Have you met Jennifer Davis? She's a painter in Minneapolis, and she depicts animals and people in dreamy, quiet, sometimes surreal situations.
"Sloth and cat" has been sold, but clicking on this image (and any of the others) takes you to its Etsy listing, which has some nice up-close detail photos.
Davis is adept at creating patterns and using color. Check out "Stripes and Circles":
She also re-paints found knick-knacks. I love this idea as an art experience to do with kids: Go to thrift store, buy <$1 tchotchkes, take home and repaint in wild, vivid colors and patterns. It's like a DIY version of those paint-your-own plaster places. (I am shocked to discover that they still exist.)
Go browse Jennifer Davis's online gallery: It's inspiring!
I'm Debbie Way, an artist and writer who enjoys making things.