ceramic painting

What I've been up to...

April 25, 2012
Liz Monahan's fun artwork inspired me to look into ceramic painting. 
(Check out her Etsy shop--as an artist and a bibliophile, I love it!)

My sister--who feels destined to marry a millionaire--requested a mug with this quote...
 I've never been a millionaire, but I just know I'd be darling at it.
--Dorothy Parker

...and this was a birthday gift for a good friend
(who, incidentally, was not offended by the tongue-in-cheek quote) :)
A woman, especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, 
should conceal it as well as she can.
--Jane Austen, "Northanger Abbey"

In other creative news, my 1912 Kimono Dress pattern for 18" dolls
 is now available at Hint of History and my Etsy Shop
(What's that you say? I've watched too much Downton Abbey? Impossible!)
E Nesbit

People think six a great many

April 23, 2012
Pencil Sketch
I have often noticed that people think six a great many, when it's children. 
I mean they don't mind six pairs of boots, or six pounds of apples, or six oranges, especially in equations, 
but they seem to think you ought not to have five brothers and sisters.

Yes, I'm illustrating Nesbit again. Ever since I discovered Edith Nesbit wrote more than The Railway Children, I've been a dedicated fan.

The Treasure seekers, with Oswald's semi-anonymous narrative voice, is one of the best--at least, C.S. Lewis enjoyed it; have you noticed the Bastable reference in the beginning of The Magician's Nephew?

(If you've never read or listened to Edith Nesbit, you should do it now! She's near the top of my list--ergo, by a convoluted bit of reasoning, I can equate "top" with "height" and justify this as an Illustration Friday post for "Heights". Makes perfect sense, no?) :)

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