The Odessa Chronicles: My Art on the Cover of a Book!

The Odessa Chronicles.

What an honor it is to see my original watercolor art on the cover of a book!

A sweet blogging friend, Carolyn Shelton,  challenged me a while back to create a painting of the one of the characters she and and her writing “partner in crime” (and partner in humor and heart and spirit), Colin Chappell created in their ongoing collaborative fictional story that was being shared on Carolyn’s blog.  When I painted Odessa the barn owl as a special gift to Carolyn, she loved it.  So I decided to paint the other characters that lived on Moonbeam Farm as well.

As the story grew, Carolyn and Colin decided to publish their series into a book, and they asked if they could use my art for the cover and inside the book.  I happily agreed, and now Carolyn’s dream has finally come to fruition!

Odessa is a barn owl with an attitude who befriended Jaxon, a magical jackalope.  The two of them met Dewy, a cat who desired a life of luxury, and the three of them moved into an empty farm.

Joshua Jeremiah Jonathan Jacob Jackson Pebblestone bought his dream farm.  His life was going to be spent immersed in the peace and quiet of rural life… until he discovered three lodgers had already moved in!

The Odessa Chronicles is a 290-page collection of adventure stories about the friendship and antics of Odessa, Jaxon, Dewey, and the Man Servant at Moonbean Farm that is fun for children of all ages.

Thank you Carolyn and Colin for allowing me to be a small part of this adventure!

If you would like to purchase a copy of The Odessa Chronicles, you can purchase it here.

I have also written and illustrated a small book of silly rhymes and tales you may be interested in called Klaus the Mouse and other Silly Animal Tales. It is available on Amazon here.

Cheers & Hugs,


85 thoughts on “The Odessa Chronicles: My Art on the Cover of a Book!

  1. This put a big smile on my face this morning! Thank you for your kind words and once again Congrats!! You did a beautiful job and have every right to be proud! These are precious characters to Colin and I and you handled them with love. Was so special to have you bring them to life through your paintings, especially since you were with them from the very beginning!
    So glad that you took on my challenge. 🙂
    Hugs sweet Jodi! ❤ ❤

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  2. Dear Jodi – Who would have predicted that your lovely artwork would be such and important part of our book? In fact, who would even have predicted the book! I have seen some wonderful art from you these past few years and strongly encourage everybody to visit your site McKinneyx2Designs and browse. I especially love your flower renditions!
    Great work Jodi. Writing “The Odessa Chronicles” with Carolyn was an interesting and very rewarding experience, Having your artwork on the cover (and inside) was the proverbial “icing on the cake”, and captured our characters perfectly. Huge thanks (and hugs across the miles)! Colin.


    • Colin – I just accidentally deleted someone’s comment I wanted to reply to, and while in my “comments” folder found this lovely note from you in “pending.” I have no idea why it was there, and I apologize for not replying to this sweet note! I sure hope the book is doing well. It surely is a blessing to all who read and was a great blessing to be involved in it in a small way by contributing the art. Hugs back!!


  3. YAY!! Jodi!!! 😃🙌 So happy to see your beautiful owl on the cover of their book! And inside photos of your paintings too!! 😍 WOWZA!! How cool is that?! 😎 So happy for you! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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  4. Couldn’t be happier for all of you! The cover is beautiful! He’s very inviting to want to pick up & read. You just make blessings happen Jodi! I hope its a Best seller. Each of you Enjoy this beautiful moment of success & achievement!

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  6. Congratulations on being the illustrator on this new book! I love the cover of it…your paintings are so cheerful that they always make me smile. I always knew you would be a great illustrator for children’s books, both the ones you write yourself and books written by others. And I was right!! (Which believe me, is a rare thing.)

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  7. All of the characters from Moonbeam Farm are familiar to Benjamin : “My Jodi painted them for the book!” He knows “Oh-dessa the Owl, Dewey the Cat, the Man-servant and the bestest one, Jaxon the Jack-a-lope.” I love how he says Odessa and jackalope. Benjamin sends kisses and a neck-buster hug, as he says “it’s a doozy!” A book of your own and your art in another book are fantabulous achievements. We are so proud of YOU!! Thank-you x 2!!

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