks for looking! 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Tut tut, it looks like rain today here in Arizona!  This is a card illustration called I Really Wanted to See You that is reminiscent of my days in the great Pacific Northwest. It seemed like things were always soggy or damp. This guy is standing at your doorway with a blown out umbrella and a bunch of drenched violets. He really did want to see you!

Saturday, August 16, 2014


Thanks for visiting my brand new blog. I am an illustrator of my own line of greeting cards featuring whimsical animals, birds, and insects. All of my images are rendered in watercolor and ink.