Cleaning out my portfolio and bidding adieu to some old favorites

We're in the final countdown to the SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) Western Washington 18th Annual Writing and Illustrating for Children Conference!

I'm psyched and all geared up. Or I should say I'm gearing up. As part of my prep I decided not only to update and clean out my physical portfolio but to do the same with my online portfolio.

It's always a little bittersweet to clean out my portfolio. Saying hello to new pieces is so exciting. But saying good-bye to old pieces that I still love (but perhaps have outgrown) can sometimes be hard. And then there's the doubts that inevitably creep in. What if the old pieces are better? But that is a place I cannot dwell. Sometimes the old pieces are better. Or at least still good. That being said, when my gut says it's time to move on, it probably is.

And so, I bid adieu to some old favorites by posting them on my scrappy little blog (because I can't quite let go completely).
Bunnies, you've been here a while. You've treated me well. Lots of people have enjoyed you.
Including me. But I think I'm ready to say that some of my new work is stronger. I do love that shadow piece. Maybe it can stay a little while more?
Mom and baby on a swing, I made you while my own sweet babe was about this size. Thanks for the memories.
And the self-portrait. I still love the self portrait. It looks just like I looked when I was about 8. It graced the front page of my website for an unacceptably long period of time. No matter how new pieces may tell a story better or show my technique better, I still love this self portrait.
Raccoons, raccoons. I've redone this illustration a number of times as my technique has evolved. Despite never feeling fully satisfied with this piece you always make me laugh. A lot of critiquers have named you a favorite. But I've decided the underlying drawing is something that I would and can do better now. The tent was always a little funny how it just was cut-out. I've got new ideas for a new composition. Maybe I'll redo the entire drawing and try yet again someday. But for now, it's time to let go.
And here's to the snobby dogs who turn their noses up to my scrappy little mutt relieving himself by the fire hydrant. Walk on.
Okay. I've said good-bye. Time to do some updating.