Sunday, December 28, 2008

IF "Clandestine"

"High above the city, they found a way to be together".

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Works in progress....

I've missed illustrating the last few IF topics, and believe me, I would have enjoyed them very much! Happily, however, I have been swamped with work!! No complaining here, mind! Especially as a freelancer!!! I've posted a few sketches for a series I'm working on. It's times like these when I'm really busy, I have to say it's hard to believe I can be paid to have so much fun!!! I've also posted one of my wee gran, Libby. She and I spend Wednesdays together. What a love!!!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

IF "A Packed Pack"

Whew!  The birdhouses completed!  Akela can sign off number 5!  

Saturday, September 13, 2008

IF "Island"

It was instinctive!  As soon as the flooding occurred, they took refuge on the island.  Now, all that remained was to wait for rescue...

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

IF "Canned"

Mrs. Kilpatrick's cats unanimously preferred the canned.

Monday, June 2, 2008

IF "Baby"

I've had babies on my mind for quite a while now......and no wonder, as just last Sunday, my oldest son and his wife gave me my first grandbaby, a beautiful wee girl!! "Liberty" ("Libby" for everyday).  She was named for my son's service in Iraq with the Marine Corp.  I've included her photo, along with an illustration for a book I am working on about families.  

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

IF "Worry"

This is the opposite of "worry", and when one is a wee babe, perhaps the only time in life completely worry free.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

IF "Primitive"

A primitive tool with today's digital creations (but still my favorite).

Saturday, April 12, 2008

IF "Fail" ?

This is what happens when I'm in a hurry!  I misread this week's topic, and illustrated "Fair" instead of "Fail".  Ah it is all the same.  Hopefully I'll find time to illustrate the correct one later this week.

Monday, March 31, 2008

IF "Homage"

In homage to "Motherhood", I honor all women who choose to be mothers among all the alluring career choices today.  I especially honor those who sacrifice so much to be home with them, not only meeting the demanding physical needs, but the emotional, spiritual and intellectual needs of little ones.  It's a daunting career at times, but so very worth it.  Now as my children are becoming adults, and parents themselves, I recognize how important my work here has been.  I honor my own mother who continues to love all 7 of us!! 
This illustration is from a book about families I am currently working on.

Monday, March 24, 2008

IF "Pet Peeve"

One of my pet peeves is the overindulgence of some parents! 

Monday, March 17, 2008

IF "Heavy"

This is a fast one, but I like to use IF as an exercise in quick thinking.  
It's fun to work the brain.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

IF "Leap"

Can't pass up a quick illustration on this theme.  I've thought quite a bit lately about the "Leap of Faith" required for a woman to have a child.  No parent receives real training on giving birth, and beyond, (which incidentally can be overwhelming).  Yet, each of my six children have been a welcomed blessing.  There's a wonder that belongs solely to a mother, as the life within her "leaps".

Friday, February 8, 2008

IF "Choose"

My youngest daughter has discovered the joy and heartache of having so many admirers.  She loves all the attention, but is learning that someone invariably gets hurt.  One such admirer sent her a tender note.  "What can I do mom?" she asked me one day.  "I just want to stay friends, but I think if I say that, he'll be embarrassed and mad."  I wish I had an answer for that one.  She's right.  Love is confusing at times, and Cupid's arrows can be quite painful.

Friday, January 25, 2008

IF "Tales and Legends"

"I have many beautiful flowers," he said, "but the children are the most beautiful flowers of all."
(From "The Selfish Giant" by Oscar Wilde)

Thursday, January 24, 2008

IF "Plain"

"Yes.....the flowers were pretty, and Winston did have the nicest birthday parties, but there was something in Daniel's gentle smile, and the way he held that one plain little flower..."