“Elise” is my 138th Story-Painting
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
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.