Gratitude, No Passport Required

This week there have been many new guest visiting.  Welcome everyone!

The top ten locations guests have visited from this week, in order of most visits are:

Sugar Cookie Bake-O-Rama: Part Four

After all the flour sifting, sugar mixing, and decorating, here are the finished cookies.

A collection of Sugar Cookie Snowflakes.

Sugar Cookie Bake-O-Rama: Part Three

I created three different snowflake cookie designs, but am sharing only one.  The reason?  The steps for all three are identical, only the design execution is different.  On with the snowflake making.

Just as with the Snow Clouds, I piped an edge of royal icing, sugared it while wet, and let dry completely.

Sugar Cookie Bake-O-Rama: Part Two

Creating a Snow Cloud Sugar Cookie.  You're going to need to make royal icing and a simple online search will result many.

Taking the baked sugar cookies, I piped a royal icing edge, which I then covered in sugar.  I did so while the icing was still wet, to do this you must work quickly, as royal icing dries fast.

Sugar Cookie Bake-O-Rama: Part One

Being an avid baker, I've had several custom cookie cutters created from my designs.  I wanted to use one of these cutters and narrowed it down to two choices, a bird or a cloud.  I chose the cloud.

The cloud would become a Snow cloud and three varying sized rounds snowflakes.  Everything comes back to design and story.  Besides, I've never seen a Snow Cloud Cookie.

Sugar Cookie Bake-O-Rama: Introduction

If you don't yet know, I LOVE BAKING!  Front and center, there it is.

One of my December traditions is to create cookies I gift to close friends and family.  This year I thought sharing this tradition just might inspire your creativity into action, whether through baking or another creative outlet.

Gratitude, No Passport Required

Thank you to everyone who is visiting my site, I'm honored.

The top ten locations guests have visited from this week, in order of most visits are:

Holiday Snowman

The Holiday Season have arrived at The Jimmy Pickering Store.  I hope you’ll go take a look at what's been created for the occasion(s).  I think you’ll enjoy.

This new Snowman is one of my favorite things this season.

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On My Desk: A Pinch of Overwhelmed

This morning when I took this photo of what is on my desk, it brought to mind one of many questions I have been asked.  Do you ever get scared to try something new? 

Scared? No. Overwhelmed? Yes.

On my desk sits a brand new type of surface on which I've never painted and honestly, it has me a bit overwhelmed.  Seriously?  Yes, seriously.

Bake, Unwind, and Inspire

Along with traditional pumpkin pie, I made these cupcakes for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Spice cupcakes with slightly sweetened cream cheese frosting.  Garnished with a barley candy turkey and a dusting of fresh graded nutmeg. 

Baking is my go to when I need to take a break and refresh.  There’s something about the exact nature of the baking process and the free form creativity of the presentation, which energizes me.

From Thought to Reality

Admittedly creating is a central part of who I am and given its second nature, I don’t think about the process.  It’s a bit like knowing a key in the ignition will turn the motor of your car, it just is. 

When I took these photos, I was simply documenting progress of a project to share on my blog.  But when I loaded the images on my computer, I saw the images differently.  It may sound a bit crazy, but I saw a thought turned into reality.

Gratitude, No Passport Required

Visits to my blog continue to climb and you're visiting from all around the globe.  I thank all of you for taking the time to visit and for connecting with the post I'm sharing.

The top ten locations guests have visited from this week, in order of most visits are:

What Interest You?

Over the past couple of months there has been a big upswing in the number of guest to this blog.  To all of you who are visiting and enjoying what you're finding here, I personally thank you.  

There's something about having a blog, which brings with it a sense of adventure.  It's like a modern day treasure hunt, finding things of interest that others share.  Its also the idea of community, people who share a common interest, finding a place to visit, share, and enjoy the moment.  A place to connect with others.

Gratitude, No Passport Required

There has been a huge increase in the number of guest visiting my blog and you're visiting from around the globe. I wanted to thank all of you for visiting and taking an interest in my blog.  

These are the top ten locations guests have visited from this week in order of most visits;

What's in a Blog . . . My Blog?

I was recently asked, "What's your blog about?" A question I've never been asked, but one that brings up a good lesson I've learned from The United University of Blogging (I made that one up).

Originally I started blogging to provide a source of information for those following my fine art and books.  As time passed, these topics became more diverse, ranging from vacations, my thoughts on various subjects, road trips, and just about anything.

It became clear my blog had become a bit of a dumping ground; loosing a common thread other than everything was coming from me.  It was time to revisit the "what" in my blog.

The Blog Auction

I thank fellow artist Johanna Parker for providing inspiration to have a blog auction and for encouraging me to proceed with presenting one of my own.  Thank you Johanna.

My first blog auction will take place Monday, October 8th, ending Friday, October 12th.   

Skelly the Skeleton Girl, 5th Edition

Skelly the Skeleton Girl is now in it's fifth edition!  

Thank you to all who have become fans Skelly the Skeleton Girl and for showing so much love for a little skeleton girl and her boney dog.  Your enjoyment of this book has taken Skelly beyond the publishers original intent of a Halloween only offering, to a story so popular its offered year round.

Thank you everyone for your support of this book, I'm honored to have create for you.

I hope you'll take a moment and leave your comments, I enjoy hearing from you.  You can also find more at and on my Facebook page.

Citrus Eye Candy

When down time is needed or if there's a design challenge I'm working out in my head, I'll take a walk on the beach with the dogs or bake.  There's something about the formulated process of baking that provides my mind an escape.  

A Little Someone For My First Blog Auction

A little orange, a little green, a little black, and some sparkles. Somethings taking shape on my desk and that little something is going to be part of my very first blog auction. 

New Halloween Card

My favorite holiday is just around the corner, and just in time a new Halloween card featuring my art has been released by Marian Heath to help everyone celebrate.

Quite a Find! Vintage Bump Chenille

When out and about, I always look for unique elements which can be incorporated into the pieces I create, mostly crafty items from the 1950's as they are unique and lend themselves well to my design sensibility.  

Color Your World

Taking a short break from todays studio work, I went out to my small lavender garden.  The plants were covered in honeybees.  The combination of the bees and lavender inspired todays color collection.

What are you thoughts on this lavender garden color collection?

The Disney Gallery

It’s no secret, Disneyland is the single, biggest influence on my creativity.  I am honored and thankful for every opportunity I am given to create original paintings for The Disney Gallery.

Image Copyright The Walt Disney Company

Thank you for visiting and please leave your comments, it is always a pleasure to hear from you.  You can see more on my site and my Facebook page too.

Concept Design For Hallmark's Paper Waffle

At Hallmark Cards Inc., I was fortunate to have the opportunity of developing new store concepts with a fellow Hallmarker.  We were given the task of presenting three concepts, two designed independently and a third collectively.  The co-worker developed “The Air We Breath,” based around a spiritual theme, the collaborative concept was “The Gingko Leaf,” with a focus on nature, gardening, and home.  The concept I developed, was “Paper Waffle.”

Paper Waffle began with a backstory, something commonplace in the entertainment industry, which had never incorporated into Hallmark's their creative process.  The backstory for Paper Waffle presented two people (one of which the writer gave the name James, after yours truly), passionate about good design from past and present, who wanted to create a store offering their passions in a loft like setting.

Paper Waffle Logo

Disneyland's 57th Anniversary

57 years ago, July 17, 1955, Walt Disney's Disneyland opened to its first guests.  Disneyland has become such a part of our culture, it's hard to imagine a time when it didn't exist.

Thank you Walt Disney and the original WED Enterprises Imagineers.

For taking the time to visit, I thank you.  You can see more at and on my Facebook page.  Hope you enjoy.

July 15th, National Ice Cream Day

Here's the scoop, today is National Ice Cream Day. Take advantage of it.

Bring Home the Garbage

Finally, the new album from Garbage has arrived.  Love, Love, Love.  The music is filling the four walls of my studio as I post.

Color Your World

I've been fortunate to develop color for countless projects and color inspiration can come from anything, anywhere, anytime.  I take my camera everywhere to capture color inspiring the visuals I may see.  With this post and similar post in the future, I'll present photos and the color ways they inspire.  I hope they bring a bit of color inspiration into your world.

Do you have any thoughts on this color collection, inspired by a beautiful succulent garden in Southern California?

Overall Styling

 Cool Styling

Warm Styling

National Doodle Day Celebrity Auction 2012

I am honored to have been asked, once again, by actress Gillian Anderson to participate in the fourth annual National Doodle Day Celebrity Auction along with Meryl Streep, Neil Gaiman, Candice Bergen, Joan Rivers, and many others.  Here’s the LINK to my doodles auction page, please take a look and view all the other presented doodles being offered for auction.

The National Doodle Day Celebrity Auction benefits research for the cure of Neurofibromatosis or NF, a genetic disorder effecting one in every 2,500 births.  NF is more common than Cystic Fibrosis, Muscular Dystrophy and Huntington's Disease combined.  Funds raised from the National Doodle Day Celerity Auction will go to support education, advocacy, coalitions, and research for treatments and a cure.  Please visit the National Doodle Day site to read more.

I want to personally thank Gillian Anderson for inviting me to participate, and as always, I wish you much success from this years auction. 

The Groundbreaking Design of Metropolis

Metropolis was released in 1927 and is a milestone in motion picture history.  The design of the film is a stunning achievement and continues to inspire current design.

If you've not seen this movie, I recommend you take the time to view it.  You'll be surprised at the films conclusion to find how many visuals in television, music videos, and motion pictures of today are replicated from the visuals created in this 1927 film.

One Box of Batz Please

Who knew there was such diversity in a box of batz?  And they all seem quite happy together.  

Maybe there's a lesson to learn here.

My Own Personal Time Warp, Please

All I ask is for a time machine, coordinates, and a credit card.  Seriously, is that to much to ask for?

Its a New Season

It's Spring and nature is starting to take notice and wake up.  Thought it appropriate to post an image from my children's book "It's Spring" to celebrate the occasion.

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