Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Smells Like Crayons - Save the Date

Save the date for the Smells Like Crayons art exhibition!!

Artists' Reception
Apotheca, Goffstown, NH
Saturday, July 17, 2010
11:00-2:00 pm

Please join us, we'd love to meet you, show you our work, and maybe even entice you with Apotheca's delicious coffee/tea/smoothies and to-die-for pastries!!

So, go ahead, grab your pencil and calendar, yup, I'll wait.  Ok, now pencil us in!  Hope to see you there!!

Friday, June 25, 2010


I will not play at tug o' war
I'd rather play at hug o' war,
Where everyone hugs
Instead of tugs....

~Shel Silverstein

Watercolor Wednesdays - Portal into Bear's "Dream a Little Dream" party

Bear longed to be a graceful ballerina. It didn't matter that he weighed 400 lbs and had two left feet.  He wanted to do Arabesques, and Chasses like the great ballet dancers before him.   Snake dreamed of living in Hawaii and dancing the Hula while the sun set on Kailua Beach, and little mouse wanted to be a cowboy like "The Duke."  Nobody messed with "The Duke."

At Bear's "Dream a Little Dream" party, they had the chance to live their dreams, unabashed, loud and strong, and they did, until Big Cy showed up at the door and all their dreams came crashing down with an embarrassed thud.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Birthday card

This is a birthday card I made for a friend's birthday (Jo-Ann, I hope you're not reading this - if you are, act surprised anyway).   I thought this would be fun!  Especially since she is one of our dog's favorite people.

Sketchbook paintings

Just a couple quickie sketches.  I'm sure it won't be long until our girls will be over the excitement of the end of school, and will be looking forward to going back again!  (Although for now, we're LOVING sleeping in, baking, swimming, and all the adventures we have planned for the next month and a half!)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

"I walk slowly, but I never walk backward." - Abraham Lincoln

Experts say the Gulf's marshes, beaches and coastal waters, which nurture a dazzling array of life, could be transformed into killing fields, though the die-off could take months or years and unfold largely out of sight. The damage could be even greater beneath the water's surface, where oil and dispersants could devastate zooplankton and tiny invertebrate communities at the base of the aquatic food chain.

It seems futile, doesn't it?   What can we possibly do to help?   It'll take time, but each small step we take is an important one.    You've probably all heard Loren Eiseley's story of "The Star Thrower," where the little girl tosses sea stars back into the ocean after they wash up on shore.  When asked "why bother, there are hundreds of them along the shore - you can't save them all - it won't make a difference" she responds "it makes a difference to this one."  

We can make a difference.  Please visit Ripple, and see how you can help.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Another Ripple - Illustration Friday teams up with Ripple!

"It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped.  Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope." ~Robert Kennedy

Sea Turtle - Indirect Effects
In addition to the direct harm caused by exposure to oil, sea turtles may suffer indirect impacts for weeks or months afterwards.  Sea turtles may ingest small amounts of oil from the water or their food that, over time, may accumulate in their bodies and harm or kill them.  They may also suffer from lack of food if a spill is large enough that it kills off seagrass beds, shellfish and other food sources.  Low levels of oil exposure that don't cause obvious harm could also have subtle but damaging effects, like impairing the turtles' sense of smell, hampering their immunity or reducing their levels of gut-dwelling, digestion-aiding bacteria.  (Defenders of Wildlife)

Please send forth a Ripple, and do what you can.

Thursday, June 10, 2010


Another sketch card I've done for Ripple.
Loggerhead sea turtles were in trouble before the Gulf oil spill disaster. The number of nesting females has declined by 50 percent in the past decade, leading the National Marine Fisheries Service to consider reclassifying loggerheads from threatened to endangered.  Now these turtles need our help even more. The world’s second-largest loggerhead nesting area is on the beaches of the southeastern United States -- some of the areas most threatened by the Gulf oil tragedy.  Exposure to oil can cause skin loss, poisoning, drowning and death… which is why we need every available tool to help save the lives of individual loggerheads and save this species from extinction. (Defenders of Wildlife)

Make a Difference - Ripple

So excited for my girls, their sketch cards for Ripple were sold!  They are sooo proud!  Thanks Dani, you've made their day!!

If you want to help, please consider donating $10 and picking up your very own masterpiece!

Watercolor Wednesdays - Unusual Pets

Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.  ~ Confucius

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Be the Change You Want to See in the World

An amazing fellow illustrator friend, Kelly Light, was tired of feeling helpless and hopeless in the midst of the Deep Water Horizon Gulf Oil Spill disaster.  So rather than sit idly by shaking her head and saying "what a shame" she has organized a fantastic fundraiser to raise money for The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies, and the International Bird Rescue Research Center.

Illustrators from far and wide are donating sketch cards to Ripple (If we all do small acts together - we can cause a ripple - and it can grow).   With each $10 donated to help the animal victims of the Deep Water Horizon Gulf Oil Spill, the illustrator will mail out a signed copy of your chosen card.    Not only are you helping DO something, you're also getting some outstanding artwork in the process!

Above are the cards that my children and I have submitted.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Watercolor Wednesday - Unexpected "Sea"prise

Sorry, I know that title was a groaner, but I just adore groaners!!

Morgan LeGraw knew her sister Sophia was obsessed with "Saving the Animals."  But she was NOT expecting to find this in the closet when she reached in to grab a jacket.  A few of her sisters stuffies shoved in the corner, maybe, but a whole aquarium, sea life, Sophia and all ... no, that she wasn't expecting.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Illustration Friday - Trail

Gus didn't realize that his best friend Buster was leaving a trail of stuffing behind them as they walked home from Kevin's house.   Even Mouse's attempts at getting his attention failed.  Gus was heading home for dinner.  Mom told him to be home at 5:00 sharp.  And one thing that Gus prided himself on was his punctuality.  He'd often heard Mom brag to Mrs. Drake about how she never had to worry about Gus being late for dinner.   Mrs. Drake's son Adam was in Gus's class and he was never on time.  He was always at least 5 minutes late for whatever it was he was doing.

So, in this I-must-get-home-at-5:00 pm-sharp frame of mine, Gus hadn't noticed when Buster's already loose belly seam got snagged on one of the low lying branches as he emerged from Pine Lane onto Broad St.