Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Live! Love! and Laugh!


Live! Love! and Laugh!

Here is my newest illustration to brighten up the gray days of winter. Taking a break from letters of the alphabet, I looked for a sentiment, oh how greeting card designer of me, or quote that was uplifting that I could use in a sketch that I was working on. Then during a snow storm, words and art came together and I finished it.

You can find this and other words of wisdom in a collection I called Tea Cup Wisdom on Fine Art America.


Thursday, January 10, 2019

Q is for Quail and Queen Anne's Lace


Q is for Quail and Queen Anne's Lace

Here is the newest illustration for the letter Q to start the new year! 

Q is not easy to come up with ideas, but finally after several sketches, using a quail finally started to work. 
I think using Queen Anne's Lace helped to make the Q shape a reality. 

Sunday, December 30, 2018

T is for Terrier and Teddy


T is for Terrier and Teddy

Here is one more for the letter T! 
One of the things I pick up from my customers is there is a lot of dog lovers out there! So in looking at my collection of the designs that I have done for the letter T, why not a terrier?

So here is the letter T for Terry the Terrier who stands on a Tile floor with his cute Toy Teddy bear holding a Trumpet in a Teal or Turquoise color scheme.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

N is for Newfoundland Dog


N is for Newfoundland Dog

Finally another idea for the letter N.
I have to say this gets harder and I really struggled with this one. 

This Newfoundland dog sits at attention with a pot of Narcissus and his buddy Noah the Nightingale perched on his noggin.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Happy Holidays!


Christmas Poinsettia with Cardinal

The Christmas Holidays are quickly coming upon us.

Wishing you Joy for the upcoming season from Picture Diary and Picture Book Studio!


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

O is for Otter with an Oh so Delicious Doughnut!



O is for Otter with an Oh so Delicious Doughnut

I illustrated a Doughnut for my first letter O as scene below.


I was not thinking of tying into the letter at the time, but just using the doughnut for the shape of an O. What I discovered later is that there are many fans of doughnuts including children.

So to make it more whimsical and to tie into the letter O, an otter would make it far more fun than a simple still life with a cup of coffee. 

I even added more sprinkles to the doughnut to sweeten it up!