Sunday, December 30, 2012

Children's Holiday Ornaments

Creating art with children is one of my favorite things to do.  So naturally, I saved my own children's art, their colorful illustrations and all their Christmas decorations they created.  The photo of my son, Jason was inside of a decorated glass ornament.  I hang them on my tree every year, to remind me of the happy memories of Christmas's that have past. I was going to post some of my prized possessions, but I'm saving them for a book.
The photo above of my daughter, was a reference for the Mary, Mary Quite Contrary, Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes

 c 2012 Miss Muffet Laura Goetz

Little Miss Muffet was first published in 1805 in "Songs for the Nursery.”  Some attribute the origin of this nursery rhyme to Dr. Thomas Muffet, an entomologist who wrote the first scientific catalogue of British native insects.  It is believed the poem, Little Miss Muffet, was written for his stepdaughter Patience.

Perhaps Little Miss muffit was the first ”documented” person with arachnophobia.  Like many little girls, I also have a fear of spiders!

I rendered this illustration with Rembrandt soft pastels on canson paper.  For reference, I used a photograph of my niece Delaney, taken at a family wedding.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes

This is one of my watercolor illustrations that will be on view,
and for sale at the Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, Ct. next month.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Dickens Postcard Invitation

Dickens A Celebration in Pictures

c 2012 Laura Goetz "Please Sir, I want some more?"

Please join us at the Yonkers Riverfront Library
Exhibition Dates: Aug. 25 - Oct. 31, 2012
Artists Reception: Sept. 13, 2012

My pastel illustration will be on dislay with the Childrens Book Illustrators Group. I am honored my art was selected for the postcard.  To view more art from the exhibition visit: 
For more CBIG Exhibition/Event News please visit:

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A Celebration of Dickens in Pictures

A illustration created for Charles Dickens second novel, "Oliver Twist." Like many fans, I remember the famous request, "Please Sir, I want some more?"
More art and info on the exhibit marking the bicentennial of Charles Dickens coming soon. 
Check back or visit 

Portrait of Robby Serviss

This is a watercolor painting of my niece Kristy's son. 
I wanted to give her a special gift for his communion.
Ironically both of our sons were born on the same day.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Man's legacy to the generations that folow us is not only to protect one of our closest living relatives, the Orangutan, but also the planet's tremendous biodiversity.

Endangered c 1995 Laura Goetz, is my favorite watercolor painting, created as a self-promotional illustration and later published in the Directory of Illustration.  It represents one of my passions and goals: to bring about social awareness through my art, and educate the public about protecting the Orangutan.  All rights reserved, registered and copyrighted to Laura Goetz. Check back for more pictures, facts, and links about endangered species.
 Chapter 1, 

My mother lay perfectly still.

Her eyes are open, but she doesn’t see me.
I scream so loud, the world must hear my cry!

Only the birds replied,
Screeching a warning to go. Hurry. Hide.

The smell of danger is approaching.
I cling to big red’s sticky wet hair, but she cannot protect me.

The poachers have returned.

 More to come...
***Orangutans are among our closest relatives in the animal kingdom.
They resemble us in facial expression, gesture and many other ways.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Laura Goetz exhibits at The Art League of Long Island

The Art League of Long Island presents:
A Common Theme: Portraiture

An Exhibition of Portraits and Figures
Exhibition Juror, Burton Silverman
May 20 through June 17, 2012

My entry titled "Man," was accepted.
Artists' Reception:
Sunday, May 20, 3-5pm

The Art League of Long Island
107 E.Deer Park Rd.
Dix Hills, NY 11746
631 426 5400 for more info:

Artists were able to enter up to two works, only
one would be accepted.  Below is my second entry,
titled, "Young Nun." Both are conceptual painting,
which depict opposite personalities.  This painting
was done with water colors, black paper and beads.
The red headed man, was done with water colors
and black designers gouache.

Monday, May 7, 2012

The fine art of illustration

Some days you are inspired and spoken to, by the powers of the universe. So listen up, and don't ignore the signs. Sunday, May 6th was one of those days... My friend Deb and I went to a great fabric store in NYC, called The City Quilter on 25th St.. Not far from FIT. I can't sew but have always loved fabrics.
I was a textile artist, designer for 12 years. Needless to say, we didn't leave empty handed... I have been slowly developing my art to : combine my watercolors with flat shapes and adding pattern with either material or some kind of mixed media. Crazy as it sounds, this path and direction was being shown to me, and nudging me on, all during the day. We later went to the monthly CBIG meeting and the Senoir Art Director, Patti Ann Harris and Editor-in-Chief, Liza Baker, from Little Brown And Company gave a very informative talk about what they publish and are looking for.  Great stories and fabulous artists! They also encouraged us all to develop our creativity, try new things, experiment with mixed media, keep a sketch book or journal and work on evolving our art! I felt like they were talking to me, even though they did not review our porfolios. They were super guest speakers... and I would love to work on a project with them.  Moving forward, we all had a laugh when this gallery invitation fell from the sky????. I don't know why I got it or where it came from, one of those - you had to be their moments. A fun day, with great Thai food, (Thanks again to, Marilyn ) good friends, and inspiration. The painting of the little boy, (my son Jason) blowing out the birthday candles is a direction I want to continue in with my illustration and fine art.  I will be participating in a few up coming gallery shows, and working on some new pieces as well.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Gallery Connect Children's Book Illustrators Show

"Two by Two"
c2002 Laura Goetz

Framed Zebra print for sale at:
Gallery Connect: March 4-30, 2012
Children's Book Illustrators Show
320 Broadway/Greenlawn Road
Huntington NY 11743
631 271-0271

To view more images of the show visit:

Gallery Connect Children's Book Illustrators Show

"The Shepherd Boy"
c2012 Laura Goetz

Children's Book illustrators Show,
organized by Deborah Cueno, featuring Bible art and other
children's book illustrations by LICWI and CBIG members.
The show is up for the month of March.
Original Watercolor for sale at:
Gallery Connect
320 Broadway/Greenlawn Road
Huntington NY 11743
631 271-0271

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Polar Bear Hugs

This painting was created a few years ago, but Hugs never go out of style. A bookmark was created and donated to the Behind the Book Benefit in 2007, at the Society of Illustrators. All Rights reserved by the artist, Laura Goetz.