Whimsical Illustrator Me

When I was a young artist just starting my career my work was very often called "whimsical." I wasn't sure I really liked the term because it seemed so limiting. However, even though I do much more than whimsical art, I came to embrace the label over the years. So much so that I purchased the domain, www.whimsicalillustrator.com. Be sure to visit the website. It features a few samples of some of my favorite pieces of whimsical artwork from the hundreds I've created for books, magazines, and more over the years. If you are an art director, editor or other art buyer there's contact info on the site as well.

2018, The Year Of The Earth Dog -- A View From The Southwest

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2018 is the Year of the Earth Dog according to the Chinese zodiac. I'm not quite sure what an Earth Dog is, but I immediately thought of a coyote when I heard the the term. My Earth Dog/coyote was inspired by the beautiful artistry and craftsmanship of Hopi katsina dolls. You can learn more about katsina dolls here.

According to online sources, the last Earth Dog year was 1958, which, by the way, just happens to be the year I was born. The horoscope says that those born in the year of the Earth Dog are talented, good communicators, compassionate, sensible, serious, highly principled, and idealistic. Also mentioned was something about the pancreas being important and avoiding fatty foods. That last part sounds pretty accurate to me.

What Reindeer Do

Ever wonder what reindeer do while waiting for Santa to fill stockings? (I bet Santa's Naughty Kid Book has some interesting notes in the margins!)

You can pick a copy or two of this holiday card here.

Sedona Holiday Magic

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Even though the town of Sedona and the red rock country around it is now sadly overrun with tourists, it is still one of my favorite areas in Arizona. Being an older native Arizonan, I often visited Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon as a youngster when it was still peaceful and sparsely inhabited. I fondly remember one dark, crisp night looking at the stars shining brightly above the stately red rocks and falling in love with nature. It was a magical, transforming moment.

The greeting card is available here.

Thanksgiving Tradition Turkey

Being intelligent and open-minded, my family has always been reasonably civil when gathered for holidays. But whoa, I have sure heard some really juicy tales of other families literally battling it out over family and world issues! So please have a HAPPY Thanksgiving!