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1. Christmas Cat

It is snowing outside, it is two weeks til Christmas. I am about half done with my shopping.

And here is my new book, the Christmas Cat.

I'll be signing books at the Whistlestop Bookshop this Saturday at 1:00.
 I'll be drawing too.

Whistlestop Bookshop 
129 W High St.
Carlisle, PA 17013









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2. Rock-a-Bye Room



  
Me and my Junes
 

Me and Junes dancing to the tunes



The cover is a record. get it?

THis is where I live. In the real world.

I dig a pony.

I tried to put in as many references to Rock and Roll as possible. Little Boy Blue is James Dean. 
Elvis is the King.


I love this book.  I love the peaceful rocking sway of the words. And I had about as much fun as a person can  making a nursery rhyme -rock and roll world. 

Buy it and then Rock-a-Bye to it.
because books are fun.


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3. goofing off with gouache

  

On auction this Friday at the CALC

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4. Happy Halloween!

When did Halloween become almost as complicated as Christmas? I don't know about you, but we are definitely on day 10 of "on the twelfth day of Halloween my True Blood gave to me."

What did your True Blood give you?

Organ meat?

Endangered Animal pelts?

Antique Monster drawings?





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5. More Sweet Dreams



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6. Sweet Dreams by Jewel

My new book. Singer-songwriter Jewel's beautiful song. Wonderful to work with Jewel again on this #2 book.

 I stepped out a little into a new and different style for this book. 

More coming soon... Read the rest of this post

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7. And now, since it is Spring : some Grimm.

Littel Brother  Little Sister.

a great story by the brother's Grimm.  My kids love the new annotated Grimm that we just got.  I do too.  Its the real deal.  Those who do not believe in magic will never find it.


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8. A Few things I've been playing around with this winter: Experimentation




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9. Flying to Neverland with Peter Pan

I have a new book out!
...and yes there is glitter on the cover.

http://www.blueapplebooks.com/books/flying-to-neverland-with-peter-pan



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10. Stuff I'm Thankful for

The list is long and by no means exhaustive, but sincere.  Of course the things not on there, but at the very top are parents, sisters, brothers, cousins, grandparents, friends, love, and unconditional love. So I love You every bit as much as I do scotch tape and space heaters.

THis was a sort of stream of consiousness for "things I am thankful for". It is already giving me hives that I have left  vital things out. What are they?



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11. The monsters that live under my desk



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12. moonshadow


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13. Jewel is the one on the right


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14. That's What I'd Do by Jewel

 Tomorrow, September 20, my new book comes out.  Written by singer/songwriter Jewel, it is a a song.  With pictures.
This is a new style for me.  And in fact I have never really had a book that pushed me out of the reality sphere. I guess poetry can do that for a gal. I loved it.

read it, look at it, sing it. cheers.





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15. Southern Utah


A couple of landscapes from traveling this summer.  I don't usually do this sort of thing. Always good to try something new.

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16. And a beautiful Blue Moon it was...


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17. A Pirate or a Pilot


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18. Breakfast with Jules and Julia Child

I just love this gal's blog.

http://blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings/?p=2371



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19. Two different scanners and some butterflies

So here are two different scans of the same image. Done on two different scanners. One is a a big sweet scanner and one is my little Cannon scanner. I'm not saying which is which, but I am curious which one people like better. Also I would love to know what scanners you are using and if you have any recommendations on worthwhile scanners.

Thanks!
amyjunebates

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20. Spring is for the Optimists












































Its true I really couldn't. I did try. I'll let you know if anything comes to mind.

amy


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21. A Rainy Saturday and Bunny Paints











































I used to work in an office doing educational software type things. I was lucky enough to work with some great people like Guy Francis, Jim Madsen, Hala Wittwer and Maryn Roos. I remember we were talking about weather it is worth it to buy expensive paints and paper and brushes, or if it is really a matter of talent period. Do you need the special Bob Ross brush to paint foliage?

I don't really know the answer

Today was a great rainy do nothing day. The kids have been wanting to paint, so we did. I did these 2 minute head studies with cheap-o Crayola bunny paints and crappy brushes on 11x17 printer paper.

Ok I will say this, confidence is the best thing you can spend your money on. There is something so refreshing about breaking out of the mold not agonizing or noodling a drawing. Just laying it down in 2 minutes flat.

(Not that these are genius or that I prove the rule....ach I don't know what I am saying. Just have fun.)

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22. News! People Magazine!























"That's What I'd Do" written by Jewel, my new book due out in September. It will come with a CD of lovely song, sung by Jewel, that goes along with the book.

Here is a link to an article about it on People's website
http://celebritybabies.people.com/2012/03/26/jewel-to-debut-first-childrens-book-thats-what-id-do/

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23. Book Page Interview

Check out this Book Page Interview about my new book Minette's Feast which comes out May 1.
http://bookpage.com/meet/meet-amy-bates.  Go to the link to see the whole interview!


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24. Minette's Feast

Minette's Feast is Out!




I am really excited about this book!

It is written by Susanna Reich. Her skilled prose give sizzle to every morsel of this book. I love her words so much I can literally imagine Susanna cooking and sauteeing them over a stove.

Tamar Brazis and Chad Beckerman at Abrams make beautiful books! The care detail and  design make this book a work of art. 

Although I feel like I have a lot I can say about this book, I have no idea where to begin. Here are some answers to some VERY good questions on Anamaria Anderson's blog Books together

Here are a couple of my  favorite spreads:


 (by the way the above image is so very much like me in Japan. I definitely felt a kinship with Julia)

 (this and one other image are inspired by the Parisian artist: Theophile Steinlen.)


About Julia:
Isn't she incomparable, formidable, non?
Who else sucked the marrow of life out of the bone quite like she did? 

About the book:
Buy it. Read it. Check it out. Feed it Grapes.

Bookstore of my choice:
Feel free to support my favorite bookstore, Whistlestop books. Drop them an email, and Jeff will sort you out. At least with books.



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25. Wild Thing, you make my heart sing

 "Oh, Please don't go. We'll eat you up we love you so."

Maurice Sendak elevated children's books to something beyond practical primers, tools or instruments to teach morality.  How do I thank someone that etched some of the first and best graphic words and images into my brain?

I guess by saying thankyou, Maurice Sendak.


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