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An artist blog of thoughts and illustrations of Vanessa Brantley Newton
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Distractions will come, but stay focus. It's the only way to meet your goals.

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Jamael's Ring Bear. A little story that I am thinking about. Have a great day!

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The Book of Negroes has been emotional for me. The characters are stuck in my head. Forever learning.

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You've got to be taught To hate and fear, You've got to be taught From year to year, It's got to be drummed In your dear little ear You've got to be carefully taught.

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Have you weeded the garden of your thoughts? What we think about we bring about.

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I love working digitally, but sometimes I just have to go back to traditional paint and collage elements. I have been so stressed recently and I find that when I take the time to pull out my paintbox and collage papers and glue, that it actually relaxes me in a way that nothing else does. What do you do creatively that helps mangage in your life. I'm interested??

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Meet Mia Antoinette. She is a hot mess, but she gets it straight. Mia learns that it's not all about her! Have a great weekend.

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Hello Blogger Family, It's been a while, but I have taken to blogging again. We will see if it sticks cause I have a pile of work on my desk, but I miss my friends so much. Hope that all of had a wonderful Holiday and Christmas. I have already celebrated the New Year, but for those of you who are waiting..... Well,... Happy New Year to you!!! May it bring your hearts much joy and happiness and lots of creativity energy! I have been doing lots and lots of books and things, but I haven't written and illustrated anything of my own in a long while. I was playing with some China Markers that I purchased and I really had fun doing so. It was nice to put pencil to paper again. I have been working digitally and hardly ever get to do that. I am working out a new style and different approach to my work. I am also working on my writing again. Kinda like a journey to me. Well, I put china marker to paper and this little girl came out. She is Lil V or Vanessa. A version of my 4 year old self. I hope to share stories of my childhood in a humorous way to excite and inspire children. I would love to hear your thoughts if you are willing? Wishing you All a very Happy New Year!

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9. Merry Christmas!


Wishing you and yours a very Happy Holiday and Merry Christmas!!

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Happy Holidays Everyone!

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It's nice to clean your office cause you might find surprises like this one! Have a wonderful day! Peace.

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I have a monster. He's a good guy. He has friend and she loves him very much.

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I can't go a day without a little music. Music is like air to me. I need it. Hope that you are having a wonderful day? By the way, what are you listening too right now? Just wondering...

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Character development for a new picture book. More to come!

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15. An interview with Deborah Kalb


Hello Everyone! Lots going on here and there. I won the Jane Addams Peace Awardand went to NYC to receive the beautiful award. Debbie Levy and I received the award for our book, "We Shall Over Come"published by Disney -Hyperion and Jump At The Sun Press. We had an awesome beautiful day. I also got the pleasure and joy of seeing Ludwigs Bemelmens's Madeline and that was awesome! It's on it's way to Eric Carle Museum. If you are in the area please check it out! It was beautiful.

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Friday was a most important day for me and Debbie Levy as we were both presented with the Jane Addams Peace Award for our book "We Shall Over Come", published by Disney-Hyperion and Jump At Sun Press. It was indeed an honor and if you know me, you know I cried. Like a baby. I only wished that my Mother, Father and the rest of my family could have been there. We were hosted so beautifully by the committee and you could literally feel the love in the room. I will never forget their kindness and sweet words to me. Marianne Baker, YOU ARE THE BOMB DIGGITY LADY, thank you Ann, Heather my hostess, Pat and everyone for making the day so very beautiful and special. Tearfully thank you all from the bottom of my heart. A very special thank you to my Sister Coy LaVerne Brantley Curry who wrote my acceptance speech! You are the wind beneath my wings girl. This could not have happened with out your love. Tearfully me. Love you!

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Peg Legged Piggy #inktober Hey, have a great day everyone! Friday's coming!!

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Just in time for Thanksgiving! The family will love it

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I have no hair, but she does. It's called, " Good Hair Day". A collaged piece that I have been working on and finally finished. Hope you like it! Hope you're having a good hair day too!

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Hello Bloggers, I wanted to share with you a new book that I am working on. It's the story of Harriet Powers the famous quilter. Harriet was a slave, but she became famous by creating her storybook quilts that hang in museums today.The book is called, "Sewing Stories". This is the opening illustration for the story. Harriet is laid on handmade quilt by her mother in between the rows of a corn field. I can only images what her mother was feeling. Having to lay her baby down in a field with snakes and bugs while she picked corn and cotton. Unnerving to say the very least. Here are just a few of Harriet's fine quilts.

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21. Happy New Year!


Happy New Year Everyone! L'Shanah Tovah to you and yours!

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22. Hey Look Ma! I made it to Design Inspiration! Jeff Andrews is the Bomb!

The fabulous Jeff Andrews of Design Inspiration did a fabulous interview with me and of course I wanted to share it with my blogger family! Please check it out when you have a moment and please leave a comment cause we like your comments. Thanks beautiful people! Designinspiration.blogspot.com

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Have a wonderful weekend everyone! Get your dance on!

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Hello Fellow Bloggers, Here is my little contribution to #inktober! He's got a story, but I can't share now. He's locked me in the closet and taken over my computer. HELP!

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I'm not into horror and stuff, but I find Vampires hilarious! This is my Halloween Collection for 2014. Will be in stores 2015. Have a great week.

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