The funny thing about our hearts…

In the end…
We love who we love 72 ppi

I painted this for you. Happy Valentine’s Day!


In other exciting news, I was invited by The Good Men Project to illustrate their new weekly feature, The Visual Conversation. My posts go up there every Friday at 6 pm (eastern time, so 3 pm if you’re over here on the west coast with me). This week’s GMP illustration is Valentine’s Day themed as well and it’s a reminder to all of us about what really matters on Valentine’s Day… and every day.

I’ve been given pretty free license to illustrate anything that fits within their larger conversation, which is all about what it means to be a good man in today’s society. A popular subject there is parenting boys, a subject I know a little about. My first contribution was this illustration of my son’s room.

GMP Boy's Room

I’m excited about this. I think art sometimes allows us to have conversations that might be harder or more awkward otherwise. If you have suggestions for future illustrations, please feel free to leave a comment or send me a note.

Meanwhile, have a Happy Valentine’s Day, whether you’re in a romantic relationship or not. A couple of years ago, when I was grousing to a friend about how Valentine’s Day was Hallmark-created nonsense that left far too many people feeling lonely, she suggested I instead see it as a day specifically set aside to celebrate love. “How can you be against that?” she asked me.

I couldn’t. And I’m sharing that story in case you’re a little anti-Valentine’s Day too. Seeing it her way beats the hell out of feeling cynical and stabby all day. : )



  1. Nina Badzin on February 13, 2015 at 4:43 am

    That is such an exciting gig, Judy!!!

  2. j on February 13, 2015 at 7:40 am

    Thank you, Nina! It’s my first illustration gig with a regular ongoing deadline. It’ll be a challenge, but, as you know from all your writing gigs, the regular deadlines force you to hone not only your craft, but your ass-in-chair, get-it-done skills.

  3. Lance on February 13, 2015 at 7:40 am

    Congratulations on the gig and as always, your work is fantastic and heart-filled, literally.

    • j on February 13, 2015 at 7:52 am

      Ha! I see what you did there. Thank you so much, Lance.

  4. leah77 on February 13, 2015 at 8:16 am

    I adore your elephant cartoon. What a hunka hunka lub dub love! LOL! And I’m so excited about your new illustration gig. OMG!!!! It’s all so exciting! Share the link when you get it so that we can show support. <3

    • j on February 13, 2015 at 10:13 am

      Thank you, Leah! I am excited. It’s the excitement before the panic phase. ; )

  5. Rita Chand (@LolaSpeaking) on February 13, 2015 at 9:28 am

    I LOVE that you’ll be collaborating with the Good Men Project. 2 things I love very much. 🙂 Also, I love Valentine’s Day for the exact reason your friend suggested. Always have. I don’t begrudge people their Hallmark-infused day. In fact…I revel in it with them. I love driving by houses with flowers on the doorstep and paper hearts hung up wherever. All those things just means there’s more love going out into the world…that makes me happy. That’s all I really need. Course, if by some miracle, my very own Valentine should walk through my door…I’d be over the moon about that too. xoxo
    PS LOVE the elephant cartoon!

    • j on February 13, 2015 at 10:15 am

      Interestingly, the friend who changed my view on Valentine’s Day was not in a relationship at the time, and she was one of the people I thought VD might be hard on. But she, like you, is amazing and big-hearted, and she saw it the same way you do. A lesson in the bigger love picture for me. I’m so grateful for love warriors like you guys! xo

  6. Susan Champlin on February 13, 2015 at 9:28 am

    So wonderful, J! I love seeing the evidence that following your bliss, as you have, leads to wonderful things. Plus more bliss. (And, you know, work. But you want this kind of work.) xo

    • j on February 13, 2015 at 10:17 am

      Thank you so much, Susan. You’re right. This is so the right kind of busy for me.

      And you and I are following our bliss together, apart. xox

  7. Annie Neugebauer (@AnnieNeugebauer) on February 16, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Congrats on the new adventure!! I love The Good Men Project; what an exciting new opportunity. Headed over there now!

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