Friday, January 30, 2015

wild card

here is a little something new that i am working on right now, i'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out. happy friday, everyone!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Hello New Week

Clouds are their favorite.

Two little friends having to say goodbye, as one is moving away.

Kerrie will keep that little cloud drawing as a reminder of her best friend Casey who loved looking at clouds, too.

(Casey is wearing paper earrings, she taped to her ears.)

Here's to a fresh new week of new beginnings, and new hopes.
~ Priscilla

Friday, January 23, 2015

Blue Penguins! Who knew?

Did anyone know that the smallest penguin (13 inches tall) is the Blue Penguin? A blue penguin?! They are usually found in Australia and New Zealand and are also called Fairy Penguins!

Have a great weekend and don't forget to appreciate a penguin!


Monday, January 19, 2015

A Penguin Holiday!

Her students, past and present, knew well of her love of penguins, but happy gasps of surprise could be heard down the hall when she magically made a penguin appear on their classroom wall!
This was only one of a million trillion reasons she was a favorite teacher to them all.

Cheers to you on Penguin Awareness Day tomorrow ~ January 20th!


Friday, January 16, 2015

All Dressed Up With Someplace To Go

Inspired by National Dress Your Pet Day, Marjorie and Clarence decided to give the carpool lane a try.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The lion's share

My lion is demonstrating the lion's share of sadness here, but he's not allowed to say why yet -- the final art isn't done yet. This is a detail from a sketch for the picture book I'm working on, but it probably won't make it into the final book; my next sketch will be this lion looking out a different window. We'll see how it goes. 
-- Ruth McNally Barshaw

Monday, January 12, 2015

Dress Your Pet Day

Well, at least for one day on the farm!

The farmer's daughter is still deciding what the cat will be wearing. . .

Happy National Dress Your Pet Day on January 14th,

Friday, January 9, 2015

Bubble bird days!

A little fun combining "Bubble bath day" and "International bird day" :o)

Have a lovely weekend!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

It's National Bubble Bath Day!

One of the books I'm working on has a bubble bath scene. Here are some of the sketches I did before deciding on the last one.

Now, back to work for me. I have 30 other pages to tend to...
-- Ruth McNally Barshaw

Monday, January 5, 2015

National Bird Day Sketches

And they all looked on with bird glee, as they partied with their moo friend.

Happy National Bird Day today!

Friday, January 2, 2015


This morning I woke up from a dream where I was crawling through a murky marshy obstacle course that was overrun by sneaky alligators. When I reached safety, I had to scan a barcode that was hanging from my neck on a lanyard. I was then ushered to safety through a wooden gate by the fellow above. He was very large, a deep rusty color, and seemed to be made of metal. When I whispered thank you to him, he replied with a single word: "Welcome."

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Sketch + paint

I'm working on a new book idea, born out of a simple character sketch which I painted

and then inked,

and then decided deserved a whole book. We'll see where it goes...

- Ruth McNally Barshaw