Friday, February 10, 2017

IF: Tea

I love tea. And what could be better than tea and biscuits???

IF: Up

I haven't participated in Illustration Friday in forever. I never seem to look early enough and then struggle to get a finished illustration done before Friday (just like this week)

The prompt for this one was Up.

Friday, November 04, 2016

Friday Five

I've been meaning to post on my blog more, and thanks to Gina Perry I've been inspired to at least post on Fridays. Here's 5 ways I'm moving forward in my quest to become a published writer/illustrator:

1)Attend more workshops! September I went to our North Texas SCBWI retreat and also spent some time at The Birdhouse with my friend, Janee Trasler;  October was a workshop with Ben Clanton and tomorrow I'm attending a picture book workshop in Tulsa, Oklahoma to learn from Tammi Sauer. I'm determined to learn all that I can to write a picture book that an editor falls in love with!

2)Create! I've created 4 new portfolio pieces that I'm really happy with and also reworked my logo. I've decided I want to focus on the preschool board book arena. You can check out my portfolio at

3)Learn new techniques! I'm lucky that my day job allows me to work in Adobe Photoshop sometimes, and this week I also worked in Adobe InDesign laying out a brochure and also the district's holiday cards. I have used InDesign in the past, but this allowed me to refresh my memory and learn how to do more in Photoshop & InDesign.

4)It's okay to fail. I saw a video on FB about the lady who invented SPANX that said she grew up in a family that encouraged failure because if you are failing that means you are trying and going for it. Well, I received a critique for a story I submitted to an editor and it wasn't the most glowing critique, but instead of getting down and hopeless, I decided to take the comments and see how I can make it a better story. I agree it wasn't working. I'm hopeful that I can make it better and hopefully find a publisher for it.

5)I've forgiven myself for not having the confidence to follow my dream in the past. I was telling a friend the other day that I believe we have a path mapped out for us, and even though we know what it is, we can wander elsewhere. That true passion always brings us back to where we belong though. It's okay. Don't beat yourself up over the wandering. I learned a lot about myself and I became more aware of what is important in my life. :)

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Summer School!!

I had to take a summer school class in high school due to a failed semester of P.E. (yes, I failed P.E. in 9th grade - who does that??!) But that's a story for a different time. Let's just say that the accounting class I took to make up that credit was not that exciting for me, but was indoors, there was air conditioning, and no swim cap was required, so there's that.

Fast forward roughly 33 years and I can honestly say I'm excited for summer school! This one is even better though because 1)It's from the comfort of my own home (or work office, because, hey, I admit it, I check my emails at work) 2)It's all about the craft of writing, which I love! 3)There are fabulous prizes for just commenting on posts or completing the program.

And what's not to love about this logo?!??!!

So stinkin' cute!!

If you would like to join in on the Kidlit Summer School fun, go to to get signed up. There is also a Facebook page to participate even more. Class begins Monday July 11th through August 5, 2016.

I'm off to buy a new pencil box, but you go ahead and get signed up and I'll see you in class tomorrow. :)

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Crochet Monkey

I've been going through old files and revamping my portfolio. I found this cute little monkey I created with a crochet afghan my aunt made. I think he would be great in a preschool classroom. It's always fun to find previous work that you still love. :)

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Illustration Friday: Bouquet

It's been for-ev-er since I participated in Illustration Friday. I did a little sketch today for this week's theme, bouquet.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Refilling the creative well!

My one-of-a-kind crochet puppet!
I have been away from this blog for too long. Actually, I've been away from illustration for too long as well. I've been doing creative things, like crocheting or decorating bulletin boards at work, but not much illustration for the past year.

You know how you think you're doing the right thing because financially it makes sense, but it still doesn't feel right emotionally/spiritually/even physically? That's how it was for me. I decided two years ago to go back to school to get a degree/training in court reporting. Although I've always found it fascinating, and I love court TV, I really only did it for the income.

Me & my puppet at The State Fair of Texas
At first, I was working, going to CR school, and also illustrating, but add all that into having a family, and I was wearing myself pretty thin. Because I was excelling at court reporting classes, I decided to put illustration on hold for a while. Fast forward 2 years. I've been struggling at the 160 wpm speed for 15 months, not enjoying court reporting school anymore, switching programs to see if that would help (it didn't), feeling pretty hopeless but afraid to give up 2 years worth of blood/sweat/tears/tuition. I started to wonder if I would even like the job if I managed to get through school in another 2-3 years.

A week ago, I made the decision to walk away from the goal of becoming a court reporter and go back to children's illustration. I can't even begin to explain how much better I feel. One week! I'm less stressed! I feel excited about drawing again! I'm happy. I've decided not to say I quit court reporting school. Quitting seems harsh. It sounds like what I did wasn't for the best. That's not the case. Sometimes knowing that you've taken a wrong turn is the best thing that can happen. I'd like to say I was reunited with my creative self. That part of me was wilting underneath the weight of having to pass tests at 95% or higher, the brief forms that wouldn't stick in my memory, and the feeling of failure when fellow students passed me by on their journey. I prefer to say I'm following a path that was mapped out for me long ago when I enjoyed doodling, picture books, and the belief that my stuffed toys were real friends. I feel like I fit in around the folks of children's publishing. I love books - especially picture books. I want to encourage creativity, the joys of reading/drawing, and bring smiles to children of all ages. And I want to encourage everyone to do what makes them happy every day. :)

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Tomie DePaola Contest

I haven't blogged in a long, long time. Sorry about that. Well, it is what it is. Here's my entry for this year's SCBWI Tomie DePaola contest. The prompt was a poem: A Sneeze is a breeze in your nose. Enjoy.