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I have been freelancing in the commercial art industry for nearly two decades as a product developer, designer and illustrator. Works include children's books, greeting cards, dinnerware, giftware, ornaments, tins, contemporary home decor and clothing.
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1. NEW in my Etsy shop!

Check out what's new in my Etsy shop!






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2. new website




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3. Something New


I thought I would try something different.  I love this print wrap I brought back from Hawaii a few years ago.  I tried to salvage this old apple painting by adding the pattern in the background.  I think it looks pretty, although apples are not typically found in Hawaii the way they are on the mainland.  What do you think?  It's available in my Etsy shop.

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4. Evolution of a Snow Globe Design

In 2012, I signed a contract as a designer with Things Remembered in Cleveland, OH.  I thought it might be fun to show you how a concept changes and evolves until it becomes a finished product that you see in stores, on their website and in their catalogue.

In this case, the concept I drew was for a peacock snow globe painted in beautiful, shiny metallic colors. 


But we felt the peacock was lonely and lacked something endearing.  So we added a peachick.  :)


And we applied color.


And here is the final product.  The image is not very good, but if you click HERE, you can go to the website and watch the video where you will see a close-up, hear the music and watch the movement as the image rotates inside a snow filled globe.  It is quite beautiful.



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5. Review of my latest illustrated book, "Desert Baths", and an interview with me on Kid Lit Reviews


Check out the great review of Desert Baths, by author Darcy Pattison, which I illustrated for Sylvan Dell Pulishing.  CLICK HERE.

THEN...

Check out Kid Lit Reviews' interview with me.  CLICK HERE.

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6. Join my HUGE, ginormous, fantastic BOOK giveaway!

Welcome to my latest children's book giveaway!  To celebrate the release of my 2 latest books, "Desert Baths" and "The Tree That Bear Climbed", I am having a fun coloring contest.  This time I am giving away 4 of my children's books, published by Sylvan Dell Publishing!



The books include "Desert Baths", "The Tree That Bear Climbed", "Prairie Storms", and the award-winning "Champ's Story: Dogs Get Cancer Too!".

Here are the rules:

1. Choose ONE of the coloring pages in this post to download and color.  You may color it or have a child color it.  Crayons are fun, but you can also use glitter, paint, etc.  Use your imagination!

2. POST your finished coloring page on your blog, Facebook, Flickr or Instagram, with a LINK back to my blog.  Then leave me a comment here with the link to YOUR coloring page so we can all see your lovely masterpiece.  (You must do this step in order to qualify.)

3. You have until midnight Central Time Zone on Friday, October 12th, 2012 to post your coloring page link as a comment.

4. The winner will be drawn RANDOMLY from all entrants, and their name will be posted on my blog on Monday, October 15th, 2012. (Please be sure I have a way to contact you via email.)

5. This contest is open to residents of the continental US only.

Here are the coloring pages.  Choose one:




HAVE FUN!

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7. New Arrivals!

My copies of "The Tree That Bear Climbed" and "Desert Baths" arrived in the mail on Friday! Check out reviews and synopses of the books, and preorder by clicking the titles.


 More info coming soon...

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8. Summer Fun Coloring Page!

This is a coloring page I created for a coloring book I illustrated.  You can download yours for free!

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9. Valentine's Day coloring page


Show your kids some love.  Print out this FREE coloring page for Valentine's Day fun.  ©Kathleen Rietz.  For private use only, please!

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10. Groundhog's Day Coloring Page

Enjoy your FREE downloadable Groundhog's Day coloring page, featuring a scene from the book "Prairie Storms", written by Darcy Pattison, illustrated by me, and published by Sylvan Dell Publishing.



If you have not checked out my website in a while, click HERE.  There, you can find more coloring pages and check out books I have illustrated, as well as new books coming out in 2012.  You can also "like" the "Prairie Storms" fan page on Facebook.

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11. Conoce Tu Parque

Here is the cover of a series of coloring books I am working on for the National Park Foundation, through Environment for the Americas.  The coloring books are geared toward introducing Latino children to our national parks.

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12. Free "Explore Our National Parks" coloring page!

Today in the Midwest it is definitely a "snow day".  So here is a free coloring page for your kids to download and color, and a reminder that there are warmer days ahead.

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13. Mad-Dash-Last-Minute-Holiday-Giveaway!

Thank you to all of the wonderful friends who have visited my blog, come to my book signings and events, and bought my books this year.  I am excited to have 2 new books coming out in 2012.  But as a way of saying thanks for making 2011 such a fun and successful year, I am giving away signed copies of 2 of my books, "Champ's Story" and "Prairie Storms".  Just leave a comment on my blog as to why you think you would like to win my books.  I will draw a winner at RANDOM from all of the entries be sure I have a way to contact you.  Contest ends Thursday, Dec. 15th at 7pm Central Time Zone.  I will contact the winner on Friday.

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14. "The Abcs of Yoga for Kids" November coloring page!

Here is the "The Abcs of Yoga for Kids"coloring page for November.  If you would like to view the entire line of products from "The Abcs of Yoga for Kids", or receive the FREE newsletter, click here.

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15. "The ABCs of Yoga for Kids" September coloring page

Here is a free coloring page from the book I illustrated for Teresa Ann Power, "The ABCs of Yoga for Kids".  In yoga, focus on breathing is very important.

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16. New Coloring Page...FREE!

Feel free to click the pic to download my latest Prairie Storms coloring page!  In this scene, we see a cougar taking refuge from a chilly, November hail storm.


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17. "Prairie Storms" book launch and GIVEAWAY!



Head over to the blog of well-respected children's book illustrator Elizabeth Dulemba for a chance to win a FREE copy of my new book, Prairie Storms.  Also, be sure to read the interview with the book's author, Darcy Pattison, and myself, about how the concept for the book and the illustrations all came together.  You can also watch a book trailer there, to preview this exciting new book!

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18. NEW! Personalized Ballerina Print in my Etsy Shop!




Every little girl dreams of being a ballerina.  Choose your ballerina's nationality, hair and eye color, and personalize this print with her name.  Made to order, now in my Etsy shop.

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19. More Accolades for "The ABCs of Yoga for Kids"!

Check it out!  This video features the book I illustrated, The ABCs of Yoga for Kids, along with other great Parent-Tested/Parent-Approved products!

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20. "Prairie Storms": February coloring page

To help launch the August release of my new picture book "Prairie Storms", written by Darcy Pattison and published by Sylvan Dell Publishing, I will be making available FREE coloring pages drawn by me!  Each coloring page features a month with a scene which coordinates with a scene from the book.  Just click the image, then either download the coloring page, or drag and drop it to your desk top.   Be sure to print the image in a "landscape" format on your printer.   The image size is 8.5" X  11".  I would love to see your child's finished, colored page when they have finished coloring it.


This week I am featuring the coloring page for the month of February: a prairie dog peeks out of his snow-capped burrow on a foggy morning.  Will he see his shadow in the snow?

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21. Illustration Friday: "Midsummer Night"

Here is a preview illustration from my latest book, Prairie Storms, set for release in just a couple of weeks.  The book was written by Darcy Pattison, and published by Sylvan Dell.  We have a follow-up book, called Desert Baths, which will be coming in 2012.  It has been wonderful working with both Darcy and Sylvan Dell.  In this illustration, an earless lizard shimmies to find shelter from a dry, crackling lightning storm in the middle of an August night.  You can download a free coloring page version of this illustration here.

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22. Illustration Friday: "Remedy"


Sometimes the best remedy is love.

Get the heart-warming, award-winning book I illustrated illustrated book, "Champ's Story: Dogs Get Cancer Too!"(published by Sylvan Dell) right here.

Check out what's new over at my fine art blog.

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23. Video Preview of "Prairie Storms"

Watch this exciting book preview video of my new book, Prairie Storms, written by Darcy Pattison and illustrated by me.  The book is just weeks away from its release date.  I am so excited.  Watch the video HERE!  (Thanks to Darcy for putting together this video.)

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24. Illustration Friday: "Stay"

True friends stay with you through life's ups and downs.

We all need encouragement to stay the course at times.  Find out how Champ's friends encourage her during her battle with cancer in the book I illustrated, Champ's Story: Dogs Get Cancer Too!, written by Sherry North and published by Sylvan Dell.  And watch for my latest book, Prairie Storms, to be released in August.  To see previews of the book, check out my website.

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25. Illustration Friday: "Gesture"

One of the best things about our dogs is that they are there with a friendly gesture when they know we are hurting....wonderful, even if their kisses smell like dog food.  :)  (Illustration taken from Champ's Story: Dogs Get Cancer Too!, published by Sylvan Dell.)

I received this review of my latest book, Prairie Storms, from Sylvan Dell last night, and wanted to share it with you:

PRAIRIE STORMS (reviewed on July 15, 2011)
A passel of prairie wildlife weathers a year of storms.
In February, “The hibernating ground hog stirs, awakes. It unplugs the door to its den and peers out. Soft billows of fog blot / out the sun.” June sees “Puffy morning clouds build and build all afternoon until thunder clouds tower high. Flash! Boom! The white tailed doe and fawn both flee, helter-skelter toward a tree.” Skunks endure dust storms. A cougar shelters from hail. A prairie chicken digs for roots after a blizzard. Each double-page spread presents a different prairie beast and a different weather event for each month. Pattison’s text is descriptive and refrains from anthropomorphizing; however, it ends abruptly, giving this more of the feel of a list than a cohesive tale. Rietz’s watercolors of realistic animals in various areas of the grassland habitat are a good match. Six pages of activities and quizzes on animals, weather, habitats and seasons follow December’s spread.
Best for classrooms or school libraries looking to plump their science collections. (Informational picture book. 6-10)

Here is an exciting sample of an illustration from the book...
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