Illustrating the Book: Progress Report on the “Oh My, Mia Meow!” Children’s Picture Book

The process of creating the illustrations for the “Oh My, Mia Meow!” Children’s Picture Book is in full gear! I have been spending a lot of time creating paintings that will tell the story along with the written words for the book. Each illustration is a 30″H x 40″W acrylic painting on textured wood. Below are the first four illustrations.


In the beginning of the book, Mia Meow, a small cat with big dreams, looks out a window from the inside of her home. Although she loves her home, she longs for adventure, desiring to play with the squirrels and birds that she sees from her inside perch.


Mia Meow lives in a creative place with her human companion who is an artist. Her particular art tends to be creating havoc!


In a bout of mischievous play, Mia Meow discovers a red crayon on the floor. She whacks the crayon around the floor as cats will do…


…and then she hits it so hard, it sails through the air onto the table. On the table is a collar and a piece of paper.


Being a curious cat, Mia Meow dons the collar. Cats are not naturally given to drawing, but with the collar, she feels a creative impulse that she has never experienced before. She begins to draw with the crayon. As she draws, she discovers that the collar has given her magical powers, and her drawing comes to life off the paper.

What comes next?

Throughout the story, Mia Meow discovers her magical power is her creativity, and her imagination takes her on a grand adventure!

Stay tuned for more illustrations and more of the story!

The crowdfunding campaign for the book has concluded, but you now can preorder copies to be published in the near future. Preorder your copy here. All hardcover preorders made before 9/15/16 will include a pdf copy emailed to you for mobile device reading.

Life is an Adventure!



  1. Becky McLaughlin says:

    The pictures and story line are wonderful! I am excited to see this project in the making, and would be delighted if my grandchildren would be so lucky to experience Mia Meow! in their schools someday.

  2. Pam Considine says:

    I agree…the story line is imaginative, and the drawings are delightful! Thanks for giving us a peek at the work-in-progress.

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