Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas coloring page contest update!!!!!!

Hi Everyone!

This contest just got harder hahahaha I just recieved over 300 envelopes last night and they all have coloring pages in them GULP! Wow you guys are all going to have to give me a day or two to get them all scanned and loaded. I will be posting the Winners of the contest early next week so all you kids keep your fingers and toes crossed and we'll see who the winners are! Merry Christmas everyone! and thank you all so much for entering into the Great Christmas Coloring contest!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Merry Christmas to everyone I know!

Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year
From our home to yours we wish you all the very best. 
from John, Samantha,
and all the kids.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

My first Book Signing this year and it was a total success

Hi every one,

Here are three pics of a book signing for "Jolly the ELF" we held at Borders Book Store at the Meadowood Mall, Reno Nevada.  This was in the beginning,  it got so busy my wife and I couldn't take any more pictures but it was a blast. We sold out and we have been asked to come back next weekend as well. We had Santa there all day which helped hahahaha But it was a blast and I'm looking forward to next weekend.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Great Coloring page contest "GREAT NEWS"

Hi Everyone,

I am extending the entry date to the 22nd of December.  There are so many kids from around the world that want to enter but are afraid that their entry will not make it to me in time so please send in your entries and get them to me as soon as possible Good luck kids!

Also please visit the Kids Colored ART review page just by clicking on the little elf in the top left column.  Enjoy looking at all the other kids entries. Please leave comments too!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

"Christmas Holiday" COLORING CONTEST!!!!

WOW !! 10 to Choose From!!!

The easiest way to copy and print these pictures is to click on the one you want. Then save the page to your desk top then just open it from your desk top and then go to file and then click print.

3 divisions of age groups, 1 to 3, 4 to 6 and 7 to 10 will be judged

Hi Kids,

I'm going to have a coloring contest. This contest will be held over the next few weeks. I've noticed tons of you that visit my blog during the holidays like the free coloring pages. So I want to give back to you young Rembrandt's and show off your work and art ability. So instead of just coloring these Christmas pictures and hanging them up on the ole refrigerator. Scan them into the computer and send them to me. My e-mail address is if you can't scan them in and send them that way just e-mail me and I'll give you my mailing address. So lets get going and share your art with the world!

All the entry's will be posted on my blog on a separate linked page. The winners art will be posted on the main page. There will be 3 place winners ....1st 2nd and 3rd. (But if you think about it all of you will be winners because your art will be displayed to the world right here on my blog)

note: (I just found out that there might be more prizes to come ....Stay tuned!) YAY!

The winners will receive:

1st place: Will win An autographed copy of Jolly the Elf and 2 each plush Jolly the Elf
friends dolls

2nd place: Will win a plush Jolly the Elf Friends doll.

3rd place: Will win an autographed original drawing and or a coloring page created by
me. Of course anyone who enters will have honorable mention on my blog!

All prizes are final

Please Visit: to see the book and plush dolls.

The Rules:

Dadgummit!!! everything has rules......

1) To enter and be eligible to win, you must be between the ages of 1 year to 10
years old. Of course anyone can enter but only children between the ages of 1
and 10 years will be verified as winners.
2) All entries must be received no later than midnight December 15th 2009. contest ends complete on Dec. 25, 2009. If you
are sending your art by e-mail please make sure that the art is sent in jpeg format
no larger than 8 inches x 10 inches 72 dpi. If you intend on mailing them to me
please e-mail at and I will send you my mailing
3) All entries must have the child's first name ONLY!!!! no last names please, and age attached to the coloring page entry. Separately the entry also must be accompanied by an address so as to receive any potential winnings. Not
to worry I'm not a spammer and will not sell or give away any vital information. Only
the child's first name, their age and maybe their general location such as country or
state if provided by the parent will be published with their art on this blog.
4) Any form of media may be used to color your masterpiece: Digital, Crayon, Colored
Pencil, Water Color, Marker or even chalk.
5) If you have one child or a house full only one piece of art per child can be
6)Comments are urged So speak away and be nice, all these kids need praise! All comments on this blog and for the pictures that will be posted, can and only be
moderated by the blog and its owner.
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I'm anxious to see your work, so kids get your art tools warmed up this is going to be a Blast!

Good luck to you all!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Silver Star Ghoul Mine 2009 Our home this year ...Muahahahahahahahaha!!!

This is our Halloween Display we put up every year. This year we enlarged it and added a tower with a hanging skeleton ....ooooooo! scary hahahahaha We love this holiday as all the others and we have a blast with all the kids. Hope you all enjoy the pics and have fun this year yourselves!
Believe it or not this only takes an afternoon to put up and take down. Lord help me, next year hahahahaha I wanna enlarge it some more! You wouldn't believe how many adults that will not walk the gauntlet to the front door to get candy hahahahahahahahahaha The inside is even scarier hahaha (well at least the kids think so).

(Click on pic for larger view)
Happy Halloween Everyone!!!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Introducing "Big Blue"

Big Blue is an Elephant character I created for a national add campaign for Blue Box Moving containers. This has been a blast to work on and there is more to come and do. So I thought I'd share a few pics of him.

(please click on picture to enlarge)
All Characterizations of Big Blue are Trade Marked and Copyrighted by: Blue Box Container Corp. all rights reserved 2009

Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Release of "Jolly The Elf" a Christmas Tradition coming soon

Available this Holiday Season Through Amazon, Ingram publishing and fine book stores. Also Including Jolly The Elf... Plush Dolls, Christmas cards and a soon to be available Coloring and Activity book.

This Christmas.......... make it a Jolly Christmas Tradition!!

The Tradition of Jolly the Elf was first created over 40 years ago by Jo Shepherd Ripley and is still enjoyed by thousands of children through out the Midwest. I am very proud to have been the illustrator to bring the true Jolly to life and into your hearts This Holiday Season.

Announcing another book I've illustrated "The Secret of Willow Ridge"

Due to be Released Soon
Available through Amazon Books and fine Book stores

Helen H. Moore, Illustrated by John Blackford
Foreword by Claudia Black, Ph.D.

Meet Gabe, an extremely likeable ten-year-old. Yet Gabe is almost-friendless, unhappy, and skeptical. He’s reeling from mistreatment at the hands of his addicted father and the effects the disease of addiction have had on his family. The good–and exciting–news is that Gabe is about to embark on a hopeful journey that leads him to take pride in his dad’s greatest accomplishment: recovery. Peppered with Gabe’s insights and enhanced with charming and evocative illustrations, The Secret of Willow Ridge: Gabe’s Dad Finds Recovery addresses the emotional and social issues children of addicts face, through an engaging and contemporary story.

Foreword written by renowned author Claudia Black, Ph.D. who is internationally recognized for her pioneering and contemporary work with family systems and addictive disorders. Since the 1970s Dr. Black’s work has encompassed the impact of addiction on young and adult children.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Free halloween coloring pages for 2009

This is the first of 4 new Free Halloween coloring pages, ENJOY Kids

I just had to add my favorite mummy enjoy

Just follow the unbroken web links to the finish...before
The Big Spider repairs her web and eats you!!!!


(Just Have Mom or Dad click on this picture then save a copy of it to their picture files on their computer and print it from there.)

Sunday, August 30, 2009

"Jolly the ELF" a Christmas Tradition

Jolly is one of the books I'm currently working on and I thought I'd post a few of the pages here so you can see them. Hope you like them?

Leonardo an artist I admire....................

WOW sorry I haven't been around for a while but I have had to knuckle down and work on some book illustrations but in between the pages I was able to do some self gratification (hehe) art and I thought I'd post some today and bring my blog back up to speed. Also I removed some of my most precious art hehe and stowed them away because I found I have a stalker and he was hacking me and trying to attach viruses to my art...I think he is gone now. So I'll start posting life sometimes can just get in the way of having fun.........can't it? Why do people have to try and destroy other people. I will never understand the use of computer viruses or reason behind hackers. I can see why now people go to war!

"Leonardo, a Art Rage Painting of mine"

A couple of Poster concept Designs for Burning man. If I get to go this year I'll use them to barter with hehehehe

Sunday, July 26, 2009

An "IDLE" mind..........Illu Friday

An IDLE mind is not very creative. Support Illustration Friday!! and create!

So the next time you find an artist that resembles this remark.."Slap the crap outta them"....For a blank piece of paper and an unused pencil are sad things to waste.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Illu Friday "Tango" Remember when.....?

This picture says it all............Remember when....?

Friday, July 10, 2009

Illu Friday word "Hollow"

The Sergeant had a hollow feeling his tank crews targeting was a tad off........

Snail Race

Hope you guys like this one it was a fun Art Rage Pic to paint. I thought I'd post this before I figure out the word hollow for IF hahahahaha

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Illu Friday "Shaky"

"Antonio's" attempt to cross the Gorge was shaky at best!!! hehe

(click to enlarge)

Friday, June 26, 2009

More of the lost wizard

Well here is more of what I'm doing with "The Lost Wizard". I see all the elements of the piece in my head and I'm drawing them separately. Does that sound weird? Well, anyway hehe I'm drawing them separately and will lay them all out and put them back together in the scene. but when I do this I can move the scene around so I can achieve exactly what I'm looking for. So far this is what I have.....In the first Picture is the wizard talking to a local farmer looking for directions.....(May keep this one don't know yet?) I'll post more of the wizard later.

This is the second Lizard strider that the wizards apprentice rides. I am thinking of placing this guy just to the left of the wizards strider and a little behind. I'm not sure But I was thinking of having the apprentice still sitting in the saddle but facing left chatting it up with the farmers daughter? (any suggestions)

I thought I'd throw this in to give depth of field and an idea of immediate area. The actual poster size is 30x18 so a lot of the picture is still outside of this area.

and lastly: here is the wizards strider, all done up with his saddle and trappings.

Suggestions anyone? I'd love to here what you all think as I build this piece.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Lost with the wizard....hummmmmmmmmm?

This is a warm up sketch to free my mind but it was so much fun that I kept going. hehe, I think I will save this sketch and add a wizard sitting or standing next to his guilded dragon strider, holding a road map looking lost .....and the BG I think will be out front of a rickety wood rail fence and on the road and behind the fence will be a cobblers country shanty with a bunch of kids looking and poking at the dragon strider as the wizard is oblivious to whats going on........hummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ? I think I'll even add a wizards apprentice trying to impress the young cobblers daughter with his meager magic and ......OMG! I could just go on and on hehehe What do you guys think? Should I can this lil project or continue with it?

(Click on picture for larger view)
Wow look!! More free coloring pages!!

I created these over 10 years ago. My goodness how time flies. These were for an activity book I created for a christian kids show produced by Sony. Called "Kingsly's Meadow" I created all the characters for the pilot show. Of which they created all of them into puppets as well. It was a blast to see my characters come to life. I'll have to dig up some of the old production photos I took during the making of the film and post them here sometime if anyone would be interested?

Monday, June 22, 2009

Changing the Look of her!

Hi Everyone,
Well, For Fathers day the Wife and kids took me to Red Lobster where we had some Mud bugs and tators heheh then we went to the Mall where I baught my wife and daughter some new clothes hahahahahahahah then I was left alone hahahahaha the kids wanted to give me my space so I enjoyed an afternoon of peace and quiet and decided to give our boat a new look So I took off the old Decal and hand painted on some Flames! I think she looks faster huh? So She's ready for the lake now hehe It was a great day!! At least I didn't get a Tie! Thanks Babydoll and kids for a wonderful day!

June 2009

Old Decal 2004-2008

Thursday, June 18, 2009

More Jona and the Whale story, Coloring Pages

Enjoy, more to come!

A funny "Jona" as well hehehe

Available in Small Print and Poster sizes

If you are interested in any of these paintings (or any other particular piece of my art)please contact me for further information. My e-mail address is

The Serpent King

The Serpent King

Comfy Magic

Comfy Magic

a man named Leonardo

a man named Leonardo

Moon Mist

Moon Mist
A painting for my Father also available in print poster or 8.5x 11

yellow house

yellow house

A stroll to the Bistro

A stroll to the Bistro

Vinice Water Way

Vinice Water Way

In the Shallows

In the Shallows

Low Tide

Low Tide