Ping and Po-Li....a Shiwu tale

Just began generating characters for Ping and Po-Li...(a shiwu tale) written by author that hails from the Emerald Isle, Audrey Moore. Very excited to be researching the asian backgrounds, animals and culture...so lovely and gentle and bursting with color. Will post more to come.

Willoughby is now a Fantasy Sculpture!




.....Taken from sketches and watercolors, artist Gabriele Joy,www.gjoyfulbears.com, created a wonderful fantasy sculpture of our buddy Willoughby. He is now keeping me company in the studio... What a treat!
Willoughby is now available for custom order at https://www.facebook.com/DragonsRealmgjoyful

Tiny Samples.....


Prepare to giggle, chuckle and guffaw!

Nickerbacher is Coming!


"Who is Jesus" helps answer tough questions preschoolers ask....

Artwork is complete for the book "Who is Jesus? written by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio - Coming Soon from 

"Who is Jesus?" .....a picture book for preschoolers, written by MaryAnn Diorio









































I am working on the final illustrations for a lovely little book for the wee folk about JESUS.
What a delight, right before Easter, to be working on a book that introduces preschoolers to King Jesus, who lived and died and was raised from the dead for people, big and small.

Learn their ABC's and so much more....Miss Lundi's Pink ABC's - Coming soon!

























"Miss Lundi's Pink ABC's" provides a rich resource for little ones learning their ABC's, colors and letter shapes, while teaching them about kindness, compassion and love....written to honor and support families who are fighting and those who have fought the mighty battle with cancer. Written by her own personal experience, it is Kathy Nelson's prayer, that this little book will bring laughter, tears, hope and comfort and inspiration to families. Coming Spring 2014.

Tiny Tree Frog invades the Kitchen




The tiny tree frog invasion has begun! Little Hops has found a cozy spot
in my studio and has dug in for a couple months. Once sketches are
approved, I will begin the finished art for our little orange and green buddy.



Book that helps children learn their ABC's with compassion and love....

I am beginning sketches for a new precious little book written by Kathy Nelson that helps encourage children in learning their ABC's with compassion and loving care. Miss Lundi's mommy is ill and spends much of her time in bed. Lil' Miss Lundi finds a way to make time spent with Mommy full of pinky, cuddly sweetness and love while learning her alphabets...delightful for preschoolers, I am excited to be a part of it!

A Tiny Tree frog moves in.....






















A tiny tree frog moves in and makes friends with Nana and Haden...written by Anita Turnage. I am getting ready to begin the pencil layouts for this tender story.

Picture Kitchen Studio Designs and illustrates book covers!



Along with children's book illustration, Picture Kitchen Studio offers book cover design. Wonderful artwork designed with just the right font fit is essential to create an irresistible book cover that rings "Take a peek!"

Contact Kim for more information.

Sweet, Sweet Carabee - Delight in being a little girl

I am now working on a few interior revisions for Sweet Sweet Carabee, and then it will be on to the finished art. It's a pleasure to work on a character that delights herself in being a little girl and the wonder that comes with childhood...so refreshing.

Sweet, Sweet Carabee ...

Well, "Sweet Sweet Carabee" is underway....
I am amusing myself with pastels. 
I miss working in them... 
so messy, so vibrant, so fun.


Children's Book projects underway....



Will begin layouts for "Sweet, Sweet Carabee"  with author Evelyn Greshem, celebrating the joy and wonder of being a little girl. For ages 2 - 5 yrs.




What am I up to? Sketches, sketches and more sketches of lions and messes and a little boy learning to be a responsible young man...in a delightful book series written by Kevin Fobbs  and his grandson.
For ages 5-8 yrs.

Meet some of my new tiny robot buddies...

 Pam Halter and I are at it again...working on another very fun series for the wee folk!  There's Chip, little Macie and Gerald, all tiny tot robots that have lots to learn....the Totbots. More details to come.

Robot Contingency...

Robot contingency: Big Guy and Ditto......
Dazzle Data, Little Round-top and Tipsey Topsey


Mini wheelz and Little Byte
Mad RoMo,  Sig and hey...that's Dazzle Data ...how did he get in there again!


Creating Kid Characters






...I had a good time creating some characters for a children's production written by author Marcia Trimble. )Pastel and Pencil 2013)

Debbie Estrem, author of "Have you ever seen a firefly? gets to share her story...




Children's firefly book helps author cope with multiple sclerosis

By Linda Navarro Published: July 12, 2013 | 4:15 pm • 4
Childhood wonders are a never-ending delight for Debbie Estrem.
Tiny, flickering lights on a summer night. Running across the lawn screaming, "Lightning bugs, lightning bugs." Catching them in a jar only to let them fly away again.
Playing in the sand on a beach.
Riding a pony.
Lying in the grass and counting the stars.
Sharing her memories with a classroom of third-graders, the children's author struggled a bit to get comfortable in her chair before settling in to read from her book of experiential questions drawn from a poem she wrote several years ago, "Have You Ever Seen a Firefly?"
Quickly, the youngsters had questions of their own. Why did she call lightning bugs "fireflies" on the cover of the book? Estrem laughed, saying that her daughter wondered the same thing. Maybe it's a Minnesota/Midwestern thing, she surmised. She then asked the kids what their parents and grandparents called them. It's all part of the family sharing she hopes her books will inspire.
Then a curious youngster asked about Estrem's chair with wheels.
"Children don't want the deep down and dirty," she said. "They want a simple explanation."
For Estrem, it's that she used to be a runner, even finishing the Honolulu Marathon. One day, her legs didn't work as well.
"But I can walk," she said emphatically, willing her unwilling limbs to hold her up as she stood almost erect from the wheelchair, just for a moment. That was enough to satisfy the children.
That childlike curiosity about people in wheelchairs, on scooters or those using walkers has led Estrem to turn another of her poems, "Sights at the Zoo," into a children's book that explains it's OK to help a person who can't open a door or reach something on a shelf.
Estrem is new to life in her Jazzy scooter and her wheelchair. She's a neophyte to the world of multiple sclerosis.
Her life had been so different. Estrem was a dainty girl who loved poufy hair, short skirts and makeup. She started dating the boy of her dreams when she was 13. Last month, they celebrated their 40th anniversary.
For 32 years, the Air Force was their life and took them to San Francisco, Cape Cod, Hawaii, Switzerland and Germany, among other special locations. When Estrem's husband, Kevin, was in Korea, she raised their daughter, Cassi, in Colorado Springs.
A fitness enthusiast, Estrem taught aerobics. In May 2010, while taking her daily 2-mile walk, she suddenly developed what she describes as "elephant legs." Something was wrong.
"I didn't want cancer," she said. "I didn't want MS."
Estrem went from being a fitness buff to being in the house 24/7. She went from leading a team at Braxton Technologies that raised thousands of dollars for the "Cowgirls and Cocktails" breast-cancer campaign to becoming entirely dependent on her husband and her friends, from being slightly vain about her styled, poufy hair to cropping it extremely short so it would be easier to manage.

"There's a lot going on with your body and I know my body well. Your body is attacking itself," she said. "There are so many sensations and feelings in your body. Sometimes you have a hard time speaking, sometimes you lose the feeling in your hands and feet."
Estrem can't walk, but she's determined that will change. There's a miracle, she's sure.
Her husband does all the shopping and assists with all her needs, she said, yet he still holds down his job as director of business development for Braxton. "He takes care of me and everyone else," she said almost apologetically.
Because Estrem spends most of her time at home, she has become something of an online junkie, educating herself on MS and taking her faith to a higher level.
"I will be better," she said. "I'm positive."
She wants kids "to know they can dream big."
When she goes out to read her book to children or when she sells her books, they always are autographed. Her daughter Cassi - a doctoral candidate in molecular biology whose first job was researching MS at Anschutz Medical Campus - writes "Dream Big" and Estrem adds her initials. She hopes to someday turn a profit so she can give a percentage to MS research.

Estrem is chasing firefly - or lightning bugs, as the case might be - dreams, and took to heart a devotional by L.B. Cowman ("Streams in the Desert") sent by a friend. Some gifts, writes Cowman, wouldn't have been discovered "if not for trials." It's too often "like a firefly showing very little light except when surrounded by darkness."