Friday, February 17, 2017

Bloomin Beard





We are having unexpectedly balmy weather here in Baltimore. Some flowers are even popping their heads sheepishly out of the ground and deciding to bloom. All this lovely weather made my brain think of shoots and leaves and while I was thinking of an illustration for theme of Botanical for the 52-Week Illustration Challenge this flowery bearded man popped into my head and I thought, why not? He does look like every hipster in skinny jeans around but he also has that Pan Greek mythology look too.

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Flamingo Kiss










Inspired by Valentine's Day I painted these sassy Flamingos doing a dance that might just be the Electric Boogaloo while gearing up to give eachother a smackaroo. Have a smashing Valentine's Day whatever you get up to.

Then I was inspired by the experiences of a London friend...... he has a wild fox in the neighborhood who sometimes sleeps on his sofa... can't help wondering.... what's the fox's story and why isn't he scared of humans? So I drew this illustration.
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Friday, December 16, 2016

A Guinea Pig Christmas



We have been busy making okay eating a lot of cookies. We made a lot of these chocolate gingerbread men which were meant to be for a cookie exchange but we ate them before they were exchanged. It is surprisingly hard to do the icing on these....but luckily I had a hardworking house elf to complete the job.





The royals look like they are having a whale of a time in their Christmas sweaters. I really want that corgi one the Queen is wearing. I would love to be a fly on the wall as they tuck in on Christmas day! 

I am running about like a lunatic trying to finish up the Christmas shopping because tomorrow we have predicted snow and ice rain and I don't want to be sliding around in that. Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? I will be glad when it is all over, let me tell you.

I did manage to finish a Guinea Pig Calendar which is perfect for little people this Christmas. It is full of Guinea Pigs and so much fun. Like this excitable little chap:







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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Blackbirds





Hurrah! Happy Days are here again. I have decided to stop stewing about the election and get back to trying to be cheerful!

Like Paul McCartney sings.....

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to be free

It make me think about birds and how very free they are. I ended up painting a pattern design of blackbirds swirling around a forest.


Blackbirds, watercolor




For the next four years let's try and be cheerful and never forget these wonderful guys. Farewell Barack and Joe you will be missed.




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Friday, November 11, 2016

Happy Frogs



I have been very sad and very angry about the outcome of the election. But when all is said and done it was the usual problem of 46% not voting leaving the arena wide open for Trump to seize victory. Let us instead try and move forward however difficult it is.

I was very sad to hear about Leonard Cohen dying. What a wonderful poet and singer he was. He said he was depressed for much of his life but his songs are curiously uplifting, especially in these very dark times.

Nevertheless I managed to paint some poison dart frogs, this time as a surface pattern design. I call them happy frogs although who knows if frogs have feelings or not?



Poison dart frogs are amazingly beautiful creatures which lend themselves to an abstract design. Unfortunately their rain forest habitat is under threat.

Happy Frogs, watercolor and acrylic inks

Have a great weekend and let's hope for happier times!

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Kitty Siesta


It seems like the run up to the election has been going on for years. I can't tell you how sick I am of it! Get on with it already.

Someone near here 'vandalized' a Trump poster with some Bush/Quayle stickers. Made me laugh! Does anyone remember Dan Quayle, he was a charming simpleton who always put his foot in his mouth?

Here are a few Quaylisms:

"I have made good judgements in the Past. I have made good judgements in the Future."

"If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure."

"Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child."

"What a waste it is to lose one's mind. Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is."

I do remember him fondly....

We have had a hectic Halloween week and although I did not get into costume my daughter and her friend went as Day of the Dead twins with very impressive makeup.


In an ideal world I would love to sleep through the election...maybe that's why I painted a rather blissed out kitty this week...... I swear if there is reincarnation I need to come back as a fat, spoilt ginger cat. That is my spirit animal! Kitty Siesta buy cards, mugs, prints here.

Kitty Siesta, Watercolor
A low voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to the polls.
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A low voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to the polls.
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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Rainbow Farting Unicorn



I painted this Rainbow Farting Unicorn in inks as part of the 52 Week Illustration Challenge for the theme of RAINBOW. I hope you like him! He is quite the little acrobat!

I have not had time to really think about Halloween this year or even buy a costume. Last year I glued my Cleopatra wig to my head with a glue gun (it was an accident) so maybe I am suffering from Halloween costume PTSD.

I'm going to take it easy this year. Although Tiny Hamster and his friends are having a Halloween party so I will probably join in the fun:





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