Friday, November 25, 2016

The Christmas Fox

I've been neglecting my blog lately in favor of Facebook, but would love to be able to continue to do both. Unfortunately it seems that blogger and facebook no longer seem to get along as well as they used to! If anyone has found a way to use them both together, I'd be happy to hear it. Otherwise, I may be migrating my blog to another site. Any recommendations would be welcome!

In the meantime, my book, The Christmas Fox is out in stores!

Saturday, March 05, 2016


Some sketches of my baby boy.

Facebook and Blogger have not been getting along as well as they used to, so I've been posting on facebook lately instead of here, but I'd like to find a better answer.

These sketches are from Day 5 of my facebook 5-day sketch challenge. I'll post the other days up here too. But for now, here's Louiot!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

At the Feeder

A sharp-shinned hawk
Not sure the sparrows appreciated him as much as I did.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Day at the Museum

The Met, that is.

To see John Singer Sargent.
If you haven't been yet, you must go. And go now! It ends Oct. 4.

I went yesterday, and got the audio tour and listened and sketched.
Like being a kid in a candy store!

This next one's the real deal- from a little iphone photo.
Hope it's ok that I'm posting it here.
My favorite piece of the show.
And no, I didn't make a sketch of it.
Just enjoyed it.

Friday, June 12, 2015

A baby in my backyard

Found this pretty baby on my way to the studio this morning...

Friday, May 29, 2015

Pardon the Pun

A sheep at my desk...

(my apologies to all you normal people out there...)

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Honoring Judy Blume

This year the Annual Children's Book Art Auction at BookExpo America is honoring Judy Blume. One of my favorite books growing up was Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. So I painted a little 3 part piece showing a moment not explicitly described in the story. The disappearance of Dribble. :)

In the actual art, the piece is horizontal, but here I moved things around here for the blog.

Proceeds from the auction will support the Kids' Right to Read Project and Banned Books Week. It's put together by the American Bookseller's for Free Expression and the ABC Children's Group. It's sponsored by Random House Children's Book this year.

Here's some more info...

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


I went on a roadtrip a few weeks ago with my littlest for company. On the way home the trees were so pretty along the side of the road I had to keep stopping to take pictures. She was very patient with me.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Gratuitous Baby Cuteness

Sorry. Just have to post these.

Friday, April 10, 2015

How to Make an Easter Egg

So... finally... a much awaited post.
How to make an Easter egg!

It's not as hard as it looks.
Essentially, you dip your egg into a sequence of dyes, going from lighter to darker, and apply beeswax along the way to keep the part of each color that you want to preserve. You can do the same thing with a clear/white crayon that sometime comes with drugstore easter egg kits-- but not in such a detailed way.

So, you start by applying wax to anything you'd like to keep white on your egg. Then you dye your egg yellow, and apply wax to anything you'd like to keep yellow.

Then dip in orange, and apply wax to anything you'd like to keep orange.


 And so on.

At the end, if you've done it right, your egg looks all black and mucky.

It's usually good to be a bit selective about the colors you use on each egg, because if you want to use oranges and reds they can muddy your blues and greens and vice versa. However, sometimes you get interesting results by scrambling things up a bit as well!

To apply the wax, you use a special kind of stylus that you heat up over a candle flame.

Next comes the fun part...

And at the end when you've finished all your colors, you melt all the wax off using a candle flame as well. It's important to hold your egg near the side of the flame, and not over the top of the flame, to avoid getting a black ashy stain on your egg. You melt the wax with the flame, and then wipe the spot with a paper towel, until your egg is all clean and beautiful.

In the past, I've ordered supplies from this place:
I like them very much over the phone-- But haven't yet managed to visit!

Friday, April 03, 2015

We're getting ready for the Easter Bunny!

We've been hard at work!

This one's from a couple of years ago...
And here's one from last year. A Ukrainian Pyrenean Shepherd looking for his sheep...

 Here's this year's in progress. A little fox of course...

Get ready everyone. The Easter Bunny's coming!