Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Hairy Little Assistants

Above is my newly-promoted early-morning Hairy Little Assistant, seeing as how the girls (below) have taken to napping on the job. This one has tons of energy. (Not shown: Coffee.)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

It All Begins Here...

... with really rough thumbnail sketches.*

These are for a new book. I love the unlimited possibilities at this stage.

(*Actually, it really all begins in my head. Kind of awkward to photograph, though.)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

New Map ~ Skiing in Vermont

Whoa, how did it get to be mid-December already? I was laid low last week with the cold-sinus-bronchitis thing that's been going around here, and am emerging from the fog. Still managed to make progress on artwork, thankfully. (One nice thing about working for yourself is you can nap if you really, really need to. At your desk! Shhh... don't tell anyone.)

Here's a new map for an upcoming issue of Connecticut Cottages & Gardens magazine. This one put me in a festive, wintery mood!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

PiBoIdMo... Done!

I finished November's PiBoIdMo challenge with 37 new ideas... from pretty well fleshed-out to just a word or two. What a great exercise for my usual early morning routine. Especially given that life is very busy lately and the days fill up before I know what's happened.

I gathered the ideas in a new notebook...

...with a pretty cover...

...much different than the utilitarian grocery store cheapo one I usually use. Plus now it will be easier to find them.

And now, there's this! I'm really liking these deadliney-writing challenges.

And this quote, recently discovered:

"Miles, if I just change the way I look at things, I'll never run out of ideas," said Hugo.
 – from Hugo and Miles In I've Painted Everything! by Scott Magoon (Houghton Mifflin Co., 2007)