Thursday, October 24, 2013


The 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge taught me a lot about the importance of daily painting if you want to improve.   So I've been working in a couple different sketchbooks, and trying to get in my painting practice every day.   Today's watercolor sketch is one of my favorite subjects - the Icelandic Blue Poppy!  

Sketching it out in pencil, then pen . . .
and finally, watercolor.

Next . . .   

the first proof of,
O is for the BIG OAK TREE,
Children's Rhymes from A to Z
is in.  

The colors are vibrant and everything is looking great!  It looks like the printed books will be ready in the next couple weeks, so it's way ahead of schedule.  I'll be placing the order based on sales made in my Etsy shop plus a couple extras.  If you're interested, the book listing is here, and the personalization option is here.  Etsy automatically adds the shipping cost to the book, so if you're local (Milwaukee area), I'll be refunding you the shipping amount when you pick up the book.

Thanks for the visit!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


Since working on the 30 Paintings in 30 Days, and then an ABC book for my brand new grandson, I've grown to love using watercolors.  The supplies are so easy to transport, they dry quickly, the colors are VIBRANT, and there are so many ways to use them. I had never really tried them out until I needed a way to keep painting while on the road.  So, that's just one of the many wonderful things that came out of my participation in Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30 Challenge and Plein Air Palette Knife Workshop.

So, as things progress, I'll be posting news about my Alphabet book, but I'll also be posting some pages from my watercolor journal.  Today . . . a few pages of some watercolor sketches of Ruby's Old Yellow Barn and some outbuildings.

Thursday, October 17, 2013


There's still a lot of work to do, but for the most part, my little ABC book is done.  Now for some fine tuning.  So - here is X, and Z, AND a new cover and title.

You can pre-order the book in my Etsy shop, Gillyflower Cottage

Wednesday, October 16, 2013


I've skipped ahead to "Y" but "X" is in the works.  I'm almost there!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

V is for VILLAGE, W for the WINTER WREN

Only three more letters to go for 


A Little Person's ABCs 
is getting close to being finished.  Five pages to go!  You can pre-order the book here at my Etsy shop, Gillyflower Cottage.  I've been looking into a local graphics business for publishing - hence the better price!  

Thanks for stopping by!  

Monday, October 14, 2013

R FOR LOP EARED RABBIT and some NOTECARDS for the shop!

Another page for Jack's book, A Little Person's ABCs.  This one is for his mom, Kate, who had many a Lop Eared Rabbit in her childhood.  Maybe Jack will too?

And . . . a new addition to my Etsy shop, Gillyflower Cottage . . . several different note card styles that have been professionally printed with my original artwork.   Frame one and bundle up the remaining note cards for an affordable gift, or use the cards as is. 
Cards measure 4 x 5 1/2 inches. 
Available now.

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