Monthly Archives: July 2016

Throwback Thursday – Haircuts for Peanuts

On the wall of the waiting room in Haircuts for Peanuts there is a mural of an animal train. I often wonder, “Where is that train going?” I know…you think I am nuts, but I will give you the full story behind my portrait…and you can visit it anytime at Haircuts for Peanuts to see the tiny details…

I imagine Ellie wants to be just like her owner Aprile and have her own haircut stand…sort of like Lucy from Peanuts with her Psychiatrist stand. Ellie however is far too young to use scissors, so she decides to sell bows for the girls and sunglasses for the boys. They need to pay in peanuts, but really they are just pretending, because the train has enough peanuts for everyone to share. After they pay, they sit on the blue chair so Ellie can give them their gift. Then they get a balloon and head back to the train.

The Characters:

Ellie – So proud to be the leader of all her friends. She loves to play Haircuts for Peanuts with her friends. Her favorite color is red, so she made red bows for all her friends. The boys get blue sunglasses, because she didn’t want them to feel left out.

Turtles – They FINALLY caught up to the train just in time to get their bows!

Monkey – The baby of the group…she is waiting for Ellie to carry her back to the train. Ellie gave her a lollypop while she waits.

Dolphin – She is a daydreamer…doesn’t really care what is going on, just that it is a beautiful day.

Penguin – She loves loves loves to blow heart shaped bubbles!

Tiger Cub – Well this little girl is an absolute mess…she threw her bow on the ground and now she is trying to attack the bubbles. She is so into the bubbles that she doesn’t even know her balloon is flying away. Oh she is going to be so upset when she notices!

Rhino – This guy is desperately trying to get tiger cubs attention, yelling that her balloon is flying away. He tried really hard, but he could not catch it.

Hippo – Oh he’s a lazy dude! He and Frog are best buds. They just like chilling together. He likes to spit water in the air so Frog can ride on it.

Frog – Coolest frog ever! He and Hippo are so crazy. He loves surfing on Hippos water that he spits out of his mouth. Wacky pair those two!

Flamingo – She really wants to be part of Hippo and Frog’s fun, but she really things they are crazy! What on earth is Frog doing?!

Panda – She is one LAZY panda! Hopping out to get a bow was just SO much work. So, she is sleeping…lol!

AND that is how I imagined this portrait! I told you I was a little nuts! I love love love to imagine such cute scenes! All of the pictures I used here are real animal pictures…nothing on this is painted. It is a combination of photos blended together from my wacky imagination.

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Background stock: moonsongstock.deviantart.com,minifoot.deviantart.com, twins72-stocks.deviantart.com and various personal stock

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Behind the Scenes – Barney Dreams

Curious about what the personal photos look like that I use in my portraits? Here is an example! They don’t have to be perfect! I can make anything work! I used these three cell phone pictures from a client to make a portrait of her children and their dog.

Recently, their dog Barney had passed away. They missed him so much that they wanted to create a picture in memory of him. So, I asked them, if they could spend one more day with him, what would they want to do with him and it could be anything! This is what they came up with….King Barney and Sword Fighting Barney…the double rainbow symbolizes their two wishes coming true.

Dog Test

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My Mr. Ketchup Fan

Yesterday, I received the sweetest gift I could ever get!  One of my little fans surprised me with the most beautiful drawing of Mr. Ketchup I have ever seen!  Thank you so much for my drawing!  It is hanging on my fridge! I love it so much!

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If your little fan loves my portraits and has drawn something special, feel free to send it to me! I would love to share their beautiful art…

 

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My Interview with the Milky Way

I had the honor of being interviewed by Lisa DiGeso from Milk and Honey and the Milky Way. I am just a teeny tiny bit camera shy…lol!

Interview pic

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Throwback Thursday – World’s Largest Ice Cream

My kids LOVE ice cream! They wished they could eat the World’s Largest Bowl of Ice Cream. When I asked how they would eat it, this is what they came up with! My little one would love to fly in like Skye on Paw Patrol with big pinchers, so she could take the cherry, which is her favorite part! My older daughter would love to climb it, because she loves rock climbing. She would lasso her rope around the chocolate and climb up to eat that first. My son would like to snowboard down it with a spoon to get as much whipped cream as possible.

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Behind the Scenes – Mr. Ketchup Comes to Life

Mr. Ketchup from Mr. Ketchup and Me was created from the Dad who was actually playing helicopter with his little girl.

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Throwback Thursday – My Best Friend

It was this girl’s dream to have a pet baby Elephant named Emily. She wanted to go to the park with Emily all dressed up. When they were there, she imagined that Emily would surprise her with beautiful fresh picked flowers.

Elepant Summer WEB

Elephant: dtf-stock.deviantart.com

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Behind the Scenes – Creating Miss G’s Giraffe

Behind the Lens Web

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Throwback Thursday – Mr. Ketchup and Me

My second all time favorite image!  I was inspired to make this portrait for my daughter who was obsessed with ketchup.  If it was edible, it had to have ketchup on it.  Even pancakes!  We bought her a shirt that said “I put ketchup on my ketchup!”  She loved it so much, it could have been her best friend…if he were a person.  And that is how Mr. Ketchup came to be!

Julie McGann 2

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Behind the Scenes – Golden Butterfly Fairy

Created for a little girl who loves Queen Clarion

Butterfly Fairy Web

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