I went with my 4 year old on his first field trip last week with his preschool class. All the kids loved the petting zoo! I couldn’t help but be inspired watching them scamper around to pet or hug each animal while trying to stop goats from chewing their shirts! I’ve been wanting to upgrade my illustration page so, here’s a new one for the portfolio (and my journal). Parks is the one in the boots. He loves to wear his rain boots if there is even one cloud in the sky.
I had the pleasure of doing another wedding event in New York a couple weeks ago. I brought Ben along to assist me and he was a great help so I could let him mount and package the silhouettes while I cut. We saw fireworks, met new friends, enjoyed delicious food and worked all night. So happy to be a small part of another person’s most special day.
Now that this bride has had her wedding day two weeks ago, I can post her portrait she commissioned from me that I worked on this summer. Here is her 22×30″ watercolor bridal portrait along with a picture of it in progress in my studio and a photo of the bride watching me putting the final touches on it.
Here is a snippet from a home studio visit this week.
Here are a couple photos from one of the recent silhouette events I did. I like to share a sample or two so people can get an idea of what to expect when you get there. Basically, I have the child sit in front of me either on the stool by themselves, or sitting on Mom or Dad’s lap. Then my assistant entertains them while I carefully hand cut their profile. It only takes a minute or two. The child barely notices me and by the time they do, I’ve finished. It’s truly, “The Stress-Free Portrait.” You’ll then get to take them home… TWO silhouettes per child: a left and a right. And then… if you like, you can order jewelry, ornaments, stationary… all sorts of gift items featuring their silhouette.
Here are some photos of my Parks with his new rain boots. He has not taken these boots off since I gave them to him yesterday. He wore them out to dinner this evening and was so hopeful when we saw the dark sky… but it didn’t rain. He even wore them to bed last night! These boots were actually listed as a school supply for his new preschool – which absolutely thrills me! Hearing the teachers explain this item on their list in the orientation made me know, I’d found the right place for my child. They had pegs specially built along their fence – just for holding rows of boots – and when it rains, as long as there is no thunder or lightning, there will be puddle stomping!
When Parks’ big brother, Ben, was about 2 or 3 (he’s 15 now), I remember when we’d been cooped up inside for days due to rain. Our neighbors had the most magnificent puddle that turned into a little pond whenever it rained like this. This pond would often merge with our own yard and we couldn’t help but splash in it from time to time. On this day, Ben had been eyeing that small pond from our window all afternoon and I finally agreed to take him out to it. There was no thunder or lightning to worry about. We didn’t have shoes on because it was just a grassy little hammock in the yard. While we were stomping away, the little boy who lived across the street, who was also Ben’s age, had come out to his front porch to watch. It didn’t take long before we all heard his mother call out to him, “Johnathon!! Get inside right this minute! What are you thinking – going outside without any shoes on!?!”
Just as she finished that sentence she made it to her doorway and I could only look up sheepishly. We made eye contact for a moment and we both gave a nervous chuckle, smiled and waved politely. Then, she took her son inside and closed the door. Ben and I stomped a few more minutes, and then made our way inside to change into warm, dry clothes.
I loved playing in the rain when I was little. I could probably still show you the best dips in that yard, slopes in the driveway and descent by the porch where you could float a plastic boat or make tracks with Matchbox cars.
They’re calling for rain next week. Barefoot or boots, neighbors or not, we’ll be ready!
Just wanted to post some of the fun characters I’ve been “playing” with lately. They’re supposed to go into a story I’m working on. Not sure which character will star in the story just yet. There’s also a mouse in contention for the roll…
Since I last posted pictures of Elizabeth’s new room, and mentioned how she preferred a chevron over a mural, I decided to find pictures of her room from when she was little. Also, after describing it to so many people who’ve asked, posting the pictures should be even more fun. I wasn’t able to find pictures of how it looked before it became a Fairy Woodland. The room used to be Ben’s and it was woods and friendly critters throughout. But I had to include an image of his all time favorite movie at that time. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! (I guess it must have just come out on video when he was little.) Anyway, rather than repainting the entire bedroom, I kept the woodsy backdrop and critters. But I added fairies throughout to “girl it up” a bit. And then, as difficult as it was, I painted over Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and painted a babbling brook instead. Note the raccoon… Ben was so scared of him, I had to pin a paper napkin to the wall to cover him up so it wouldn’t stare at him at night. When this room was transformed from Ben’s to Elizabeth’s, I painted a new mural for Ben’s new room as well… I’ll post about that next!