river walk

I was feeling really blue yesterday… just down and depleted. So this morning I took a long, meandering walk by the river. It’s been a few days without my daily walks due to my current heavy workload, and I’ve missed them. It really is medicine.

Walking slowly. Listening to the birds sing – blissful in their world. Hearing the water move over rocks unseen. Welcoming the warm sun on my face. Feeling the cold around my fingers. Climbing over fallen trees. Stopping and breathing as deeply as I could. Collecting tiny amazing things.

I am well again.

By | February 5th, 2017|everyday things|Comments Off on river walk

Printable Postcards – make your voice heard!

love postcards, penelope dullaghan, free printable - write your senators, write washington

In this crazy and hateful time, it’s so important to make our voices heard. Write your Senators. Write Washington. Tell them what you believe in, and tell them to support THE PEOPLE, not their private interests.

This is the first action of the Women’s March. For help in finding addresses to send to, click here and look for Step 3. For inspiration on what to write about, and to have a script to help you know what to say exactly, click here.

I’ve designed postcards for you to print out and use to make it easier! Print on cardstock for the best result – it will hold up in the mail. Cut them out with scissors and write your message and the address on the back. Put a stamp on it, pop it in the mail and make your views known! You can do this every day… it only takes a few minutes.

Download the PDF here.

Together we are stronger!

By | January 31st, 2017|illustration|4 Comments

Brightly – Kids Book Club

Brightly, Penguin Random House, kids book club illustration by penelope dullaghan

Hi guys! I need to focus on something positive this morning so I don’t fall into deep, deep gloom. Maybe you feel the same? With that in mind, I wanted to share with you a site I’m doing artwork for that is all about good cheer. Brightly is a new resource to help moms and dads grow lifelong readers.

This site is really wonderful – I’m on it all the time for inspiration! They give book recommendations for readers of all levels, offer suggestions on various topics (everything from celebrating diversity to going to the dentist for the first time, etc), and also have fun printable activities to help engage kids in reading.

Here’s the first piece I did for them in full – to help promote their book club for kids.

I’m super honored to be working with them! And hope you’ll check them out for yourself.

http://www.readbrightly.com/

By | January 25th, 2017|illustration|Comments Off on Brightly – Kids Book Club

Poster Art for the March

Hi friends!

I’ve had a couple of requests for this message of love to be available as a PDF to print for the march tomorrow. You can download the PDF below. FREE. Please use only for yourself and do not sell.

DOWNLOAD PDF POSTER HERE.

By | January 20th, 2017|art|5 Comments

Bundle Up!

animated gif, illustration by penelope dullaghan

Bundle up! The ice is (apparently) coming!

By | January 14th, 2017|animation|Comments Off on Bundle Up!

Seedling Yoga

Logo design - seedling yoga - illustrated by penelope dullaghan

Logos are sometimes the trickiest bit of business… so much relying on it, what with everything the client wants to convey distilled down into a tiny mark. A simple image that will hold up their brand into the future and be their visual cornerstone henceforth. (No pressure!) But I love a good challenge, so when Seedling Yoga asked me to dream up their logo based on their vision of bringing heart-centered yoga to kids in their community, my answer was a resounding yes. This is the final mark, and I’m happy to say that my client loved it with the entirety of her big heart!

By | January 9th, 2017|everyday things|Comments Off on Seedling Yoga

The BFG – audio book

theBFG, illustration by penelope dullaghan

Over winter break, Colin, Veda and I were on the road a bunch visiting family and friends. Before we left I borrowed the audio book of the BFG, narrated by David Walliams, from the library. And OH MY… it’s truly a masterpiece. I really cannot say enough about the amazing voicework by Walliams. I had to pause the recording several times to marvel at it! And, of course, Roald Dahl’s story can’t be beat. I highly recommend checking it out if you have kiddos – and even if you don’t… it’s a treat. Here’s the amazon link, and I know it’s on Audible, but also check your local library.

(Illustration by me, just because I was so inspired by it!)

By | January 4th, 2017|art, illustration|Comments Off on The BFG – audio book

A Letter to My Son About the ‘Dark Ages – for Parents Magazine

parents magazine - illustration by penelope dullaghan

This is my illustration that accompanies an essay entitled: “A Letter to My Son About the ‘Dark Ages’” in this month’s issue of Parents Magazine.

Here’s a snippet:
“I came of age in an era when my mother would allow me to walk to school on my own, and I know you are thinking, “What? All by yourself with no supervision?” but yes. That’s how it was. I would trek for half a mile across the vast supercontinent of Pangaea, where we lived, hoping I wouldn’t be attacked by any sabertoothed cats or stumble into a pond of quicksand, which television assured me was a very real danger.”

The whole essay is a stitch, and you can read it here.

Thanks to AD Maria Stegner for the assignment!

By | January 3rd, 2017|illustration|2 Comments

part 2 – 2017

2017 gum illustration animation by penelope dullaghan

Life in 2016 felt particularly fragile and unpredictable and frightening. Some people I hold dear struggled greatly, as did so many humans I don’t know personally. But I have hope for the new year. Mostly it’s hope that we have the ability to act with intention and compassion. That we can pause and choose kindness and gratitude over being right or being in control. Hope that we can write our own stories.

Thank you for being with me here in 2016, and for your continued support in 2017! Sending each of you wishes for a beautiful new year.

xoxo

By | January 1st, 2017|animation|Comments Off on part 2 – 2017

part 1 – 2016

2016 gum illustration animation by penelope dullaghan

Stay tuned tomorrow for part 2.

By | December 31st, 2016|animation|Comments Off on part 1 – 2016