Illustration Friday: Carry

There were so many nights like this with my babies. Sinking into the night, but holding on just enough to get through.

One really rough night with my son, I blasted Bird and the Bee's Birthday on my headphones. I know the song is probably meant romantically, but it became my mommy anthem.

I originally sketched this with text from the lyrics: Hold On / Hold On. As a finish, I just wanted to leave it pure.

IF: Dusty


Dusty was my friend Becky's pony. Old and slow, except the one time I tried to ride him. He took off like a bolt, and since I was just holding on to his mane I hit the grass, eating <ahem> his dust. It was my first and only pony ride.

Have you Ripple'd?


Have you contributed to Ripple yet? Just because it's no longer the Illustration Friday theme doesn't mean it's not still a fun and satisfying place to share your art - and for a great cause!

Stop by Ripple's blog to support the birds. The above card is flying to his new owner today - I hope to paint a few more but I'm busy with an illustration assignment for the next few weeks so it'll have to wait.

Illustration Friday: Ripple


For a donation of $10 to The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies and The International Bird Rescue Research Center you can own this original gouache card, as well as a host of others by artists across the globe. See the details on Kelly Light's Ripple blog.

Here's to you Kelly, dear. I wouldn't have thought that by the time I got to painting a Ripple, I would be in the 300 series.

I am so impressed with Kelly Light's generosity and drive to make Ripple such a success.

Hopefully, I can paint at least one more card to add to the collective splash the wonderful art community is making.

Also, I've never seen a real Pelican. Certainly, my little boy hasn't. I truly hope we are able to do so someday, don't you?