Thursday, January 27, 2011

Another unfortunate but typical doodle situation: Gwen decided to show up centimeters away from the drawing pad rings. Her glasses are actually drawn in "Wild Watermelon" Crayola crayon, which the scanner gets fussy about and won't reproduce. So imagine hot pink rims. I wonder what she's up to...

And...Il neige! We are getting our third monstrous mid-week snow storm here in Boston...the amount of snow is unreal and silly (still love it though). Little funny things save my sanity when I'm stuck in too long, like one of my guilty pleasures : cheesy travel DVD's (Next stop: Basque Country!)

What do you like to do when you're stuck in?

Just Being Audrey: Book Birthday Contest!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

"If I'm honest I have to tell you that I still read fairy tales–
and I like them best of all."
Audrey Hepburn

Today is Just Being Audrey's official book birthday, and to celebrate, we are giving away a promotional print and a copy of the book. To enter, skip over to the facebook page, and the winner will be drawn at random on Friday!

Thank you, friends, readers and bloggers, for your kind and supportive comments about Just Being Audrey along the way. It's been so neat to hear from you from all around the globe. Audrey's life has certainly touched a multitude of lives, as well as ours. Let's celebrate Audrey's life today!

Audrey, 1934, Belgium, via

Daffodil Delivery!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Just a quick note to say my portfolio's been updated (click here) on my agent's website, if you want to procrastinate just a little longer before getting back to work. There are some new faces hiding out in the first 5 pages, so have a little look if you'd like.

Much love!

Gracie Z: Dude! My outfit is totally cute!

Monday, January 10, 2011

I think my heart's about to burst! Dotty got a super review from the ever-gracious, ever-astute, ever-creative Zenz children: Gracie (age 10), Isaac (12) Elijah (5) and Lily (7). They review books with their dad, the talented illustrator, Aaron Zenz, on a blog called: Bookie Woogie. Read their review here. Then feast your eyes on a cast of their own imaginary friends:

"My biggest one is Manker. He is an imaginary friend with wheels. He's the biggest imaginary friend I have."-Elijah

The many happy residents of Lilyland.

Ensenta, Gracie's imaginary friend who USED to be a girl from Mexico who helped her drink her milk, but is now a pocket-sized fuzzball...

And just look at Isaac's sweet Dotty:

Dear Gracie: You and your imaginary friend have excellent fashion sense. Ensenta coordinates with your outfit!

Dear Isaac: You are SPOT on (sorry, no pun intended!) I did use water buffalo research for Dotty. Good detective work. I usually refer to her species now as "Bovinae-leo-dottus" if you are wondering.

Dear Elijah: Manker is very awesome fellow, how many stories tall is he? I bet he'd be good friends with Gert, maybe Hanker can be too.

Dear Lily: You are a magnificent artist! It must have been hard to get all those imaginary friends to sit still for a group portrait. If I had to pick one to hang out with for a day, it would totally be Blast (the rocket puppy).

Thank you for the artwork and kind words, Z-Kids! So happy you enjoyed Dotty! BIG hugs from Boston ♥

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

What is just as magical as the holiday season? That delicious, snow-scented, post-holiday feeling of newness, travel, possibility, creative energy bursting out in all directions. Are you feeling it?

2011 is going to be stupendous. I can feel it in my bones! In 21 days Just Being Audrey arrives on shelves...I'm putting the final touches on my new book by Boni Ashburn, I Had A Favorite Dress due out in 2011 (interior art above : Maggie Jean, The Fashion Queen) ...repackaging covers for the Alice series by Phyllis Naylor and The Casson series by Hilary KcKay for 2011...and we are working on opening my very first online boutique including collectible limited-run prints, stationery, and more!

Au revoir for now, my friends, and a creative + joyful 2011 to you ♥