“Fynn” is my 137th Story-Painting
Fynn’s grandmother taught at the small country school where
I was the aide many years ago. That school is where I started
making art for kids–usually for the bulletin board near the drinking fountain.
She told me that Fynn’s nursery has a woodsy theme, and that
this baby is already a BIG fan of being in water.
I’ve always loved the word “flotilla,” so the idea for some
field-mice sailing boats they had cobbled together from
whatever they could find appealed to me.
Since this was only the second “F” name I’ve ever done,
I jumped into that section of the dictionary eagerly!
“Ava Jean” is my 136th Story-Painting
Baby Ava’s great-grandmother commissioned this one-of-a-kind story and illustration.
Ava’s was the thirteenth name to begin with A, and I racked my brain for some
time, trying to come up with an animal I hadn’t used before.
It finally hit me– angora rabbits!
When I started researching, I was astounded at their fuzz.
As soon as I thought of the name of their estate, “Alfalfa Acres,” I knew
this would be an outdoor tea-party. Searching “red clover china”
brought up this beautiful “Hammersley” pattern.
Since the client loves hydrangeas, I included some in the painting.
“Ophelia” is my 134th Story-Painting.
I worked with Baby Ophelia’s mother to create this one-of-a-kind story and illustration.
Because I love painting beautiful fabrics and Oriental-inspired designs,
I decided to set the scene in an elegant teahouse.
Opossums, so soft and fuzzy, are always fun to paint.
and I always get a kick out of including
exotic plants in the piece.