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Circus Train: New Picture Book

by abby on March 27, 2015 | Comment

picture book by Jennifer Cole Judd
{Hot off the presses!}

It’s a rainy, blah day here, so I thought I’d shake things up and share with you one of my latest’s picture books that I designed. It’s called CIRCUS TRAIN by Jennifer Cole Judd and illustrated by Melanie Matthews and it’s published by Two Lions, an imprint of Amazon.

illustration from book interior of circus elephants and acrobats

This book is an engaging story filled with colorful artwork and lyrical text about a circus coming to town and all the entertainment it brings. This makes it a wonderful read aloud!

art of clown flyiing through the air from cannon

I wanted to create playful text that has the energy of a circus tent, so at several moments throughout the book key words are styled in decorative type and have color too. Do you feel the excitement? I do!

I hope you will order CIRCUS TRAIN or promote it at your libraries!

How are you adding color to your life?

Spring Bunny Bonus

by abby on March 20, 2015 | Comment

image of a grouping of rabbit artwork in watercolor from AbbyDora Design
{We Love bunnies here!}

There’s more daylight now and the weather is above 40 degrees! What’s a girl to do, but start to get hopeful for Spring! And to celebrate, all of our rabbit artwork has a special deal today and over the weekend until Sunday night.

Every rabbit fine art print shown above comes with a FREE MATTE!

All you have to do is place the art in the frame. Done.

No code necessary.

The Bunny Bonus Event ends Sunday March 22nd 2015 at 11pm.

Smile, it’s gonna be a good day! Hoppy shopping!

Green is Great But…

by abby on March 17, 2015 | Comment

rainbow paper collage {I heart color wheels}

…there’s a whole world of color out there!

On a day when green dominates I would like to share with you the JOY of a color wheel! Over the weekend my friend, Kari, and and I had an art date together. We do this ever so often and we both always come away feeling refreshed and lighter.

This get together was all about creating darling little paper collage color wheels. Check out our handy work!

collage color wheel

rainbow color wheel on wood board

I was the one who suggested we create color wheels. I had seen a stained glass color wheel a few weeks ago in a store and the image was stuck in my mind. There is something so perfectly beautiful about seeing all the colors in a rainbow. Makes me giddy.

I glued my paper collage color wheel on a wood panel, so I could display it in my studio. You know, a little more color never hurts!

I thought I’d close this post with this lovely quote by Marc Chagall:

In our life there is a single color, as on an artist’s palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love. —Marc Chagall

Well said Chagall. Well said.

Be Light and Free

by abby on March 13, 2015 | Comment

I vow to let go of all worry and anxiety in order to be light and free. quote from Thich Nhat Hanh

I found this quote very inspiring and wanted to pass it along to you! I hope you shine brightly today. Happy Friday!

Stars and Baseball

by abby on March 6, 2015 | Comment

cover of YA book by Wendy Wan-Long Shang
{It got a starred book review!}

In publishing, receiving a starred book review is a biggish deal and one of my latest projects I worked on, THE WAY HOME LOOKS NOW, just received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews, a book review company for both adult and children’s literature.

For this project, I was very excited to be asked by SCHOLASTIC to design the title type for this book jacket. The book has a baseball theme and I wanted the title to reflect this story element. I also wanted to maintain the hand drawn look throughout the jacket in both the illustration and title.

I’m all smiles today.

Happy Friday to you!

Sunrise Farmyard

by abby on March 2, 2015 | Comment

watercolor painting of sunrise on red barn

It’s March people! March! And this means we start to have a glimmer of hope that Spring is coming (pretty please, Mother Nature!) Over the weekend, I day dreamed of warm sunshine and this is what happened…I painted sunshine.


I do hope this little happy farm scene lifts your spirits and warms your heart. Have a good week!