The countdown is on!! Less than a month until my creative life launches with full force. I’m doing it!! I’m really doing it!! It’s a testament to how important it is to put your dreams and goals out to the universe and to also have some accountability from family and friends.

I’m excited and nervous, but more excited than nervous. I don’t know exactly what the future holds and that part is a little scary, but really, do we every truly know what the future holds until it’s happening? The Artist Way, has been coming up in conversations I’ve been having with friends and I thought I’d break out my copy. I haven’t pick up this book in over 8 years and to be truthful I’m not sure if I actually ever got thru the whole 12 week course. So, I thought I’d maybe try to take a stab at it again. As I was reading the intro to the Basic Principle there was one quote that leaped (he he he) out at me.

Julia says she has this taped to writing desk, and I think I just might do the same. Gosh, what a perfect time for these words to come into my life!!


Share Out

I thought I do a little “Share Out” today.

Favorite Color:: Pink, Pink and more PINK. (it use to be red, so I guess you could say I’m softening)


Favorite App:: Echofon It’s where I actually prefer to read my twitter feed.


Favorite TV Shows::
Glee, Jerseylicious (Olivia’s analogy are soooo AWESOME) and my guilty pleasure right now is the Bachelor.


Favorite Smell:: Anything lavender, well that and freshly baked brownies.



Favorite Blog:: NieNie Dialogues She has an amazing and inspiring story and house I would love to live in.

Favorite Candy ::
Choward’s Violet Mints Some people say they taste like soap, but I think they are divine.

Favorite Gadget :: my iphone I can’t wait to upgrade. I have a first generation.

Sketchbook Stories :: Paul Brent

I have yet to meet Paul Brent in person, but have been following his work for quite sometime now and was excited when I learned that he was interested in be featured in my Sketchbook Stories Series. So I am happy to share with you Paul’s Sketchbook Story today.

Paul’s art work is recognizable worldwide and has been licensing his images since 1988.  While Paul’s creative reach spans a wide range of styles he is best known for his watercolors of coastal life and often referred to as America’s best know coastal artist. He currently has licenses his designs to over 80 companies on products such as handbags, ceramic ware, apparel, stationery, rugs, and kitchen textiles. His work has work has graced the shelves of big box retails like Lord and Taylor, Macys, Dillard’s, JC Penney’s, Kohl’s, and Target.

On top of all of this, Paul is also actively gives back to his local community and the Arts and planning organizations in the state of Florida. 

Here is Paul’s Sketchbook Story ::

PB: I began my career as an artist after I moved to Florida in 1969.  I was intrigued by the beautiful beaches and the wildlife, the landscapes and the vernacular architecture of the region.  I began painting and selling my originals in 1976 and by 1988 I began my career in art licensing. Over the years I began collecting vintage souvenirs of Florida since, in a way, I was creating some of the next generation of images that visitors to the beach would take home and remember their vacations.

PB: One collection that was beginning to grow was my collection of flamingo figurines from the 50’s and 60’s.  There apparently were many different molds but the all maintained the same stylized manner and color combination while retaining their individual uniqueness.  At the time I began this idea of a piece of artwork featuring this collection I was working with Seabrook Wallcovering to create books of wallpaper border and sidewall.  I thought this would make an outstanding wallpaper cording set and began sketching various figurines from my collection.  

PB: As I worked with them I found that to create variety and yet sameness, the key to a great wallpaper design, I had to alter the drawings from the originals. After coming up with six suitable positions for the flamingos, I sketched these in front of a created drape as they might have been displayed on a boudoir shelf.  I then painted the scene in watercolor.  I titled the design “Flamingo Memories”.

PB: The wallpaper was created and sold by Seabrook in their book, Paul Brent’s Postcards from Paradise.   The design was also considered for resort handbags by Sun ‘n Sand and the fabric swatches were created in several color ways.  Eventually, however, this design was cut from the line as other designs that I created were deemed to be stronger for the marketplace.  

PB: However, “Flamingo Memories”, remains one of my favorites. I think that quite often artists create pieces that they personally like only to see them languish in their portfolios or become under used selections in their repertoire. It makes you want to say to manufacturers and consumers alike, “You are crazy not to want this one”.  While not my best selling design it is still one that I love.



Paul’s Art Licensing Story

Here’s where you can find Paul ::

website :: http://www.paulbrent.com
    shop :: http://www.paulbrent.com/Store/Default.aspx

weekend movie marathon:: Män Som Hatar Kvinnor

Whoa!! I haven’t done this since I was in college… Saturday night I stayed up until dawn watching all three Swedish movies in The Millennium Trilogy. I got soooo wrapped up in the story. I didn’t put my head down on my pillow until 7am Sunday morning and was quickly woken up at 8 by a cheery kiddo ready to start the day. Man, what was I thinking? Let me tell you, I was totally paying for it yesterday. I’m not 21 years old anymore, where I could stay up all night and still function reasonably well the next day. I had to force myself to embrace the fact that the weekend was a wash and perhaps, maybe I did need a little break anyway. So, my to-do list stayed where it was and I tried really hard not to let it taunt me. I spent my Sunday cuddling, napping and just plain hanging out. Gosh, I don’t remember the last time I did that. And now I definitely need to read the books.




Sketchbook Stories :: Paige Pooler


I met Paige for the first time, over 5 years ago when we were both taking an art licensing workshop by Cheryl Phelps. I can remember being really impressed with Paige, and to be honest, I kind of wondered why she was taking the workshop. She obviously already knew what she was doing and her work is awesome. But I’m really glad she did, cause otherwise we never would of met.
Paige admits to being an incessant doodler and loves hanging out with her adorable Boston Terrier, Mitzi. Some of her favorite things (in no particular order) are:
museum jaunts
loitering in cafes
nature hikes
brownies (especially the corner pieces)
flea markets
a nice glass of wine

Here is Paige’s Sketchbook Story ::

PP: I doodle a lot. And it just so happens that I mostly doodle girl heads. It’s just something I do when there’s a piece of paper and a pencil nearby. No bill, post-it or note is safe from doodledum. It just happens. Even when I’ve tried drawing something gorey or realistic it still ends up with a pretty cute and sweet vibe. So, with that, I am so VERY fortunate (and happy) that most all my recent commissioned work has been to draw cute little girls.  Many of these clients include American Girl, Simon and Schuster, Scholastic, and Harper Collins.  My incessant girlhead doodling has begun to pay off!

  PP: Here’s the story of how the cover art for the early chapter book, “Times Squared”, published by Simon and Schuster, came together.  This cover is part of a series written by twin sisters, Julia DeVillers and Jennifer Roy that I’ve had the great pleasure of doing.  Since this is the third book cover in the series, the characters of the twin sisters had been previously established which made that part of the job a bit easier…


PP: For inspiration, I did a little web-search of the environment and of cute little Pomeranians and people walking dogs, I also visited some street fashion blogs for ideas of what the girls might be wearing.  I remember during that search, I found a really cute pair of shoes I wanted.  I still want these shoes (and I’m quite dismayed that I did not save that photo either!)  Anyway…instead of me getting them, I drew a pair for one of the girls. This part of the job came quite easily for me. (it doesn’t always….but, in this case, it did)

The background, on the other hand… was a bit more of a stumper.

First, it’s set in Times Square…and that’s a challenge for me because, eh…buildings aren’t really my thang!  Remember, I draw girly doodleheads! Second, it’s TIMES SQUARE!! Everyone knows this iconic place so it needed to be recognizable. Third, the art for the previous two covers was very flat and the characters were up front and center, taking up approx 2/3 of the allotted space. So, trying to get that all come together and jive into a cohesive whole was quite a task for me.


 PP: There was a lot of back and forth between me and the fantastic art director, Karin Paprocki while we tried to find the right way to put this together. Our biggest hurdle was definitely finding the right sizing of the girls and still show enough of the background environment.  The characters went from being quite large (like, GIANT) to significantly smaller…and I think the final product actually works quite nicely. Phew!!

PP: Times Squared” was just released and is currently in book stores now.

PP: I just learned the other day that there’s going to be a fourth book to this series.  Soooo, YAY!!!  I’m soon off to the drawing board to figure out this next puzzle…


Here’s where you can find Paige ::

website :: www.paigepooler.com
     blog :: www.eyeswideapart.blogspot.com
  twitter :: @ppooler

what a beautiful day!

Gosh! What an absolutely beautiful day!! I often forget what a beautiful city I live in. Getting caught up in the daily routine, head down and noise to the grind. Sometimes it’s good to look up from your to-do list and appreciate what’s around you.


And don’t forget to look up every once in a while :-)