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What Squirrel Found

November 3rd, 2014

What Squirrel Found

I have been working my fingers to the bone of late teaching myself how to add text to images. Why? Because I am working on mine and my sister's (Myrlia Purcell) new picture book What Squirrel Found. I finished the illustrations for this book quite a while ago and it has been sitting collecting dust. Sometimes there is just too much going on in life too be able to finish a started project. I had some time the last few weeks and decided to tackle the computer side of this project and for anyone who knows me knows how big of a deal that is. I will be the first to admit computers and I don't really get along. I have no idea why but they just tend to freeze up or crash around me. I don't even have to touch them sometimes for this to happen. After destroying my last computer I got a new one for my birthday. JOY. After having it for a few months and being afraid to touch it I finally decided to give it a go and see if I could finish putting the book together. I am overjoyed to say I have made leaps and bounds in teaching myself how to add text, make text curve, edit images and a lot of other computer type things. I see the light at the end of the tunnel and it shouldn't be too long before we have another book out there. Thanks to all of you who encourage me to create.

Christmas for the little ones

November 3rd, 2014

It's that time of year again where people are rushing about preparing for and getting gifts for Christmas. If you are looking for something for a little one check out The Walking Christmas Tree written by my sister Myrlia Purcell and illustrated by me. This was our first book that we did together and have many more in the works. It is a little picture book perfect for young ones being introduced to books or just beginning to read. I hope you look it up, buy a copy, and enjoy it. :)

http://www.amazon.com/Walking-Christmas-Tree-Myrlia-Purcell/dp/1470157691/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1415046210&sr=1-1&keywords=The+walking+christmas+tree

Just getting started

November 9th, 2012

Hello out there,

About five years ago a new chapter in my life started with the birth of my daughter. She is a depthless source of joy and inspiration to me and after she was born I started drawing again... It had been 12 years since I had. It was a surprise to me that I even had the urge to draw since it had been so long and so much life had taken over. I loved drawing when I was young and don't even really remember why I stopped but when I picked up a pencil again for the purpose of drawing it all came flooding back, I remembered how much I loved art and wanted to keep creating. I am not much of a writer and I'm sure that comes through pretty obviously, but luckily my sister is. She has always been encouraging of my love of art and about four years ago she asked me to illustrate a children's picture book that she had written. I wasn't sure that I could do it since I had never done any cartoon drawing before but I decided to give it a try. It took about four years of trial and error (not continuously because I was taking care of my family) but I finally got the drawings done and we have now published our first children's book. It is based on a sight my sister and her young daughter saw one Christmas waiting for a train while living in Germany. While sitting on a bench on the platform her daughter pointed and excitedly said to my sister "Look! A walking Christmas tree!" sure enough when my sister looked in the direction her daughter was pointing she saw a Christmas tree coming down the stairs to the platform and all she and her daughter could see from the angle they were at was the tree and the persons feet sticking out the bottom of the tree as he carried it. If you have or know any young children they may enjoy this picture book The Walking Christmas Tree by Myrlia Purcell
https://www.createspace.com/3812600 or
http://www.amazon.com/Walking-Christmas-Tree-Myrlia-Purcell/dp/1470157691/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1352485287&sr=8-1&keywords=the+walking+christmas+tree

I hope that you enjoy the images that I put on here and that some of the beauty that I see in the world reaches you and makes you smile.
Laurianna