Recent Story-Paintings

“Elise” is my 138th Story-Painting

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Elise’s mother told me that Elise LOVES lions.

I immediately imagined a regal lion as a King, so when I

began scouring my Dad’s old dictionary under “e,”

I kept that royal lion in mind.

While researching flowers, butterflies, and insects to add

to the background, I found edelweiss,

evening primrose, and euphorbia,

and before I knew it, a formal estate garden grew up.

As a child, I always loved illustrations in which one of

the characters is beckoning you into the picture.

 

“Fynn” is my 137th Story-Painting

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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

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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.