Holiday Sweet

holiday sweet

My very first illustration “Forest Spice Cake”, for my friends at “They Draw and Cook”  is featured in one of their two Holiday Books, just released.

Holiday Sweet and Holiday Savory are both available for sale at their site.

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Forest Spice Cake Gift Box:

I designed a gift box perfect for packing Forest Spice Cupcakes. Another idea would be a mixture of the dry ingredients and the “just add” card with the things that are not in the box.

Download the PDF files below and print out the images on medium to heavy paper 11 x 17. Align the printouts and stick them together before you score, fold and trim.

Forest Spice Cake Box PDF

Goul-camole

goulcamole002I love avocados. I eat them all the time…sometimes even for breakfast. After trying various guacamole recipes, I found that this is my favorite. Mainly because it doesn’t have lime in it. The catch is, you have to serve and eat immediately or the guac’ will turn brown. I only add lime if we have leftovers…..which is not too often at my house.

It’s spookilicious paired with blue corn chips and black olives! Visit “What’s Cooking” for other of my illustrated recipes.

And if you like to cook ,  “They Draw and Cook!”  has a wonderful collection of recipes from all over the world accompanied by beautiful illustrations.

Ellen Eagle’s Pastel Painting Atelier

bookEllen Eagle, my amazing Pastel Class Teacher, has a beautiful, new book out on the market. The reproductions are incredible and her writing inspirational. For information on where to purchase visit her website:  Ellen Eagle Portraits.

Visit her website anyway……her work is fantastic!

Sergiman vs Life

My son Sergi was born on Valentine’s day. He came two weeks ahead of time even though he was a scheduled cesarean. A true love child, an angel baby, round, cheeky, perfect. With a heart shaped birthmark on his left thigh….a postmark from the heavens……..

Being my first, I could see no wrong…or right for that matter. All I saw was a child who was slowly developing into a little character. To me milestones would be met in their own time. And even though he was two and could not put any words together, he could recognize the alphabet.

It became my battle with the world…..to see that this child…..even though all characteristics were pointing in one direction….was more.

After receiving every therapy listed in the book and being evaluated by numerous strangers and given an assortment of age appropriate tests, he exploded with an amazing vocabulary at three and a half.

Being an illustrator, working from home made everything that followed a little easier….however it has been an exhausting journey for all of us…especially Sergi.

Next year he will be going to middle school. And as he’s matured, he has become fully aware of his strengths and weaknesses. He has also learned to cope with his limitations, unconsciously compensating with his own strategies.

Over the years we discovered that his issues were due to the delay in his motor planning. We just recently found out the term for this is Dyspraxia. Sergi’s being of Language and gross motor. I never thought that finding a label to his struggles would give us all such a sense of relief, even though the treatments are vague and not much different than what we have been doing.

This discovery has given Sergi a new meaning and understanding of his  own learning abilities. “I learn differently.”, he now says.

Having this information has only confirmed what I’ve always known…..he’s my perfect.

fishman vs robofish

Sergi is an amazing draftsman with a passion for comics. He found  that drawing his answers was much easier  than writing a sentence. At first he was getting in trouble at school and sometimes at home. Until we realized it was his way of expression. We have now started to sketch little story boards to help him plan a paragraph, rather than writing notes. The challenge is to shorten his drawing time to give him more time for the written work. We are also building a visual dictionary/thesaurus to enrich his vocabulary so to improve his word retrieval.

His next project is to start a blog with his comics….25¢ per download 😉