Thursday, November 8, 2012


I had a baby! Yes indeed she was living in my head for well over nine months and she was born last night. Meet Efaytayoh. He he he he! This little character has been begging to come out and play. Glad to finally have her out of my head and on paper! Best to you all. V

Thursday, November 1, 2012


Something to make you smile. Sending you hugs and well wishes for better days ahead! Hugs, Shalom

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


Musings and mine. Hope that you are having a wonderful week! Shalom

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Thursday, September 6, 2012


Hey there! Just came by to let you know... IT'S HEREEEEEEEE! Yes now you can have your very own copy of Cedella Marely's, "Every Little Thing" illustrated by Me! Get the book from Amazon or Barnes and Noble for under $10.00. Makes a great gift for Birthday's, Babyshower, Rosh Hashanah, and Christmas.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


I came by to say, "Hey, I care!!!" Okay nothing more to see here people. Move on to a wonderful week. Shalom.

Saturday, August 18, 2012


Kimee really had a crush on her teacher Mr. Martinez. She loved those funky pants and shiny shoe and oh boy the way he could tell a story. Have a great weekend Everyone! Shalom

Friday, August 17, 2012


When negative thoughts,words and people come a buzzin' just keep thinking big. I have had some major blows over the last couple of weeks and some of them took the very wind out of me for minute, but I have learned that what doesn't kill me fattens me for this journey. It's not enough to survive, we must thrive and live. Sometimes what is meant to hurt and mame can quickly turn out to be what cause us to move forward and grow. Encouraging all of you to live your best life and keep reaching for your own dreams. Have a sweet weekend. Shalom

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


Hello Blogger Family, I know it's been a while since I've been here. Thanks so much for your wonderful and kind words and comments. On Sunday evening I had to put down my 15 year old cat named Kirby. It was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. Kirby was my best friend and I miss him terribly today. I am lost for words and very sad. This is in memory of Kirby aka Dog boy. I love you man.

Friday, July 27, 2012


Hello Blogger Family, Thanks to my little brother Eric Barclay, I have had this little skit in my head for the last couple of days and had to get these ladies on to paper. Hope that you are having the best laughs today. Have a wonderful weekend oh and watch dem tooth fairies! Shalom

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


Hello Folks, Hope that all of you are enjoying this wonderful summer. It's been hot and humid and buggy and exciting. I wanted to share with you all a new book released just yesterday called, "Think Big". I am so excited about this one. I had fun working on it. Liz G. Scanton is the author of this wonderful book. She is about the sweetest person ever. Bloomsbury gave me all the creative freedom I wanted. Thanks so much for giving me some freedom and liberty on this project. I wanted to share some illustrations with you from the project. I will be posting some pieces for you to see. Hope this will brighten your day. Thanks to all of you beautiful people for you kind words and visits to this blog. Thanks for all your awesome energy. Shalom

Friday, July 13, 2012


Something I did a long time ago for a children's magazine. Happy Friday, Shalom

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Friday, June 22, 2012


Hey Everyone, Hope that all of you good people are doing well. It's been a super long time since I've written or posted anything here. Life is moving at such a fast pace and I have been working and finishing up project after project. I wanted to personally thanks each and everyone of you Beautiful folks who come to visit my blog and leave such encouraging and sweet comments. Thank You all from the bottom of my heart. It is my joy to know and even speak to some of you. I'm going to be coming around to your blogs and leaving you all some love. Thanks for the support cause it means soooooo much! Beauty is just not a skin thing, it's a heart thing. You guys have beautiful hearts sho'nuf! Best to you all and hope that you are enjoying your summers! Shalom

Friday, June 15, 2012


Happy Father's Day! Have a great weekend. Shalom

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Just something to make you smile! You look so much better when you do. Have a great week folks.

Thursday, May 10, 2012


Cedella Marley has written and adapted another book to add to her growing list of children's books. This one is called, "Every Little Thing." It is the follow up to her previous children's book, "One Love." This book is loosely based on her father song, "Three Little Bird." I had the pleasure of doing the illustrations for this book as well. I wanted to show you a few spots, but the publishers would prefer I wait. I will keep you all posted. Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


One of my favorite movies is,"The Read Balloon." I really don't know why. It's just so sweet and and moving I guess. I just had to capture the moment with an illustration. You know how it is? All you dyslexic folks know what I'm takin' bout. Have a wonderfully sweet day! Shalom

Friday, May 4, 2012

IF's Hitched


They were the very best of friends so they decided to love each other's and grow old together. Didn't take long for them to get hitched.

Thursday, May 3, 2012


You are always greater than you think you are. What doesn't kill you makes you fat for the journey. Keep your heads up and run to your destiny. Positive ramblings from a under my rock. Have a great week people!

Saturday, April 28, 2012


Character study Have a wonderful weekend.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Hello Friends,
Yeah I know, I've been missing in action. I'm still here
under my pile of work, but I came out just to share
another piece that didn't make it into a book.
I did this piece for the new, Billie Holiday book
that will be coming out this fall. Sometime certain
pieces just don't make the cut. While this one didn't
I still adore it. Hope you like it. Have a wonderful
week everyone!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Mr. & Lady Cover Art


Hello Wonderful people!
I know it's been a while, but I'm up to
my neck in work right now. It's been
super busy around my little studio which is
a good thing. I have been working on a wonderful
book about the late Billie Holiday and her sweet
dog named, "Mister". I am finished with the
inside art, but we have been working on the
cover art over the past couple of weeks.
It's not as simple as just drawing something
and passing it in and everyone saying" It's beautiful
let's use that. It's perfect!" Nope, I presented this cover
and it didn't make the cut. They had something else
in mind for the cover and I will keep that under wraps
for now. The book is due out this fall. I will keep you
posted. I wanted to share with you the artwork.
Hope that you all are having a wonderfully creative
week!
Shalom

Friday, April 6, 2012

Magic Trash at the Smithsonian



Hello All,
The Smithsonian Magazine for Kids featured, "Magic Trash"
way back in Dec 2011. "Magic Trash" also made Michigan's Notable Book List.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


"Think Big" is one of the newest picture books that
I've been working on with Bloomsbury Books.
Award winning writer Liz Garton Scanlon is the amazing
author of the book. Liz encourages kids and parents to
of course, "Think Big", but about what? About art of course!!
The arts are slowly disappearing from our schools.
It's so important that we get our kids making all kinds of art.
Through dance, paint, music and yes even food. Come along
as Liz and I take you and your kid on a wonderful journey
through the arts! Due in store in early July 2012.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

TDAC Entry for Kraft


Hello Hungry People.
I am such a big, big fan of, "They Draw and Cook!"
I adore the site and all that fabulous artwork and food.
Did I mention the food?? The recipes are awesome.
Kraft foods asked "TDAC to host a contest. I just entered.
Read all about the contest on their site.
Okay good people, it's back to my hole.
Hugs to you all.
Me.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Back to the Lab




Inspired by all things retro and mid century,
I played around and came up these.
I'm still under my rock, but took sometime
to do a few doodles just for fun.
When I finally open my Etsy Store
I will be selling these a prints.
Okay, back to the lab to do some
work.
Have great week people!

Friday, March 9, 2012


Wishing you the sweetest weekend ever!
Thanks beautiful people for stopping by
and leaving such nice words. I promise to
stop by and visit you all as soon as I crawl
out from under my rock.
Have a sweet day!

Monday, March 5, 2012


It's amazing what a song can do.
Sing
Sing a song,
make it simple
to last your whole life long
don't worry that it's not good enough
for anyone else to hear
just sing
sing a song
Have a great week folks,
Shalom

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Best Kind of Oreo


The best part of life is having good friends and good friends that
become family, is even better.
My sister Coy and I always wanted a baby brother.
My Mom gave birth to a stillborn baby boy.
We named him Allan. Allan would have been
35. No one will ever take Allan's place, but
we have been blessed to have a wonderful
addition to our family. He came when we
where all in our 40's. He was raised by his own
wonderful family. Now adopted by us,
we get to have him as our very own brother.
This is the best kind of Oreo!
Love you guys

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Just Passing Through


Hello Wonderful people! I know it's been a super long time.
I have been working and not doing much blogging at all.
Just came through to remove the cobwebs and put up
something new. Sending all of you a BIG 'OL SLOPPY hug
until I get back. Hugs all around!
Peace out,
me

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Baby Faces


A baby book I did over the summer.
Will be available this summer.
Have a great week!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Fun with Handlettering


As some of you have noticed I have been posting a lot of late.
Only because I will be back on the work clock in a second or two.
I just wanted to spend a little time blogging with my friends.
I so appreciate ALL OF YOUR VISITS and COMMENTS. I really do.
Forgive me if I don't get back to you. I try. Mostly I always want
to leave you feeling good and inspired. The world takes so much
out of us. Leaving us empty and frustrated and sometimes depressed.
I encourage you to put back some joy by caring for you. Do something
you want to do. As said in the movie" The Help"," You is kind, You is
smart and you is important." You really are. Thanks for stopping by.
Have a great week.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Weekend Fun




I find that I am my most creative at 2:00 am.
For the last couple of nights I haven't been
able to sleep. It could very well be that I needed to
get these characters and plushies out of my
head. Have a wonderfully creative and restful weekend
Y'all!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Finding Ways to Make It Happen


What would happen if we stopped waiting to be discovered
and discovered ourselves and did what made us happy??
Find a way to do you PLEASE! And Hurry up cause we're
waiting! Find a way to make your dreams happen.
Have a wonderfully creative week my friends.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

A Little Birdie Told Me


A little Birdie told me to tell you that,
your hard work is going to pay off in a big way.
I know it's 2012 and the things that you've been
waiting for seem so far off, but really you are
just were you need to be. All is well and all will be
well.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Oh You Fancy Now


Sometimes it's just nice to dress up for
YOURSELF PEOPLE! Time to do you.
Have a great day!
Illustration from the
Fashion Post card Collection