Slowly coming back to life…


1 March 2016

Where did the first two months of the New Year go?

I have been working slowly at the drawing board.  It’s been a year long struggle to get back to work with the confidence I had a year ago.  Molly’s death affected me more than words can say.

So I continue to struggle to find the joy in making pictures.

Meanwhile…while I struggle, here are three wonderful books that I love.


Little One

John and I are huge dog lovers.  Mary Sullivan’s lively, humorous, beautifully illustrated books capture the absolute joy as to what dogs love!

Little One is a beautiful story with understated illustrations.  What I love most about the book is the front cover layout.  Jo Weaver lets the title and the art take center stage and downplays her name.  Her name is as unobtrusive as can be so as to not distract the eye from the beauty and simplicity of the art.

I am working.  Books like these truly inspire me and help reassure me that it will get easier.

Lots of great things are happening with my own books.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has selected Old Bear and His Cub and Little Cub once again to be part of her foundation’s book giveaway.  I am honored and pleased to be a part of her extraordinary work.

Front CoverFront Cover b

I work with the best editors in the world.  Literally.  A Bed for Little Cub is still on the drawing board and will be a beautiful book when it’s finished.  I just have to get the confidence back to tackle painting the finished pencil drawings.  I am always terrified of making mistakes when I paint.  Strange, I know.  But, there you have it.



3 thoughts on “Slowly coming back to life…

  1. jhwinterauthor

    I am such a big fan of your work and I am delighted every time I see your new blog posts in my inbox. I started my own blog not too long ago, and have included you in my first post of the series “Watercolor: Re-Learning and Perfecting a New Medium (Part 1)”, as an artist I look up to who is amazing when it comes to using this beautiful medium. I am taking my readers on my journey toward bettering my watercolor painting skills in order to be able to use the medium in my own illustrations. I would be honored if you’d take a look:


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