How about something new? I’ve been toying with the idea of having some printable small prints in the shop, and I’m excited to start a new little collection.
I’m a MANTRA kinda girl. I’ll get a phrase, motto, quote or lyric in my head, and use it to give me that pick me up when I need it.
This poster was inspired this week by a friend who was going through an unbearable hardship, and in some cases, she was treated a bit unfairly and she just wanted to shout out and let everyone know how challenging her life was in that moment. And I was reminded once again, that if we were all to treat each other like they were going through an unbearable hardship of some kind, we’d all treat each other with a little more understanding, patience and kindness. And maybe even offer more help, even when it isn’t asked for.
And this thought came to my mind: “Treat everyone you meet like they are climbing mountains, because they probably are.”
This is a 5×7 print and it’s just the right size to hang by your desk, or right in the kitchen.
I’m going to be making more of these…easy little illustrated words of wisdom. Have any you’d like to see me make? It could be really fun to hear your ideas;)
Did you know that the Caldecott & Newbery Book awards were announced this morning?
I wanted to post them here as soon as they were announced. Have you read these yet?
2012 CALDECOTT HONOR BOOKS
2012 NEWBERRY WINNER
So exciting! I’m super thrilled for Jon Klasson…I’m sure it feels absolutely SURREAL to win a Caldecott AND a Caldecott Honor book in the same year.
I’d rush off and get these from the library if I were you before they are stolen off the shelves:) Do you have a favorite of these? I’d love to hear!
Due to popular demand, these little friends are back for Valentines day.
Complete with 2 envelopes and 2 cards.
Have fun with these! These two are such a pleasure to illustrate:)
Lately, I’ve been thinking about creativity, ideas, and I’ve been drawn to reading and watching people I admire in the creative arts. Keeps me motivated.
I’ve shared some of these on Facebook this week, but I wanted to post them here, because they’ve affected my own creative spirits so much, and I hope they inspire some of you too!
Love this one. Oliver Jeffers is a favorite of mine. Total creative genius. Such a fun peek into his creative process.
And Rilla Alexander has been on my radar for a while. This is a must see. She is speaking at the 99 Conference (have you heard of it? 99 stands for 1% inspiration 99% perspiration) Conference about ideas, but mostly getting those ideas into ACTION.
Hope you are just as inspired as me!
I’m just starting to work on the portraits for the portrait project this year. And it’s so much fun! Every month, I’ll be posting new portraits. This is my way of keeping my art up, my skills in check and making sure that I’m drawing every day. Deadlines are great motivators!
This portrait was a wedding present to the little girl on the left, who isn’t so little, given to her by her big sister on the right, now a big broadway actress. Love her blog.
And maybe you know of the middle sister? Brilliantly talented family.
And just an FYI, this year is sold out, but if you email me (click the contact button on the top right of my blog) and title the email WAIT LIST I’ll notify you when the first round of openings will be. (You’ll want to know, cause this last round sold out in less than 24 hours).
So…..here’s to more art making this year! Thanks for being my motivation to draw every day:)
Hey! It’s been a while since I’ve posted your amazing creations to my Friday posts! So much to catch up on!
Today I wanted to focus on one company…new to me…and I’m sure you’ll be in love.
Coral Belles. Take a look.
If you are looking for ready made, adorable clothing with OUT TO SEA, here you go. A bit summery for now, but dosen’t it feel nice to see it warm out?
With Gorgeous photography by EM Photography Wow. What a darling collection.
It’s cold and snowing here in Utah right now. And it’s just about now that I start dreaming of summer.
Thanks Coral Belles for sharing such a wonderful collection!
You can see all links on my sidebar.
Happy Friday everyone!
Ian, my 6 year old, came up to me this week, and made this very profound statement. It really took me back (especially since he loves reading books on magic, dragons, and all kinds of fantasy creatures).
And I found myself so wrapped up in that thought. I’ve spent a lot of time as a mother valuing pretend play, imaginary play and all the ways that children experiment with that they know, see, fear and love. And that fact that he shows so much confidence in his pretending makes me so happy. But that he would take something like “magic,” recognize that it doesn’t exist, but acknowledge that anything can exist when he’s pretending it to, made me smile.
I love childhood. I really do. I don’t really know what I’ll do when my kids grow up, or when I grow up for that matter. I just won’t. That’s that.
This weekend was so awesome. After a quiet and rather blah Christmas, we made up for it in the past few days with Addie turning 8 years old this weekend! In our church, baptism happens at age 8 (old enough to know what they are doing), so we had both sets of grandparents and great grandparents in town, lots of family, celebrations and so much fun. I can’t believe I have an 8 year old. Where does time go????
My mother-in-law is a fantastic seamstress, and made the sweetest white dress for her. It was a perfect day!
With the new year, I’ve had a few requests for some printable religious stuff, and I thought these bookmarks woud be really sweet and a fun for you to print out and and use at home or at church.
These are a FREE download, and I hope that they will come in handy for Sunday School Teachers, parents, and of course…kids! Please….these are for personal and church use only. Not to be sold, copied, or tampered with.
Hope you enjoy! I’m back in the studio today after a long well needed break. It feels good. Back into art making….and a fresh new year. I’m ready to dive in:)