Sunday, July 31, 2011

NEW! Personalized Ballerina Print in my Etsy Shop!

Every little girl dreams of being a ballerina.  Choose your ballerina's nationality, hair and eye color, and personalize this print with her name.  Made to order, now in my Etsy shop.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Illustration Friday: "Gesture"

One of the best things about our dogs is that they are there with a friendly gesture when they know we are hurting....wonderful, even if their kisses smell like dog food.  :)  (Illustration taken from Champ's Story: Dogs Get Cancer Too!, published by Sylvan Dell.)

I received this review of my latest book, Prairie Storms, from Sylvan Dell last night, and wanted to share it with you:

PRAIRIE STORMS (reviewed on July 15, 2011)
A passel of prairie wildlife weathers a year of storms.
In February, “The hibernating ground hog stirs, awakes. It unplugs the door to its den and peers out. Soft billows of fog blot / out the sun.” June sees “Puffy morning clouds build and build all afternoon until thunder clouds tower high. Flash! Boom! The white tailed doe and fawn both flee, helter-skelter toward a tree.” Skunks endure dust storms. A cougar shelters from hail. A prairie chicken digs for roots after a blizzard. Each double-page spread presents a different prairie beast and a different weather event for each month. Pattison’s text is descriptive and refrains from anthropomorphizing; however, it ends abruptly, giving this more of the feel of a list than a cohesive tale. Rietz’s watercolors of realistic animals in various areas of the grassland habitat are a good match. Six pages of activities and quizzes on animals, weather, habitats and seasons follow December’s spread.
Best for classrooms or school libraries looking to plump their science collections. (Informational picture book. 6-10)

Here is an exciting sample of an illustration from the book...
Prairie Storms author, Darcy Pattison, is having a give-away over at Goodreads.  Enter between now and August 10th for your chance to win a free copy of our book.

You can also now follow both of these books on Facebook!

And finally...

Check out what's new over at my fine art blog, when you get a chance and are in the mood for something different.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Illustration Friday: "Stay"

True friends stay with you through life's ups and downs.

We all need encouragement to stay the course at times.  Find out how Champ's friends encourage her during her battle with cancer in the book I illustrated, Champ's Story: Dogs Get Cancer Too!, written by Sherry North and published by Sylvan Dell.  And watch for my latest book, Prairie Storms, to be released in August.  To see previews of the book, check out my website.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Video Preview of "Prairie Storms"

Watch this exciting book preview video of my new book, Prairie Storms, written by Darcy Pattison and illustrated by me.  The book is just weeks away from its release date.  I am so excited.  Watch the video HERE!  (Thanks to Darcy for putting together this video.)

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Illustration Friday: "Remedy"

Sometimes the best remedy is love.

Get the heart-warming, award-winning book I illustrated, "Champ's Story: Dogs Get Cancer Too!"(published by Sylvan Dell) right here.

Check out what's new over at my fine art blog.