Artfully Amazing Dinosaurs – New Maze Puzzle And Coloring Cook

My newest book Artfully Amazing Dinosaurs just dropped on the virtual shelves of Amazon on August 8, 2019. This activity book is my second title in a series of maze books for kids… and adults too!

Artfully Amazing Dinosaurs Maze And Coloring Book

I absolutely love this book. This hand drawn book is filled with original dinosaur mazes for kids and their parents or any adult who is still a kid at heart. There are large and lumbering Brontosaurus, toothy T-Rex and his cousins, dinosaurs that fly through the air and swimming dinosaurs navigating prehistoric seas. Sometimes the animal outline is the actual maze while other pages feature circles, squares or random shaped mazes with the dinosaurs as accents. My previous coloring books gave me the inspiration to combine coloring page elements along with maze puzzle games, all on one page, for a unique designer activity book for kids of all ages.

After I finished Artfully Amazing Animals last spring, I began a followup which was based on all things Ocean, from sea life to boats and sunken treasure. I was three quarters of the way done with the pencil work when Continue reading

New Throw Blankets At Redbubble

Redbubble has introduced a slew of new products in 2019 and among my favorites would have to be the new throw blankets. I love them.

With allover full color printing and three sizes to choose from, these unique throw blankets make super cuddly gifts and are the perfect way to add a pop of fun to almost any room.

Inspired by the new throw blankets, I updated the monogram and decorative letter designs in my Redbubble Shop and created monogram bedroom vignettes for unique personalized home decor and college dorm rooms. I could dive into any of these beds, they look so warm and inviting.

Blue Watercolor Stripes Monogram Bedroom

The Blue Watercolor Stripes Monogram collection is a mix of items with my blue and white decorative letters and items with the original watercolor stripes pattern. For instance, you can mix and match my original watercolor artwork in the wall clock and pillow as shown, paired with the monogram throw blanket, floor pillow, wall tapestry and framed art. Add the acrylic block as an accent and your new bedroom will have Continue reading

Artfully Amazing Animals: Maze Puzzle Games To Color

I am proud and so pleased to introduce Artfully Amazing Animals which is my first in a series of maze books for kids… and adults too!

Artfully Amazing Animals Maze And Coloring Book

This hand drawn book is filled with animal mazes for kids and their parents or any adult who is a kid at heart. There are spiders and bees, sharks and gold fish, beetles and bunnies, dinosaurs and even a unicorn; sometimes the animal is the actual maze while other pages feature random shaped mazes with the animals as accents. My previous coloring books gave me the idea to combine coloring page elements with maze puzzle games, all on one page, for a unique designer activity book for kids.

If you are not familiar with my coloring book style, I draw everything by hand, on paper, the old fashioned way. There is much erasing and Continue reading

Fanciful Garden – Coloring For Teens, Preteens And Grownups

I am very proud of this new release “Fanciful Garden: A Weekly Journal And Coloring Book” which will appeal to teens, preteens and grownups alike. Designed with room on each page to write around and among the illustrations, perfect for creative journal writing or diary entries, there are also bonus pages with decorative borders for additional notes. Pure colorists can make use of that extra space to add their own details or create colorful and inventive background effects.

Fanciful Garden Coloring For Adults

Filled with original drawings, Fanciful Garden is based on life in a garden that exists only in my head. There are giant snails amid Dr. Seuss like foliage, intricate butterflies, mushrooms with curious patterns and stems, fantastic trees dripping in jewels or blooms and a bounty of flowers. There is also a selection of unique garden fences and their contents, fanciful birdhouses of amazing architecture, tightly packed circles of blossoms or nuts or leaves and a smattering of mosaic style drawings encompassing all of these subjects.  This book is a testament to my fantastical and unique style. Every illustration is a labor of love, every hidden creature is a delight and I still smile when I look at each piece. Continue reading

The Smell Of August

The month of August has a definite smell to it… late summer mixed with a hint of fall and a dash of sweltering humidity,. It’s the kind of heat that when combined with a massive dew point is basically Mother Nature giving you a free steam bath and facial.

My childhood identified August by the fresh green scent of mowed grass, hints of honeysuckle and something yummy spattering and spitting on the outdoor grill. On extremely hot and sticky days there was a subtle undertone of grandma’s basement no matter where one was. In my late teens these smells were augmented by vinegar and heavenly french fries fresh from the fryer, a waft of funnel cakes dripping powdered sugar and, depending on the way the wind was blowing, a salty shot of ocean breeze or the heavy musky scent of bay waters. Even after all these years Continue reading

RIP Carl Grimes And God Forgive Scott Gimple

Last night millions of Walking Dead Fans said a tearful and premature goodbye to Carl Grimes after eight years. RIP Carl. All I can say is God Forgive Gimple.

RIP Carl The Walking Dead God Forgive Scott Gimple

You, Scott Gimple, just changed The Walking Dead forever. Last night it lost it’s central theme of Hope, of Rick fighting to keep Carl safe, of every ounce of humanity that made the series so appealing to geeks like me in the very beginning. Since 10:00 pm October 31, 2010 I have been a passionate fan of this show – I have never missed a live airing of a new episode – but this morning I am sad and I am broken. Waiting for last night was like waiting for a dentist’s appointment; I just wanted to get it over with. Part of me prayed for a Magic Dumpster to save Carl (think Glenn in Season 6) but part of me knew what was coming… and on Sunday, February 25th 2018, it fell with a bang.

If you are one of those people mentally telling me right now to hush hush because Chandler Riggs quit TWD to go to college or do other things and thus Carl had to go, you may have been living in a cave for the last Continue reading

RIP Carl Grimes

RIP Carl Grimes… even before it happens, in late February 2018 it seems, I am mourning the loss of The Walking Dead.

I know, I know, you hear it all the time from certain sections of the fanbase: “Bring back Beth or else!” and “If Darryl dies we riot and by riot we mean we will stop watching the show” and the age old standby, year after year, “start showing more zombies or I swear this is the last season of The Walking dead for me, I mean it.”

I am not one of those people. I have been a die hard love it all what a great story about human survival and zombies in the mix doesn’t hurt one bit sort of fan from the very beginning. From that dark Halloween night back in 2010, I was enthralled and have gone on the roller coaster ride of fighting to stay alive in a post-apocalyptic world along with Rick Grimes and his band of Survivors through every season, every horrifying death, every twist and turn. It is, was, the best damn scripted show on television since The X-Files, in my own humble opinion. And in case you don’t know it by now, I am a total geek. Completely, totally and unabashedly a sci-fi nerd and post-apocalyptic novels is the genre closest to my heart. I’ve never “read” The Walking Dead Comics because I like my books without pictures, but the tv show? It was made for me.

But something has happened, something even I cannot forgive. Continue reading