Tuesday, July 5, 2011

First Steps

Any Adventure... Begins With
the First Steps! 

When my children were very young, finding time to draw, paint or create was next to impossible! Yet, they were constantly doing things I dreamed of illustrating. Snippets of pure cute were paraded before me providing idea after idea! It was then that I produced "First Steps"; as a vow to begin to fit in time to draw and paint.  I illustrated what was going on. One child was just learning to walk... so her first steps into the upright world came to signify my first steps into producing art on a regular basis.

So... it is only appropriate that I will use this illustration as the first post on this art blogsite!

When you set out on any adventure, only one step at a time will get you going in the right direction - and the first ones - although shaky and unbalanced - must be traveled to get there! We would love to hear about your upcoming adventures. Maybe this image will offer inspiration to you to take those first steps and make it happen! Send me your story via the comment section below!

Whether celebrating a real baby's first steps or symbolic first steps, we hope this painting will delight you and bring a smile to your face. Any cat lover's out there? Well this little kitty is watching the action take place, but look out... that rattle will soon konk his nose!

This illustration is available for purchase as an open edition print (THE ORIGINAL IS OWNED BY THE STUDIO AND NOT AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT THIS TIME). Each print is printed with archival ink on photo quality heavy weight archival matte paper. They are not matted or framed. They are available in 8x10, 11x14 or 16x20; and can be embellished by the artist with fairy dust and glitter if desired.

  •  8.5 x 11  -     $15.00  standard print,     $20.00 embellished print
  • 11 x 14    -     $20.00  standard print,     $25.00 embellished print
  • 16 x 20    -     $30.00  standard print,     $35.00 embellished print
Shipping costs are $3.95 standard post. Allow 10 days to 2 weeks for shipping.

To order visit the Heartlocket Hollow Studio Shop on Etsy or contact the studio by email or telephone.

Open edition prints will be signed by the artist on the back of the print. Each print is packaged in a crystal clear bag and shipped in a protective sleeve inside of a flat sturdy mailer, or tube for larger prints. Colors may vary slightly from what you view on your computer screen due to monitor calibration. The purchase of any HLH Print does not transfer copyright or reproduction rights, purchase is for the actual print only. The HLH Studio watermark will not appear on the shipped print.


  1. Fantastic illustration Christie!

  2. Very professional print christiane.

  3. Just received my "Garden Bud" Sharing Locket today and it is beautiful. I might not share it though -- I'm thinking now, that I might be stingy and keep it for myself. Beautifully crafted work. What a magical piece of art. I just love it Christiane.