My Dad lives on a mountain in Massachusetts and is always telling me about his wildlife adventures. Bears walking down his driveway, mountain lions in the road, etc. The other day he was telling me about how he hasn’t gone hiking directly from his house because it’s a little “too rugged” - and his neighbor ran into an angry moose not far from his property. He always gives me advice on what to do in certain wildlife adventures, so when I asked him what you would do in case of an angry moose he said “you’d better climb a tree, fast.” I’m so happy I live in Ohio. Anyway, that little ditty inspired this illustration of a (friendly!!) moose.
Have you ever seen the episode of Portlandia where they put pictures of birds on everything (because it’s very ‘hipster’ of course) and then an actual bird flies in their shop and they freak out and destroy everything?
I’m sort of like that with foxes. I love to draw them, and often use them as a stand in for my son when I’m telling stories about him, but I actually ran into a fox while on a night run last year & it scared the crap out of me. (but actually, in my defense, I was caught off guard and even deer scare me if I run into one unexpectedly).
Anyway - here’s an adorable sleepy fox. I might be living vicariously through it - since I almost never sleep past 6am anymore.
Hey Friends! I saw Captain Marvel over the weekend and I cried my eyes out (and it inspired this illustration). It was so amazing to see such a powerful woman as a superhero. I’ve been thinking about this a lot, especially while raising a little one (soon to be little ones). I hope they grow up knowing they have the power within themselves to be their own superhero, but while doing that, they can lift up those around them (and that it’s always OK to ask for backup!)
Can’t believe July is coming to an end (already!!!!) that one flew by - here are the highlights in a pattern! On to many new adventures (& the excitement of fall!!) in August.
This week’s spoonflower design challenge was focused on cats - you guys, I’ll be honest with you. I love animals, but I’ve never been particularly drawn to cats (not that I dislike them). So it was really my first time drawing these cute little critters. Here’s a warm-up illustration that I did along with the final pattern, in two colors. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out - especially because I put this one off for a while.
You guys, also, I made it almost all the way through today without even really realizing it was Monday. This is why I love summer.
Hi, Friends! I made this fun print this week for the Spoonflower dinosaur design challenge - it was so much fun! I love the idea of dinosaurs playing on a rainbow slide, swinging from clouds, and playing in fields of retro flowers. <3 it’s in the same color palette as the dogs last week ( see previous post) so they can coordinate with each other (…if you have a little one who happens to love dinosaurs AND happy doggies).
Below is a spot graphic from the same print. I love these challenges, they are really breaking me out of a bit of a creative rut - looking forward to cats next week!
Hi, friends! Here are a few illustrations from the past week. I made this little doggo pattern in response to the current Spoonflower challenge, but it quickly has become my favorite pattern! I’m looking forward to ordering a few yards of it to make pillowcases for a very. special. someone’s little bedroom (that I have yet to announce…) ;)
All summer Ben and I have been going to our favorite nearby metropark. It’s beautiful & they have a great toddler story time, so it’s a win win. But they also have SO many wild turkeys. Ben loves them, I am terrified of them. When I lived in (rural) France I would get chased by a whole herd (gaggle?) of these little buggers on my runs.
Just a little motivational note for this week! Not much else to report.
Took Ben to a cross country race this week - it’s one of my favorite parts of summer (& fall) and Ben loves to see runners. He was so excited he practically ran the race himself!
Took the little guy to a wedding this weekend, his second ever (he’s almost 2) and it was super fun. It’s good that he loves to dance, and he loves nature (and it was at a nature center). Too bad it was raining cats and dogs, we were lucky to find a secret playroom at the center which helped keep him busy through dinner and the wedding speeches — the room was filled with a ceiling to floor jungle gym & stuffed animal puppets (basically a total dream). He fell in love with an adorable squirrel and I thought we’d have to buy an identical replica - cute thing was the same size as our little guy. :)