Friday, March 27, 2015

A Baby Dragon Illustration!

I didn't get a chance to do an interview for this week. I thought I'd share an illustration that I did back in September. This painting is entitled: "The Journey".  The original was done in watercolor and ink. I'm not sure why I haven't shared it yet, but here it is!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

New Techniques

Still working on some portraits. In the very early stages of the watercolor painting. I'm liking where things are going so I thought I'd share bits and pieces!

Monday, March 23, 2015

A Slimy Post

Just a bit of a slimy post today. I'm working on some portrait work right now. This little Slimer is close to the finished version of the illustration I'm working on now. Just doing some fun portrait work as a gift for a friend. I have another portrait I'll be working on now as well. I wont be able to show you the kid's faces on that, because I don't have permission (especially because it's not finished), but I can show you the artwork around it soon. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

What's Up Wednesday! March 18

Not a lot to say this week. Mostly just been cleaning and organizing the house. I wish I had more exciting news to share!

Interview Schedule:
I sent out lots of interviews, so hopefully some answers will come to me soon!

Not much this week!

Have to do a couple of portraits this week. They should be fun, so I'm excited to get them going. 

Every Day Possible
Portraits, portraits, portraits!

Wed 03/18 What's Up Wednesday! Post. Done! 

Thursday 03/19-  Doing portraits and other such nonsense.

Friday 03/20- Something weird or an interview. One of the two.

Saturday 03/21- Canada West Illustrator's Meeting!

Sunday  03/22 - Hopefully resting.

Monday  03/23- Upset that I didn't rest!

Tuesday  03/24 - Chocolate. I shall have chocolate this day. 

Wednesday  03/25 - What's Up Wednesday! 

Not sleeping. Not sleeping doesn't work for me.


Toddler Minding 
I'll keep my kid... for now. If you are interested I'll put you on a list when he's bad. 

Tired zombie momma here.

*What's up Wednesday is part of Jamie Morrow's summer writing intensive: "Ready. Set. WRITE!" There are other host blogs including: Erin L. FunkAlison MillerKaty Upperman, and Elodie Nowodazkij.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Photo Pix

For those who aren't professional photographers know this: It can take a few hundred photos to get one perfect photo. These photos are the rest of the hundred. Yes, here are bad photos of my new place. Enjoy~
My new art room and my son's blurry head.

Another angle of my new art room and my son.
The garage!

For no reason: a picture of a window in a dark room.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

What's Up Wednesday! March 11th

The silly time change really messed me up this week. I'm trying my best to get back on track here. I feel like I'm permanently off here, so does that mean I'm always on time?

Interview Schedule:
No one yet! Let me know if you'd like to be interviewed. 

Picked up a bunch of new picture books at the thrift store and garage sales! Been reading these to my son. Found Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton, a book about Skeletons and a Super Friends book among many others!  

I'm catching up on projects that I've been meaning to finish. These aren't all drawing projects. One of them is a felt toy I'm sewing. Almost done with it now. It is liberating to get past projects done!

A few days ago I measured and cut paper so I can have my substrate ready when I go to do my finals. I'm almost through all the sketches I need for my dummy on one project. I'm hoping to have that ready for the end of the month. Fingers crossed!

Every Day Possible
Finishing up this dummy & moving on to finals.

Wed 03/11 What's Up Wednesday! Post. Done! 

Thursday 03/12-  Working on some serious artwork!

Friday 03/13- Maybe no interview? If not I'll post something fun.

Saturday 03/14- Leaving on an imaginary jet plane.

Sunday  03/15 - Hopefully finding lots of people who want to be interviewed and sending out questions!

Monday  03/16- Killing the drama llama

Tuesday  03/17 - Working on a fairy chapter book today... maybe.

Wednesday  03/18 - What's Up Wednesday! If I'm still alive.

Looking for a IV system that will deliver coffee right into my bloodstream. Heart attack, dehydration, jitters and many other medical problems will be coming my way soon!


Toddler Minding 
Forget buying my kid. I will pay you to take him!

Survived the move, but not sure if I'll survive my toddler's next tantrum.

*What's up Wednesday is part of Jamie Morrow's summer writing intensive: "Ready. Set. WRITE!" There are other host blogs including: Erin L. FunkAlison MillerKaty Upperman, and Elodie Nowodazkij.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Mind Your Monsters Cover Reveal!

I have to admit that the time change this week has completely thrown me off. I'm at least an hour behind with everything ever since. Now I'm a whole day behind with this cover reveal. Sorry Catherine! This never happens. 

It's an fantastic cover! Beautiful pictures and something I'd love on my own book cover. If I saw this at a bookstore or library I'd definitely pick it up! Catherine Bailey wrote this wonderful book. The illustrations are by Oriol Vidal (such a cool name).

This is a note from Catherine: To celebrate (her cover reveal) I am giving away a signed copy (you know, when it comes out). To participate, please visit my Facebook page at Then share this cover on Facebook, Twitter, or any social media, let me know in the comments on Facebook, and I'll make sure you're entered to win. The winner will also receive a monstrously cute goody bag to help pass the time until MIND YOUR MONSTERS stomps forth in August. The deadline to enter is 3/13/15 and the winner will be announced the next day.

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Interview with Jennifer Cole Judd

I have the absolutely wonderful Jennifer Cole Judd on my blog today. Jennifer is the only writer I know that was born on Halloween. She says she isn't a witch, but I know she has hidden magical powers. Maybe that's why she has such a great sense of humor? I'd have to see her on her birthday to know for sure!

Jennifer Cole Judd is the author of two books. Her first is a anthology of poems she wrote with Laura Wynkoop and 14 other poets. You can get a copy of "An Eyeball In my Garden: And Other Spine Tingling Poems" here. You can also get it on Amazon or an independent bookstore (indie bookstores rock) found through Inde Bound.

Jennifer's new book, "Circus Train" will be available March 24! You can pre-order "Circus Train" on Amazon here. Before you click any of the links be sure to read the interview here. Don't click the here in the last sentence. Just scroll down to read the interview below. Repeatedly clicking the link above may cause Carpal Tunnel, boredom, restlessness or sleepiness. You should not click anything if you haven't spoken to your Doctor first.

Dani:  Why kid's books?

Jennifer: That's a great question. I think the short answer is, I'm a kid in an adult body! The longer answer is, I am a mom to five munchkins (some of them not so "munckin-y" anymore), I have always loved literature in general, poetry, and children's books, and there is something magical about the connection of art and written word that comes together in a picture book that fills me with wide-eyed wonder. I love kids' books (my nightstand is FULL of books right now, and most of them, picture books!).

Dani: How many clowns fit in a clown car? 

Jennifer: Well, that depends on if it's a SMART car, or, in my case, a clown minivan. On average, you can probably get about 346.2 clowns in the average clown car. The other .8 rides on the roof.

Dani: Finish these thoughts:

1. My first story... Was about an alien named "Blip" who came to earth to get away from his boring life. HIs mom came looking for him, though, so the gig was up too soon for Blip to really have a good time on this planet. I wrote it when I was in 2nd grade. I thought it was the best story ever, because my five-year-old little brother liked it. Still haven't published that one. 

2. My favorite... I have so many favorites! Chocolate, Halloween, Cairn terriers, yoga, random dancing, I have SO many favorite children's books, I couldn't list them all, but my current new crushes are POEM-MOBILES--Crazy Car Poems by J. Patrick Lewis and Douglas Florian, and THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT by Drew Daywalt. 

3. All I need... are front row seats to the circus (oh wait! I already have those here in my very own living room--my house is a three-ring circus!). Hmmm. Perhaps? A lion tamer. Tightrope walking lessons. A new clown wig.

Dani: What's special about your work? 

Jennifer: That's a tough question. I tend to see the greatness in others' work, and fret and worry over my own a lot more, but I would say what is special about my work is a passion for lyrical language and poetry. My first publication, AN EYEBALL IN MY GARDEN, was an anthology of spooky poetry for middle graders that I co-edited with Laura Wynkoop, and included fourteen wonderful poets. I love poetry and rhyming stories, and hope to inspire a love of them in children. Writing in rhyme and writing poetry has compelled me to really brush up on rhythm and focus on finding a word that packs a punch, since rhyme and poetry gives you a bit more of a tighter structure and smaller space to get your ideas and images across. I love picture books and children's stories, but especially ones that are written in musical rhyme, and that's what I hope to deliver to my readers. 

Dani: What is your ultimate goal in life? 

Jennifer: My ultimate goal in life is to inspire kids (including my own five lovelies) to love writing, reading, and poetry, as well as to nurture their imaginations. And, in general, to do some good and spread some cheer in the world. And to ride a unicycle. Not necessarily in that order.

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