Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Wow, I am so honored and grateful for this lovely blog award from my new friend, Sara! Thank you so much Sara for thinking of me!
Please visit Sara's wonderful blog and also visit her etsy shop. Her work is wonderful!
Here are my seven of my favorite blogs, (it was a very hard choice, there are SO many more!) Please visit and have fun there!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
I have always had and always will have a childlike spirit and I intend to keep it that way. I find bliss in the littlest things and I just hope that in some little way I pass it on to you thru my art. That is why I am posting "Tutti-Frutti" today because she is so fun and playful.
Here's hoping that you get a little happiness from her and I hope you get to jump up and down and clap today! Try it, its really fun! :)
Monday, December 1, 2008
Buy one and get one free! Now until December 15th! Buy any card or print and choose a second one free! (excluding limited edition prints)
Please visit my enchanted etsy shop and have some fun!
Saturday, November 29, 2008
This morning it was back to the drawing board, me and Sweetie, the Peppermint Christmas Fairy! I have been seeing peppermint designs everywhere in the last week since I have been working on her. I have seen little girls in candy cane dresses, candy canes, surf boards with peppermint designs in a surf shop window and all kinds of packaging in stores. I bought some peppermint hot chocolate yesterday and this morning I worked on Sweetie with my candy cane candle burning, my peppermint mocha in my coffee and a candy cane stick in it! I was SO in the mood to work on her not to mention I was in the Christmas spirit! :)
Have you been creative today? Hope so, what have you guys been working on?
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I LOVE your goals, much of them are mine as well! You already ARE a beautiful artist, my friend, :)
I already picture all of your lovely work in a childrens book and I know your art will be sought out by publishers everywhere! You are already a beautiful friend!
You already are accomplishing good things with your creativity. It shows in your blog and being a nurse is such a giving profession that we need more of that in this world! Thank you for sharing your lovely goals!
As for me, my goal is to have my art bought world-wide and licensed with a company/companies that will market it all over the world on different high quality products.
I want to share happiness, love and inspiration to the world thru my art.
I would like to be a positive role model for young girls all over the world.
To be in love again and to be married to a wonderful man.
To buy my mother a cute little cottage here in Corona Del Mar.
Thanks you guys for sharing your goals, we need to do that more often. Doesnt it feel great?!?
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Every one of my dreams is very precious to me and I have decided that I need to take them seriously and actually do more to make them into goals by taking steps to get myself closer to them.
I keep saying that I am going to submit my art to more companies for licensing and haven't done that for a while, so that is going to be my priority along with creating more art of course!
What are your goals? What are your dreams? I'd love to hear! :)
Monday, November 24, 2008
I got to meet him an talked with him for a while. I have to say I was a bit star-struck and too embarressed to have him sign my post card to me, so I had him put my brother's name on the card! (he has been of fan of his work as well so he will definately love it). He says he puts in long hours, about 12 hours a day, when he's on a deadline. It shows, his body of work seems endless!
I'm sure most of you have seen his work but if not visit his website and help yourself to some wonderful inspiring and fantastic images! Have fun!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Please visit and let me know what you think :)
And please visit her ETSY shop while you are there! Thank you Tashai for passing along the blog award to me, I really appreciate that! :)
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I was thinking back when I was in High School, my Dad and I decided to make our own ornaments. We went to the lumber yard and picked out some thick wood, brought it home and I drew my little stars, angels, reindeer and trees on the wood and he cut them out in the basement in our little workshop!
We put holes at the top of each ornament and then put some string thru each one. They came out so great and I still have them. My dad has been gone for almost 15 years but I am so glad I have that memory of him. We both shared a Christmas birthday together (yep, we were both born on Christmas) and that was always another fond memory of blowing out the candles on our cake together.
What is your favorite Christmas memory? I'd love to hear! :)
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
One woman actually looked like "Emerald Enchantment" (the little green fairy) http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=11475497
It was amazing! So of course she needed to go home with a print! :) I think hearing those kinds of comments and getting such positive feedback are what keeps us going as artists, dont you think? To hear someone tell you that your work makes them feel happy or that it inspires them is like getting a hug isnt it? I so love that, I am STILL flying high from all of the nice words from Sunday.
And thank you, James, my wonderful friend for all of your hard work and support. I found the chocolate bar you bought me when I got home Sunday night and ate it with some chunky peanut butter in my pink jammies under my electric blanket!! :)))
Hope everyone is having a creative week!
"Snowy Forest Fairy" Hand-Embellished Limited Edition Print is on page 13, the giveaway page. She will be given away in December to a lucky winner. So please get your copy and enter to win! It is a beautiful issue.
I also have an ad on the Artists Corner page (page 82). More on the art show tomorrow!
Have a creative day,
Sunday, November 9, 2008
I found a Beatrix Potter illustration site. I remember when I was little my mother always used to by me her books, the tiny ones that were so wonderfully illustrated. I always loved her biography and so loved the movie, "Miss Potter" that came out last year with Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor (sp?).
I still have alot of my books and a huge bookshelf of art books. Most of them are fairy tale books, my absolute favorites. I love pulling one off the shelf now and then and looking at the illustrations and being reminded of where I was when I bought it, or who gave it to me or what I loved about it and still do. If it was up to me I'd have a big library full of art books with all my favorite illustrators with a big section of fairy artists :)
What are your favorite books? I'd love to hear!
Friday, November 7, 2008
I loved that feeling of selling my things, getting paid and giving back money (monopoly money). I guess that's why I love my Etsy shop and doing art shows. I can decorate my booth any way I want and its my little store. Its just so much fun.
I was also thinking how much fun it would be to have my own store (a real store). To be able to decorate it with twinkling fairy lites and all of my artwork and lots of other merchandise with my art on it. I would have a big "fairy" tree in the middle of the store that I could decorate from season to season. I would love to have a corner for milk and cookies and hot chocolate and another for art classes for little girls to learn how to draw fairies! I would always play fun and inspirational music that makes you feel good and the whole store would be filled with enchantment!
What is your childhood dream? What did you like doing when you were a kid? Are you doing it now? Hope so :)
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Hope you like her, still have some tweaking to do but she's almost there. Will post her when she's finished!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
I just posted "Angel of Hope" on my etsy shop. Available now as an 8 x 10 print! Let me know what you think!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Friday, October 31, 2008
Here is "Autumn", now available as an 8 x 10 Print at my etsy shop!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
I was watching scary movies last night and Ghost Hunters on Sci-Fi. Love that show. Will be watching them chase after the ghosts and goblins tomorrow night as I give out my little Halloween witch cards with the candy to the kids.
After its over I will be working on Xmas fairy and my new little "Sweetie" the Candy Cane fairy. Heres my messy sketch! :)
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I think I will make a new card for Xmas and tie it to candy canes! Fun marketing! :)
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I'm still tweaking the color but she's pretty much ready to spread Halloween Cheer!?! I cant spread any scary cheer so she has to be a cheerful witch :)
My friend Jamie came up with the best marketing idea (she is a creative genius by the way). I wanted to add a little print to the candy that I will be giving away on Halloween. Jamie suggested making a little card and attaching it with ribbon to the candy packaging. So that's what I'm doing. I will be making about 200 or so to give out to the kids in Orange County. I have friends that get alot of trick or treaters so they will get most of them!
Happy Halloween everyone! :)
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
I know I am supposed to be working on my Xmas Fairy this week but I have been so inspired by all of the wonderful Halloween illustrations that I had to do one myself.
I am working on a sketch of a cute little witch holding a Happy Halloween sign. I will be posting her this week but until then I hope you enjoy another little magical goddess, "Fire". Have a wonderful and creative day!
Friday, October 17, 2008
And speaking of magical - what a night at Fenway last night! Thank you Red Sox! :)))
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I have days like this when I am so jazzed I'm jumping up and down like a 5 year old and I also have days where I have to make myself do something because sales are really bad and I'm not sure when my rent payment will be in my checking acct.
So today, I woke up at 4:00 and couldnt go back to sleep so at 4:30 I put the coffee on and began writing in my journal like I do every morning. Today I started with, Good Morning, God, thank you for.....and wrote 5 pages of everything I was grateful for. I then opened my magic sketchbook and filled 3 pages with Halloween sketches and lots of fun things. After that I got on the computer and worked on my little Xmas Fairy drawing listening to my "fairy" music. It was the best morning I have had in a while.
I am calling this day an In Between Day because this is the type of day where I am just going to "be". I am going to have fun with everything I do today, from my art to all of my dogwalks with my little friends. It is a day to just step back from all of my marketing craziness (not that I dont love it) and just have fun. I am going to put on my Red Sox jersey and root for my Sox tonight and have fun doing that. I will be making In Between Days a regular part of my life from now on to just be thankful, have fun and play!! :)
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Thankfully, the fire department got to it early and there is a resevoir close by that a helicopter was able to fill its tanks and drop water on the fire to contain it within an hour. Thank you NBFD!!
As I was watching the helicopter put out the fire on tv, I looked around and thought about what I would take with me if I needed to evacuate. (this was my second time I was in this situation since I've lived here) What is so important to me? What if I only had one minute to get out? What would I take with me?
I decided my artwork files, which I keep in a metal fire proof box, would be the first thing. My computer and printers would have to stay ( I really need a laptop). The next 3 things would be my photos, the cards and letters that my Mom and friends sent me when I was in the Air Force, and my Dad's flannel shirt that I still have in my closet. He always wore flannel shirts and I kept one of them when he passed away. (As a matter of fact, today is the day he passed away in 1994 from cancer. I love you, Dad! Hope you are watching the Red Sox wherever you are! :))
Here's wishing that you always know what is most important and most dear to your heart.
Monday, October 13, 2008
The feeling as a kid on Christmas morning! I felt that yesterday. For once, I had the day off and didnt have to get in my car or go anywhere. I was in heaven! I got up, made my coffee and got back into bed with my sketchbook. (one of my very favorite things to do!)
As I opened the page to the blankness of many possibilities, my pencil started to discover what was waiting to be created. I first did a drawing of a little birthday girl with a party dress, pigtails and lots of balloons, named Lilly.
I turned the page and who popped out but Sweetie, the peppermint candy cane fairy! I spent an hour figuring out what her costume looked like. She holds a present tied with candy canes and decorated with ribbon candy. Her little coat is striped with candy cane colors and she has a fur-lined hat, coat and little shoes! I cant wait to get her scanned to show everyone!
It certainly was a wonderfully creative day. Those are the days that feel like Christmas and my birthday all at once. (which by the way, IS my birthday! :)) I savored every minute of those sketches and went back to them before bed last night to draw more. Cant wait for the next time I get to stay in my jammies all day!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
I had my booth set up yesterday at the monthly art show in San Juan Capistrano. I had lots of little girls stop by with their parents. One of my favorites little friends came by to visit again. I feel like we became friends a couple of months ago when her Mom and Dad shared the booth next to me at the show. She was sketching in her booth and we shared each other's drawings and I encouraged her to keep up her artwork and talked to her about art school and how much I loved it. When she came back to visit and to say hello yesterday, I let her and her friend sit down and look thru my sketchbook ( I never let anyone do that!)
I felt a connection with her, being fellow artists and that maybe I am her art mentor in a small way, but mostly because I saw myself at her age, a bit shy, and loving to loose myself in my drawing. I told her to visit anytime and hope she stops by again, she made my day!
If it wasnt for the art show I would be seriously depressed since the Sox lost last night after a great fight! Cant wait till you guys get back to Fenway for tomorrow's Game 3! Go Sox!!
Friday, October 10, 2008
I was sent this wonderful quote by Robert Frost this morning by a new friend. After this quote he said that an entreprenuer has followed the road less traveled, but is not alone. That made me feel comforted. Being an artist really is a lonely business but to be reminded that there are millions of artists and self-employed people doing what I am, it made me feel somehow less isolated from the rest of the world.
Thank goodness for this wonderful place and for the friends I have made here. Especially for the support and inspiration that I get everyday from all of you. Thank you!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
I made a list of my goals and what I have to do to get there. So when I checked my email I had 2 invites to new business networking sites. I joined immediately and had a wonderful person email me a beautiful quote that inspired me to take the next action.
I feel so powerful now and know that there is no doubt in my mind that I am doing the right thing and that I was put here to share my art with the world.
So instead of cake I had a healthy omelette and made some new online business connections! Today has just started and I feel there are many more possibilities in the air! Hope your day is the same!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
She also, like my whole family, is a huge Red Sox fan, so she was the first one I called last night when they won the ALDS! She calls them "her boys". I think that is the most special thing that we share, our love of baseball.
So, I wanted to say how grateful I am for my mother and how much I love her. She is the most special person in my life. Her name is Eileen Perkett and I am lucky to be able to call her my mother!
Monday, October 6, 2008
I am grateful that giving up isnt an option. I am grateful for the friends I have that are the "wind beneath my wings" when I need it most. I am grateful for my mother who is my biggest cheerleader at 81 and is there when I set my booth up every month and is the first person I show my new sketches and ideas to. (I'm grateful that I made her laugh yesterday, she has been under the weather for a couple of weeks)
I am grateful for this outlet and that I am able to hopefully inspire and to make someone happy with my art.
Most of all I am grateful to be an artist, and to be my own special and unique self!
I'd love to hear what you guys are grateful for, please feel free to share!
Saturday, October 4, 2008
I have lots of them so I think I will just make a list of my dreams:
I want to be a successful inspirational artist
I want to share happiness, love, inspiration and peace with my art
I want make a living at my art
I want to be a postive role model for young girls
(I want the Boston Red Sox to win the World Series?!?)
What are your dreams? I would love to hear each and every one of them!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
So before the game excitement I sketched out my Xmas Fairy (better name coming soon!) and I am almost ready to start inking her. I am determined to get her finished by next Sat. for my monthly art show. I am also participating in another show in Dec. and will be posting the details for that one.
Have a wonderful and creative day! Go Sox!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
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Monday, September 29, 2008
Please visit and pass this link onto a friend!
Have a wonderful day,
Saturday, September 27, 2008
I wanted everyone to know that I will be running an ad in the Fall issue of Faerie Magazine on the Artists Corner page and will also have my "Snowy Forest Fairy" (see her pic below) Limited Edition print appearing on the 'giveaway' page. One lucky winner will recieve a free print which will be hand-embellished and signed and numbered by me.
I ran an ad in Faerie Magazine in the second issue and am so amazed at how even more amazing it has become. Anyone who loves fairies and fantasy, this is the magazine for you! The Autumn issue can be found in Barnes and Noble shelves in mid-October.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
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Sunday, September 14, 2008
I had so many nice people comment on my art. One woman said that my art made her smile. I am still flying from those words, I just love hearing that! There were lots of little girls "studying" my bookmarks because they're Mom's said to pick "one" and they had to make sure they were making the right decision! I loved every minute of that and meeting such great people and not to mention all the cool dogs that came with them. (Especially "Sunny" the yellow lab puppy who was "high-fiving" everyone!)
There were some new artists this month as well, just as talented as everyone else there. I loved hanging out with my new friends, its a pleasure to be there with them.
My friend Jamie was working in the booth with me and told everyone who bought a bookmark that when you put one of my bookmark's in a book and come back to it, the book is better because of the bookmark in it! I thought that was the sweetest thing! Magical bookmarks, I love it! Thanks, James! :)
Well, I have lots of new ideas for next months booth so I'd better get started now!
Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend!
Friday, September 5, 2008
I have some wonderful petsitting clients who bought "Lulu" my latest ballerina for their 4 year old daughter, Sophie last month at my art show in San Juan Capistrano. (Second Saturday Art Fair) They bought a matted 8 X 10 print for her room.
I spoke to my client this morning and asked how Sophie likes her "Lulu" print. She replied by just saying "She loves it!" She told me that Sophie has it next to her bed and every night when its "story time" she has to hold it and look at it and always talks about how Michelle made this picture.
I couldnt get enough of it! She made my whole week! I think that has to be my favorite thing about being an artist. When anyone, especially a little girl, enjoys my art that much and I get to hear a story like that, I am so completely grateful that I am an artist and that I am able to make someone love my art the way I love it.
Thank you Sophie for making my day!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
I am an artist who belives that the world can always use more enchantment and inspiration so I hope to add some to each and every blog!
Your comments are always welcome! Have a wonderful day!