Sneak Peek: Ducky

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Here's a little corner of a new piece I'm finishing up. It's from a baby board book so I'm enjoying a bit looser and more textured feel for it.
I'm juggling a few fun projects, one of them is a BRAND NEW WEBSITE. It's long overdue. I have my Giant and Fairy postcards totally labeled and ready for posting, but I'm holding off until I get the website up - great motivation, right?

Art Prints via Imagekind

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I recently started an account on Imagekind. I love how easy and flexible the site is for buyers and sellers, alike. It also makes me feel good to see some illustrations I really love available for others to enjoy, especially since I've taken many off of my streamlined portfolio. It's also a nice way for artists to get prints made for themselves (or family!).
I'm considering making a few pieces available just for selling, and currently this is the only place to buy my work as a print.

The room formerly known as my office, 1 year later

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More than two years ago I blogged about my old office being fully decorated. Less than a year later, I culled down to the basics and moved my office into a back corner of our living room. One year ago Saturday, it officially became our daughter Piper's bedroom.

I have no regrets about giving up that space. I love Piper's room. We've built lovely memories there. I love having my office where I can hang out with my husband in the evening. To be honest, I decorate at a snail's pace. I put a few finishing touches on her room this week. I don't decorate by ordering everything in one theme. My own baby blanket hangs over her crib. The blanket I crocheted while she grew in my tummy and I wanted nothing to do with illustration is on her glider.  The Amy Ruppel wall sticker goes with the original painting my husband bought me years earlier, that never had to move from it's spot on the wall.

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Many of my children's books still hang out in the upper shelves. Her brother's baby toys line her shelves too.

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Auntie Louise bird painting was the first thing I painted when the urge to be creative hit full force (and her middle name is Louise, after my great Auntie Louise who inspired that bike-riding, fish delivering bird). And most importantly, Piper seems happy here. And we are so happy and blessed to have her. She's our wild, funny, independent, sweet, and easy-peasy, spikey-haired girl.

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Happy Birthday Piper Louise!

Baby Sketches, and what's new

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I started rough character design for a novelty board book manuscript I wrote earlier this year. Yes, I know novelty board books are a very hard sell. But I really can't control the ideas that come into my head now, can I?

I think I need to paint up that little Vitruvian baby, no? Or at least make him sepia toned like his grown up counterpart.

I've been juggling the writing on different projects in between painting up a big spread for my first picture book dummy. I had the grand realization that I can't collage at that scale the way I'd like. I think I'll be scanning all the painted bits and assembling it all digitally. I'll be sure to share the process once I make my way through it all!