beauty reserves

forsythia, drawing, penelope dullaghan

In our house we talk a lot about stopping and taking a deep breath in whenever we experience a good moment or come across unexpected beauty. Literally dwelling on that positive thought for just a bit longer than we normally would. We also talk about letting the negative moments slide by without holding onto them longer than we need to.

My 8 year old has been struggling with some negative thinking lately and talking about this seems to be helpful for her. For me too. It reminds me to build up beauty reserves in my mind so those paths are the ones I travel more naturally in my thinking. Drawing is a good way to do this. I noticed my forsythia in bloom this morning- bright yellow as the sun. Spending 5 minutes studying it with drawing before I start work made me appreciate it all the more.

I hope you all have a happy Friday and notice moments of beauty in your day too.

By | March 10th, 2017|everyday things|Comments Off on beauty reserves

Squam Art Workshops – interview

bee buzzing animation - illustration - penelope dullaghan

Just popping in to tell you that an interview I did recently with Elizabeth from Squam Art Workshops is now live on their website. The podcast is called “Morning on the Dock” and it’s just a breezy chat about how I started off working in advertising, my leap to freelance illustration and a bit of my philosophy and thoughts about it all. Oh, and Elizabeth learns how to pronounce my last name once and for all. (hee!) I hope you’ll enjoy!

Find it here.

By | March 1st, 2017|everyday things|Comments Off on Squam Art Workshops – interview

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|everyday things|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.

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

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|everyday things|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|everyday things|2 Comments