Friday, March 13, 2015

The Sketchables

March 13th is Ear Muff Day and also my day to post over at The Sketchables! I have better at posting at the sketchables every other week than I have been posting at my own blog. I was testing out watercolors on this piece of scrap paper and decided it needed to have a flamingo on it. I used the close tool in photoshop to put some color up on the ear muff. Wow, that is pretty fancy for me! No chance I'll ever become a digital gal, but it is nice to have a trick or two up one's sleeve, no? Happy Friday, Friends! 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Loch Ness Valentine Giveaway

Do you have a fondness for tartans and mysterious lake monsters? 
This is the Valentine for you!
Leave a comment here today (including your name & email address) before 7pm CST and you could win a pack of twenty-five Nessie Valentines! 3 winners will be randomly chosen! Your odds of winning are better than catching a glimpse of Bigfoot! Good Luck!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Nina Update

Hello! The past couple months have been a little busy.
I finished all of the interior art for Chicken Lily late November. I love how it turned out!

(this is Herman, one of Chicken Lily's classmates)

In December my family went on an amazing trip to Austria (my very first time leaving the country!).

(view of the Alps from our hotel window in Innsbruck)

We were invited to hear Helen Marlais and her husband Arthur Campbell perform at the Mozarthaus in Vienna. It was completely enchanting. Helen and Arthur performed a piece written by Timothy Brown, so that was an extra special treat. Helen and Tim are the composers of the piano music book series that I have been illustrating and are both delightful, amazing, talented artists whom I absolutely adore. It was so wonderful to finally meet them in person!

(Helen, Nina, Tim)

It has been a blur of Christmastime, winter break, and back to school ever since we returned home. I feel like I am finding my center again, which really feels great! I will hear back soonish on ideas for the Chicken Lily cover and am working on a little piece for Valentine's Day and a new book dummy idea in the meantime. My hope is to post here a little more regularly in this brand-new year. Here's wishing you all the best in 2015! xo Nina

Friday, October 31, 2014

Pole Poll

Pretty sure that all I can show from what I am working on right now are the little color blobs in the bottom right corners of all of my illustrations. While I am busy working away, feel free to participate in the Pole Poll (top left). It will be interesting to see which poles prevail in the polls.
To complicate things further, I considered having a Poll Poll to see if people favor polls that are:
(a) inquiries into opinions
(b) the counting of votes/ballots
(3) the top of one's head
(d) pertaining to tame parrots.
That seemed a bit nonsensical to me, so you can just think on it and keep your answer to yourself.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Lemon Tooted

Aaron Zens and the Z-Kids are celebrating 8 years of fabulousness at the their awesome blog, Chicken Nugget Lemon Tooty. Artists are invited to re-imagine art by the kids and submit their creations. I am happy to share the beautiful piece that Elijah created and then the art that he inspired me to make. SO MUCH FUN! Thank you for filling the world with your creativity, Zenz Family!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Rainbow Unicorn

Here is a brand-new coloring page for the kiddies. 
There are many more pictures to color over at my website, too.
Happy Monday! Happy Coloring! Happy Rainbow Unicorns!

Friday, September 5, 2014


The other day I stopped dead in my tracks and watched in disbelief as this small villain tried to get into my home by scaling the screen door, climbing up so high that we were almost at eye-to-eye with nothing but flimsy mesh between us.

Is this the very same criminal who has been trying to hide some sort of evidence in the flowerpot by our front door? I saw the pile of dirt on the stoop and the hole in the dirt by the geranium firsthand.
When I venture out through the front door, chipmunks chirp and scurry away as fast as they can. What are they so afraid of?

I have heard the thundering of tiny feet on my rooftop, watched the bandit try to cram huge walnuts into the roof vents over and over again. The big green walnuts roll down from the roof and crash down on our deck with every failed attempt. If the walnuts are so special, why are they abandoned so easily?  I throw the black walnuts over the fence as far as I can, but I have an old Nerf Vortex injury, so none of the throws are very great ones, to be honest.

Is this all some plot to grow black walnut trees? I have heard that the lumber is quite valuable (according to The Profitable Plants Digest), but then why try to plant one in the roof vent of my house? Trees take years to grow, clearly there is a certain level of premeditation going on here. While the squirrels are trying to plant the trees on our rooftop, they surely must realize that the ground would be much better; but then they'd be on the chipmunks' turf...

I shudder to think that there is a connection between this suspicious activity and the untimely death of an unfortunate chipmunk in the vent of our clothes dryer this summer, just 10 feet away from the aforementioned flowerpot.

Is it coincidental, or did the chipmunk know too much?