This is just great. I give you people a couple dozen sketches, doodles really, to pick from and what do you do? You go for the most complicated one. Thanks loads. I have a life you know, lots of "liking" and "sharing" to do, ooo look, another Elmo video... What?

Oh, right, right, right, the contest!

The doodle that garnered the most votes was this one, December 17











with December 13 and 18 coming in second and third.



















I am very happy with the picks. They were three of my favorites too, and it is always nice to know that despite outward appearances, one is not completely clueless about what works.

Now for the big news. My winner is...Bryan Ballinger! Applause, applause!

But wait, there's more! I plan to do finishes of several of my HoHoDooDa doodles and will post them here and on Twitter and Facebook, and as a giant Valentine smooch to all of you who took the time to vote, I will happily send you an archival ink and paper print out of any one that strikes your fancy, OR a high res digital file for you to print out yourself (international peeps, it sure would be SWELL if you picked this option). When you see one you like, just pop me your address via Facebook or e-mail. I will even put it in a professional plastic sleeve because I am THAT professional.

Thank you again to everyone who took the time to vote and for all your wonderful comments and suggestions.

It's Not Over!

The dismal stretch between the holidays and summer has gotten quite a bit better since I moved from Ohio to Arizona. No more slopping through grey slush under grey skies with a grey pallor matched  by an equally grey mood. Now I have fresh citrus and balmy days lulling me into a false sense of smugness right before I am rudely brought back to the reality of living on the surface of the sun. Life is good, and happy as I am to have all the glitter-encrusted frippery of the holiday season safely stowed, my food sensible and my house free of the inevitable family gathering flu epidemic, part of me can't wait until next year. So let's not! In the interest of getting a head start on the 2012 holiday card (so, you know, I might actually finish it in time to mail out) I am asking for your help. Do a quick run through of the sketches I posted for the month of December's sketch challenge, HoHoDooDa, and vote for the one (or two or three) you would like to see as a full blown illustration. Leave a comment on the blog or on Facebook and at the end of January I'll pick a winner and that lucky, lucky participant will win an archival print of the piece that garners the most votes. Voice your opinion, possibly win free art--it's win, win!

HoHoDooDa- December 29

O.K. Yes, I took a week off from HoHoDooDa. Sometimes a family holiday is all one can manage. My big, girl dog had a lot of fun bounding through the snow, laughing with the ravens. Little guy dog, not so much. He prefers ottomans and cookies by the fire.Please check out the HoHoDooDa fun from Linda Silvestri and Marion Eldridge.