Black Copper Marans

October 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

I just love these! and check out the chocolately brown eggs! I think she would be a nice addition to our flock.maran

Speckled Sussex!

October 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

Here’s contender #2. She’s so lovely- I’d love to see her in my backyard!sussex

choosing a new chicken!

October 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

We’ll be adding some new cuties to our micro flock next year. We’ll be choosing them based on:

• cold hardiness (we live in New England)

• egg laying

• disposition

While researching, I’ve totally fallen in love with some of these breeds- whether they’re appropriate for us or not. I’ll be illustrating my faves as i work through who will be joining us!

Here’s lady #1:wyandotte

teeny teeny tiny baby elephant.

August 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

I had a dream last night, in which my brother found a teeny tiny baby elephant, and i somehow (i caused some sort of ruckus) ended up losing it. it wandered off into the woods and got lost in the leaf clutter. i spent the rest of my dreams, trying to find it, but no luck. If anyone finds a teeny tiny baby elephant wandering through the leaves, please let me know!babyelephant

light + tunnel

June 19, 2013 § 4 Comments

I’ve been so lucky to have been kept incredibly busy over the last 7 months. Between illustrating a number of books for publishers that I’ve always wanted to work with, and   doing book store appearances and accompanying food drives for local food pantries, and attending book shows and DIY book and comic shows like MOCCA and TCAF— I haven’t really had time for much else. Happily, because we homeschool, our kids were able to go with us to all of our events, either selling their own books at shows, or just getting to know a new city. And I won’t complain- I swear, we had a blast. The last book store we visited was the way way cool Librarie Drawn and Quarterly in Montreal, and we had an awesome turn out. Here are some pics from the event.

But now we put our suitcases away and  things will get quiet. We’ll get reacquainted with friends, chickens and weed the already unruly garden.  And soon start working on some new books, inspired by all the beautiful work we’ve seen, people we’ve met and places we’ve seen!tunnel

and another chicken!

April 23, 2013 § 3 Comments

Because drawing these is making my brain really, really happy.girl and chicken 2

ahhhh, chickens

April 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

I needed to take a short break from the books that I’m  illustrating. Andgirl and chicken inspired by seeing some illustrations by of one of my favorite artists, Garth Williams, at the Eric Carle Picture Book Museum thought it would be fun to practice my penwork.  Until seeing his beautiful sketches and inks of Fern and Wilbur up close, I hadn’t realized what a big influence his work has been on mine. And I so loved seeing his different versions of the Charlotte’s Web cover art. I’d love to see a book of his collected work and sketches. I would eat it up.