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Soroptimist Garden Show, March 16-17

Melissa Penic 2019 Design for Soroptimist Garden Show

I will have a booth at the Soroptimist Garden Show at the Boys and Girls Club in Sequim this weekend. The weather is supposed to be nice, so it will make a nice outing. Time to get in the mood for spring gardening.

The hours for the show are

Saturday, March 16, 9am to 4pm

Sunday, March 17, 10am to 4pm



Last Market for the Season

Booth at 2018 MarketTomorrow, Saturday, September 1st, will be my last outdoor market for the season. If you are in need of cards or a gift between now and early November, the start of the holiday shows, please come on by. The market is at the Civic Plaza in Sequim from 9am to 3pm.

I’ll have Halloween cards in case you are starting to get in the mood.

Children’s Book Illustration Drawings Done

Kitten Kitty Illustration Drawings

Kitten Kitty Illustration Drawings

I have finished the illustration drawings for the newest book by Gene Bradbury. This one will be called “Kitten Kitty Reads a Book” and will be for pretty little kids. The drawings are done and now on to the painting. The book should be out early to mid-summer.

The other book of Gene’s that I illustrated, called “When Cricket’s Snore”, was published last summer. It was a lot of fun to do and so far this one is as well.

Back to School

Group Think

Group Think

With school starting this week and next, it made me think about this design I did a few years ago called “Group Think”.

Work starting on 2016 Calendar

Each year I do at least 1 calendar with 12 different pictures centered around a character(s) – cat, bird, fish, truck or robot. Many of my drawings for the calendars tell a “story”. That story may not be the same for all who see it and it is fun to see the other stories that other people see in my drawings.

I brainstorm ideas for that character and list those ideas. Whenever I gt an idea I add to the list and use it for reference.  I then take those ideas and do a thumbnail or reference sketch to try and capture my thoughts and vision.

Swimming-to-a-Different-Drummer72web One of my 2016 calendars will be of fish. It has been a couple of years since I did a fish one, so it will be fun. This first drawing is called “Swimming to a Different Drummer”.

The concept of this comes from a mixture of ideas. I like tessellations and have done those with fish on a floorcloth. You get a sense of fish going in 2 directions at once. This is a variation on that theme where the majority of fish are going in one direction but there is one fish with a mind of her own that has to check out going in a different direction and looking for something else. She also looks and acts differently – a lone wolf of sorts, a rebel or misfit. It can any number of reasons for going in a different direction. The fish has individuality and does not just go with the masses.

Spring Time

Spring TimeHere in sunny Sequim it is really springtime. Daffodils are in bloom, trees are budding and of course weeds are starting to grow. The nighttime is full of frogs croaking. The air smells so good.

What do you see?

Do you remember as a kid looking up at the sky and seeing objects or animals in the formations of the clouds? There are so many “hidden” things if you look for them and often just let your mind go so that you can see them.

Elelctrical-catweb face-on-back-of-truckOn a recent trip to Salem, OR for a classic car show, as we approached town you could see a group of electrical towers that look like cats. Here is a picture of the back of a truck that looks like a face.

We can see trees from my bedroom window and in the morning I will often lay there looking at them and seeing faces in the formations of the branches.

Do you see things?

Port Townsend Holiday Arts and Crafts

Holiday Poster 2014The holiday shows are underway. The show in Port Townsend at the Uptown Community Center is going to be the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving (November 28-29th). I will be downstairs of the community center.

I will have journals, calendars, cards, prints, colored pencil originals and acrylic paintings.

Halloween is almost here!

Spooky NightIt is time to have fun with Halloween. Here is a seasonal image that has the pickup truck. This pickup truck was modeled after a 1940’s era Dodge Power Wagon pickup truck. My favorite!


Edmonds Arts Festival is this Weekend

The time is finally here – The Edmonds Arts Festival is June 13-15th in Edmonds, WA at the Frances Anderson Cultural Center in Edmonds. I will be there on the plaza (P15) and I hope you will come and see me. I have some new floorcloths, paintings, cards (new cards with cats and birds) and my 2015 Cat Calendar is ready. It should be a lot of fun – no matter the weather.