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Tweeted by San Francisco Zoo

Recently I decided to create a set on FLICKR with all of my animal life drawing work, and it's gotten a quite a bit of interest. I've had several hits, comments, and San Francisco Zoo chose to tweet my work on their account about a month ago!

With this recent turn of events, I've finally decided to get a twitter account, and I'm having FAR too much fun with it.

Click on the little birdie to follow my tweets!

This directly relates to my New Year's Resolution to have a much bigger online presence. You thought I was chatty in person - just wait! :-)

Hope everyone has a great new year....

Illustration Friday - WINTER

"Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories." Deborah Kerr in An Affair to Remember
I've always really liked this piece... and hoped to do more with it at some point. There is something to be said for finding a little "warmth in winter."

Happy Howl-a-days!!

Canine Carolers!
Here's hoping everyone enjoys the holiday season...

Dog Holiday Spots

A couple of holiday images to bring joy and wonder to any pooch during the season...

Society of Illustrators - Sketch Night

During my visit to the Society of Illustrators in New York I discovered their weekly sketch night. I couldn't resist this opportunity to draw in the hallowed halls of so many illustrators before me. It was a "must-do" event.

To my delight the atmosphere was more than welcoming. The room was filled with great works of art dating from the "Golden Age of Illustration." Classic work from the 30's and 40's, dating up to the early 60's. I have been in love with work from this era long before my illustration days, going back to my former life as a costume designer. I was thrilled to just be surrounded by it!

In addition to this, the society also had a great old bar with cocktails to help you relax before you pick up your pencils (or during). They also had live music playing during the drawing sessions, and this week the models were dressed in fabulous 40's style garb.  In addition to my new hand made sketch pad featuring classic illustration, it wa…

Society of Illustrators - Original Art Show

This past week I was lucky enough to be in New York for the Society of Illustrators Original Art Show.  This show in particular was focused on Children's Book Art.  
The society hosted two floors of artwork produced by current and classic illustrators at the top of their game.  I was overwhelmed and inspired to be surrounded by such great work.   Included in the show were works by a few of my favorites like Amy June Bates, Peter Brown, Raul Colon, Ian Falconer, Marla Frazee, Emily Gravett, Brian Lies, C.F.Payne, David Soman, and David Santat... among so many amazing artists.

I felt really fortunate to have coincidently planned my trip at the same as the show.  It was the spiritual push forward at the perfect time.  
A book with no pictures is like a sky with no clouds. -- Sergio Ruzzier, Juror

Dog Star Resort!

So here is the final image for the Dog Star Resort, LLC, a premiere Doggy Daycare and Boarding facility in Central Wisconsin. This image was so much fun to create. The dogs are loosely based on the two of the owner's dogs...
Lucy the border collie and Titan the Pomeranian mix.
Dog Star Resort, LLC is not set to open for awhile, but you can check out their progress on their Facebook Page until they get a website set up. Carol is a fantastic dog owner and caregiver with numerous years of experience with rescue dogs (including my own!) I have no doubt this will be an excellent facility to take your canine companions.

Purrcasso Art Gala & Benefit

I am so happy to be participating in thePurrcasso Art Show in Berkeley for my third year. This time around I've donated a signed print of my modern "The Cheshire Cat and Alice"

After the devastating fire the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society suffered from this year, donating this small piece is the least I could do. I hope the profits it brings will help out in some way!

The benefit is a two day event, November 6-7th at 2865 Seventh Street (at Heinz)and I hope some of those kitty lovers out there make a stop and buy some art!

Beach Fun Time

Charlie the beach fun-time dog is complete. If only we humans could let ourselves go the way dogs do... the world might be a happier place.

Super Star Lucy!

Part of a doggie daycare and boarding facility identity/logo that I'm designing. It's based on the owner's dog - Lucy. Can never go wrong with a super star border collie! Can't wait to finish this one up... should be a lot of fun.

The Charlie Man

I'm so excited to be working on this illustrative commissioned portrait of one of my favorite guys, Charlie! I just finished this line drawing and I'm excited to move on to the final piece.

Charlie is a rescued yellow lab and loved by two wonderful people who currently reside in San Diego.  Charlie is not only an awesome dog -- he is a celebrity! For my inspiration Alex (Charlie's dad) sent me a series of fabulous photographs that were featured in The Popular Dog Series Magazine : Labrador Retrievers.  He made the cover! 

The great thing is that Charlie never let his celebrity status go to his head. Well, maybe only when he's asking for a belly rub...

The Little Red Schoolhouse

A recent visit back home brought to me to one of my fondest childhood places, The Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center. Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, this little nature center plopped in the middle of the southwest forest preserves was a favorite place of mine. Of course when I used to visit as a child, you could still feed the ducks breadcrumbs or corn from a gumball machine. But you had to be careful in the fall and winter because you might get accosted by hungry geese!

Well, a lot has changed since then, and now there is an entirely new nature center with bigger and better exhibits featuring wildlife native to the mid-west, numerous footpaths around the property, and the schoolhouse is, of course, still standing. You cannot feed the wildlife anymore, however, which is probably for the best!

Along one of these paths I happened upon a fairly calm goose (compared to the ones of my youth) and took this opportunity to work on my bird renderings. I feel like he knew he was bein…

Eat Dessert First!

"Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first." ~ Ernestine Ulmer
I think every dog lives by this rule... (or eat whatever is in front of you!) This scenario is based on a million stories I've heard (and seen) about dogs helping themselves to yummy goodies whenever they have a chance. Here's hoping someone catches Fido before the birthday party is in shambles!

Just finished this piece, and it happens to fit in nicely with Illustration Friday's concept word, "Dessert," this week. Enjoy...

Inter-species Peace: Bella & Tarra

The Whole 9 Gallery has been sponsoring, The Peace Project, a gallery show based on the concept of Peace. It's opening will be in Culver City, CA on World Peace Day in September. I’ve been wanting to submit something to this project for awhile, and as I thumbed through all of the beautiful traditional imagery of doves, globes, people holding hands, etc… I couldn’t help but think there has got to be something else just as symbolic and meaningful, but would speak to me as an artist and a human being.Then I saw the special on Bella & Tarra. I knew exactly what I wanted to do.I was so moved and touched by this story, I just had to depict these two characters - Peace Project or no Project... I really didn't care. Everyone knows my deep love and affection for the animal world, and this story seemed to seal the deal. I was so moved that I just had to depict it visually. I look at these animals, and see so many differences – Carnivore vs. Vegetarian, Canine vs. Pachyderm, 8,00…

Illustration Friday - ATMOSPHERE

The couple decided that Mattie shouldn't live inside the house anymore. They put her outside with a big bowl of food and a big bowl of water. She was so scared. All alone.
Another oldie, but goodie... "Mattie Forgotten Outside" or "All Alone." I've gotten a lot of positive feedback on this piece lately on my Whole 9 Portfolio and I thought it captured a sense of the word "atmosphere" featured this week on Illustration Friday.

Swinging Summer Days

There is nothing that compares to playing on the swings during the summer holiday. Some of my fondest childhood memories are swinging on my swing-set in the backyard before school started...


I decided to stretch my sketchbook a bit and practice drawing some babies. It's hard to find structure under all that adorable chub!

Illustration Friday - CAGED

This week, Illustration Friday's word challenge is "CAGED".... Immediately I thought my "Kennel Scene" fit the word perfectly.
Poor Mattie - still breaks my heart a little to look at this one, even though the real Mattie is safe and sound, sleeping at my feet.

The San Diego Zoo

This past week I was lucky enough to travel to Southern California and visit the famous San Diego Zoo! It was great. There were so many animals waiting to be captured in my sketchbook.... I think I even salivated a little bit upon arrival :-)

The Koala Bears were my first subject. I have never seen a Koala live - and you might actually mistake these guys for stuffed animals! Apparently their favorite pass-time, besides eating eucalyptus is sleeping. I did manage to catch one in the act of eating... but before I could finish my sketch, he crashed out! Must take a lot of energy to eat all of those leaves.

After my time with the Koalas, I happened upon the New Guinea Singing Dog. This wild dog is apparently a distant relative of the dingo, and has been known to howl in harmony if they are in a group. He wasn't letting out a single tune for us, unfortunately. I guess he was waiting for the rest of the band...

Then it was time for the big cats. The San Diego Zoo has a wide v…