Friday, December 30, 2011

Celebrate Christmas and a Happy New Year

I thought these dancing Christmas girls illustrated celebration: Both Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Blogged here.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Celebrating with the World... the animal world that is!

These animals are kicking high and celebrating the New Year that is before us!

Friday, December 16, 2011


It's been a good while since I posted. This something I did a couple of years ago on a free drawing program called "Inkscape." I don't believe I have posted it here's a couple of days past "Snow or No" but I thought it might be appropriate...and also get me back in the groove again.
I have been stopping by here every few months and the caliber of artists is still very, very good.

Thursday, December 15, 2011


I sent this happy guy out as my holiday card last week.

I just finished my entry for the SCBWI Tomie dePoala award. Did anyone else enter?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


This little Snowman loves the snow!

Sunday, December 11, 2011


Two takes on a snowy scene, both with a touch of digital collage.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Thanks Kayleen!

Thank you Kayleen West for the December banner! It looks great!
Members can still sign up for monthly banner for next year (look in right column). When you send your banner, send it to

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Banner Art for December...

Thanks Kayleen West for signing up for the December banner! Just send your image to me & I'll post it. Also, if you'd like, send challenges for December.

Monday, November 28, 2011

G is for Goat...

This silly little goat is enjoying the beautiful flowers all around him!

The Letter G in Nature

Another letter from my "Nature's Alphabet" book. How many things can you find that start with G?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The letter G in the garden

G for garden, boys and teddy busy at work. Goes well with the rhyme:

"Round and round the garden,
goes the teddy bear,
one step, two step,
tickle you under there.
Other version is here.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Giving Thanks For Play Time

We are so privileged to have such a wonderful occupation. How much fun is it to illustrate or create stories for children (and adults) and spend our hours playing with the materials of our childhood; paint, pencils, paper and all sorts of crafty bits and pieces? Thanks Giving is not something we celebrate in Australia but regularly I thank God for the life I have, for the gift of creativity and the comfort of a studio space to explore my craft.

Think about it for a minute: image after image magically appears, creatively birthed into existence when once it was just blank paper or canvas and paint or other media.  Anything created to give Joy to others is something to be celebrated but I am thankful that I get to enjoy the process of creation as well as the result of it.
I am thankful for sketchbook journaling in between work. It is a great way to just have a play.

This week I took some time off to enjoy journaling, not fussing over perfection, application or expectations of another viewer. It is a collection of random scribbling and collected moments in time. I had a totally indulgent play filling 3 pages and loved it. Sometime we forget why we started illustrating in the first place – because it is FUN!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

What I'm working on...Promo cards.

Something I'm working on this month are holiday/winter postcards. This will be my first ever promotional package that I'm sending out to children's publishers. Any advice or critique, I would be greatful to hear :) This is my first postcard...I will post the rest in the next few weeks.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Finished product!

Well, here is the finished product of my recent post :)!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Work in progress!

Hello Everyone !

It's been a awhile since I've posted on this blog. I've been working a lot in other mediums, so anyways here I post a work in progress I'm doing for my blog header , with the theme of the wonderful holidays coming up :)!!! I know i'm early but later on I will not have much time, so now is the time to attackkkkkk .... so here it is , oh and it's done in watercolour pencil by the way!
Their was a first attempt which i did mixed media, acrylic and watercolour pencil, i liked it but it was missing some volume I found. As a result I reworked it and this is what I came up with! Below you see the thumbnail version in the very begginning and then the first final attempt and then u see the really last attempt (but not finished yet).

Thank you for viewing

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Watercolor Wednesday monthly banner...

In the past, Watercolor Wednesdays had a new banner for each month--members would sign up for the month they wanted to illustrate. I'd love to see that happen again. Don't get me wrong, I love our banner & we'll keep Monica Carnesi's beautiful illustration as our logo (thanks Monica!), but I'd love to see more member interaction.

If you're interested in doing a particular monthly banner, please add a comment to this post and let me know what month you're interested in illustrating. It's first come, first serve. Oh...but, there's a little catch. The banner artist sets the challenges for the month (you'll send those to me via email, along with the image for the month a couple of days prior to the end of the month, then I'll post it all). It's not too late for someone to sign up for November!

Hope to hear from you & thanks for being a part of Watercolor Wednesdays!
We've got a sign up--thanks!:
March - Penny Noble

Monday, November 7, 2011

F is for my new frog fella

Finally more Watercolours and gauche work to share. Load of new info on my blog this last month everyone. I would love you to come and see all the things I have been up to. Going nut with creativity lately! Kayleen's Blog

Sunday, November 6, 2011

F is for Fish!

Goldie tends her small fish friends, until they are ready for the world outside this tank!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

F is for Forest Friends!

  felt like drawing some mini-Totoros in a forest, as a tribute to one of my favorite childhood films! :)

Wendi Chen

Monday, October 31, 2011

F is for Flamingo

and for Frog.
watercolor on cold press

E is for Elephant

E is for Elephant and Egg.
Illustrated in watercolor on cold press.

Letter "e" and a garden visitor

The letter "e" with friends.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

What I've been working on

This is what I was working on last month! :-)
I took part on SCBWI-EPA's annual Illustrators Day workshop and this year the assignment was to create a few illustrations for Little Red Riding Hood.

It's been a while since I posted here on Watercolor Wednesdays, and I just wanted to say hi!

What I've been working on by Wendy Martin

I'm still chipping away at my picture book dummy. Baby steps.

Also, I've been on the hunt for an agent and am in the waiting to hear back stage.

Plus, I'm part of a group of other kidlitters who are working together to make November official Picture Book Month. (Both School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly ran articles on Thursday this week.) Visit the web site to find out more.

Is anyone else signed up for Picture Book Idea Month in November?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

What have I been working on?

What have I NOT been working on? This should be the question. I have been working like a mad woman possessed with my sketchbooks. The Sketchbook Project exploration pieces and folio work.

My blog and Facebook page is getting a good social hammering as I vent my creative enthusiasm while I rework my website. I feel exhausted just typing it.

This watercolour was created for the Illustration Friday theme "Scattered" and for my portfolio. I enjoyed it tremendously.

Art Show

I also am working hard to get all the paintings done and hoping a few people can come and see this. It is in downtown or uptown Halifax. A trendy part of town. The painting are acrylic so that is a watercolor also sort of. Just thought I would show you.

Book Launch

My first book. Mostly in watercolor.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

What I have been working on.....

Which one to choose?

What I have been working on, similar
(both watercolor) but very different.

Illustration Friday works

Ive been working on a lot of big projects that i cant show anyone yet so in the meantime ive been trying to keep up with illustration Friday. Here's two pieces I really enjoy from the last two words, scattered and fuel.

What I'm Working on by Linda Snider Ward

I've been working on small, 5" x 7", watercolor paintings, a little break from working in oils. The cat, The Deep Snooze, is today's image & is one that I posted to a new site that I set up called The Painted Cat (you're welcome to join if cats are your thing). The horse, Warrior, was completed this week along with several others for a series I call The Sun Horse.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

What I am Working On by Sophie Cayless

A little sketch from a recent vacation at Morro Bay California.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

What I'm working on...IF post 'Scattered'

This is my first Watercolor Wednesdays post. I just finished a piece for this week's Illustration Friday word. I love running and just starting participating in local events this year, so I had this idea of illustrating a colorful crowd of runners 'scattered' across the streets.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Seeds in the wind

From Illustration Friday challenge scattered, which my thoughts have been...I am still trying to do at least one painting a week.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

bully solution

This one’s a little late, but then lionosauruses aren’t renowned for their speed...

Sipho would never again have trouble from bullies on his way home from school, not while he was safe up on his lionosaurus!

I originally had a different version digitally coloured, you can check it out here.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

New idea for greeting card

This is one of the designs for a new line of cards. I tore colored paper for the background and then put the cutouts on top. I haven't used color paper for a long time..It was great fun!

Welcome new member!

Please welcome new member Ashley Stanners! You can view her illustrations at her blog

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Letter D...

Daisy Dragon just loves the letter "D"

Friday, September 23, 2011

Standing up to the School Bully by Michelle Krasny

The tables have turned! Also I'm having serious scanner issues, what do you guys use to get such beautiful digital representations of your watercolors?

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Letter C by Sophie Cayless

Here is another letter composed of plants and animals beginning with that letter. A tight squeeze on the scanner, sorry!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Honoring 9/11

I can't believe it's been 10 years since the day that changed America forever. May everyone stay safe this weekend - blessings to you & yours.

Remebering 911

I will never forget the day as it unfolded. I sat glued to the TV unable to think of anything else!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Letter A by Sophie Cayless

It's a bit late but in time for the start of school here. This is an illustration for an alphabet book in which every letter is made up of things in nature beggining with that letter--here, acorns, antlers, asters, ants etc. Not published yet!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Group of Children

Does two count as a group? Inspiration vintage children's illustrations and the warm days of summer. On my blog I have the same illustration colored digitally I wonder what advice anyone could give me on the direction to go in? 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Note to Rodrige Abrahim

Rodrige, I see that you are a member, but I'm not seeing your email. Please send your email address to me & I'll resend your invite so that you can post.
Sorry about that!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Welcome New Member!

Welcome to new member Michelle Krasny! Just jump right in--we're looking forward to seeing your illustrations!

A note to Vesper: your email invite was sent to you in July but apparently not responded to--check your spam folder. I resent it, so hopefully you get it.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Baboon (hot & sweaty)

Hello everyone!
It’s been a strange winter here, hot n’ dry (more so than usual) and everyone’s feeling it…

This illustration comes from a personal, work-in-progress kids book. Sadly, it’s one of those back-burner projects. I like to mix things up a bit, this is watercolour and digital collage.