The History before the History

The History before the History

There have been thoughts tumbling through my brain about moving this blog into gear again. It’s not pretty and I don’t especially like it (sorry little wordpress!), but there is just so much that I want to share. It keeps overflowing and swamping my poor social media – maybe a blog would rope all that creativity into a tidy bundle and make it into a more focused force that could actually take me somewhere. Or stagger about in more creative circles, distracted by every bunny trail. That works too.

HONESTLY, I’m just getting these words and this picture out into a post because I want to be a part of Illustration Friday’s JetPen giveaway. Yes, please!

First Freebie!

I have not been to many holiday parties before. Somehow, this week, I ended up going to TWO on the same day and volunteering to bring the ubiquitous veggie plate to both. The veggie plate!  Could there be a more slighted and ignored dish on the appetizer table?

This baby needed some attention, so I doodled out a happy little banner with an Alice-esque command. The banner did its duty and the plates were (almost) clean when I brought them home.

eatyourveggiesDownload here: .

Feel free to print out one for your own party! Print onto cardstock. Fold just before the “Eat”. Glue around a wooden skewer. Plant somewhere in mounds of baby carrots and broccoli bits.

Do your part to encourage healthy snacking this month! Vive la veggie plate!

(Let  me know how it turns out!)

IF – Zoom, Whiskers, Whiskers, Whiskers!

I didn’t quite find time to do an illustration for ‘zoom’ though there was an idea for it in my head! I wanted to do something inspired by the mountains in Oriental brush paintings, plus the Sunday drives that my family takes now and then. There is no vehicle in this little sketch. There was in my head. Do you think it still gets the ‘zoom’ idea across?

There are a couple of sketches for ‘whiskers’ up there too. Comfrey-the-house-rabbit’s nose. Wilson all curled up for a nap and full of whiskers EVERYWHERE!

Final whiskers sketch, because beards and lumberjacks are much beloved these days. (Confession – this Paul Bunyan looks rather like my Daddy. Whoops!)

IF – Teacher

I was watching a PBS biography and one of the commentators (?) struck me with her wild hair, cool glasses and aura of awesomeness that was only magnified by being 80-something years old.  Wouldn’t she be a fun teacher to have?

IF – Bounce

I did not want to do a rabbit for this Illustration Friday theme. I did not. Could not. Would not.  Not a rabbit or a frog or a cute little kangaroo or something inspired by the Pixar jackalope and his pink sheep friend. Nope. But I was working on something else…and there was this bit of paint left on the palette…and it was just the colors of our Mr. Comfrey, the- house-rabbit….

So here is a bunny, bouncing.

More technically a ‘binky’, the wild gleeful sprint around the room/crate ending with a mid-air twist of the feet. Comfrey (rescue bunny) is still getting used to the idea of having room to exercise in, so he does little baby-binkies: jump! twist! FLOP!

IF – Lonely


About three weeks ago, we had a sweet little pair of guineas wander into our downtown neighborhood. They walked around eating up nasty bugs, jumping over mudpuddles and sitting on the neighbor’s green shed and singing loudly while he tried to eat breakfast. They grew brave enough to try crossing the road, but one rainy day was too great a risk…  Now we are down to one lonely little guinea hen. She cried for the first three hours and is setting out on the business of eating up all the bugs on her own. RIP Guinea #1!