Sunday, December 31, 2017

Goodbye 2017

I know that it has been awhile since I have posted on here. Nine months, roughly. But, I have had the best reason to be away. For most of this year, my husband and I were expecting our third child, and two weeks ago, we were made to be the luckiest parents of another little girl. We have been blessed to have two amazing children already and now can count our blessings once more. As 2017 comes to an end, I am grateful for all that the year has brought me, especially my complete family of five. I have no doubt that 2018 will bring great things and hope to be able to share more of this past year's projects, as well as the things that I take on in the coming year. Happy New Year, everyone!

Monday, March 27, 2017

SCBWI Draw This: March

As the year moves along, I have continued to stay productive with my artwork. I have a two and a half year old and an almost six month old baby at home and somehow managed so far to have completed eight paintings at this point (and of course, various other forms of art, including needle felting). 

The above painting is my submission for the March SCBWI Draw This challenge. The prompt word is MARCH. I couldn't decide whether to focus on the action of marching, or the month of March. I am a year round type of person, looking forward to each coming season, and excited for the changes that take place. We have been spoiled with a mild winter here in NY, and I was thinking spring thoughts when I came up with this concept. A spring march through the rain. I'm looking forward to marching through some spring rain puddles with my toddler soon!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Taking things lying down

While January was a month about working and creating, February was the month where the universe told me to slow down. My two year old came down with a mild case of the flu, the first time she has ever been sick for longer than a couple of days. Then, I threw out my back so badly that I was walking around with my top half parallel to the floor. It has been a few weeks on the road to recovery, and I have had to be creative with my parenting. There has been a lot of time spent on the floor doing art projects and I am pushing my baby around the house in his pram, but I am still doing what I can to create and stay inspired. Hopefully the rest of the year will be a healthy one!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

January Celebrations

I always plan to begin the new year with some time to recover from the holidays. But as usual, the year started off with so much inspiration that I couldn't sit still,  I now have two kids and am at a point in my life where I want to focus on gestures for the people I know who are there when it counts. I decided to make custom paintings for three friends with January birthdays, and these are the results. Each one was created to reflect the particular friend with some of their favorite things. I wasn't sure how successful I would be in creating these custom paintings, but I found the conceptual process to be quite easy, and look forward to creating more this year as additional celebrations come up.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Ringing in 2017

2017 has been off to quite the start. This is the first painting I made, and though I painted it on New Year's Day, it has taken me nearly the entire month to find the time to post it here. This captures my first moments of 2017, when someone nearby decided to set off a fireworks celebration, causing my two year old to wake up in terror. Luckily, my three month old slept through the noise. I hope that this year is being extra kind to all of you and hope to be able to share more of my quiet moments as they happen.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Farewell 2016

I know that for many, 2016 was a year that couldn't end soon enough. But for me, it was an incredibly kind year, filled with wonderful surprises and reminders of the blessings in my life. To start with, I found out on Valentine's Day that my husband and I were expecting our second child, and then gave birth in October. I had some great adventures, visiting Amherst, MA on the coldest day of the year (cannot wait to go back to see it in warmer weather!), and Philadelphia, on one of the warmest days, where I could easily spend a lifetime exploring all that the city has to offer. I also feel as though I made great strides in my artwork, testing myself with tight deadlines, creating pieces off of topics decided by others, and commission work. And I have gotten a lot more comfortable openly sharing my artwork, which has always given me a varying level of anxiety. I look forward to what 2017 has to offer, but hope that it doesn't fly by!

(Note: Above is my latest painting, done for the SCBWI postcard contest. The requirements were to include a kite, which is the adopted symbol of the SCBWI. The selected winners will have their artwork featured on postcards printed for the SCBWI offices. I didn't win, but I am extremely proud of the piece. As I have two young children that I am staying at home to raise, I relate to the mother bird being unable to leave her nest. It is so nice when you can still communicate with friends!)

Saturday, December 3, 2016

VOTE Update: For the Win!

I am very excited to announce that my painting for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators was selected as one of the two winners for its November Draw This! competition. This means so much to me, not only because there are a lot of other very talented artists who participated, but also because this challenge allowed me to say something more with my artwork. This piece is featured on the front page of You can find the full gallery of participants here:

SCBWI will be taking a short hiatus from the Draw This! competition to focus on their winter conference and will return in February 2017 with a new prompt word. I can't wait to see what they have planned next!