a mulonkey for Susan Juby

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The lovely and talented writer Susan Juby is looking for pictures of mules. So I drew her one, because who doesn’t want to draw a donkey? Or a mule. Wait, is a donkey a mule?

Just a sec.

Okay, I’m back. Thanks,  Googleoracle. A mule is the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse. Who knew? Susan Juby. That’s who. She knows these things. She knows.… [Read More]

owl always read to you

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owl-cropped copy

One of our favourite knock-knock jokes goes like this:

Knock, knock.

Who’s there?


Owl, who?

Owl always love you.

Once Esmé understood how ‘owl’ is a play on ‘I’ll,’ she ran with it. One of the ones she came up with had the very sweet punchline of “Owl always read to you.”

Which inspired this illustration, which now hangs above one of the bookshelves we keep for library books.… [Read More]

anatomy of an illustration


I love seeing how artists work, so here’s a glimpse into my process for all of you studio snoops and creative-process junkies.

See you later, excavator! is a commissioned illustration, and because the customer wanted the text incorporated onto the image and a finished image “like it’s out of a picture book,” I finished it in Photoshop, which is handy for this post, so that I can show you an … [Read More]

la famille

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I’m lucky when it comes to in-laws.  They’re interesting and funny and generous and kind and smart; all things that I like when it comes to humans.  They live in Ontario though, which is perhaps their only flaw. Ontario is too far away.  Canada is a big place. It takes days and days and days to drive to Ontario.  With kids anyway, in any sane fashion.  When we were younger … [Read More]

Not Back to School 2014


This year we missed the local Not Back to School picnic at Trout Lake, but for a very good reason.  We were in Ontario and Quebec (more on that later),  but before we left, we went to a Not Back to School camp out in the Fraser Valley, with about ten or so families.

The ingredients that made up three nights and four days of hanging out with like-minded folks?… [Read More]

Through Esmé’s eyes


I went to upload the pictures from our recent annual trip with our beloved Rainbow Tye-dye Camping Fairies and I found a bunch of pictures that Esmé took from before we left.

I love the glimpse into her inner world, and what’s important to her.  I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

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little purple notebook


I was upstairs in my office writing this morning, when Jack texted me:  You need a new blog post!

She’s probably my biggest fan.

So here you are, love.  The one I’ve had on the burner for a while, but as you well know, we’ve been far too busy being outside.  Swimming, camping, wandering, visiting friends, exploring trails and spending hours at city spray parks, when I get to sit … [Read More]