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Hello from New Orleans! We arrived here last evening after spending a few days at Sea Rim State Park in Texas. I have several quickly approaching deadlines, but hopefully I'll be able to carve out a little time in the next few days to head into the city for some beignets and chicory coffee.
In the meantime there's lots of drawing and painting to be done, which means lots of warm-up sketches like this one of a fox and his pal.
I hope you're well, wherever you are!
On January 1st, my husband, Bill, and I left Colorado for a year long journey around the country.
Our original plan
was to leave in the middle of November. But, there were problems installing our new solar system, delays in having our towing system set up, snow and below freezing temperatures to contend with, and an unexpected surgery (everything is okay now). So, after much shaking of fists and gnashing of teeth, we decided that we were as ready as we were going to be. And January 1st seemed like sort of a poetic day to start a new adventure.
My dad installed this IKEA desk for me and built shelves to go underneath. And the new curtains are courtesy of my mom. (Thanks Mom and Dad!) Now we're just outside of Austin, Texas and I've been enjoying watching the cardinals and deer pass by my window while I work. I wonder what other kinds of things I'll see during the coming year...?
We'll have our travel blog up soon in case you'd like to follow our trip. :)
Hello! Have you visited Abigail Halpin's blog
lately? It's lovely!
And have you seen the Huffington Post's list of the best picture books of 2014
? There have been so many beautiful books this year! Huzzah!!
This curly haired sprite appeared in my sketchbook this morning. I'm hoping that she's a luck fairy, as I could use a little luck these days.
And here are some things you might like to peruse...
The work of illustrator, Kelly Murphy
Darling dolls by Jess BrownGift ideas for the Labyrinth lover in your lifeThe work of illustrator, Catia Chien
Happy perusing and happy Tuesday to you!
Belated Happy Thanksgiving to you! I hope you had a comfy, cozy, pie-filled holiday. :)
The plan to hit the road in the RV by mid-November hasn't quite come to fruition and, for a variety or reasons, we'll be in Colorado for a few more weeks. (Turns out major life changes are complicated!)
In the meantime, I'll be doing lots of drawing and painting and deadline wrangling. And apparently painting feathers. I'm very fond of painting feathers these days.
What are you working on lately? I'd love to know!
Whatever you're up to, I hope you are well and happy and enjoying the holiday season! xo
Thank you for entering the giveaway!
I wrote out all of the entries and put them into a hat. And the winner is....
Congrats, Briara! (I'll be in touch to get your address and your books and prints will be in the mail asap!) :) Briara's tips were the north rim of the Grand Canyon and riding bikes in Yosemite, both of which are definitely going on our "places to see and things to do" list. Thank you, Briara!!
I really can't express how much I loved reading everyone's travel suggestions! You all had so many great ideas and we'll try to work as many of them as we can into our route.
Thank you again to everyone who entered the giveaway and thank you especially for your excellent advice!
Changes are afoot around here. After months of deliberation and planning, my husband has said farewell to his law practice and is now embarking on a new career as a photographer. And so, since we both now have the freedom to work from pretty much anywhere and since we're very ready for a change, we've decided to trade in our two bedroom house in the Colorado suburbs for a home on wheels.
Over the next few weeks we'll be preparing our new, used RV for a year on the road. We'll remove the sofa that the RV came with and will put in a desk and work space which will serve as my new studio. We'll add solar power, a portable WiFi hotspot, and a hitch to tow our car. Mid-November we'll load up our books and our clothes and our dogs and we'll set off on this latest adventure. (We're going to start a blog to document our travels. I'll share the link as soon as it's up and running.)
To celebrate the beginning of a new chapter, I'm giving away a copy of Cupcake Cousins
, written by the wonderful Kate Hannigan
and illustrated by me, as well as a copy of The Little Prince
, a copy of From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
, and five of my 5"x7" prints. To enter
, please leave a comment on this post with a suggestion of someplace (a city, national park, swimming hole, roadside attraction, etc.) that my husband and I should visit during our year on the road. I'll put each participant's name in a hat and will choose the winner on Friday, October 31st
. (If you also share this post on Facebook, I'll enter your name a second time).
Thank you so much for visiting my blog and good luck in the giveaway! I can't wait to read your travel suggestions! :)
There are lots of pumpkins and colorful leaves about and I'm very much enjoying the Autumn weather we've been having here.
I've also been enjoying the lovely blogs of Carson Ellis
, Abigail Halpin
, and Lisa Congdon
, and I think you'll like them, too.
Ben Clanton's book, Rex Wrecks It
, has been released into the world, which is very exciting! Congratulations, Ben!
My friend and critique group partner, Julie Rowan-Zoch
illustrated three darling board books
which were recently released by Bailiwick Press. Congratulations, Julie!
And stay tuned next week for a book giveaway! Happy Tuesday!
I'm very excited to be on the same Publisher's Weekly announcement as my good friend, Maple Lam
! Congratulations, Maple! Congratulations, Trudy!
It's gray and chilly outside... a perfect day for staying inside with a good friend and a nice pot of tea.
My friend, Eliza Wheeler,
along with Linda Ashman
, author of the picture book I'm currently working on, are part of a new group blog called Picture Book Builders
. The blog was launched at the beginning of September and already has several really informative posts about making books for kids. Take a look!
And here's a peek
of the illustrations I did for Storytime Magazine
of Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Happy Weekending to you!
I long to go sit in a cool, dark movie theater and eat some popcorn. But, instead I'll be drawing, painting, putting together a book dummy, and working on my portfolio for the SCBWI Summer Conference
. The movies will have to wait.
If you're heading to the conference, too, you might like this blog post
from Author/Illustrator, Debbie Ohi, on tips for SCBWI conference goers.
Also, last week I was featured on Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
and today I have a blog post about my childhood inspirations over on the KidLit Artists blog
. Maybe you'd like to take a look.
And here's an article by one of my favorite illustrators, Jon Klassen
, about his hero, William Steig.
And, just one more thing... I recently fell wildly in love with the work of Julia Sarda
. I think you'll like it, too.
This morning I put the finishing touches on a new portfolio and tomorrow I head to L.A. for the SCBWI Summer Conference
. I hope to see you there!! :)
I'm afraid that projects and deadlines have kept things quiet on the blog lately. And an especially beautiful Colorado summer has meant most of my free time has been spent outdoors.
The SCBWI Summer Conference in L.A.
was amazing and inspirational and a bit overwhelming. It's taken me awhile to get back into the swing of things. Meg Rosoff
wonderful, as was the writer's intensive. And it's always great to see old friends and to meet new ones!
There has been the tiniest bit of fall in the air the last few days. I really love fall... a season of cozy cardigans and crock-pot dinners, of change and of quieting down. This coming autumn holds new book projects as well as a new adventure for my husband and I (which I'll tell you more about later).
I hope that you're enjoying the last days of summer and that you're in the swing of things.
I'll see you again soon! :)
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Hello there! I drew some rabbits.
And here are a few links to help get your week started...
A really wonderful blog post
, as well as a great podcast interview
, from Author/Illustrator, Mike Curato. Mike's debut picture book, Little Elliot Big City
, was recently released and I'm so very excited about this beautiful book! If you haven't seen Little Elliot
yet, please go find a copy as soon as you can.
I've really been enjoying Carter Higgin's blog, Design of the Picture Book
. If you haven't visited Carter's blog lately, I hope you'll take a few minutes to have a look.
A helpful blog post from Illustrator, Clio Chiang,
about watercolor skin tones, which I believe I came across in a facebook post from Illustrator, Diandra Mae
. (Thanks, Diandra!)
Marla Frazee's new book, The Farmer and The Clown
, is incredibly lovely. Have you seen it yet?
Throughout September I'll be interviewing the recipients of the 2014 SCBWI mentorship awards over on KidLitArtists.com
Stay tuned for some book giveaways in the coming weeks! Now I'm off to draw and paint. I hope you are, too! :)