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26. VIDEO: Loretta and Willie

This gives me chill bumps - two classic musicians together in their golden years. Fabulous! Click the image to go listen.

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27. Mark Braught's Pastel Workshop

Earlier this week our newest Professor, Mark Braught gave a demo on working with pastels - his favorite medium. Mark decided to honor our most famous graduate and did a portrait of Margaret Wise Brown, author of GOODNIGHT MOON.
     He began with the underdrawing. It's charcoal with an acrylic wash over the top. He said he never likes to work on white.

Here are his supplies.
The class was glued to his process as he built up layer after layer of COLOR! It was so funny watching all the cameras - our students were fascinated. I was too! I had no idea you used so much pastel on one piece!
Mark layered and scrubbed and mixed the colors right there on the paper. He used a bristol which can hold up to the abuse.
The workshop lasted for just 1 1/2 hours, and yet, Mark was able to turn this beautiful portrait around!
He did tweak it some more after the workshop ended, but it was an impressive accomplishment in that short window. And now the program has a treasure to keep in its permanent collection of Margaret Wise Brown memorabilia - fantastic!

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28. Friday Linky List - 1 July 2016

From Publishing Perspectives: International Publishing and the UK's Vote for Brexit

From The Bookseller: Trade vows to face challenge of Brexit

From Emma Dryden: The Entrepreneurial Spirit: "Do or Don't Do. There is No In-Between." The Inspiring Moves of Indy Publisher, Eileen Robinson

From Heather Alexander: Venturing Forth (on professionalism in writing for the first time)

From Joe Jacobi: How to Perform in a Storm

At OnTheBookshelf: Indonesian Horse Library!

From The New York Times: Why Handwriting Is Still Essential in the Keyboard Age

From the Los Angeles Times: With Curiosity Stream, Discovery founder seeks online success - interesting!

From Muddy Colors: The making of Wicked Kingdom - COOL!

At The Horn Book: 2016 Newbery Acceptance by Matt de la Peña

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29. Abigail Halpin's - FINDING WILD

I rarely feature a book twice, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to share Abigail Halpin's post about her method in creating FINDING WILD. So please give her a warm welcome...


Creating FINDING WILD
by Abigail Halpin

     The very first thing that struck me about the manuscript for Finding Wild was just how wild it in fact was. The story felt immediate, spontaneous and organic, and going into the artwork, I knew I wanted to capture those qualities.
      For the book's artwork, I worked in a combination of watercolor, graphite and colored pencil, with some digital finishing. Watercolor can be delightfully unpredictable (just like nature), so it felt right for the story. I added in colored pencils to give some texture and roughness, to balance out the softness of the watercolors. And I finished each spread with some digital tweaking, a chance to nudge colors and values in the right direction. Stylistically, I like to create work that feels like a controlled chaos. I like pairing splotchy, paint bits with carefully rendered elements. I think life is a push and pull between the carefully orchestrated and the wild and free – something I try to bring to my art.
      I worked on the illustrations for FINDING WILD during the winter of 2015, one of the snowiest years on record in the northeast. Feeling color-starved and cold, the artwork allowed me to slip away into a green and growing world. It was very much “heart art” – which for me, is work that bubbles up from the very core of my being.
     I believe that work which pulls deeply from an illustrator's experiences and emotions has an authenticity that readers respond to. In keeping with that, I mined so many of my own memories and joys while illustrating FINDING WILD (and it's to Megan's credit that her story triggered so many wonderful recollections while reading). I drew scenes inspired by childhood camping trips up in the northern Maine woods and the cacti that grow near family in Texas. The city illustration near the end of the book is inspired by my first trip to New York City and walking the Brooklyn Bridge with my sister.

     In short, I tried to bring to the artwork the wonder and happiness that nature has brought me, in the many ways I've experienced it.
Watch a video on Abigail's method on YouTube (click the image):

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30. Pop-up Library at Hollins University

Yes, we have a gorgeous library here at Hollins University with a lovely children's section in it. That's it to the right...

However, each summer in the Visual Arts Building we create a pop-up children's library consisting of picture books from our own faculty collections.
     The returns pile alone is like my favorite candy store. (We have student workers who refile these by theme.)
      I even have my orange book shelf here, covered with some of my personal faves.
But what I was most excited about returning to this year were our new books.
     We have a new, well-funded award hosted through Hollins University this year - the Margaret Wise Brown Prize in Children's Literature. To submit books to the prize, publishers have to send four copies of their books to be considered to Hollins. Most go to the judges, but one lovely copy goes to our children's book collection here at Hollins.
     OMG - can you say droooooool? So, each year, the best and top picture books from the publishing houses will be making their way to our campus, where me and my students will be glued to the pages as we flip through them all with glee. It's a lot of books to go through, but I've already begun. Can you say HEAVEN?

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31. Coloring Page Tuesday - Queen Bee

     Bzzzzz. My Queen Bee is very concerned about proper "Beetiquette." HA!
     CLICK HERE for more coloring pages!
     CLICK HERE to sign up to receive alerts when a new coloring page is posted each week and... Please check out my books! Especially...
my debut novel, A BIRD ON WATER STREET - winner of six literary awards. Click the cover to learn more!
     When the birds return to Water Street, will anyone be left to hear them sing? A miner's strike allows green and growing things to return to the Red Hills, but that same strike may force residents to seek new homes and livelihoods elsewhere. Follow the story of Jack Hicks as he struggles to hold onto everything he loves most.
     I create my coloring pages for teachers, librarians, booksellers, and parents to enjoy for free with their children, but you can also purchase rights to an image for commercial use, please contact me. If you have questions about usage, please visit my Angel Policy page.

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32. Welcome back to Roanoke!

Returning to Hollins University was like coming home. The MFA in Children's Book Writing and Illustrating program takes four years to complete, so students and faculty become like family. And it was like no time had passed since I last saw everybody (even though, it's been a very big year)!
     Our first week back was chocked full of getting studios prepared, supplies in place, books in order, groceries purchased, orientations, meet and greets, and of course, classes! Crazy, I tell you!
     But in getting John Rocco back to the airport on time on Saturday, we also got to see Roanoke again. We took him for BBQ and the downtown farmers market which happens every Saturday.

With a few minutes to kill, we wound up a curvy road to a small park at the top of Mill Mountain and the Star Park. I do love this adorable little Appalachian town. For one thing, it is positively BEAUTIFUL here.

This is the view from the lookout set below the Roanoke Star.
It's an enormous star that lights up every night and the city is known for it. At its base is a lovely little park. I can't believe Stan and I didn't find this in all our bimbling here last summer. There a mini-trail to hike, with lush green, cooler temperatures, and a welcoming woodsy smell.
And it took so little time to wind up the mountain to see it. Gotta come back here! Ahhhhh!

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33. John Rocco at Hollins!

Wowsa - we hit the ground running at Hollins University this year! We had our main speaker come in the first weekend. I was thrilled to have John Rocco here as he's been one of my illustrative heroes for years. And he's a darned nice guy.
     John has a plethora of books like these three and one of my faves, WOLF! WOLF! which I use in my Picture Book Design class.

Although, the ones you are probably most familiar with are the Rick Riordan books - PERCY JACKSON AND THE LIGHTNING THIEF. (And all the sequels and accompanying titles.)
John spoke two times. The first was to a general audience in the theater, where he shared his history as a clam fisherman (seriously) and his path into children's books.
     The next day he did a talk and a workshop in the studio with our students.
He was as enlightening as I'd hoped he'd be. I know our MFA in Children's Book Writing and Illustrating and Certificate in Children's Book Illustration students learned a ton - I certainly did! He was so kind and entertaining as well - a big hit with everybody! Faculty (this is Dennis Nolan and Lauren Mills)
and students alike! (Click the image below to see it larger in a new window.)
Me, Ashley Wolff and Ruth Sanderson took John out for BBQ before we had to send him back to California. Wish we could have kept him around - what a nice and talented guy! Get back to work, John - we want to see more from you!

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34. VIDEO: Friends on Kidlit TV!

Julie Hedlund and Susan Eaddy were recently featured on Kidlit TV with Rocco Staino for their book My Love For You is the Sun. How exciting! (Click the image to watch on the Kidlit TV channel.)

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35. Friday Linky List - 24 June 2016

From The Roanoke Times: Arts & Extras: A summer crop of children's illustrators - Starring me and my fellow faculty at Hollins University MFA in Children's Book Writing and Illustrating!

From the Scottish Book Trust: Clowning Around with Wordless Picture Books

From Entertainment Weekly: Lane Smith explains the origins of his darkly funny picture books

From Fangirl: The Heroine's Journey: How Campbell's Model Doesn't Fit

From SLJ's Fuse #8 (Betsy Bird): Denying Children's Literature: When Adult Authors Talk About Youthful Indiscretions

From The New York Times: Is It Harder to Be Transported By a Book As You Get Older?

From NPR: You Gonna Finish That? What We Can Learn From Artworks In Progress

From Mile High Reading via 100 Scope Notes: Coming Soon: 2017 - Picture Books Part One

From 1584 Cambridge University Press: The Most Influential Children's Fantasy Books

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36. Carmen Oliver's BEARS MAKE THE BEST READING BUDDIES


A BIG HEART = AUTHOR SUCCESS
written by Carmen Oliver
illustrations by Jean Claude

Elizabeth talks about “Heart Art,” the part that makes the illustration magical. For a writer. For me, “Heart Art” or “Heart Story” is author intention. My heart is in everything I write. I believe it’s in every author’s work.
      Embedded. Woven. Waiting to be discovered.
      The real reason behind why the author wrote the book. And when a writer tells a story with their heart stitched into the fabric of a manuscript well, then, success. Magic. Bliss.
      Donald Mass in his novel The Breakout Novelist said, “Success as an author requires…a big heart.” I agree.
      I think it takes a big heart to come back to the page, time and time again when things aren’t working. When you’re frustrated. When the doubts creep in. I think a big heart encourages the writer. Trust yourself. Begin again. You can do this. Go on, we’re in this together. A big heart can’t give up. It cares too deeply. About the story. About the characters. But most of all, about the readers. About delivering a story that matters to them. And yes, to you too.
      A big heart reaches out and extends a hand to fellow writers. Knowing helping them achieve success is a reward unto its own. By serving them, you receive something too. A big heart knows there’s room for everyone.
      I also believe a successful author is one that measures all the achievements, big or small. A page written today. A chapter finished. A novel outlined. It’s not always a book sold. #1 in sales. An award in your back pocket. Success comes from working day in and day out. Slow and steady. Writing when you don’t want to.
      A big heart is open to all possibilities. Knowing that there is more than one way to get to the destination. Knowing that failure is needed to get to success. Knowing that humility and humbleness make us do our jobs better. A big heart knows anything is possible. And we don’t have to step on people to get there.
      In my heart, I know there are no coincidences in life. That if you allow your heart to be open, big and wide, well there’s nothing you can’t do. So let the people in. Learn from whoever is willing to teach you. Love the work. Lift others.
      Don’t worry about success. It’ll find you. All you need is a big heart.
      If you’re in Austin, TX this summer, Carmen is teaching Perfecting the Picture Book I at The Writing Barn and later this September at Highlights with Don Tate’s workshop The Journey: Your Path to Publication with special guests, Alison Green Myers, and Kathleen Hayes.
Carmen's fave writing spot at a lake house...

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37. Coloring Page Tuesday - Millipede Read!

     I like to think that this millipede is reading "The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. Terwilliker." Do you remember that one by Dr. Seuss?
     CLICK HERE for more coloring pages!
     CLICK HERE to sign up to receive alerts when a new coloring page is posted each week and... Please check out my books! Especially...
my debut novel, A BIRD ON WATER STREET - winner of six literary awards. Click the cover to learn more!
     When the birds return to Water Street, will anyone be left to hear them sing? A miner's strike allows green and growing things to return to the Red Hills, but that same strike may force residents to seek new homes and livelihoods elsewhere. Follow the story of Jack Hicks as he struggles to hold onto everything he loves most.
     I create my coloring pages for teachers, librarians, booksellers, and parents to enjoy for free with their children, but you can also purchase rights to an image for commercial use, please contact me. If you have questions about usage, please visit my Angel Policy page.

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38. CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway!

The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards were announced today from an impressive shortlist:

And the winners are:
CILIP Carnegie for an outstanding book written in English: ONE by Sarah Crossan
Kate Greenaway for best illustrated book: THE SLEEPER AND THE SPINDEL illustrated by Chris Riddel, written by Neil Gaimen.
CLICK HERE to learn more about the awards.

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39. VIDEO: Grace Lin's TED Talk

Author/Illustrator Grace Lin gave a fabulous and important TED Talk which is worth your time. Click to have a watch on YouTube.

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40. Back to Virginia

As you read this, I will be on a plane heading back to the states to teach Picture Book Design and a Computer Workshop at Hollins University in the MFA in Children's Book Writing and Illustrating and Certificate in Children's Book Illustration programs. I'll be going from 50/60 degree weather to 90. From sweaters to tank tops. Culture shock? A bit. And yet, Virginia is beautiful too.
     So, join me for the next six weeks while I shift gears from Scotland and head to Appalachia!

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41. Going Away/Birthday Party

We have made so many good friends since arriving in Edinburgh (a year ago come August). I wanted the chance to spend time with every single one of them before I leave for the states for six weeks (to teach Picture Book Design at Hollins University). I didn't have enough time, of course, so the only solution was to have a party!
     Behind the camera is eight-year-old Pedro on his first photography gig. I think he did a pretty great job! Of course, I love seeing things through his eyes - which hit slightly above belly button level.


Here was the spread - at the bar, being enjoyed by Karin...

the salmon...
And the coffee table with its new glass top after the Donna Summer incident.
I was tickled by the friends who came, like Penelope and her husband Robert, Connie, Dick and those not pictured - Rosie, Jo, Catherine, and Pedro of course.

Shona and Marta

Mel and her boyfriend Eddie (not pictured)

C, Pedro's dad Ash, and Amandine
Stan got a chance to relax despite all his cooking. (He made vegan chili and Jamie Oliver's goulash - YUM!) Here he is with Paul.
And if there is any doubt to the budding skills of this young photographer - he got a photo of me which may become my new avatar. I look so happy! And I was, indeed. All my favorite people were in the same room together. They got to know each other's wonderful selves, to find out why I love them all so. What a fabulous send-off! See you all when I get back!

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42. Friday Linky List - 17 June 2016

LOVE this Literature skirt from Rooby Lane:



From The Artery: How The 'Goodnight Moon' Author and Collaborator Revolutionized Kids Books

From BuzzFeed: 34 Photos That Prove All Book Lovers Should Live In Hay-On-Wye (Thanks to Elizabeth W. for the link!)

From Bridget Stevens-Marzo: Katsumi Komagata at Foyles and ELCAF in London - and his transformative, transforming books

From Henry L. Walton: Writing Stories That Are Popular With Both Children and Adults

At 99U: Shantell Martin: A Creative's Guide to Changing Gears

From 99U: Javier Jaén - How one Barcelona-based designer is shaking up American culture

From Muddy Colors - have you seen this blog? It's great! Recent Magic: The Gathering Art

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43. Il Sung Na's THE OPPOSITE ZOO


Interview with Il Sung Na

e: What is your creative process, can you walk us through it?
Il Sung:
Ideas come first. I have sketchbooks and files on my computer where I keep all my ideas. An “Opposites’ concept was one of them and been in my folder for a long time. So, I made quick drawings of opposite animals. When I have a strong idea, which I think I want to do, then write a story down quickly. This is a hardest part for me. I spend quite amount of time to write it and revise it several times. Once I have a good shape of story, then it’s all about compositions and drawings. It’s included thumbnail sketches, study characters (or animals) and more drawings. I do some drawings before I have a finished story, but I normally wait until I write a full story (or at least 80% finished story) to play with. Then I make full sketches and colors. Coloring process is most fun part to me with less stress. Maybe I am more visual person than using text.

e: What is your medium?
Il Sung:
I used to use acrylic paint, soft pastel, oil pastel and color pencils a lot. But I wanted to illustrate ‘The Opposite Zoo’ in different way, not in the same way I have done so far. The risk I had was how to approach this story in a fresh manner. I tried mono-print, watercolor, ink and color pencils. I wanted more free-form lines and shapes in contrast to my previous illustrations. So using ink-my long time favorite materials- was a risk: the effects had the potential to go astray with this new method.

color sample_ mono print

color sample_ ink and color pencils


final illustration

e: * What do you think makes an illustration magical, what I call "Heart Art” - the sort that makes a reader want to come back to look again and again?
Il Sung:
I think that’s a power of illustration. When I was a college student, I always wanted to make illustrations that people look and look again. And I thought it has to be beautiful or artistically finished to achieve it. After I spent some good years, I have changed my mind. It doesn’t need to be beautiful or artistic, but good illustrations are that inspire readers’ imaginations. That way, reader want to come back to look again and again. So I would say ‘imaginative power’ or ‘spark imagination’.

e: Is there a unique or funny story behind the creation of this story?
Il Sung:
Well, unfortunately, there isn’t. But the process of making ‘The Opposite Zoo’ was a little different than my previous books.
      I normally spend a lot of time to write a story (or narrative), struggle to get it right. But I only spent three weeks from getting ideas to making a dummy book. When I figured how to start and end the story, that was the moment that my brain clicked. The middle parts followed naturally. I am not saying it was an easy one, but it was also a very unique experience to me.
e: What is your favorite or most challenging part of being a creator?
Il Sung:
My all time favorite part is coloring. Of course I make a lot of failures before I get a right one. But it’s all part of fun. However writing is my most challenging part. I am still learning from reading other good books. I haven’t properly trained or learned how to write a story, but I believe it’s ideas that count. It’s not about writing skills, but it’s what strong idea you have and how you tell it in your own way.
e: What are you working on next or what would be your dream project?
Il Sung:
I recently have finished my new title ‘Bird, Balloon, Bear’ (Alfred A. Knopf, 2017), which is about a friendship between Bird and Bear. This book has more storytelling than my other books, so I am excited about it.
      Currently I am discussing ideas with my editor. I have two or three ideas that I want to do, but let’s see how it goes.

e: Thanks for dropping by!

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44. Lunch by the Sea

Continuing my speed dating play date with author/illustrator Julia Patton, we popped in her car and headed down the east coast of Northumberland. This is a rocky shoreline, deep and dark with crashing waves. I have yet to see it in sunshine, although Stan recently did. And apparently it was a beautiful day for cricket just the day before. But I rather like a grey sky when you spot something like Bamburgh Castle for the first time. It's completely intimidating.

We continued down the coast to Craster where we had lunch at the Jolly Fisherman. Jolly indeed! This was our view during lunch.
Lunch itself was a feast of crab stew, pickled herring, smoked haddock (made just across the street), and various fish dips, which were positively heavenly.
Julia is very happy in Northumberland and its easy to see why. I caught her in a moment of reflection before we left.
On the way back to the train we had time for one last mini-adventure. We drove out to Holy Island. Like Mt. St. Michelle in France, this island is only reachable when the tide is out. Woes to those who don't time their day well!
From there we headed back to the sweet little train station (it only has two platforms - north and south). Julia and I hugged like old friends and yet, I know I've found a dear new friend. I can't wait to go back!

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45. Coloring Page Tuesday - Read To Your Children

     Scientific studies prove that reading to your children does all kinds of good for them. It's a triangle of love - you, your child, and a book. Do it today!
     CLICK HERE for more coloring pages!
     CLICK HERE to sign up to receive alerts when a new coloring page is posted each week and... Please check out my books! Especially...
my debut novel, A BIRD ON WATER STREET - winner of six literary awards. Click the cover to learn more!
     When the birds return to Water Street, will anyone be left to hear them sing? A miner's strike allows green and growing things to return to the Red Hills, but that same strike may force residents to seek new homes and livelihoods elsewhere. Follow the story of Jack Hicks as he struggles to hold onto everything he loves most.
     I create my coloring pages for teachers, librarians, booksellers, and parents to enjoy for free with their children, but you can also purchase rights to an image for commercial use, please contact me. If you have questions about usage, please visit my Angel Policy page.

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46. A visit to dear Julia's (Julia Patton)

A mutual friend and editor, Kelly Barrales-Saylor, recently introduced me to Julia Patton. She had a feeling we would get along famously. Oh my, was she right!
     The other day I took the train down to Berwick-Upon-Tweed (pronounced "Burrik"). It's about halfway to Newcastle, a stop I had previously passed right by.
Julia met me at the station with the warmest smile and friendliest wave. The station itself immediately informed me that I was in a much fought over territory between the English and Scottish.
     This was going to be fun. Julia called it a speed-dating play date. And that's exactly what it was. She first drove me around the town of Berwick (which takes about five minutes). I saw the old walls which kept out the English, French, or Scots depending on who occupied it at the time. Although my photos were lacking, take my work for it. It's an adorable little town. Absolutely adorable.
     Then we went to Julia's home. It is property of the Duke of Northumberland (as are all the buildings in Berwick), and is called "The Doll House."
     And it is obviously the home of an artist. Even the most utilitarian of things appear as still lifes waiting to be painted.
     Inside was equally as charming. Vignettes were everywhere and I went a bit nuts with my camera.

     Here's Julia in her sweet kitchen with a view to the outdoor fire pit, party area.
     To the left of the fire pit is her sons' treehouse. I'm not sure I've ever seen a more perfect one.
     Just behind the main house is a smaller one, Julia's studio where she can "get messy."
     And enjoy the view of her garden.
     Which is lovely, despite the slugs she is in constant battle with.
     I took tons of photos of Julia's work. But it occurred to me that most were from books that are about to come out. Publishers may not like the early releases. So, I'm sharing the image above and one of aliens from her "A to Zed" book of ideas and artistic style. It's become her working portfolio and is a diary of explosive illustrative genius.
     We sat at her farm table and had jasmine tea as we talked about finding one's illustrative voice. I'm in the thick of a struggle Julia went through several years ago. She shared how she got through it and found her very distinctive style. I learned so much from her!!!
     But this wasn't all about work - this was about PLAY. So off we went down the coast to lunch. More on that soon...

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47. My square - St. Andrews Square

I am so lucky to walk an almost daily path through one of the most popular squares in Edinburgh - St. Andrews Square. I've talked about it before, when it was home to the Keyframes exhibit and the Christmas Village. But my favorite state for the square is when it has absolutely nothing going on... Nothing but sunshine.

     It's a lovely level ground with a Costa in the corner. You can go get a tea and a snack and then go find a spot. People melt like little dollops of pancake batter on the green expanse.
     I did it myself the other day. I wasn't quite ready to be inside, so I got a snack and sat. The crinkly sound of my wrapper soon drew a new friend.
I gave her a bit of gluten free brownie. I hope ducks can eat chocolate.
     I laid back and enjoyed the sunshine, the quiet clatter of people, the construction worker who lighted the sound of his occasional hammering by singing "DAY-OH!"
It was lovely.
     Of course, being one of the most popular squares means it won't stay still for long. In fact, I walked by the very next day only to find that the square had been transformed once again to show free movies through the weekend.
It's a nice line-up of movies. I hope I can steal a moment to take advantage.
But even if I can't, I know I'll be able to enjoy another sunbeam in the grass there soon.

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48. STUDIO GHIBLI

Enjoy this lovely animation by STUDIO GHIBLI. It's called "Adapt World’s Oldest Manga Into Short Film" I think. It's in another language! Click to go watch:

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49. Monoprinting Workshop

I told you one of the reasons I chose the University of Edinburgh is because of Picture Hooks. Well, Picture Hooks is offering several Masters Workshops through the year. One of them took place recently - Monoprinting at the National Portrait Gallery - which happens to be right at the top of my street. Even so, I hadn't been there yet. It was breathtaking.


George Douglas and Vivian French hosted a two-day workshop on creating simple monoprints. The concept was that not everybody has access to an amazing print lab like we have at the College of Art. No worries, you don't need all that fancy equipment. Our tools were simple. We used water-based inks, simple tools and everyday objects.

First George demonstrated how it all works.
Then he set us to it. It was mostly about simple mark making, which is exactly what I need right now. I'm really trying to go back to the basics in my quest for creating instinctually. Here I am making fun marks.
My results weren't pretty, but that wasn't the point. I was experimenting with pressure, inks, different ways of making marks, etc.
On day two, we took those pages and pages of marks and set to collage. Truly, there's nothing like pulling out the scissors and glue sticks to bring out your inner child. We had a blast.

And the nice thing is, we all signed up for these workshops at the same time. (They filled up in a matter of days.) So, this group of creative souls will come back together again and again. It's a fun bunch - I'm thrilled to get to know them better. And our results were amazing.

My collage turned out rather dark - I call it "Demons in the Forest."
Z'okay, I did a second piece that was a little lighter.
All said, this was a fabulous workshop. Will I do mono printing on my own in the future? Who knows. But at least I know how. And I'm pushing myself and learning - that's key. I can't wait for the next workshop!

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50. Friday Linky List - 10 June 2016

From Libba Bray: Your mileage may vary (good life advice)

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From the BBC: Paul Simon on happiness, death and Donald Trump (good advice for writers in there)

From The Directory of Illustration: One-on-one with Brian Grimwood, Founder of CIA (the largest art rep agency in the UK)

From SCBWI: Portfolio Tips from SCBWI Mentorship Winners (There is some fantastic advice buried in here - follow the links!)

From The Booklist Reader: Regretfully Yours: 28 Writers on Their Biggest Mistakes

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