Cardboard Kitties

I’ve been working non-stop on projects for the last few weeks. This week, the projects died down a bit and I had time for taxes (blech!) and just painting (yay!). I started a new series, “Cardboard Kitties”, of which I’m showing a bit of the process above. Enjoy!

My board books with Gibbs Smith come out in April. Here are the first two of the “Pet Palooza” series. I’ve never created picture books before. It was a total adventure and wonderful to be back working with my friends at Gibbs.

We will be starting a third title real soon. And the subject matter will be so different and fun—not cuddly and furry but really cool nonetheless!

The Latest

I’ve been painting “A Dog a Day” and actually working in at least two a day. They usually start on a canvas panel or piece of wood no larger than 6 x 8 inches. I try to work on two or three at a time, and sometimes will even have one leftover unfinished from the day before. My art journals have been neglected. But, I’m almost done with teaching Winter Wonder Full and will be focusing on finishing up my back yard mural:

The weather has been perfect for painting outside. I want to add a couple more dogs, some sunflowers, more cactus, and some words. Yes, I know that sounds like quite a bit, but there’s a bit more white space down there at the right and I also want it to look a little like a journal spread.

Speaking of journal spreads, the dogs show up in those, too. I left some excess paint down on a page, and when I opened the journal today to that page, I saw some dogs...

I’m thinking I will be selling most of the small pieces I’ve done, with a portion of the proceeds going to a shelter or rescue group. Who wants to buy one? They’re all on my Instagram account...Click in the lower right side of this blog to see them. Or here.