Yep, being a travel writer has its perks. Last year, I stayed 140 consecutive nights in hotels from Lisbon to St. Moritz to the Italian Riviera. And as an illustrator, nothing beats that kind of inspiration: the over-the-top suites, the quirky experiences, the kooky, eccentric characters—love it all. This new illustration captures the spirit. And what I imagine happens when birds fly south....and write about it. Plus, it couldn't be more appropriate to kickoff another insane journey, which starts today! Hand-drawn with graphite and watercolor, and below in graphite and ink wash. Buy the art print!
A little while ago, I went to sleep with a huge hankering for donuts. Totally random. Then in the middle of the night, I had this vivid vision of little folks skating on the icing. It was so bizarro, I loved it and had to bring it to life...plus, I was still craving donuts and this seemed the healthier option. Painting created with graphite and watercolor. Art print below - available in the shop!
Yes, chickens can do the French can-can! This illustration was inspired by my travels this past year and living in Paris. Walking to our favorite café in the Montmartre every morning, my husband and I would pass by the tacky and touristy Moulin Rouge. I couldn't help but wonder what it must have been like in its Toulouse Lautrec heyday...and if the dancers were chickens. So I made a vintage version too.
I also have secret fantasies that Moulin Poulet becomes the next great animated feature film—but I worry it might be to risqué for Pixar or Disney—these are nearly naked chickens, after all. Of course, I would argue that there's nothing vulgar about being featherless. I'll let you know how it goes. In the meantime, you can buy the art print here (hand-drawn with graphite and watercolor).