Llove is Llove

Posted by on Feb 15, 2018 in Drawing, Illustration, Maine College of Art, Peaks Island | 6 comments

I heard the news today. We surely need love more than ever, every minute.

I’ve been doing my tiny bit to spread it around. A few weeks ago, I dropped off a pile of cards and valentines at Knit Wit Yarn Shop, the one and only place to find my cards out in the world.

Then I made a collage with a re-purposed illustration of mine for the first of February’s Rabbit Rabbit tradition.

It got me thinking about an animal themed valentine. From a knitting book I illustrated this llama gave me an idea.

It feels more urgent that opposites need to love each other. What animal would make a good contrast?

This little fancy pig, that’s who.

With some bits from my box of valentine scraps, and a white pen, voila.

I brought my design to Bayside Printing and then mailed my cards as far and wide as I could. Because showing love is not just for your hottie!

Of course, my guy got a handmade card!

As well as my handmade cookies and unique finds from Portland Trading Company.

We don’t mess around. Going all out, even as we approach our 30th anniversary, because.

Marty made this adorable card for me, queen of dots.

Roses and truffles and a Maine charm necklace by our Peaks neighbor, Judy Fitch. Swoon!!!

I battled my love hangover to cross Casco Bay, warmed by the sight of the Love Bandit’s mark on Fort Gorges.

photo © Sean Thomas

I had the honor of sharing the classroom all afternoon with the best illo ninjas, in my Picture Book course at Maine College of Art. My esteemed colleague and Best Illustration Department Chair, Mary Anne Lloyd, caught this shot outside the hive.

From there, the evening only got better as my date and I dined at Walter’s before ferrying home to a surprise plate of sweets left by our beloved neighbors. Blessings abound!

Time now to head back to the drawing board, filled with sugar and an abiding faith in that…. all you need is love.




  1. Thank you for the sweetness and beauty of your post, sharing your creativity, love, and making the world brighter because you are here!

    • Jean, thanks for reading and being such a sweetie yourself!

  2. Dick and I loved the pictures you and Marty made for each other. Dick couldn’t get over Marty’s “Queen of dots “ -kept repeating “Gorgeous – Outstanding!!! “ and I agree. He caught you. The eyes, the smile, your bangs ….
    you guys are soooo talented !!!!

    • Gunnel, we stay outta trouble with our sweet projects. Thanks for being my most loyal and most sweet reader!

  3. Lovely blog, lovely photos & lovely friends! Happiest of everything in this season of love. Lloved your card & your blog, thanks! XO

  4. Love Marty’s portrait of you! Thanks for sending the llovely card! You inspired me to make Valentines with my class. Our last day together was the 14th. You’re right All we need is love! Also loving your portraits of inspiring African Americans on Instagram.

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