Sunday, April 8, 2012

IF … Vocal

HONK … HONK … purrrrr … HONK … HONK … squeak … HONK … HONK … purrrrr …
©2012 Mardi Speth • All Rights Reserved • Watercolour & Ink
HONK … HONK … purrrrr … HONK … HONK … squeak … HONK … HONK … purrrrr … 

Peet, like most buns, 'honks' when he's content.
So what makes him happy? Four things are certain …
    He honks when he's eating.
    He honks when if you give him a special treat.
    He honks when he gets attention.
    And he honks especially loud when he snuggles.

Buttercup's happy noises are mostly outside the range for human ears,
however, she never lost her ability to purr after she grew up.

If you get REALLY close, you just may be able to hear what they're saying.
Go ahead, put your ear up against the monitor. They're really quite noisy.

Earlier this week …
While Peet & Buttercup warm up their voices, let me entertain you with a look at the past. Here is a cover for a music book I illustrated almost 7 years ago. Wow! Time flies – whether you're having fun or not!

©2005 Barbara Calland and Mardi Speth • All Rights Reserved • Digital

There were nine music books produced, each corresponding to a cycle of prayer in the Roman Catholic church. A release is planned, but currently on hold.

Happy Easter!


  1. although subtle, I can spy some nascent Peet & Buttercup expressions and attitudes... but I must say, you've come a long long way since!

    one wonders where you'll be a year from now...


  2. They look to be really fun and sweet. I hope they get released! Hope your Easter was happy :)

  3. Wow! They're really belting it out! Super-cute! Love looking at all the individuals that make up this piece! Great expression!!

  4. So sweet, your painting makes me feel warm inside. Again and again, Mardi, you find the perfect moment to illustrate.

  5. They look so comfortable together...

  6. Lovely :) Nothing sweeter than cuddling, is there? The psalm book looks great. Don't you hate it when things go into perpetual hold?

  7. I just love your two characters! You put them so easily on paper, the colors are great and they are looking always a bit naughty and cuddly at the same time. I'm a great fan of your work!

  8. Very sweet. I love the compression of Peets weight against the blanket. buttercup is quite the cuddlier!

    Your illustration from years past is very delightful as well.

  9. oh, its lovely! makes me want to pick them up and hug them:)