Thursday, December 19, 2013


Boy, it sure is tough staying motivated when Christmas Break is a day away!!

So, in order to keep drawing, I decided to work on expressions, and experiment with eyes, and mouth work.   I think she looks like she'd be a great detective.

And I know you've all been in pun-withdrawal so...
A detective who spent his entire career in plain clothes quit the police force and bought a farm. "What kind of crops do you plan to grow?" the police chief asked the farmer-to-be. "Carrots and potatoes," the man replied. "Why carrots and potatoes?" asked the chief.  "Because," answered the ex-detective, . . . "I'm very fond of undercover crops."   HAR HAR.

Monday, December 9, 2013

HoHoDooDa - December 9th

Kiddo #1 was home with a nasty bug today, so I didn't have a whole lot of time to work on today's HoHoDooDa. Ya get what ya get, and you don't get upset, right?

On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me,
Three French ... chickens?

Sure, why not.  Let them eat cake, I say, (but at least share the cake) ... and a baguette, and have a glass of wine while you're at it!

See what the illustrators are doing here.

Friday, December 6, 2013

HoHoDooDa - December 6th

A little short on time today, but still got one done...

Where do snowmen go to dance?

A Snowball! BA-DUM-DUM

Thursday, December 5, 2013

HoHoDooDa - Day 4

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house,
not a creature was stirring,
not even a ...

Troublemakers.  :)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

HoHoDooDa - Day 3

Hey little rabbits!  Don't let that kid pull the wool over your ice!  BA-DUM-DUM!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

HoHoDooDa - Day 2

How does Rudolph know when Christmas is coming?

He looks at his calen-"deer"!   BA-DUM-DUM!

See what the illustrators are doing here.

Monday, December 2, 2013

HoHoDooDa 2013!!

The amazingly talented Linda Silvestri has started the Holiday Doodle a Day (HoHoDooDa) challenge.  And I am picking up the gauntlet!

As Linda says "What with the holidays and all, I admit it’s a little crazy and there may be some gnashing of teeth and tears shed, but overall, I’m sure it will be a blast and very rewarding..."  

I'm ready to play along!

Who brings presents for good little sharks?
Santa Jaws!

Monday, October 14, 2013

On the drawing board ...

Today, I found some time to work on drawings of older kids.   Usually, my kids are younger, and in order to round out my portfolio, my agent suggested some older kids.   Hopefully, I'll be able to add another "older" piece tomorrow.

Monday, September 16, 2013


According to all the stores, it's the Halloween season.  So, in honor of the upcoming holiday, a little Halloween pic.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Guess the Day ... June 27th

Your clues:

Elton John has over a thousand.
Corey Hart wears his only at night.
Tom Cruise popularized an aviation style.

Did you guess?  Today is Sunglasses Day.  (Who comes up with these wacky holidays?)

So, in honor of Sunglasses Day ... an illustration for your viewing pleasure.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Summer = Camping

Summer isn't summer with at least one camping trip!  Our camping trips usually take us into the mountains, and as night falls, it gets chilly.  Few things are nicer than getting cozy by the fire and laughing with friends.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Tuesday, June 18, 2013


Experimenting with Photoshop and backgrounds.  What do you think of this?

Puppet Show

Creativity is contagious pass it on.
 ~ Albert Einstein

Little Mouse

"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island." — Walt Disney 

Well said Mr. Disney, well said.  

Noisy Noisy

by Jack Prelutsky

It's noisy, noisy overhead,
the birds are winging south,
and every bird is opening
a noisy, noisy mouth.

They fill the air with loud complaint,
they honk and quack and squawk—
they do not feel like flying,
but it's much too far to walk.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Just So Stories: The Elephant's Child

Working on some very early character design work for The Elephant's Child... it surprisingly tricky drawing an elephant without a trunk.  :)

(Sorry, ran out of time to scan, so please accept this cell phone pic).

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Happy Father's Day

Dad,  you've watched me grow up... from that little girl who said "My Daddy's a Piggy" (sorry about that), to the person I am today, and some things will never change... I'll always be your little girl, and I'll always love you.  :)  Happy Father's Day, Dad.  xxxooo

Happy Father's Day to all you Dads out there from the CAT Artists

Friday, May 10, 2013

End of the School Year projects

I was asked to come up with DVD covers for our school programs.  Extremely tight deadline.   At first I struggled with how I would capture the essence of each program, but I'm actually pretty happy with how they turned out AND I got them done in time to send them to the printer.   (Yay me!)  I just hope the school is happy with them too.  :)

Theme: History of Arvada

Theme: Native Americans

Theme: History of Colorado

Theme: Colonial History

Theme:  School Orchestra Program

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

April 24 - Pig in a Blanket Day

Happy Pig in a Blanket Day!

I'm not a big fan of the food, but I'm ok with celebrating a little piggie in a blanket!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

April 23 - World Laboratory Day!

Why are chemists perfect for solving problems? Because they have all the solutions.  Ba Dum Dum!!

Have a Happy World Laboratory Day everyone!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Silent Auction - Spring Fever

Our school's Silent Auction is coming up soon.  This is the illustration I'll be donating.

I've got a serious case of Spring Fever too!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Lost Dog.

Postcard Mailing!

Inspired by a discussion with Giuseppe Castellano on Twitter about the importance of postcard mailings, I'm mailing out a new bunch.   I used to be so consistent in my mailings, but I haven't mailed any in a long time. Big thanks to Giuseppe for the nudge in the right direction.   Should have these in hand in a few weeks.

Fingers crossed that they'll turn out nicely!

Here's a preview....

Front and back sides of the postcard

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Interview at Wendy Martin Art

Many thanks to Wendy Martin who actually wanted an interview with ME!  She's a great lady, whom I've had the privilege of knowing since our early days at Watercolor Wednesday!

Check out her blog, and her illustrator interviews (I still am in awe of the company I'm in! You can see mine here.)

Thursday, February 7, 2013


Hi all!  I know it's been a while since I've posted.  I'm happy to report it's because I've been happily busy.  I'm working on three Reader's Theatre books with Abdo Publishing!  It's been great!!

I can't show what I've been working on yet, but here is a little Valentine hello to make up for it.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

On the drawing board...

Music washes away from the soul 
the dust of everyday life.  
~Berthold Auerbach

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Art Show

Was able to squeeze in another doodle before I have to pick up the kids.

On the drawing board...

The kiddos are back at school which leaves time to get some work done.  Unfortunately, my printer ran out of ink, and I am out of w.c.paper.  Drat.  So, instead I'm filling my time with getting some sketching done.  And I love sketching!  Hope you're having an equally fun day.