Bookstore Reading

We had a wonderful time at the Rare Vision Books’ Christmas in the Depot Town Event in Genesee Depot on Saturday December 11.

We joined fellow Wisconsin authors and illustrators for a Christmas event at Rare Vision Books for reading from our newest books. Deb was so wonderful at reading from our first picture book!

We also enjoyed the wonderful Christmas vibe while patrons waited to meet Santa.

We have a limited edition set available which includes an adorable Roxy the Fox plushie and our new book.

It’s always a treat to meet other local authors and share tips and experiences. We had a jolly time!

Thrifty Thursday – Holiday Theme

More fun thrift store finds to share:

Two boxes of 16 Christmas cards for $2.30 each.

A couple sets of Christmas high-ball/old fashioned glasses for 90 cents each.

A set of Christmas mugs and saucers for 60 cents for each set

I was in a Christmasy mood and they had a lot of holiday items on display.

Postcard Series: Season’s Greetings

In between working on my weekly sketchbook pages of animal art illustrations, and trying to create something everyday, I’m also having fun practicing hand lettering combined with watercolor wreaths. I turned these watercolor postcard paintings into new notecards in my Etsy shop.

Season's Greetings painting img_6218Christmas wreaths painting

Season's Greetings notecardsDrawing all the time makes me happy, so Practice Practice Practice has been my motto this year. It’s also great to be able to add new products to my etsy shop based on my drawings and watercolor paintings.


Tiny Art: Christmas Greens

So many things to draw and illustrate, so little time! I love making these tiny art cards, and hope to keep creating a new tiny piece of art almost every day.

It’s fun to experiment on a small canvas (2.5″ x 3.5″) with a variety of art supplies – watercolors and gouache, Micron pens, a Tombow marker and white ink to add a few details.

This week, I used a mostly red to green color palette, and found inspiration in Christmas greenery. Here are seven new tiny art pieces, no. 50-56, which I try to post regularly on Instagram.

tiny art christmas set Happy tiny drawing and painting!


Click here to see Tiny Art no. 43-49.

Click here to see Tiny Art no. 36-42.

Click here to see Tiny Art no. 29-35.

Click here to see Week 4, no. 22-28.

Click here to see Week 3, no. 15-21.

Click here to see Week 2, no. 8-14.

Click here to see Week 1, no. 1-7.

Art Cards-Christmas Tags

I made a set of art cards to represent our Christmas weekend. I’ve been wanting to make a set of cards that look like gift tags, so I traced a template, and then experimented with some pattern doodles and journaling on the fun activities we embarked on and the goodies I received from loved ones.

It was fun working freehand with just a set of Micron pens and Sharpie markers.

It’s fun to look through our Flickr group to see all the great illustrations, techniques and experiments we’ve done over the past year. I made a set of  art cards I made for the final Winter swap Michelle and I are doing, but she hasn’t received them yet so I will show them to you soon. One set left to make for the year…

Christmas Celebrations

We celebrated Christmas with lots of fun festivities!

We went bowling… for the first time in years. It was fun, although ugly at times, making it even more fun.

We soaked up some fresh air with a hike along the mighty Mississippi River.

We did a little antique shopping, finding all sorts of old treasures to marvel over.

We did a lot of cooking, including trying these fabulous cheese straws for the first time.

We baked cupcakes, hence the necessity for the above-mentioned hike.

We had fun eating surprise chocolates, which required a workout at the local gym.

We admired the neighborhood Christmas lights, which we heard was a project by the electrical students.

We enjoyed a peaceful Christmas Eve service, surrounded by beautiful luminaries and lots of singing.

We chilled out to a very important Christmas football game.

We shared presents, told stories, laughed and relaxed!

Hope you enjoyed your festivities too! Next up, I’m looking forward to the New Year’s Eve festivities… still to be determined.

Art Cards – Week 49 – Tis the Season

Tis the season to be jolly!

To put up the Christmas tree.

To make new ornaments and exchange them with friends.

To put up holiday lights, illuminating the night.

To hang the stockings and fill them with treats.

To bake Christmas cookies.

To go to holiday parties and spread good cheer.

Tis the season to chill out and enjoy life!

Stop by our Flickr group to see the last few sets of art cards we are creating.

Winding Down

After a weekend full of entertaining, my brother, my niece and I decided to go skiing today. It was a fun, exhilarating, and relaxing way to spend a winter day outside.

Did I ever tell you that my all-time favorite thing to do is ski? I LOVE to ski! I learn how when I was about five years old, so it’s in my blood.

I didn’t take any pictures over the holiday weekend because we hosted a Christmas Eve dinner and a Christmas Day dinner. Things were quite busy in our kitchen! After all those guests and meals, I can’t believe we don’t have many leftovers. Just enough for one meal.

I have a lot to catch up on, so I’m happy to have a quiet week ahead of me. Hope everyone had a wonderfully festive holiday weekend too!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all my creative friends all over the world!

May you cherish those moments of peace and joy in your heart, whether you are alone or surrounded by your favorite people!