Thursday, April 27, 2017

More fun with my iPad


The prompt is Teeth, it is an illustration for a wonderful blog called

What I enjoy about Procreate is the fact that it records when I am creating art. I love seeing the videos from other artists, one of my favorites and inspiration is an illustrator Deb Johnson, her website is

Monday, April 24, 2017

Procreate fun

This Christmas Mark bought me an iPad Pro and the pencil.
I have been having fun creating art on it. The one on the top is the first one I did.
The second one is my exploration of the brushes and shadows. The thing I like the best is the fact that I can be working on this when I am sitting on the couch, or in the studio.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

More painted glasses

I am a member of the Museum of Art guild here in Deland Florida. For their silent auction I donated the table I painted and these wine glasses. I was trying to figure out what to put the glasses in and then I looked through my pantry and found this wine bag from Publix, the price was right, FREE.

The advantage of being an artist with the studio, is that I have many things I could use to decorate the bag. Beads paint and a glue gun were all I needed.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The table I painted...

I love painting furniture. This is a table I got from the Hitchcock Chair Co, years ago, it was waiting for a vision.
Then of course I looked around on Pintrest, a decorative artists best friend, and I came up with this design.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Fairy Door is in downtown Vero Beach Florida. The merchants downtown are asked to participate in Enchanted Doors. Each business will make a door based on their businesses, since my sister and her husband own, she asked me to create a fairy door. I am looking forward to see what the other businesses create.

My sister and I had a fun time hunting for things to use, we visited Michaels and Hobby Lobby. We were having a hard time finding the door and then found this one at the last minute, it was perfect.
This is the front of the fairy door.

The side, I used sculpey clay

Heres the back, the toadstools were fun.

A better view

Friday, January 20, 2017

My new iPad pro

For Christmas I got my iPad Pro, and pencil, I love it!!
I also purchased the app called Procreate, which is like Photoshop, which I finally know how to use.

 The black line was done with a brush marker, and all the color was done in Procreate, I did all the color sitting on my couch, this is the best part, I think the advantage is that I don't feel stress while painting, that is what I love so much about digital, if I make a mistake, I always do, I can delete, I lived through the days of having to paint it over, thats hard.  I also love the fact that Procreate has a gouache type brush, which I love.
But the best part is the pencil, it really is like painting and drawing with a pencil. Very direct.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Highlights Look and Look Again

I created these 2 pieces for Highlights High Five magazine, the spanish version. The kids find the differences between the two illustrations, its called look and look again. Gracias, maestro was one of the first pieces colored digitally.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Wine Glasses

A couple of years ago I saw some wine glasses in St.Augstine that had boobs on them. I thought the idea was pretty funny. So, I gave it a go. I made a set for my sister in law and her friend ended up ordering some. This is her set. My favorite is the navy blue one because the white really pops.

Monday, July 25, 2016

A little glitch

The very talented artist June Goulding noticed my bike did not have a chain, little things that I need to pay more attention to. So now she can ride her bike.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

My first coloring book

I had the chance to work on my first coloring book for This was the first time in a long time that I worked in colored pencils and I really enjoyed it. I loved the control and the layering, I plan to do a lot more work this way. This was a great chance to start.

Thursday, June 2, 2016


This is the first illustration of outer space that I have ever done.I created the original in Photoshop and then tweaked the colors and textures in Photoshop. This art was done for the Highlights company.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Jingle Bulb Coloring book

I have been working on a coloring book of designs  based on my JingleBulb business.
 I thought i would sit down with my colored pencils, I really enjoyed the process and gave me a better idea of creating my coloring book.

I found this idea on Pinterest, and it was so much nicer having all the pencils organized and available.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

My new Studio

We finally moved into our new house and I have the studio almost done. I still have to hang up the ornaments that I make, but aside from that everything has a place.

Let me show you around. Its small but efficient.

We bought 2 ikea tables and put them together to give me a place to draw and also a place to craft. 
When my daughter came over she could be on one side and I could be on the other, it works out really well.

I am lucky that the closet is large, it holds a lot of my art supplies and when I don't want to look at it I can close the doors. The cubes are from Michaels , they hold a lot and they are easy to put together.
I found this table at a consignment store, I painted the bottom black with chalk paint and added some nice knobs from Hobby Lobby. This set up works well for me, I have my printers and scanners near by.
We bought this book shelf years ago, it managed to survive the move. Once again those cubes really work out so great. I was going to put up cabinets but it really closed in the room, so I need something else to hold even more things that I can't get rid of.
On the side are 2 pieces of art created by an artist I admire, Judith Moffatt.

I did the pony above as a present for my father who loved horses, I created that at the age of 4. 


The first piece of art my friend Katie Atkinson gave me when we left Ct. This painting was used in a greeting card for the company Good Cause. My friend Jeannine Audette had the studio wall art made for me by an artist that I love, Normas Francini, and the the squares were done for me by my coworkers at Weekly Reader, it was a tradition to make one of these when an illustrator would leave, I treasure mine.
I am very happy to have the studio all set up and am grateful that everything has its place. The two windows look outside to a pretty country road, where there are plenty of birds chirping.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

My Secret Santa Solution

I play  Bunco, we do a secret Santa yearly and this year  I picked my friend Liz to buy for. I wasn't sure what to get, and then viola, I had a good idea.
I saw this at Joanns

Hmmm what to do, Liz works for Victoria Secret and has wonderful ugly sweater parties. So the fun began. And this is what I came up with....

And then inspired by last years party I found little lights that I fit in the victoria secret inspired bag.
And it lights up. I hope she likes it.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

My Hidden Pictures arrived today..

 Look what I got in the mail today. I did several hidden pictures for Highlights Magazine, I really enjoy creating these drawings and appreciate the fact that they send the illustrators the printed copies.

Its always a challenge, the best advice that I was given  was to create the illustration first and then find the hidden picture opportunities.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

My fun with digital color..

I was asked to do a coloring book page with my other PictureBookArtists friends. The theme was outdoors, I love lakes so I did this.
When it was all done I decided to finally play around with the digital brushes that I bought from Kyle Webster. It was very fun and I loved playing with all the textures, my next challenge will be creating the art without the line.

Friday, June 26, 2015

A book proposal in 30 days...

In June I attended the SCBWI conference here in Orlando Florida.
The project was to come up with a wordless, or limited word picture book, I had this idea for a while, 
the challenge was to pull this together in 30 days. I got some worthwhile  feedback from the editor Martha Rago, which I appreciated.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Card making

As of late I have gotten interested in card making. This is a card I made from papers I had in the studio. I made it for a friend that just had their first child.

I bought punches from Fiskars, I have to say my favorite card making supply is my Fiskars rotary cutter that folds up. I would love to eventually design my own papers to use in my card making.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

An Alligators Valentine

Here is a promotional piece I had done for Valentines Day. After moving to Florida, Alligators have been more on my mind. Happy Valentines Day

Saturday, January 31, 2015

My First Highlights Cover

Here is my first cover for Highlights Lets Play Series. Also, one of the first times I sent the art in digitally. I was nervous and very happily surprised when it came out.

This is the digital copy I can see the colors changed a bit, but I am very happy with the cover.
Also very relieved to see what was printed was close to what I saw on my screen, thanks John Nez for the calibration advice. This is the thing I love the most about this digital age, being able to send my art via my computer, just amazing.