Sketchbook Project 2012: Yarn House and final pages

This was my final spread (not by order, just by completion) for The Sketchbook Project 2012, Treehouse. I knew I wanted to show the little 'treehouses' I made as a child somewhere in the book. I used yarn and twigs. It was always a production to have to clean up at the end of the day! A neighbor used to make them with me and 'conveniently' have to run home when it was time to unravel it all. Isn't that always the way?

I also included a few pages of my thumbnail sketches on a few pages:



I wanted to show that I don't just put pencil to paper without a little pre-planning. At least not for this sketchbook. Many of them evolved quite a bit, so I did have a little spontaneous fun!


I had to include a little goodbye note as well. I was a little sad to mail it off, but really just proud that I had made the leap and stuck with it. This little book got me back to drawing for fun, and for that I will forever be grateful! I can't wait to visit it on tour. Please leave a comment if you've done the 2012 project also - I'd love to add my readers to a list for when I get to see the whole physical collection.



I leave you to enjoy the long weekend with this little guy. Inspired by my own little monkey (boy) who could smell flowers all day long.

This is my illustration for a Picture Book Junkies mailer due out this summer. It's gouache, colored pencil, ink, cut paper (hot & cold press). I'm waiting on Vistaprint for my own mailer, which I'm SUPER excited to share - but I'm waiting until it hits the art directors and editors desks first.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend everyone!



I finished these beets a few weeks ago and forgot to share them! It's my first finished illustration in a newer style using mixed media. There are layered elements, colored pencil and ink, and a mixed use of papers (hot press, cold press, kraft). They'll be displayed next month in a gallery show - which I'll be sure to announce in a few weeks.

The Brotfinka recipe comes from my dear friend Anna's family. It's quite delicious (if you can read it!) and a beautiful shade of red/pink. Her family is Polish and as a child, mealtimes always had me a little nervous. I usually tease her about that time they 'said' they were serving cucumber soup. It turned out to be much more like pickle soup! My favorite meal was fruit compote with gooseberries, served cold with egg noodles. Such a foreign concept to my Irish-American palate, but really delicious.

Working on my beets


I've been trying to translate my baby beets art and my experiments with mixed media into a piece for a gallery show. It's much slower to work this way. I'm new to all of the cutting, gluing, and generally working in a non-linear way.


I'm getting close to done. At least I think I am...

Boy, does this way of working make a lot more mess though! More to follow. I think I'm adding a framework of dots or squiggles and a few little details still.