Sunday, September 25, 2016

sunday sketches :: cat pattern


Still playing with patterns. Of course, I had to do something with cats!

I drew them, then traced them in Illustrator so I could make symbols to repeat. Still debating whether or not I should color them in. I think I like them this way though.


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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

creative tuesdays :: pattern

Pattern is the theme this week at Creative Tuesdays. Thanks again to Michael for hosting.


If you’ve been following my blog for any time at all, you might remember these faces. I decided to use some of them again to make a fun pattern of Hats.


I colored them in Photoshop. Then, used the Offset feature to make a repeating pattern.


It’s then that I noticed a few “pockets” of too much white, so I added a few more flowers here and there. Ta da….that’s my pattern!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

sunday sketches :: tell me a story


This weekend was good for catching up on some reading. Of course, after a chapter or two, I doze off! But it’s been a good weekend for napping, too!!


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Sunday, September 4, 2016

sunday sketches :: end of summer blues

I was feeling nostalgic about summer coming to an end. I remember those back to school days. That ‘where did the summer go?’ feeling.

Those of you with kids still at home are probably whooping and hollering for joy!! I remember those feelings, too!

Yesterday was exciting for me. I was the featured illustrator on Kathy Temean’s Writing and Illustrating blog. Check it out when you have time.

Also, I see that today’s post is a call for illustrations. If you are thinking of illustrating (or writing) children’s books, head over there for info and maybe submit some work for a critique. It's a great opportunity to put yourself out there!


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Friday, September 2, 2016

lazy days


Lazy days? Well, for some, I guess! Not for me.

I’d love to kick back and enjoy the last few days of summer but I signed up to attend the Middle of the Map (Kansas SCBWI) Conference in November. It seems far away, but I also signed up for a portfolio critique. That means a lot of work to get ready in the next two months!

I always have to allow myself time to rework something. At least 10 times!!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

repeating patterns


Now I can’t remember what triggered this obsession, but I’ve been doodling and making repeating patterns for the past week or so.

I must have been reading something and it sent me to spoonflower.com. This site has been around for some time but I only just re-discovered it. Has anyone purchased fabric or paper from the site? Or have you created designs for them?


I did some daisy doodles and turned it into a repeating pattern. Then I colored it in Photoshop.


I spent some time researching how to make a repeating design. Draw. Cut. Rearrange paper. Tape. Draw. Remove tape. Rearrange paper. Tape. Ad nauseum.

Then I found an automatic command in Photoshop and in Illustrator. But hey, I like to do things the hard way first!!

Not sure I will upload and print any designs on fabric. Well, not unless I come up with one that I really really like. For now, I’ll keep doodling. I need more practice.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

creative tuesdays :: plum


Plum is the theme this week at Creative Tuesdays. Thanks to Michael for hosting.

Can you guess who this is? Any fans of the Clue game?? That game used to be my favorite. I’m guessing that it was Professor Plum in the Library!!!


I had fun making this drawing and decided to keep with a minimal color palette for the theme. So, in the end, I just colored it in Photoshop using the hex color specified by Michael.

If anyone is looking for a good, fun challenge, please give Creative Tuesdays a try. We post every other week … which I love. Sometimes, it takes me a few days to mull over the theme before I dive into a drawing. Learn more about Creative Tuesdays.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

sunday sketches :: hello


This little guy is happy!! Probably because it’s so nice out today.

I woke up this morning and it was a cool 55 degrees. Fall is coming!

I love spring and fall more than summer and winter. I guess I just don’t like the extreme heat or cold. I tend to hibernate when it’s too cold or too hot!! Well, would it be called hibernate when it’s hot?? You know what I mean ☺ Give me cool weather every day and I’m happy!

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

creative tuesdays :: journey


Journey is the theme this time at Creative Tuesdays. Thanks, Michael, for this fun prompt.

Two little birds ready to fly! Just not sure where to go, I guess!


This could be me and my husband. Except in reverse. I’m usually ready to go anywhere and he takes too long to decide where. Oh, well. It all works out in the end. Any journey is usually a good one!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

sunday sketches :: what’s up?


I was out of town this week visiting with family and friends. Just a quick trip up north before everyone is busy with their back to school routines.

So all I have to share this week is a little sketch of a bunny. Actually, I’ve had a hankering for carrot cake lately and it got me thinking of rabbits. My mind is like that sometimes.

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