“Erilyn” is my 127th story painting.
Commissioned by her sweet great-grandmother, Erilyn’s painting features animals
I’d never painted before, elf owls. They live in saguaro cacti in the desert,
but cacti seemed too prickly! The egg-shaped embroidery hoop includes eggs,
elf owl feathers, and elm leaves. Notice the time on the clock.
And that’s the Empress herself overlooking our hard-working little owls.
“Cooper” is the 126th story-painting, and only the second to feature chinchillas.
I love painting snow and crazy Christmas sweaters, and I thought these little guys needed something warm after
their chilly ride down the mountain. I don’t actually know if chinchillas like cashews
in their cocoa, but I’m guessing they do!
Oliver’s grandmother, who commissioned this painting, told me that his parents are world travelers
and are looking forward to taking Oliver along when he is older. We decided that
his painting should feature otters.
I researched islands beginning with “O” and found this one– Ovau Island in the western part
of the Solomon Islands. It was then a short leap to looking up “fish that begin with O.”
I settled on opah, or moonfish, which are very flat and which come in all these wonderful colors.