Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Happy August - those dog days o' summer are upon us..

First and foremost, I want to thank you, my dear, dear friends of this blogosphere, for all of the kind feedback and great suggestions for my new site. I am SO pleased to hear of your kind words and know that I take every comment to heart..
I really appreciate it, so a very heartfelt thanks to all of you!

Welcome August!
Here is my contribution to my group blog, We Love to Illustrate for Children, "Dog Days."
I wish I had a little more of the "lazy-days of summer" kind of summer, but I can't complain at all. We just wrapped up a huge 70th birthday party at our place for my mother-in-law, and she exclaimed, "that was the best party I've ever had." Kudos to my husband who whipped this place into shape, and for all of the partygoers who helped with the party - they even brought some of the food! : )

We have 2 weeks left of summer 'til school starts, so we plan to enjoy it to the fullest. It was a tough illustration to come up with for some reason, but since I have a lazy pup lying around the house a lot, I had a little help with the concept. : ) Ha! Please do check out the wonderful illustrations the group came up with here if you have some time.

Thanks everyone for stopping by! Til next time ~ Shirley


  1. yay! I'm first, hehehe, anyway, this is so cute, I love the little z's coming up, super cute, have fun with your last few weeks!

  2. hey shirley - thanks so much for your comment. i thought all the dog days illos were so awesome. i loved yours so much for the content and it's execution. i really like how you tell little stories in all your illustrations. have a fun rest of the summer, it's gone by too quickly!

  3. Hi Shirley!! This is so adorable! And your website is sooooo super-explosive awesome! Time well spent! Enjoy those last two weeks-- and then savor the uninterrupted time-- it's all good.

  4. Hi Shirley. Come on! up the mood! that autumn is nice too (especially for drawing and painting watercolors. Looking out the window as the leaves fall ..

  5. Oh, I love these illustrations. So sweet and innocent - just like summer itself. Enjoy the rest of your time before school starts. Theresa

  6. This is so adorable, they both are so lovely. And thanks for the link - wonderful illo's there aswell.

    Enjoy the last two weeks!

  7. Hi Shirley - I just love your cute puppy! He looks like he's getting a much needed nap :)
    Hope you get to enjoy the rest of your summer doing lots of fun activities.
    And thank you so much for your comments. It's always so refreshing to hear from you.
    Big Hugs! <3 <3

  8. Hi Shirley, Thanks so much for the wonderful comments over on my blog!! :)Your sweet words brighten my day!It is hard to believe summer is flying by so quickly. And you kiddies must go back so soon....wow they sure start early where you live, mine aren't due back until the beginning of Sept. I hope you have a fabulous 2 more weeks with you kiddies:)
    And hopefully this message comes thru ok(I'm using my Blackberry from the dock!)
    Bye for now :)

  9. Hi Shirley, these are too sweet! I love your little dog..I feel exactly like that today

  10. Awwww can I jump into your illo and give sweet Sophie a big cuddle? She's sooooo cute! Another super sweet illo Shirley, love it heaps :)

  11. hey, hey, hey! i get to be one of the first to 'like' you. haha! of course its a beautiful illustration. like it wouldn't be, right? but now you've gone and put puppy thoughts in my head and i already have two. :)

    keep it up!

  12. Hi heh :) A narrative in two pictures. Nicely done. I like the visual language in that first image - the suggestion of the girl thinking of the dog. And the let down at the end and the body language -- :)

  13. The expressions are the best!! Such lovely work Shirley!

  14. Hey Shirley!
    Awww that puppy is so sweet!!!! can i have it??? he he he
    Gorgeous illustration and really beautiful colours! :)

    Enjoy he rest of your summer!



  15. Hi Shirley! I love that sleepy little pup! And the posture of the little girl is so expressive!

    The conference was great! I learned a lot and met a lot of interesting people and left feeling exhausted and inspired. I'm looking forward to going again next year. (Maybe I'll see you there?) :)

    I hope you're enjoying your last few days of summer! I'm looking forward to more of your blog posts! :)


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