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Oops! Sorry about that.

Well, not really as I had a very grand time indeed chatting the afternoon away talking with my bestest buddy Arlene. Hopefully you can all understand that sometimes you just need to talk about art and life and books and what a mess your workspace is and how you are just going to have to buckle down and clean it up. My workspace that is, Arlene has already made progress on hers.

So here’s a little artistic cat picture to cheer your day.

cat painting at easel

It’s a quite grey day here so I wanted to post something colorful and bright. So there.

There are plenty of places out there on the inter-webs to look at design boards. Can you say Pinterest?

I like design boards, they’re fun to put together and are helpful in dialing in a focus on what you really want to accomplish in a given project.

Here is a collage of design boards that I found fascinating way back in the long-long ago.

art of muppets gatefold left

art of muppets gatefold right

They are the center gatefold images from a lovely little book about the Muppets.

This little book in fact:

Art of the Muppets cover

Don’t you just love the muppets? Doesn’t Everybody just love the Muppets?

So go out and find some inspiration. Let’s all make something fun and wonderful.

Today I have for you another image heavy post, this time about the joys and hazards of outdoor living.

Giant Jam Sandwich cover

The Giant Jam Sandwich came to me via the library book sale, it’s another book from the Weekly Reader Children’s Book Club. This book is from 1972 and I particularly like the sort of trippy illustration style. And the silly, silly story.

Giant Jam Sandwich 1

First all these wasps hit town.

Giant Jam Sandwich 2

Ruining everybody’s fun.

Giant Jam Sandwich 3

So the people have a meeting to discuss what to do.

Giant Jam Sandwich 4

They devise a silly plan involving . . .

Giant Jam Sandwich 5

a giant loaf of bread . . .

Giant Jam Sandwich 6

and a vast quantity of strawberry jam.

Giant Jam Sandwich 7

which attracts and traps the wasps.

Giant Jam Sandwich 8

Problem Solved! So they have a party.

Notice that in the upper right corner some birds are carrying away the giant jam/wasp sandwich wrapped in it’s giant picnic cloth for their dinner.

stand back sneeze cover

This book seemed like an appropriate choice for today. Don’t know about the rest of you but I’ve been sneezing up a storm ever since the green things started growing. I’ve heard all the science; the spring arriving late made the plants and trees all go overboard to catch up, but that doesn’t exactly make the sneezing stop. Or even slow down a bit, I mean, seriously!

stand back sneeze 1

So I’m guessing that I’m not the only one who can sort of identify with the poor old elephant. And empathize with everyone else who has to live through the onslaught.

stand back sneeze 2

like these monkeys,

stand back sneeze 3

and the panicked parrot,

and check out the way elly is strangling that little tree trying to suppress his sneeze.

stand back sneeze 4

and the scaredy-bear.

Hope you all got a chuckle out of this vintage children’s book

That’s right, my friend Forest Rogers wins GOLD in dimensional illustration at Spectrum Live.

Go over to Muddy Colors and scroll down to see the list of winners. Go to Forest’s blog to see her amazing Venetian Harpy, she also has wip photos for this piece over to the right of the window under Current Work II.

Please join me in a joyous Happy Dance in honor of a great artist and a much deserved win!

and to always be open to little silliness.

one day when we went walking

Trust yourself, believe in faeries, and remember that the bah-humbugs can all go jump in the lake.

Have some fun over this long overdue three day weekend!

It seems like forever since it was warm here. But the violets have popped up and while it will take a few days of bright sun for them to go purple — it’s officially Spring. Yay!

frog ice cream stand

Please enjoy these happy little creatures celebrating the return of pleasant weather.

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