Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Sometimes I like to do a digital rough sketch to see how the composition works when I start on a collage. Colors may change, textures will be added, but so far, I'm liking the composition. That rooster needs a new set of legs!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Illustration Friday - "Toy"

I know those 50's toys were dangerous with their sharp metal edges, impractical because they would rust in the rain and they were certainly heavier than the plastic versions that followed in later years, but they could fly to the moon and back with the same awesome dexterity as their modern counterparts!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tricycle girl

Isn't she a cutie? Love the bow, love the trike (with white tires!) - and soon, I'd love to see her in one of my collages!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Although the last part of this expression has been over-used, I had never heard the entire sentiment. When I read the entire quote, it was so much more meaningful and perfect for today.

This little tyke and her feathered companion are available as a print or the original collage in my Etsy Shop.

Thursday, March 3, 2011




I met an angel at a dinner party last week, and she was trying to pretend she was just a normal human being. But I could tell she was special, especially when she got to the part in her story about the seven dogs sleeping on her bed at home while we were having this lively dinner conversation. It turns out that St. Cheryl is a volunteer for Second Chance, an animal rescue organization here in Minneapolis. Second Chance was recognized by City Pages Magazine as the Best 2010 Charity (you can read the article here). Cheryl, like other foster moms, provides a home for dogs who have been abandoned or rescued until they find their "forever home" through the organization.

This is a special cause for me, since I am an animal lover, and now that the economy has forced so many people into tight situations, their pets are suffering, too, being abandoned or put up for adoption. The equally sad situation is that due to budget cuts, many shelters are closing their doors, and the need for private home foster care is so desperately needed.

Alfie and Sidney, above, need a home. You need a dog or cat. Who can't benefit from a little unconditional love and a nice warm hairy greeting committee when you walk in the door? So check out the list of adorable little creatures who need homes on SECOND CHANCE's website.

The next adoption date is March 12th - go for a visit and take your friends! - It will be the Petco in Roseville between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more information, see the website.

I adopted my Suzi years ago and you can see what a difference a little TLC can make with the following photos - her face went from worry lines to snotty confidence. Her TLC made a big difference in my face too, but that's another story:


Several months later