My husband is a pastor and looks nothing like this. But when writing my picture book about the church picnic disaster, this was the image that came to me to draw. The congregation takes notice as the pastor steps forward with a simple solution to the problem. It’s not the suit or the hair that gives them confidence. Those (I hope) evoke a giggle. It’s most definitely his calmness in chaos that brings them to reason and follow his lead to a remedy. …Then again, it could be the bowtie.
I’m sort of obsessed with drawing birds. Not realistic ones though. Funny looking ones.. tall and skinny, short and chubby.. and with very tiny legs. They just make me smile. This little guy is one of my favorites. In fact, I never sold him in my shop. I hung him in my own kitchen because he makes me feel happy.. like I want to whistle. Hmmm. I think I will.
We’ve all heard it. The speech. The one about being careful, being good, and remembering all the important things we’ve been taught. Off to the sleepover or summer camp.. or maybe college or that first big job. Finally, the speech is summed up with a reminder of how much we’re loved. I painted this mama bird talking to her babies to sell in my shop and couldn’t help but imagine she was giving them their pre-flight speech. So the title above the top of the painting is none other than “…and most of all, I love you.” Because if you don’t hold on to anything else they say, at least hold on to that.
A fun, little painting I sell in my shop, “Sweet Sweet Home” feels simple and easy. This could work in a child’s room or office.. or even the laundry room. I actually want to live in this house with a fireplace of sparkles next to a blue, glitter tree. …Don’t you?
Okay, so my yellow lab wasn’t actually yellow and he wasn’t shaped liked this… and when he barked, it didn’t exactly sound like “woof”… For that matter, he wasn’t a puppy either. He had grown much older. But this is how I saw him and heard him and felt him in my heart. So, this is how I painted him in my shop. Samson, my silly puppy.