Thursday, August 27, 2015

Dream Inside A Dream


So I asked the little girl, "What happens when you close your eyes?" She said, " In my dreams I am a princess trying to escape my palace room where they make me stay all day and all night. I can only get away when I close my eyes and fly. I fly right out of the window in the dark blue night. Fluffy clouds swirl around me and bright blue stars light up the nights sky. The air is light and I am even lighter. My long braids fly in the soft wind like wings taking me higher and higher. I feel God and the angels. They whisper sweet healing words to me. I feel better. I feel like I don't want to ever go back, but then He says,"You have a purpose and I have a plan. Run to your destiny for you are safe in my hand. Safe in my hand." When I wake I am back in my room safe and sound. I have a good feeling inside my tummy. I know that everything is going to be alright cause I have a purpose and He has a plan. I will run to my destiny cause I am safe in His hand. I am safe in His hand.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


Morning Peeps! This is Bo and I need y'all to help me find the rest of these sheep before Friday aight! Cause I left them alone and they ain't come home yet! I mean like, What up?? So like holler at a little sistah if you see them aight. Peace out! My contribution for ‪#‎Whimsical‬ Wednesday

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Illustration Friday's " Heart "


K's little heart had been broken so many times. She wondered if she could ever love or be loved again.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Illustration Friday's "Pointy"


Peggy loved her pointed bras and shoes! They made her feel very powerful! Happy Pointy Friday!!!

Monday, July 27, 2015


It was all in my head, but now it's on paper. I believe that thoughts become things. Writing this story and it's going to be published. One day soon LOL!

Friday, July 24, 2015


Vanessa Newton We always had the laying around. Playing underneath them and wrapping our little brown bodies in them to keep warm on cool Autumn nights. Pieces of left over history, dreams, stories, hand me downs and bits all stitched up together to make a quilt. They didn't make them for show. My Grandma would say, " Only the white women got to make dem kind. The real pretty ones with diamond and log cabin patches. Didn't nobody have time to make dem kinda ting." They made the kind that was called ," Necessary Quilts." My Grandma called them " "Nesasity" She was Gullah Geechee. The community of women would come together and work to create a quilt for each family. They would work on one and finish that one and start someone else's. They would sing songs and talk about the happening in the community and pray. Some used the quilts to hang up against the crack in the clap board houses to keep the cold out. Some to make a mattress for the family to sleep on. They even used them for storytelling, teaching the Bible and yes, even as maps to get to freedom. Now I am trying to learn how to make these quilts so that I might share them with my baby girl and leave a legacy for my family. This book is about a very talented woman named, "Harriet Powers". Harriet was a fantastic quilt maker artist. This book tells her amazing story and I got to do the artwork for. If you are quilter or would like to be one, or just like quilting stories, you are going to love this book. "Sewing Stories " By Barbara Herkert. Illustrated by your's truly. Coming soon! I'll keep you posted!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Plans I Have For You (Official Trailer)



Good news to share. My first book with Zondervan Kids will be available in August! The wonderful  Amy Parker is the author of this awesome book! You will love it!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015


Hope your heart and day is filled with joy!

Sunday, July 12, 2015


One little brown girl asking a question. Why are there hundreds and hundreds of book with little to no brown girls as princesses and queens?? Why are there no books about Brown girls dreaming big? Why are there no books about girls like me going to different places in the world and having an adventure? Why?? Can someone please tell me why?? Okay then, Ms.V Please write some books about brown girls like me. Going places and having an adventure and meeting people on the back of a green elephant named Swasi.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015


Worry is the misuse of imagination and what we think about we bring about. Keep creative and exciting thoughts up there my friend. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

Thursday, June 11, 2015


From here to the moon and back.... Who else in the world could love you like that? Me Much love to you Bella Sinclair

Sunday, June 7, 2015


All children should see themselves in picture books. These are my Latino Babies on display!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015


Little Mama had tenacity. Even without books available to her she founds ways to read the messages that life left for her to find.

Sunday, May 10, 2015


Today, I'am thinking about Mother's all over the world. Doesn't matter what color, race, language or village. Mother's are very important and very powerful. It' more than doing the laundry and feeding the child. It' more than the buying of toys and PTA meeting. It's so much more than just those things. It's a mother's heart and what she puts into her children. The Love and the care she shows them. The lessons taught and learned. These things will last forever. Wishing you all a very Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, May 8, 2015


Wishing you all a very Happy Mother's Day. May it be filled with lots of goodies for Mom!

Monday, March 30, 2015


Distractions will come, but stay focus. It's the only way to meet your goals.

Thursday, March 12, 2015


Jamael's Ring Bear. A little story that I am thinking about. Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


The Book of Negroes has been emotional for me. The characters are stuck in my head. Forever learning.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015


You've got to be taught To hate and fear, You've got to be taught From year to year, It's got to be drummed In your dear little ear You've got to be carefully taught.

Thursday, January 22, 2015


Have you weeded the garden of your thoughts? What we think about we bring about.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


I love working digitally, but sometimes I just have to go back to traditional paint and collage elements. I have been so stressed recently and I find that when I take the time to pull out my paintbox and collage papers and glue, that it actually relaxes me in a way that nothing else does. What do you do creatively that helps mangage in your life. I'm interested??

Saturday, January 3, 2015


Meet Mia Antoinette. She is a hot mess, but she gets it straight. Mia learns that it's not all about her! Have a great weekend.

Monday, December 29, 2014


Hello Blogger Family, It's been a while, but I have taken to blogging again. We will see if it sticks cause I have a pile of work on my desk, but I miss my friends so much. Hope that all of had a wonderful Holiday and Christmas. I have already celebrated the New Year, but for those of you who are waiting..... Well,... Happy New Year to you!!! May it bring your hearts much joy and happiness and lots of creativity energy! I have been doing lots and lots of books and things, but I haven't written and illustrated anything of my own in a long while. I was playing with some China Markers that I purchased and I really had fun doing so. It was nice to put pencil to paper again. I have been working digitally and hardly ever get to do that. I am working out a new style and different approach to my work. I am also working on my writing again. Kinda like a journey to me. Well, I put china marker to paper and this little girl came out. She is Lil V or Vanessa. A version of my 4 year old self. I hope to share stories of my childhood in a humorous way to excite and inspire children. I would love to hear your thoughts if you are willing? Wishing you All a very Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas!


Wishing you and yours a very Happy Holiday and Merry Christmas!!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Sunday, December 7, 2014


It's nice to clean your office cause you might find surprises like this one! Have a wonderful day! Peace.

Sunday, November 30, 2014


I have a monster. He's a good guy. He has friend and she loves him very much.