Swan Pond



I really don’t know what to think of this illustration.  I was just playing around with this one.  I’m not sure about the landscape – but I love the swan – I think swans need some time in the spotlight after all the popularity around pink flamingos lately ; )  What do you think?

Pets Portrait



This is my first commissioned pets portrait – a dear lady wanted me to paint her guinea pigs!  They are adorable – even if I do say so myself!  I painted them with their favorite flowers: daisies, clover, and dandelions ; )

Sneak Peek



I can’t tell you all about it yet – but I wanted to show you bits of what’s been on my desk lately!

; )  It’s a special project that I’ve been working on the last couple weeks and I’m so excited to show you what it is when the time somes!  …



New Project

DSC_5270Here’s a little peek at a project I’m working on about animal’s homes and how/why they build them the way they do!  It’s so much fun to look at how God created every creature and equipped them to know the best way to build a safe place to live.  I’ve been inspired by some of the boy’s old children’s books “Animal Homes” and “Who Lives Here?” – so many neat ideas for how to illustrate animals and their dwelling places.

Spring Sleeping


We have little chipmunk holes here and there in the yard…they’re the reason I gave up growing strawberries – they would always pick them the moment they were ripe!  They are so much fun to watch.  They run along our rock wall and help themselves to the seed under the bird feeders.  So, here’s my illustration of a little chipmunk, sleeping under the spring bulbs in my garden ; )



“Circle of Chase”


This is the last page of my Pentalic aqua journal that my husband gave me, this same time, last year.  I didn’t plan to have it for exactly a year – it just worked out that way.  I enjoyed the size and how easy it was to bring with me (as posted here), but I have to keep paper between the pages or the watercolors smudge!  It’s as though the pages don’t fully absorb the pigment….strange since in all other ways the paper takes the paint just like any other good watercolor paper!

So, I’ll be looking around for a suitable replacement journal.  Do any of you have a great watercolor journal to recommend?

Love Deer


I’m finishing up this pattern for February – I wanted something folk styled and took inspiration from cross stitch borders.  Wouldn’t it make a cute Valentine’s card –  with something like, “I Deerly Love You” or,  “Please be my Deerest” for the inscription ; )

I’m working on making this into my wallpaper calendar for next month too – I’m getting better at scaling/cut and paste/layering/etc. to make the digital patterns!


Baby Owl in the Rain


We’ve had a spot of warm rainy weather in the middle of winter!  I’m already looking forward to spring – I hope it arrives early this year!  This little owl got caught out in some showers, but he’ll be alright – there were raspberries for snacking ; )


Goat Kid and Flowers


“Mairzy doats and dozy doats, and liddle lamzy divey.  A kiddley divey too, wouldn’t you?”

I remember my grandmother singing this song for us when I was a young girl.  She loved music and shared fun songs with us and taught us the parts to sing together.   Now, I teach them to my boys ; )


I was honestly thinking of spring when I started this goat – but sometimes a project takes you in another direction as you work on it.  The flowers all ended up being from the late summer/fall: purple asters, meadow grass, nanny berries, and rose hips.

(Mares eat oats and does eat oats and little lambs eat ivy.  A kid will eat ivy too – wouldn’t you?)   -Mairzy Doats song lyrics.