Monday, April 7, 2014

Spring Break

We checked out a garter snake at our local library on Monday.
Had a fun time playing with cousins on Tuesday and went to the Minnesota Zoo on Wednesday. What a fabulous bullfrog. Don't you just love him! The herps on the Minnesota Trail are my faves. I also luv that there are three different otter species at the MN Zoo. All of the critters were out and about, which was super lucky. Except for the armadillo, which is asleep every single time I've ever been to the zoo.... O_o
On Thursday, we went to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts to visit our friends Shawn McCann and Henri Matisse.  Shawn painted a fun Matisse photo booth and murals. He is amazing!
(This is Shawn)
We found an fabulous million dollar car,  
 located my favorite painting,
and ran into the one and only Kate diCamillo in the Matisse exhibit! 
She was super nice and chatted with my kids about dogs.

Friday brought a foot of fresh snow and more play time with cousins. I participated in Sketch Dailies for the first time and had fun sketching Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes. 
It was a very nice vacation and we are really looking forward to 
warmer temps next week! Aloha!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Doesn't it feel like Spring is right around the corner? I think so, too!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Book 2A

Energize Your Fingers Every Day, Book 2A has just been published! I have loved working on this series so much! Many thanks to all of the wonderful folks at the FJH Music Company for letting me be a part of their music book family! xoxo

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Just for the Record(er)

Do you know someone in need of a recorder book? Look no further! The FJH Recorder Method for Everyone is just the book for you! I illustrated the girl playing the recorder and the close-up of her hands right below it.  Note: Click on the link to the book, it looks like you can get a free copy if you fill out the registration form. How cool is that!?!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Music Notes

Hello! This is an image I drew for Sight Reading & Rhythm Every Day, Let's Get Started!, Book B. The title for this particular unit is "Weather Watching." It was fun to draw the rabbit, hen, and chicks throughout this book! I have just finished illustrating Energize Your Fingers Every Day, Book 2B. Book 2A will be published mid-Feb. I have had so much fun illustrating these music books! It is still very cold and snowy in Minnesota, looking forward to picnics this summer! Stay warm, Friends!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Resolution One: Done

My desk is clean. Hooray! I finished up the last batch of music book sketches and am sending them off today, so now I'm on to the inking. What else is new? I'm now one of The Sketchables. I'll be posting every other Friday starting the week of January 27th. You can also find me today over at the Design Juices blog. That seems like plenty of news! Hope you are well!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

Happy 2014! Thought I'd make my resolutions publicly in hopes that it will help me accomplish them. haha 

1) I am going to turn my cool desk (pictured above) into an actual workspace instead of a catchall for the kids' homework, etc...
2) I am going to bake a brioche.
3) I will also try to drink more water and get enough sleep (thanks for that reminder, Anne!).

Making some smaller resolutions felt better to me that tackling a great big one. Here's to a fab '14!!!