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The Big Easy

Hi friends! Just wanted to share a little tip of the hat to The Big Easy on this Mardi Gras eve (I'm not really a big Mardi Gras fan, but I appreciate the colorful quirkiness of it). I made this poster for Illustration Friday when the topic was "Alphabet" back in 2007. It was one of the most fun an…

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Illustration Friday: Breakfast

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Food for thought...

Well, it's been forever since I participated in Illustration Friday, and I'm slipping this one in with just a day to spare. When I saw the topic "Breakfast" for this week, I knew I wanted to play along, and I'm glad I was able to. I…

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Illustration Friday: Fearless

This little mouse is indeed fearless...scroll down to see why...
She has put her trust completely in the Lord, not in her own strength...

"Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place…

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31 Days: Day 25 - Illustration Friday: Adapt

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"To find a career to which you are adapted by nature, and then to work hard at it, is about as near to a formula for success and happiness as the world provides. One of the fortunate aspects of this formula is that, granted the right career has been found, the hard wor…

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31 Days: Day 18 - Illustration Friday: Cracked

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The Illustration Friday topic this week is "Cracked"...and almost instantly I thought of cracked teacups. I love teacups (I think they are lovely little works of art), and just because a teacup may be cracked or chipped, it can still be used for a variety of things -…

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31 Days: Day 10 - Illustration Friday: Contagious

Oh what a blessing to catch contagious cheerfulness...or better yet, to be a carrier!!

I had a lot of fun with Illustration Friday's topic this week - "Contagious". I wanted to do something along the line of "contagious joy" or "contagious happiness", then I thought of …

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31 Days - Day 3: Illustration Friday - Parade

"The Barnyard Parade"

I had a variety of images parading around in my mind this week for Illustration Friday's topic "Parade", but ended up choosing some fun parading barnyard critters. No telling why they're in such a festive mood...perhaps the farmer is away for the weekend...?
Anyway, I was happy …

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Illustration Friday: Hierarchy

This week's Illustration Friday topic, "Hierarchy", was a bit of a challenge...it's not the most inspiring word to me. Too many memories of organization charts at my old job. But, with a bit of time, the inspiration came...and it started with John 15:5 - "I am the vine, you are the branches..." - y…

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Illustration Friday: Theater

Wow, it has been a long time since I have participated in Illustration Friday...but the IF topic this week is "Theater" and I had just the illustration for it - I called this piece "The Drama Queen". I did this illustration back in August of 2006 for the IF topic "Play" and it was just right for thi…

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Illustration Friday: Seed

They always said that little Appleseed was just a dreamer...
I'm compelled to use an existing illustration yet again for this week's Illustration Friday topic: "Seed". How could I not use this...? Here's what I wrote back in August of 2005 when I created this for the to…

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Illustration Friday: Save

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I'm sorry to keep using existing illustrations for Illustration Friday, but I didn't want this week's topic, "Save", to get by, and I didn't have the time to create something new - so re-posting this illustration (one I originally did for the topic "Lost") seemed appropriate…

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Illustration Friday: Homage & Way Back When-sday: 1977

Homage to Holly Hobbie

Hi friends - This will be a multi-purpose post today. This week's Illustration Friday topic is "Homage", so, I recycled an illustration I did for IF in 2006 for the topic "Simple". I did the illustration as an homage to the Holly Hobbie style of illustration, and used a quote f…

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Illustration Friday: Garden

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Finding Faith in a Garden Shed

When I saw this week's Illustration Friday topic, "Garden" I knew I had to participate, even if I needed to submit an existing piece of artwork - and that's exactly what I've done. This, appropriately enough, is the March design from my 2008 Cal…

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Illustration Friday: 100%

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Well, I am very happy to be back participating in Illustration Friday after a lengthy hiatus while I finished my 2008 Calendar (it's finally done, yay!!). I'm just getting this one in under the wire, but I had the idea and wanted to see it through. This was a fun topic - …

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Illustration Friday: Trick or Treat

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Well, I have no idea why the image of little giraffe dressed as a fairy princess getting treats from a masked monkey occurred to me, much less why I actually drew it, but here it is, my contribution to this week's Illustration Friday topic "Trick or Treat"...

If you're coming…

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Illustration Friday: Extremes

The topic this week for Illustration Friday ("Extremes") was a bit of a tough one in my opinion - but I finally struck upon an idea that seemed to fit: the seemingly never-ending struggle to achieve balance with food. My tendencies in the past were to go from one extreme (eating just about anything)…

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Illustration Friday: Open

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This is a special week for Illustration Friday participants - the topic is "Open", and for the first time ever, viewers will be allowed to vote for their 5 favorite designs! The top 25 overall will get to show their illustrations at an exclusive IF show at "Open" -…

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Illustration Friday: The Blues

I got the "Too Many Blues to Choose" Blues...

Since this week's Illustration Friday topic was "The Blues", I thought I would illustrate a bit of my current frustration at picking a blue paint color for the walls in our bedroom. There are just too many blues to choose from - "Nordic Ice" to "Rainfore…

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Illustration Friday: Juggle

“To learn and never be filled, is wisdom; to teach and never be weary, is love.” - Anonymous
“A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others.” - Anonymous
“Teaching is the greatest act of optimism” - Colleen Wilcox

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Illustration Friday: Wedding (part 2)

Well, I just had to take the time after all to create a new illustration for "wedding" this week. Just couldn't get this phrase out of my head - plus, I wanted to do something way-girly with soft colors. I had also read a number of great wedding/marriage quotes that I wanted to share - so here goes …

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