Rat Chat….continued :)

I like a nice rat.  Charming conversationalists  if you don’t mind the defensive tone.  I met a rat quite recently whose knowledge of subterranean culture was really quite extraordinary.  His opinions regarding  a great variety of issues, I found to be both informed and refreshing.  This particular rat also understood the importance of attentiveness in an engaging tête-à-tête. …

New Facebook Artist Page!

A new LINK and LIKE.  I’ve a new artist Facebook page just for my work. If you “like” the work that you see on my blog or on my social FB page, kindly click the big blue button. It will bring more traffic to my page and more exposure in general to my work. Many …

Remaining Marketable

This isn’t easy to admit.  My work is well, sort of old-fashioned.  At least, it’s not HOT.  Not a big deal, I can change, except I really don’t want to.  Let me back up a bit.  What I love to do, is not as marketable as it could be, and I am really not at …

Nearly Spring in the Great Swamp

So many of us are yearning hopefully for the promise of spring.  It’s kind of like an alternate “New Year” sans the party.  I imagine that the creature world has had enough of  winter this year as well.    Here’s a froggy couple making plans. Related Articles Spring Cleaning (skeltzer.wordpress.com)

Author Margaret Atwood’s Keynote: “The Publisher’s Pie”

Enjoy reading?  Enjoy writing, illustrating, and seeing your work in print?  Take a few minutes and view Margaret Atwood’s rye, insightful look into the changing world of publishing. This is a timely, funny, scary, informative talk. Author Margaret Atwood’s Keynote: “The Publisher’s Pie”.

OOps..it’s not fair

Wrong sibling!  It’s been corrected now, but when I first posted the paintings of siblings Annie and Gabe, I goofed and gave older sister Zoe credit instead of Annie.  So, to make things FAIR, because it is of paramount importance whenever the word “sibling” is conjured, I’m posting a painting based on a photo of …

Siblings…

I painted this over a year ago, but I’m reviving it because of the sibling theme, (always dynamic).   I asked two sibs to pose for reference, and they had no trouble at all falling into the mischievous little brother annoying his outraged but kinda having fun older sister.  Thanks Annie and Gabe.

Spacey Playground

Whew Hew!  A space playground outside of the cramped confines of a ship.  With the reassuring space net in place (eliminating the danger of  floating off  for all eternity),  you can count me IN! Related Articles Life on Mars? European Space Agency crewmen simulate landing in sandpit (guardian.co.uk) A mission to Mars that never leaves …

Mine

I suppose the cold has inspired a longing for a spring breeze.  The thrill of running barefoot down a grassy hill with a best friend, and an enviable secret. Ever felt that sensation? Running against the wind; the moment, the secret, it’s mine,  just mine. Related Articles Art by the incomparable Charles Bibbs ]|[ THE …

Siblings In Peril Spot Illustration

Happy New Year!  I’m beginning 2011 with a family pulling together.  The family pet is the center of concern in this spot illustration.  Often, affection for the non- human being in the family can bring siblings together like nothing else.  I’m not sure what type of creature this is, but these kids are willing to …

Breeding Brooding Bunnies

In the interest of strengthening and varying my portfolio of illustration for children, I noticed a shortage of  joyful images in my book.  I browsed through Google images hunting for inspiration.  I found a photo of a group of happy children holding hands and racing round a circle in “ring around the rosy” fashion.  They certainly …