Thursday, June 24, 2010

sketching about summer...

well after all my kvetching it seems that summer has come to seattle with a bang, with some glorious, crisp sunny days...when i think back, this sketch is what summer means to me. i did a lot of this on the swing our dear family friend arthur constructed for my 5th birthday.
happy summer!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

new book for father's day

Daddy is A Cozy Hug, the companion book to Mommy is A Soft Warm Kiss (and also written by Rhonda Gowler Greene) is now available in stores, just in time for Father's Day.
here are some sneak peaks from inside the book, which takes readers through a year of moments (and seasons) shared between a little boy and his dad.
this is one of my favorite scenes--i love the idea of the little boy so cozied-up in his dad's warm coat.
good parents do their best to protect us from so many things....
...and always give plenty of hugs.
so lots of hugs back, to all you dads out there!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

where is summer?

after a beautiful warm and sunny weekend, it's back to chill and drizzle here in seattle...
i know it's pretty, but Where Oh Where is Summer?
the cats know what to do...i think i'll join them.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Dilly Dog featured in etsy treasury

one of my Dilly Dogs is the only toy to make it into an Etsy treasury of items made from seersucker fabrics.
very appropriate, since here in seattle we are finally about to have a real summer weekend....
so put on your seersucker shorts, pants, or jacket, and Enjoy!

Monday, June 7, 2010

creating patterns in photoshop

i've just created my first 2 very simple half-drop patterns in photoshop, following the instructions of the fabulous and incredibly generous illustrator Jennifer Morris.
this could become addictive! visit her post (and her blog) and make your own patterns too!

Friday, June 4, 2010

2 new Sleepy Dogs in my shop

Sleepy Dogs carry their pillows wherever they go...
so they are always ready for bed or a nap...
in a tree.....
on the lawn.....
sometimes they like to hang upside-down on the shrubbery....
they have even been spotted sleeping standing up....

2 new Sleepy Dogs in my etsy shop are looking for homes!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

fooling around in Photoshop

i'm trying for a real charcoal-like line in PS...but the only brush i like draws in gray, and then i have to darken it with contrast. this would make corrections/changes/additions difficult...any tips?