Let me just say that I am busy!  I wish it were more to do with freelance work, but it isn’t… I’ve blogged before about working on my mom’s house and that is taking much of my time.  However, it’s slowly… very slowly… going to get done and so I also have a strong sense of accomplishment (??).  We have for many years wanted to upgrade and renew my mom’s house… and it is finally being done.  Of course, we are also planning on selling it, too, so it may be a short lived sense of accomplishment, but I think it will still be nice to know that we DID it.  :)
Josh was saying that he thinks people get a different kind of feeling when they do things or create things than when they get the easy way or someone else to do it for them… and its a GOOD kind of different- the kind that makes you feel like you are ALIVE.  :)  I totally agree.  And its not really a pride thing either… more that you are just sort of satisfied more when you do something yourself and make something out of it.
So, that’s good…


BUT, like I said, I’m still really busy!  Since a lot of time is spent working on the house, the free time I do have is spent more cleaning, cooking, and trying to sketch ideas for collectible figurines, a small project for my niece’s school auction, and submissions to publishers/magazines, etc.  I ordered postcards and have a list going but haven’t made the labels or actually sent them yet… I have sketches for my niece and more ideas sketched for the figurines…

So, I hope that this post makes some sense… I am writing it before I have to go to bed.. sigh.

Well, here are the sketches… :)

Mermaids ♥♥

Madeleine Choir School (Utah)- Idea #1 

Madeleine Choir School (Utah) Idea #2

Madeleine Choir School (Utah) Idea #3

I Love Collectibles

So as I’ve mentioned before, I am interested in illustrating for ceramic figurines (along with homes/buildings) and therefore am working on creating some fun portfolio pieces.
Here are a handful of sketches… enjoy! ;)

Josh Kemble-Design A Day

So here is a little preview of what my husband, Josh Kemble, is up to… its turning out to be a really cool blog.
He has some other ideas and challenges up on his site!  Check it out!

Design A Day Challenge
Posted on January 20, 2013So, I’m going to try to make a new cool image every day for as long as possible, and will most likely miss a few days, but I think it’s a worthy challenge. As an illustrator I’d like to make more often than I consume, and believe this will be a worthwhile endeavor. So, without further ado, I will be posting each new thing on this blog entry, along with the date it was created.
3. January 21, 2013 “Wine-0″ t-shirt/poster designWine-O Design On WhiteWine-O Design On White
I wanted to do a design in a minimalistic style, since I rarely work that way, and the whole point of this project is to play with the challenge to make designs daily, while expanding my visual style. I realized that there was something to be mined conceptually playing with the letter O in the word Wino. So, above is my final solution on white. Here’re the other color versions:

Martime Magic~

Ok, so here is a sneak preview of the final image I did for Fadenrot.  The theme is martime, as I’ve blogged about before, and I hope that it captured all ideas!  In any case, it took a LONG time to clean all of these images and place them “just so” but it was well worth it… I’m quite happy!

I still haven’t forgotten my “French Country” theme ideas and I know I’ve got to get some postcards sent out, too, so there’s still lots and lots to be done!

How are you?

Nursery Rhyme Sketch (Wynkin, Blynkin, & Nod- written by American writer and poet Eugene Field)

I had posted some earlier sketches for an illustration of the poem Wynken, Blynken, and Nod but here is an updated version…
I also got approval on my maritime fabric designs so I will be cleaning up those images so I can send them off!

Lovely Monday!

Text of Poem:

Text of poem

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night
Sailed off in a wooden shoe —
Sailed on a river of crystal light,
Into a sea of dew.
“Where are you going, and what do you wish?”
The old moon asked the three.
“We have come to fish for the herring fish
That live in this beautiful sea;
Nets of silver and gold have we!”
Said Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.

The old moon laughed and sang a song,
As they rocked in the wooden shoe,
And the wind that sped them all night long
Ruffled the waves of dew.
The little stars were the herring fish
That lived in that beautiful sea —
“Now cast your nets wherever you wish —
Never afeard are we”;
So cried the stars to the fishermen three:
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.

All night long their nets they threw
To the stars in the twinkling foam —
Then down from the skies came the wooden shoe,
Bringing the fishermen home;
‘Twas all so pretty a sail it seemed
As if it could not be,
And some folks thought ’twas a dream they’d dreamed
Of sailing that beautiful sea —
But I shall name you the fishermen three:
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.

Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes,
And Nod is a little head,
And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies
Is a wee one’s trundle-bed.
So shut your eyes while mother sings
Of wonderful sights that be,
And you shall see the beautiful things
As you rock in the misty sea,
Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three:
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.[2]