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26701. SkADaMo 2012 ~ Day 4

King Tut

King Tutankhamen became the Pharaoh of Egypt at the age of nine around 1358 BC. King Tut’s tomb was discovered almost intact on November 4, 1922 by Howard Carter in Egypt’s Valley of Kings.

 

 

 

…but I don’t really think he was a badger.

 

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26702. Many, many congratulations. . .



To Naoko Stoop for her debut picture book Red Knit Cap Girl (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) being named one of the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2012!

To learn a bit more about the book, please watch the video below:




Linkage:

Naoko's blog

Naoko's Twitter account

The complete list of the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2012

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26703. SkADaMo Day 4

RAAAAWWWWWWRRRRRRR!!!!

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Back to playing with digital pencil after a yesterday’s dalliance with the traditional one. Not sure which I like better yet, but digital certainly is more efficient!

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Well, how are my fellow SkADaMoers doing? Having a blast or feeling blasted already?


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26704. SkADaMo – I’m in

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I’ve been wanting to get into a routine of sketching more, so when I saw a post on Linda Sylvestri’s blog about her challenge: Sketch A Day Month for the Month of November, I decided to do it. I will be posting my sketches from time to time. I am not sure how much time I will have to post every day, but I will at least post at the end of the week my favorites.



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26705. SkADaMo Day 4

RAAAAWWWWWWRRRRRRR!!!!

…………………

Back to playing with digital pencil after a yesterday’s dalliance with the traditional one. Not sure which I like better yet, but digital certainly is more efficient!

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Well, how are my fellow SkADaMoers doing? Having a blast or feeling blasted already?


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26706. Picture Book Month: Bedtime

I love Helen Cooper's rich illustrations in The Boy Who Wouldn't Go to Bed:


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26707. November

Why hello there. After such a long blogging hiatus, it is hard to know where to begin. So here are some snippets from the last six months:

May
I saw Ane Brun perform and it was absolutely wonderful. I gave her a print of my illustration that was inspired by her song “Undertow”

June
My lovely son turned sixteen.

July and August
I worked for most of the summer but we did have some had some beautiful days filled with music and sunshine.

September
We adopted a sausage dog! We went to a sausage dog race at our local park and the adoption society was there with a couple of dogs. We met Emma and it was love at first sight.

She is two years old, very sweet, cuddly and strong willed, all wrapped up in a very cute bundle with incredibly short legs. She may appear in some of my future illustrations…

Then it was back to school – this is a picture of Ewan’s first day of kindergarten and first day of grade eleven – Oh, how time flies.

October
More work. I have been working on a series of books featuring my little needle felted characters and I finished book three.

And of course, we celebrated Halloween.

November
I have just started working on the fourth Little Poppets book – I can’t wait to show you some images from them. Today, I am building a garden shed for Mole and I think it might be my favourite thing that I have made so far.

It is starting to feel quite wintery around here and I am looking forward to making lots of soup, snuggling with our dog and of course, blogging on a more regular basis.

Here is some more music to finish off with. I only discovered Sam Lee very recently and am completely hooked.

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26708. New Feedback On Our Outreach Site From Shanghai, China

New on our Outreach site….photos from Pingliang Road No. 3 Elementary School in Shanghai, China. This school has participated in our Spirit of PaperTigers Book Set project for the past two years. Their latest feedback consists of photos of students’ work based on books in the 2011 Book SetA Child’s Garden: A Story of Hope, written and illustrated by Michael Foreman; Rain School, written and illustrated by James Rumford; and Biblioburro, written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter.

Here’s a sneak peek…..click here to see all the photos.

 


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26709. Nerosunero's upcoming exhibition in Rome on EIL (Chicago)

Today Escape Into Life dedicates an entire page to Figures and Landscapes, my upcoming solo exhibition at 6 Senso Art Gallery Rome ( 10 Nov. - 6 Dec. 2012)
Great & Thanks so much!
Escape Into Life (Chicago IL, USA, 3 XI 2012)
Escapeintolife/Nerosunero

nerosunero

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26710. Robotheads

Robotheads by sevensheavendotcom
Robotheads, a photo by sevensheavendotcom on Flickr.

The robotheads are ready for assembly, Sir!

(sevensheaven.nl)

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26711. SkADaMo Day3

The annals of English history report that John Montagu was the 4th Earl of Sandwich. Among other things, the 4th Earl of Sandwich was a heavy gambler. Montagu often spent many long hours in London’s gambling parlors. In 1762, he created the sandwich, by putting meat between two pieces of bread. This allowed him to remain at the gambling table for long periods of time. Obviously, the sandwich was named after him.

…. think I’ll go make one!

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26712. Girl in the Hat


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26713. dinosaur dance


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26714. Canadian Geese Canandaigua Lake NY

While waiting for my puppy to get groomed - stopped for coffee.
They sat me next to a window over looking an inlet near Canandaigua Lake NY
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26715. Shy


I've been working on a few Christmas illos. This bunny keeps coming to mind.  I’m playing with the green background and texture.  It’s still unfinished, but I like the softness of it so far….  I’ll post more later.  

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26716. At Water's Edge, Charles Payzant


Today's vintage children's book, At Water's Edge, is from 1955. I really like these types of books where the layout and color scheme change from page to page, with the typography as well as the illustrations. It's creative, interesting and fun.

I have to apologize, this book was about an inch bigger than my scanner for a page spread, so there is a bit cut off, mostly on the right side.





Charles Payzant (1898-1980), was born in Nova Scotia, Canada. According to Sullivan Goss, Payzant worked in a watercolor medium that characterized the California Regionalist Movement in the early 20th century and contributed to innovations that shaped artists working in California at that time. 

To read more about Charles Payzant, click here.






At Water's Edge
By Terry Shannon
Illustrated by Charles Payzant
Sterling Publishing Co., 1955

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26717. Part 3: Durand’s Letters

(Part 3 of a series)
Durand articulated the principles of his art in a series of influential articles called “Letters on Landscape Painting,” published in The Crayon magazine in 1855.

Taken together, these writings are the most complete expression of the philosophies of the Hudson River School, and provide valuable insights for today’s painter or collector. Art historian James Flexner describes “Letters” as “one of those rare documents that summarizes the spirit of a group and a generation.”

Durand wrote that direct study from nature was the ideal way for the artist to transcend the limitations of tired compositional formulas, providing “the only safeguard against the inroads of heretical conventionalism.”

He defined conventionalism as “the substitution of an easily expressed falsehood for a difficult truth.” He advised students to begin with a thorough familiarity with the pencil before graduating to paint, and even then, to develop a mastery of foreground objects in strong light and shade before attempting atmospheric distances.

The goal in plein-air work, according to Durand, was to render nature as faithfully as possible, and to “scrupulously accept whatever she presents him, until he shall, in a degree, have become intimate with her infinity, and then he may approach her on more familiar terms, even venturing to choose and reject some portions of her unbounded wealth.”

He addressed the limits of artistic license by saying that the artist “may displace a tree, or render it a more perfect one of its kind if retained,” but the placement of elements in the middle ground and the “characteristic outline, undulating or angular, of all the great divisions, may not be changed in the least perceptible degree, most especially the mountain and hill forms. On these God has set his signet.”

Tomorrow: Part 4--Durand's Subjects 
The book The American Landscapes of Asher B. Durand (1796-1886) is one of the few places where you can get the full text of Durand's Letters on Landscape Painting.

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26718. Dream of Juan

My illustration for the third dream collected by Roger Omar from the children of Almussafes, Spain. More here.
Digital drawing. Click to enlarge.

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26719.

My sketches are done and ready to go but I have no one to send them to…. thanks to hurricane Sandy!

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26720. Autumn leaves NY

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Autumn leaves NY

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26721. Picture Book Month: Bugs

For today's Picture Book Month theme of bugs, I pulled out my rather battered copy of Nicholas Cricket who "plays every night in the Bug-a-Wug Cricket Band."  Written by Joyce Maxner and illustrated by the illustrious William Joyce:


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26722. Novemeber Artist Market




The First Saturday Artist Market in the Heights was yesterday and it was hot and rainy. My sweet friend Ardi was keeping things fun for me. 



I will be back at the market on December 1, 2012


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26723. Friday in LA: Raymond Scott tribute at Redcat

What music do you think of when you see Porky and Daffy running through a factory?

There’s only one answer – and that piece (Powerhouse) was composed by Raymond Scott. This Friday at the Redcat theatre (behind the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown L.A.) in celebration of Scott’s musical career, former Oingo Boingo guitarist Steve Bartek and his band (including other Oingo Boingo alums) will perform the composer’s most well known animation-affiliated classics, while composer Ego Plum’s ensemble will re-create Scott’s experimental electronica. In addition, puppeteer Sean Cawelti will stage the first-ever “live interpretations of Scott’s film collaborations with Jim Henson”. Machine-Man: The Musical Mayhem of Raymond Scott starts at 8:30pm on Friday, November 9 at REDCAT, the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater.

Sounds like a great show. In the meantime, here’s a montage of Looney Tunes clips where Carl Stalling or Milt Franklin used Powerhouse on their soundtrack:

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26724. Thank you!

 Thanks to those of you who came out to Rick & Ann's for breakfast. Boy, their food is tasty! Cornmeal pancakes, gingerbread waffles, homefries, spicy sausages, giinger peach scones. YUM! 

Don't feel bad if you missed it. My artwork will be up til December 9th
Stop by if you're in the neighborhood!

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26725. Succulent Saturday - the itteh bitteh kittehs

 The kittehs are 8 weeks old....

 ..which is the *pinnacle* of fluffy cuteness!

They will probably be finding other homes soon, so cuddles must happen while they can!

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