Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy July! Let's have a picnic everyone!


Wow, July already...amazing! On July 3, my littlest turns 9 (gulp!)....it's shocking. I remember when she was born and I watched fireworks with my newest little bundle of love. Anyhoo...as the fourth of July approaches, and summer's finally here, we at We Love to Illustrate for Children, have just posted our "picnic" challenge. The ladies all did a fantastic job..it was so fun to see what everyone came up with. We'd love for you to join in on the fun...have a look here.

This is a small snippet of my picnic illustration. You know how eldest siblings can be, right? Well, I remember wanting dessert before dinner, heck even lunch for that matter, poor baby bunny - he just wants a swipe of that carrot cake!

THANK YOU all for your visits and comments..they really make my day and it is a joy to be able to see your words and visit all of you, too...thank you my friends!

Have a wonderful July ahead!

32 comments:

  1. Delightful, as ever! I'd like carrot cake too, please! It'd be fun to join the picnic party if I can find a spare moment - thanks for the invitation!

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  2. Charming...went over to see the full illo. Isn't carrot cake veggie too ;)

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  3. Happy birthday to wee little one. Eat a cake for me! Happy 4th of July celebration dearest Shirley!

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  4. I love your characters you know! I am in love with your little M. Olivier! ^-^
    this is a great illo too!
    and We Love to Illustrate for Children is really great!
    Take Care and have a nice weekend!
    x

    Ps: happy birthday and a big hug from sunny Belgium to your little girl...well 9 is not so little anymore Mom! Happy Birthday to the young Lady than! xxx

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  5. Cute and happy picnic, thanks for share this wonderful illustration. Have a nice summer

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  6. That is definitely a picnic I would like to attend! Have a wonderful holiday weekend, and happy birthday to your little sweetie pie! Theresa :)

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  7. Mmmm... Carrot Cake! This is delightful! I really love how you use watercolors :) And such great characters!

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  8. Shirley, I do not know how to say in English, but in Castilian is noted when an drawer is good because "plant" (something like the situation either on the ground and space) very well to their "monkeys" (we say monkeys to the characters in your drawing).
    Well, your plants very well to your monkeys. They are always in the right place, sitting or standing.
    It's always a pleasure to see your illustrations.

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  9. Your picture is so great Shirley, the little details and touches and action in your art is just amazing, the carrot cake for bunny idea is brilliant!!

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  10. Shirley, I love these cute little guys! Especially that little pig munching on some corn. Very sweet.

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  11. Hey Shirley! Happy B-Day to your youngest. Happy 4th to y'all! Have a blessed and safe one. Love your picnic scene. So adorable (as usual) Your eye for detail and composition just blows mw away! I love the way you "see" things. I'm heading over to get the full picnic experience at WLTIFC. God bless

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  12. Thank you, Shirley, Thank you,
    I've had a tough week, and your words really made me happy,
    Sometimes what we say is not well understood, especially in my case that I does not write in English, and always depend on this translator from Google. Then when I explain something I'm not sure that what I say is right.
    I'm glad because there is someone who cares a little bit what I said.I do not think I am someone who knows everything, but what little I know I like to share.
    Thank you very much, I really appreciate very much what you tell me on my blog. I have in mind your words because I know you're a person who knows a lot.
    Roberto

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  13. Oh, what a delicious looking spread that is! You are so wonderfully good at making people smile with your art. Well, I'm smiling now! (^_____^) oxx

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  14. hi shirley! i really love this close-up version of your picnic piece - to really see the details and the lovely color palette. such sweet characters, too! have a wonderful birthday celebration and 4th of july! thanks so much for your comments, they are greatly appreciated!

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  15. Mmmm, I rather like turnips. :) Adorable, adorable, and SUCH a good big sister to ensure the proper eating habits of baby bun bun. Happy birthday to your wee one! Lucky duck to always have the day off right around birthday time. Let the festivities begin!

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  16. I love carrot cake. But I adore the facial expressions of the wee ones!

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  17. I like listening to music. My favorite classical piece is Peer Gynt Suite. I listen to all kinds of music except rap but Beck has a rap album and it's tolerable. I love Pink Floyd. The painting I call "The Vaticinating Moon" was painted while I listened to Pink Floyd's song "Wearing The Inside out", I believe about 250 times... I can't stand television, in fact I downright detest it. When my husband was out of town, he asked me to watch an episode of 24 for him. I told him, he can record it and I found out, the entire show may be viewed on the website 24 hours later. It was almost torture, for me to sit there and actually listen to the dialogue so I can tell him the story. The things I do for love...

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  18. Heheheheh! I am a recent Pink Floyd convert, compared to my husband who watched concerts and has been listening to them since Relics. But I am a quick study. Oh Yes Pigs and Dogs and Sheep! Hahahaha! Just below the header of my blog is a music bar and it is Pink Floyd's "Us and Them". Don't be mislead by talk of classical music. I only love them because I am such a hopeless romantic. Peer Gynt Suite is by Schubert. You may have heard it before, especially "In the Halls of the Mountain King." But my favorite part is Ase's Death. Very hauntingly sad. I cry when I listen to music but I also cry when I hear Ella Fitzgerald sing "All The Things You Are."

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  19. Goodnight! Enjoy the festivities tomorrow. Happy Birthday to your Beautiful Wee One! TSUP!

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  20. Thank you so much, Ces! Goodnight! : ) Tsup!

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  21. What a wonderful pic-nic,Id like to be there:)

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  22. Yes, they grow up so quickly my youngest will be 15 and learning to drive a car in August.(makes me want gulp too) I'm trying to find time to participate and do a picnic image too. This is wonderful, I think I commented on the other site, but I don't remember. Wow, now I am getting senile.

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  23. Oh Shireley, this is just beautiful! I LOVE YOUR WORK!!! This is soooo sweet and cute, can't stop staring! :D

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  24. AAAAAAAAAAAAACCCCCCKKKK! I was sleepy last night I did not know what I was talking about. I just read your comment. OMG Peer Gynt Suite is not by Schubert. It is by Edvard Grieg!!! It is Norwegian, which is why I love it so much because my MIL was Norwegian, thus I call hubby The Viking! My favorite of Schubert's is Ave Maria. I am so glad you listened to the music. Now I realize Peer Gynt is not even in my iTunes library! So now I will add it. What a great birthday party, it sounded like. Aaw shucks, no food fight near the pool. Hahahahaha! I bet you are tired. Have a great night of rest and sleep.

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  25. Hey Shirley. I hope your 4th of July picnic is as much fun as this. Your characters are sooo sweet.

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  26. awww Shirley!!
    i SO want that CARROT CAKE you know, but im on a diet :(

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  27. I've fallen in love with all these little guys, adorable!!!

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  28. This looks so cosy as well - the cute little one can have an extra piece of carrot cake? Please?

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  29. It's a long time without visiting your blog (I disconnected a little from the internet world), in these days you have post some beautiful works

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  30. Thank you Shirley for your wonderful comments on my art work. Coming from you that is quite a complement. Im very glad I found your sites as I enjoy the interaction back and forth. Any suggestions on how to break into the Children's book illustration business? I have some books of my own but don't know where to begin...thanks again you inspire me!

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