How to Get Your Vintage Fantasy Portrait Painted Here (My Donation to NW Dance Project)

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to time travel back a 150 years or more?  Have you ever fantasized about wearing top hats or corsets and frilly dresses?  Well, you don't have to wonder about it anymore.  You can get your fantasy self portrait painted here!  I'll make you look dapper and comely in all the clothing and accoutrements of the Victorian and Edwardian era. 

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I take your stories; like the moments you're most proud of, or the trips you've taken, or your favorite pet and combine them into a special painting that celebrates your life and your accomplishments. 

I do this for anyone, but right now, I'm donating one custom portrait to the NW Dance Project for their silent auction.  They are one of my favorite dance troupes so I am happy to help them raise money to keep up their amazing performance art.  If you win this portrait painting, here's what you'll get:

  1. You or up 2 people of your choice painted on an oval 16x20" canvas.
  2. Your stories, accomplishments and/or dreams illustrated in this portrait.
  3. A favorite animal or pet in this portrait with you.
  4. An in-depth interview so I can get to know who you are and what you want in this custom portrait.
  5. You painted in subdued vintage colors and clothing.
  6. A one-of-a-kind piece of artwork, valued at $650.00.

Below are a couple examples of portraits I've been commissioned to paint before.  Make sure you go to the NW Dance Project's Golden Gala and put in your bid to win this luxurious fantasy portrait.  It's May 12th, 2018!

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Here's What You Missed at the Bunny Art Show at Candy Babel

If you didn't make it to the Bunny Art Show at Candy Babel, here are 6 things you MISSED:

#1---BUNNY CHALK ART:  What a delight to have it there to greet you and tell you to come on in.  It was on the sign and on the sidewalk.

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#2---A HUMONGOUS CANDY BAR:  Colorful candy was everywhere to make your mouth water. 


#3---COLORFUL CHARACTERS:  Yes, even the folks there were colorful and fun, saying hello to everyone.

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#4---A BUNNY GIRL!  Yes, a bunny girl made an appearance (she was also the owner of this candy dynasty).

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#5 LIVE CUDDLY BUNNIES! Yes, I couldn't believe I got to pet and cuddle some cute bunnies!  You could have too.

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#6 BUNNY ART, OF COURSE!  Last but not least, you missed the many pieces of bunny art.  They were so fun.  Some funny.  Some fantastical.  All wonderful...because they were odes to bunnies!

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You  can see my vintage bunny art in the 3 white frames.  Everyone thought they must have been from an old children's book.  Some people said it looked so familiar like they has seen it somewhere before.  Well, that's what I was going for.  I'm glad my bunny fantasy adventure  hit the mark.

What a Wonderful Surprise! I'm in the Bunny Art Show! March 3rd!

OMG!  After all my hard work, I got in The Bunny Art Show at Candy Babel!  I was so happily surprised to receive this good news.  Would you like to hear more good news?  Well, I'm not sure if I mentioned it before, but part of the art sales will go to benefit a very special program called, "Bunnies in Baskets".  This is a non-profit program in which bunnies visit folks who need comfort and companionship.  They call it "visiting therapy rabbits".  It doesn't get much better than that.  I would take a whole basket full of them!  

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Please join me Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 from 5-8pm to enjoy all kinds of bunny art, delicious candy and art to help those cuddly therapy bunnies!  I'll be there to say hello and be a part of all the fun. I  hope to see you there.

Would You Be Surprised to Find These Giant Bunnies? (My 3rd Drawing for the Bunny Art Show)

I realize there are actually some pretty big bunnies out there in real life.  But do they ever get this big?  I mean do you have to fear that they may knock you down and crush you because they are so big?  I thought it might be equally sweet and exhilarating to come across giant bunnies, so that's what I drew in my 3rd drawing for Candy Babel's bunny themed art show.


I showed an artist friend this drawing and he said it made him feel like he was getting a hug.  I guess he meant it was just so warm, sweet and charming.  I can see that.  But I can also see how you might want to tread softly in a field of giant bunnies.  What do you think?  How would you react in such a strange situation?  

I should know soon if I got into that bunny art show.  Wish me luck.  I really want to get into it.  I put a lot of work, imagination and love into these funny bunny drawings.  Can you see that?  Can you tell?

Is Some Bunny There? (The 2nd Mysterious Drawing for the Bunny Art Show)

Yes, if you're walking in a forest where you've just trespassed, are you going to feel uneasy?  Are you going to feel like there are eyes upon you?  You might.  You might start to think some bunny is there.  That's what I imagined for this 2nd drawing for Candy Babel's bunny themed art show.

 "Is Some Bunny There?", my 2nd drawing for Candy Babel's bunny themed art show.  

"Is Some Bunny There?", my 2nd drawing for Candy Babel's bunny themed art show.  

I still don't know if I'll actually get in this art show.  What do you think?  Would you accept my submission if you were the judge and jury for the bunny art show?  Let me know.  It is rather nerve wracking to wait and wait and not know.

Would You Trespass If You Came Across This Mysterious Bunny Gate? (My 1st Drawing for Candy Babel Art Show)

For the Bunny Art show at Candy Babel, I decided to create a bunny girl adventure in 3 drawings.  It had to be mysterious, magical and sort of sweet...I mean...after all, it's for a candy shop, right?  Below is the first drawing I created for the bunny themed art show.  I thought I'd show a bunny girl who comes across a mysterious iron gate with bunnies on it.  She has to ask herself if she should trespass or not.

 Work in progress of "Bunny Trespassing" drawing.

Work in progress of "Bunny Trespassing" drawing.

 Work in progress of "Bunny Trespassing" drawing, now with some color.

Work in progress of "Bunny Trespassing" drawing, now with some color.

I'm actually worried about it. I don't know if I'll get in this art show.  I submitted it, but I just don't know.  I haven't shown my drawings to anyone except an artist friend....ok.....and now to you too.  He said he really liked it.  I guess I should trust him.  After all, he is a professional who sells art in several galleries.  What do you think?  Would you want to take home this bunny girl?  Would you go on an adventure with her?  Would you trespass?

 Final drawing fo "Bunny Trespassing"..  

Final drawing fo "Bunny Trespassing"..  

I'll show you more work in progress for this art show in my next blog posts.  Let me know what you think.  Am I on the right track or what?

Who Wants An Alien Girlfriend? (My February 2018 Cover for Metaphorosis Magazine)

Below is my work in progress for the February 2018 cover of Metaphorosis Magazine.  You can see the evolution from drawing to completed painting.  It was a quick turn around of when it was due.  I only had 1 week to finish it.  I wasn't sure if I'd make my deadline.  In the end, I turned it in a day early.


It's a story about a guy from a small beach town who learns his girlfriend was an alien.  When I first heard this description, my mind filled with images of insect heads popping out of 1950's hourglass dresses.  But the girlfriend is far less obvious than that.  She's full of mysteries yet means our hero, the boyfriend, no harm.  In fact, she's quite benign.  You can read the whole story starting in February 2018 at Metaphorosis Magazine.

You Won't Guess What I Got to Do Again! (Ok, Maybe You Will)

Yep, it happened again.  I got the opportunity to do another cover for the sci-fi/fantasy magazine, "Metaphorosis".  To what do I owe the honor of getting this cover again? 

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Well, because I'm a fabulous illustrator, of course!  That and they needed someone who could create a cover in 1 week.  Yep.  This is a quick one.  It's a challenge for me to do one that quickly.  But I said yes.  Stay tuned for the work in progress.  And send me some good vibes for getting it done in time.

If You Love Candy & Bunnies, You Won't Want to Miss This Art Show

I definitely have a thing for bunnies as anyone with half a brain can see when they peruse my website.  Bunny girls are everywhere and bunnies are, at the very least, hidden somewhere in the landscape.  That's why a friend let me know about this art show at Candy Babel, a Portland, Oregon candy shop filled with a bounty of sweet treasures.


At this time, I am coming up with some new bunny drawings.  I got a few ideas...yes, I do.  I'll have to submit them and see if I get accepted.  I'll keep you posted on the work in progress and I'll let you know if I get in the show.  I mean...come on....bunnies and candy....who can resist that?  Cross your fingers for me.