Wednesday, April 25, 2007

New Studio

Yay! It's done! I have a brand new space to work! I feel a bit guilty having such a great space (I'm not worthy! I'm not worthy!) But I think I can get used to it.

We decided to put my new studio in the attic. I feel a bit like Quasimodo being all the way up here in the belfry but I love it. For the past six years my husband and I have been sharing an office off the bedroom. For a while it worked out fine because the kids were little and he worked during the day and I worked at night but lately we were trying to occupy the space at the same time and it just wasn't working. Something had to be done.

We were lucky that when they built our house they had put in stairs to the attic and had left rough plumbing for hot water heating. But there was still a lot to do. Here is what the attic looked like before we started...

My biggest pet peeve about the old office was that there were no windows and poor lighting. And the attic I was moving to just had one small window so we added 2 skylights and 3 more windows along the far wall of the room. That's more like it!

Here's a view of the other side of the room. There are still somethings to do yet. I'd like to have a nice corner desk. Luckily my husband likes building desks. And I want a big gigundous bulletin board so I don't have to spread out my drawings on the floor anymore. I've already bought some new red fabric to slipcover my old tired sofa (I am SO sick of those flowers!) And I think those big sliding closet doors are just begging to be painted with something interesting. hmmm....

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Illustration Friday - Polar

This is a two-page spread I did for a picture book I wrote called the "Arctic Caboose" about explorer Robert Peary's expeditions to the North Pole. Several people thought I goofed because they didn't think puffins could fly (yep, they can - I've seen 'em)

Kindergarten Book Talk

Click on me to see me run!

The kindergarten kids at our school have to do "book talks" every month. I love book talks, I'm really bummed that this is our last year of doing them. The kids chose a book to bring in and share with the class. In addition to standing up and explaining the book to their classmates they have to do a project related to the book. It was my son's turn today. He chose "Firefighter" by Michael Rex and for the project we made a firefighter. I think he's pretty cute if I do say so myself. We put his legs on with a paper fastener so he could run to the fire. (Click on him and you can see his legs move.) Run Fireman Leo! Run!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Illustration Friday - Fortune

Everyone knows that leprechauns have a fortune hiding at the end of the rainbow. (This particular leprechaun is a St. Patrick's day card I did for Design Design Inc.)

Speaking of leprechauns, I moved to Massachusetts several years ago. When St. Patrick's Day rolled around my neighbors all asked me if my daughter was setting leprechaun traps the night before St. Patrick's Day. I was told that the leprechauns always seem to elude the traps set for them but they do leave treats for the girls and boys that try to incarcerate them.

I grew up in Pennsylvania and my mom was heavily into all the holiday traditions from Santa to the Easter Bunny, but leprechaun traps were a new one to me. Anyone else ever hear of this tradition?

Brand Spanking New Publisher

Congratulations! It's a bouncing baby publisher! New children's publisher, Pleasant St. Press has officially launched their website this week. Visit them at Why am I so excited? Because I am honored to be illustrating one of their very first books "If a Monkey Jumps onto Your School Bus" The illustrations are still in the works but I've been having a ball working on them. It's such a fun story. Hopefully I'll be able to share the cover with you soon.

Well I better get back to work. There are monkeys that need a drawin'.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Spring Cleaning

I've been doing some spring cleaning around the house lately and I thought I'd extend that to my website too. I changed the color scheme and added a few new images. I hope to add more images in the coming weeks. If you have a chance come check it out at

Saturday, April 07, 2007


John Nez's post of these beautiful cherry trees prompted me to post a picture of New England in spring time.

This photo was taken out my window a couple of days ago. My husband built the bench - he's so handy.

Illustration Friday - Green

Kermit always sang, "it's not easy bein' green." But this guy seems to have come to terms with his olive complexion.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Spring has sprung

Here in Massachusetts we aren't enjoying the daffodils like this guy yet but at least there are a few brave crocus poking their heads out. But I heard we are suppose to get snow later this week. sigh.