I decided to paint an old sketch in honor of National Dog Day. My pup is a warm grey (when he’s clean). Happy Friday!
I love weird fish and was happy to discover the Spotted Frogfish when I was searching for something bright yellow for this week’s Colour Collective. Frogfish come in different colors and textures, including a Hairy Frogfish that is extremely bizarre. They are lousy swimmers but make up for it by using their fins to amble along the ocean floor. Ugly, but enterprising!
For those who hate an itchy sweater–a character study I drew a while ago–a perfect fit for this week’s Illustration Friday! (click to enlarge).
My Nose was one of my favorite poems when I was little–I never knew the poet, but now thanks to Google I found her–Dorothy Keeley Aldis. You can find more of her poetry for children in her published collections: All Together: A Child’s Treasury of Verse New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, , Everything and Anything New York: Minton, Balch & Company, ; and Favorite Poems of Dorothy Aldis New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, .
Illustration Friday this week is “wheel”—perfect for a juggling mouse on a unicycle! This happy little guy is part of the cast of Language Together™, a unique and creative language immersion program designed by Germaine Choe. The program is based on tapping a child’s natural “language instinct” through intuitive immersion and storytelling instead of using translations and formal instruction (visit http://www.languagetogether.net for a more thorough explanation of the process and the research behind it). This project kept me very busy for the last several months but I wasn’t able to share any images until now. Super fun project and wonderful client! An added bonus was getting to work with my talented friend and book designer, Cathy Spengler.
I’m double-dipping this week as this illustration is also for Penny Neville-Lee’s Colour Collective (Light Yellow Glaze). The color inspired the memory, as all I could think of was watered-down lemonade. My sister and I won a lemonade stand from a drawing contest sponsored by Pillsbury’s Funny Face drink mix (ok, I’m really showing my age here!). We did not get rained out, but a gust of wind pretty much decimated the storefront and put an end to our entrepreneurial efforts.
Here’s the Funny Face line up, if this triggers anyone else’s nostalgia. Our kitchen floor was always sticky with sugar!
Three cheers for all the Little Free Libraries I pass everyday when I walk my pup! Sully went to the groomer yesterday, so I was able to grab quick pics on my way home without having to manage my squirrel-crazy dog. The Little Free Library movement (“take and book, leave a book”) was started in 2010 by Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin and Rick Brooks of UW-Madison, with the goal of building 2,510 Little Free Libraries—as many as Andrew Carnegie. By January of 2016, the number exceeds 36,000. Their mission: “To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.” Gotta love that!
Oh and here’s the haircut. 🙂