I’m pretty excited about the last illustration I finished. It’s getting pretty springy around here, and by that, I mean lots and lots of precipitation. And we all know what happens when copious amounts of water absorb into the earth. That’s right. Mud.

This painting has mud. I won’t show the whole picture. Oh no. That would give too much away. But here’s the detail with the mud. Happy Spring!


Watercolor progression

I just finished a vignette for my next book project with Jeni Leidenfrost, and thought I’d post the progress of how I create an illustration. I start with a sketch. After transferring the desired outline to my watercolor paper with tracing paper and graphite, I paint in preliminary shading. Next, I add more definition to the shading. Finally, I add the color and detail over the top of the shading.

The result: Bun Bun has (pretend) tea from a fancy cup while demonstrating bad posture.

Bun Bun progression
Bun Bun has a Tea Party (progression)

Book signing event

I’ll be setting up camp at BookPeople of Moscow, 521 S. Main, Moscow, Idaho, on March 5th from 2-4pm to sign copies of Waiting Through Winter, by Jason Farley and illustrated by yours truly.

Our book will be available to buy at BookPeople. If you already have a copy, bring it and I’ll sign it. You can buy something else while you’re there (I’ll sign that too, if you want).

For more information about BookPeople of Moscow, swing by their website:

Waiting through Winter
Waiting through Winter

Happy new year

2015 was a fun and exciting year. It saw the publication of a children’s book that I illustrated, Waiting Through Winter, and, at one point, that book hit #1 New Release in Stories in Verse on Amazon. My hopes are high for a productive 2016. I’m also hoping to get better at writing witty, engaging blog posts in 2016, but for now, I’m settling for informational.

“Love and joy come to you,
And to you your wassail too;
And God bless you and send you a Happy New Year
And God send you a Happy New Year.”

—from an English traditional carol