Monday, December 5, 2011

What If Shakespeare Had Written The Three Little Pigs?

The Three Little Pigs told by comedian John Branyan

This is hilarious (it might seem even more funny because I am doped up on cold medicine), I have watched it over and over.


Check this out, a typewriter that paints!

This is a synesthete's dream come true. I so want this typewriter. This is going on the top of my Christmas wish list. To be able to type using my synesthesia...that would totally rock!

I also like this watch from Mod Cloth.

Thursday, December 1, 2011


The Sea Monster's Complaint

The Sea Monster's Complaint
By Kenn Nesbitt

My breakfast never varies;
it's the same thing everyday.
And lunch and dinner likewise
make me yawn and turn away.
I'm craving something different.
I'm in need of something new.
Some pickles, some lasagna,
or a chocolate cake or two.
I'd like a dozen pizzas
and some carry-out Chinese,
a turkey, ham and pot roast
with potatoes, pies and peas.
I want a bag of burgers,
and a barrel full of rice.
I'll wash it down with twenty quarts
of soda pop on ice.
My taste buds need variety
to pass between my lips.
No more of just the same old thing!
I'm sick of fish and ships.
This started out as a doodle. I couldn't get the image out of my head so I decided to go ahead and make a "proper" painting. I didn't find this poem until after I completed the painting.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011

And So The Tale Begins...

I am working on a series of chapter heading illustrations for the book "Beauty" by Robin McKinley. It is a retelling of beauty and the beast. This drawing is for the first chapter.

The Cow, the Bob-a-do, the Camel, and the Moon

The Purple Cow
By Gelett Burgess
I never saw a purple cow.
I never hope to see one.
But I can tell you anyhow
I'd rather see than be one.

By Laura Elizabeth Richards

Once there was an elephant,
Who tried to use the telephant—
No! no! I mean an elephone
Who tried to use the telephone—
(Dear me! I am not certain quite
That even now I've got it right.)
Howe'er it was, he got his trunk
Entangled in the telephunk;
The more he tried to get it free,
The louder buzzed the telephee—
(I fear I'd better drop the song
Of elephop and telephong!)

Sally the Camel

Sally the Camel has five humps
Sally the Camel has five humps
Sally the Camel has five humps
So ride, Sally , ride.
Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom!

Sally the Camel has four humps
Sally the Camel has four humps
Sally the Camel has four humps
So ride, Sally , ride.
Boom, boom, boom, boom!

Sally the Camel has three humps
Sally the Camel has three humps
Sally the Camel has three humps
So ride, Sally , ride.
Boom, boom, boom!

Sally the Camel has two humps
Sally the Camel has two humps
Sally the Camel has two humps
So ride, Sally , ride.
Boom, boom!

Sally the Camel has one hump
Sally the Camel has one hump
Sally the Camel has one hump
So ride, Sally , ride. Boom!

Sally the Camel has no humps
Sally the Camel has no humps
Sally the Camel has no humps
Because Sally is a horse, of course!

Mr. Moon, Mr. Moon
Mr. Moon, Mr. Moon,
You're out too soon;
The sun is still in the sky.
Go back to bed and cover up your head,
And wait till the day goes by!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Illustrated Once And For All

There are some classic stories that have been so well made that I would never even consider re-illustrating them. In my mind I can't separate the stories from their pictures. I definitely recommend these books:
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis, Illustrated by Pauline Baynes
Charlotte's Web by E. B. White, Illustrated by Garth Williams
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Illustrated by Garth Williams
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, Illustrated by N. C. Wyeth
Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne, Illustrated by E.H. Shepard

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carol, Illustrated by John Tenniel
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens, Illustrated by Robert Seymour

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Dog Days of Summer

Here is what I have been working on this summer:
This is Princess Fiona...part ogress, part princess. I have been drawing her alot lately.
I have limited vehicle access this summer, that combined with this 100 degree weather we have been having, has been keeping me pretty close to home when I am not working. My parent's pets are also staying very close to the AC this summer and in the process have found their way into my sketch book.
I don't want to draw this dog anymore. I want to go to the zoo or the aquarium. I want to be drawing bears, bob-a-doos, penguins, lizards, sharks, kids...anything but this dog! This is Corky, we are dog sitting him for a week or so. He is a sweet dog that is so ugly he is cute. He reminds me of Ribsy.
This is Otis. He was named after the dog on "Milo and Otis" He about as active as Fiona...which means he sleeps most of the day (when he is not dragging dead rabbits inside through the doggie door).I did attempt to draw the neighbor's horses but I am a bit of a wimp and it didn't take long for me to return to the AC.
P.S....Here are some paintings based on my sketches that I did over the summer:

 When I brought them into class this fall, these were the paintings that got the most attention. I thought I must be doing something right. Also, I enjoy it, so I have been continuing to work this way.

Rainbow Pegasus

This is a postcard I made for my pen pal, Elise.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Have Your Cake And Eat It too

This is one of four paintings I have recently finished.


"London is of course the proper place for a young man, for seeing the manners and customs of society, and for getting a living in some of the less frequent grooves of human labor, but for a residence give me a rural or marine retreat. I sigh for some 'cool sequestered spot'; the world forgetting, by the world forgot." -Randolph Caldecott

"Dickens and Alice in Wonderland have been illustrated once and for all." Beatrix Potter

"If I were invited to a dinner party with my characters I wouldn't show up." -Dr. Seuss

When asked where he gets his ideas for books, Dr Seuss replied with sarcasm:

"This is the most asked question of any successful author. Most authors will not disclose their source for fear that other less successful authors will chisel in on their territory. However, I am willing to take a chance. I get all my ideas in Switzerland near the Forka Pass. There is a little town called Gletch, and two thousand feet up above Gltech there is a smaller hamlet called Uber Gletch. I go there on the fourth of August every summer to get my cuckoo clock repaired. While the cuckoo is in the hospital, I wander around and talk to the people, and I get my ideas from them."

Friday, May 6, 2011

Pain, Lots of Pain!!

I don't really like technology to begin with and I HATE it when they update computer things!!!! I finally figure out how it works and I have it all set up the exact way I want it and then some bored geek at the computer company decides to move everything around for absolutely NO reason!! Now I don't know where anything is and I can't use the system the way I want to...grr. Did I give them permission to mess up my computer? If this is "progress," send me back to the stone age. I'm seriously thinking of hoisting those geeks up a flag pole by their underwear or stuffing them in a trash can! Or maybe a grand piano will fall from the sky and land on them. Or I'll tar and feather them. Or they get eaten by dinosaurs. Or I'll feed them to the shrieking eels. "Oh I know. I'll turn him into a flea, a harmless little flea! And then I'll put that flea in a box. And then I'll put that box inside another box and then mail that box to myself. And when it arrives...AH HA HA HA HA!!!! I'LL SMASH IT WITH A HAMMER!!! IT'S BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT I TELL YOU!!! GENIUS, I SAY!!!!...Or to save on postage, I'll just poison him..." I will make it so "your insides are out, your outsides are in, your entrails will become your extrails...pain, lots of pain!!"

Thursday, April 21, 2011


I am living in the library this week and surviving on water, dry pita bread, apples and carrots. I am writing my dissertation (which is my excuse for why I don't have any new sketches to post at the moment) and am currently researching the Baroque Period. All day I've been snickering to myself:

"If it's not Baroque, don't fix it."

It is better than the other day when I had "The Song That Never Ends" stuck in my head.


...for being about art, these books I've been reading for my report sure don't have very many pictures.

Thursday, April 7, 2011


In the third grade, my school had story time. It was my favorite part of school (well besides playing marbles at recess). I remember we read "The 100 Dresses" and "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh". But I also remember Mrs. Joy showing us a wordless story. It was black and white illustrations on separate pieces of paper that had been laminated. I remember it was a story about an elephant who got sent to jail for some reason. The elephant sneezed and the jail fell apart. The elephant walked away holding an umbrella over a lady friend (another elephant?). Mrs. Joy talked about how you don't have to use words to tell a story. The whole thing fascinated me. I think it was the first time I realized I could tell stories using only pictures. I have spent years wondering about that wordless story. I haven't seen it since. Because it wasn't bound, I wasn't sure if it was even a book. Today, I decided to google it... I searched "elephant in jail wordless story" And I found it!!!!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Books I Remember From Childhood

I don't know if anyone else will care about this, but I think it is interesting. I have put together a list of some of the books I remember from my childhoold. What I read was strongly influenced by recomendations from my Mom, the librarian, and Reading Rainbow.

King Bidgood's in the Bathtub was my all time favorite book when I was a kid

Meet Addy was the first book I read that made me cry.

I really liked 20,000 Baseball Cards Under The Sea. I awlays looked for it at the library.

I hate Magic Eye books. I have never been able to see the image, not once. It seems like the visual equivalent of snipe hunting.