Friday, January 29, 2010


There is a story in the Bible about when Jesus walked on water. Peter asked Him if he could come out to him and Jesus said "come." Peter actually stood on the water for a brief moment, but then he took his focus off of Jesus and focused on the winds and waves and began to sink. Let us Keep our eyes "focused" on Jesus , the author and perfecter of our faith. Hebrews12:2

Sunday, January 24, 2010

EBAY for Haiti

Hey Guys! Donna Shepherd, the author of Poodle and Doodle, and I have signed a copy of her just released book. It is up for bid on EBAY HERE. All proceeds go for Haitian relief. Also included will be 3 sketches that I did while working on the book. Check out a lot of other wonderful artwork for sale at the heroes for Haiti blog. Thanks to Loni Edwards for the info.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Clumsy IF

I usually like to create new illustrations for the IF topic. But I knew I had this one in my files and thought I'd use it. It is from a story that I illustrated in a magazine called Stories for Children. The story is about a young boy who spends the weekend with his grandparents. The first night he hears someone calling his name from the den. The second night he hears it again. By now he's getting freaked out, but nervously tries to investigate. In his trepidation he clumsily trips over a table outside the den. It turns out, his grandparents were trying to teach a parakeet to say the boy's name as a birthday gift. Even the bird is peeking his head out of the den to check out all the comotion :o)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Bunny Town

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Here is a page from the latest book that I am working on titled "Bazillion Bunnies". It's a story written by Lisa Adams. I'll keep you posted on the approximate release date.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Woo Hoo!!!!

YAY!!! Poodle and Doodle is out!!! My first book! Can you tell I'm excited!!!! It's for sale at Barnes and Noble and at Amazon. Here are a few reviews.---------------------"This charming children’s story in delightful rhyme will amuse every reader as it shows there IS room for more than one dog." - Nancy Carty Lepri, author of Tiny Angel
"Poodle and Doodle is adorable! Donna Shepherd's books are perfect for kids (and moms!) of all ages!" - Jill Hart, co-author of So You Want to Be a Work-At-Home Mom: A Christian's Guide to Starting a Home-Based Business,

"Can a poodle with a diva attitude and a Labradoodle without a pedigree really get along? Poodle and Doodle by Donna Shepherd is a perfectly blended tale mixed with just the right touch of humor. The poodle’s discovery that she does not always have to be “top dog” and that being a friend is important, make this book not only a delightful read, but also teaches children valuable life lessons.

This lovely book, adorned with charming illustrations by Jack Foster, is “pawsitively wonderful” and is sure to be enjoyed by both young and old alike." - Dayna Hilton, (Firefighter Dayna) author of Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog (saddle stitched)

"With its delightful language and charming illustrations, Poodle and Doodle is a picture book that can be read and enjoyed again and again. The story of how Angel, the "perfect" poodle, adjusts to the intrusion of Scruffy, the Labradoodle, will make both children and adults laugh. Donna Shepherd's clever rhymes bring Angel's personality to life, and Jack Foster's artwork adds to the humor. Hidden bones in many of the illustrations keep things fun for multiple readings. The story entertains while teaching good lessons about friendship and change. Great for both home and school libraries!" - Diana R. Jenkins, author of Stepping Stones: The Comic Collection (Diana's blog: DJ's Thoughts)

"In this heartwarming story from a dog’s point of view, children learn it may be hard to accept a newcomer who’s different—but opposites can become best friends. A delightful read-aloud for any kid who loves dogs." - Liz Ball, author/illustrator of Friends Hidden Treasures: Hidden Picture Puzzles

"Poodle and Doodle by Donna J Shepherd is an adorable picture book about a tiny poodle who is upset when her humans bring home a gigantic labradoodle named Scruffy. At first the dainty little dog is upset by the new dog's clumsiness and lack of manners, but eventually she realizes living with Scruffy has advantages.

The book is told in rhyme that's comfortable and not artificially forced, unlike some rhyming picture books I've seen. The colorful illustrations by Jack Foster are perfect portrayals of the cute and amusing story. Poodle and Doodle would appeal to most young kids but it would be especially appropriate for those who love dogs and children coping with sibling rivalry." - Janet Ann Collins, author of Secret Service Saint

"When Scruffy- part Poodle, part Labrador Retriever joins the family, he is snubbed by the family’s dog, a full breed Poodle. Everything Scruffy does is “rude and rough” from eating his food, to eating a sandwich off the kitchen counter. But, the pretty little Poodle soon discovers that having Scruffy around can come in handy, AND that he is actually a good friend. Well written rhyme and colorful illustrations show the dichotomy between these two silly dogs and encourage children to never judge a book a by its cover!" - Jennifer Reed, children’s author

"Donna Shepherd knows that being different from one another can be oodles of fun! Poodle and Doodle's antics will leave you begging for more, and I love the illustrations, too!" - Stephanie Reed, author of The Light Across the River

“Poodle and Doodle will charm most any little guy or girl, with the antics of pets sharing space. Donna’s rocking rhymes tell a believable story with plenty of ‘cute’. The art is especially appealing with simple, bright lines. What a sweet example of how changes in families call for an attitude adjustment. That slightly jealous poodle shows us how she came around to understanding the new Doodle arrival, and accepting what he had to offer! The story is a wonderful character lesson, in doggy disguise.” - April Boyer, author and editor of Seeds in Season Writing Resources

"When prissy meets mangy, a story of friendship and acceptance unfolds. Poodle and Doodle will snuggle their way into your hearts, just like they did with each other. A fun, lyrical story of two very different dogs who share a special friendship. Young children will love Poodle and Doodle."- Cheryl Malandrinos, The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection

"Poodle and Doodle is a fun, cute story that will delight children of all ages, especially those who love dogs. The artwork, done in the computer in bright, happy colors, complements the book perfectly. It has an important underlying message: nobody's perfect and one must always look at the positive side of people--or dogs! My 12-year old daughter also read it and loved it, and although she’s old now for this type of book, she said: “If I were 5 I would ask you to read it to me every night.” Coming from a child, I think that says a lot." - Mayra Calvani, Mayra's Secret Bookcase

"The balance of friendship can be a difficult one to understand. At times one may feel they are overshadowed by a friend and become frustrated. Poodle and Doodle by Donna J. Shepherd explores an unexpected friendship in this delightful rhyming story of two distinctly different dogs.

What comes forth through the eyes of one fancy poodle pup, Angel, is her own insecurities of having another dog around. When Scruffy, a cross between Poodle and Labrador is brought home by their owner, Leah, havoc ensues wherever Scruffy goes. His less than stellar manners appall Angel until the “ah-ha” moment that Scruffy is not so bad and is actually fun to have around.

Shepherd wonderfully brings to life real life issues all humans contend with in finding their place with friends. Most of all, we are all individuals whether canine or human and should appreciate the positives in all we meet.

Illustrator, Jack Foster brings the canine characters to life with their young owner, Leah, making it an adventure to read over and over again." - Donna M. McDine, Children's Author -; National Writing for Children Center

"Poodle and Doodle is a fun read-a-loud that celebrates the gift found in differences. Loved it!" - Caroline Pignat, author of Greener Grass, WINNER of the Governor General's Award 2009.


I've always wanted to try to do an illustration of Paul Bunyan and his blue ox, Babe. This week's Illustration Friday topic gave me the opportunity. I always associate him with the wilderness.

Friday, January 8, 2010


Now that Christmas vacation is over, I'm sure the school bus drivers are feeling a bit confined again. If you are a bus driver... God bless you for all you do!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A BIG Thanks Krista!

A great big thanks to Krista Hamrick. She sent me these" Name Above All Names" cards in the mail. They are so beautiful! You can see Krista's wonderful work on her blog or her beautiful quilts at