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51. New! KING BRONTY "Fightin' Music!" New for March 1st!

Here is the lay of the land...  King Bronty and Prince Podoee are in control of the battle on board the pirate vessel, "The Scurvy Shark"! But sly, old Captain Crockers has a trick up his extra large sleeve!

 I hope you enjoy this blog. Though I truly enjoy making "King Bronty" please join in and  encourage it's continued creation by support for art supplies, coffee, etc.  JRY

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52. ABOWS nominated for a SIBA Book Award!!!!

OMG! I opened my computer today and there are dozens of "Congratulations"! Turns out A BIRD ON WATER STREET has been nominated for a SIBA Book Award! ABOWS is up against some very strong competition, so I'm just so honored to have it nominated!!! WoW! Truly, it just keeps plugging along getting such great attention. I am so pleased with how my debut novel has done!

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A belated Happy Valentine's Day to you, dear readers.
I'm not blogging so much these days... but you can find me on Instagram

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54. IF: Reflection

Experiments with Vector Paint Presets SAV5

cd_vect_cakedline series

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55. Greeting Card Samples

These arrived today. A group of cards that Legacy picked up. They will be in stores in spring. It's always nice to have samples arrive in the mail.

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56. Fish House

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57. The Story of Max, My Giant Mal

Giant Malamute

Someone who read my book, Life with Jesse Daniels, emailed me and asked if I put my giant malamute Max in my book under the name "Manny." My book, of course, is pure fiction; but if you've read it, you may be wondering this as well, so I'm going to attempt to explain. The short answer is: No.

But it's complicated.

I wrote Life with Jesse Daniels in 2006, during my last semester in college. My Max is only 3 years old today. When I got him, I was not actively looking for a giant malamute just because I wrote about one in my book. I stumbled across an ad for him. His first owner had a stroke and could no longer handle him due to his large size, and the fact that he was expected to get bigger. My husband always wanted a large dog, and — being taller than your average Great Dane — this one was perfect. So we brought him home.

He was ten months old and had zero training. He was hyper and could not even sit on command. He could not fit in the largest kennel at Petco, so we had to order a jumbo for $200+.

He was taller than our couch.

His original owners kept him outside so he wouldn't destroy their house. They told us he'd terrorized his neighbor's ducks. To us, he had to be an indoor dog.

He could not fit in the tub. The first bath was a disaster because, well, he's stronger than me, and he could barely even fit in the bathroom.

And ever since, he grew taller. He is actually the tallest malamute our vet has ever seen. Even taking him to the vet is a task, because it's nearly impossible to get him in the Jeep. His head comes up past our extra-tall baby gate, making him about 42" tall.

But oddly enough, he acts just like Manny in my book. He is mischievous. He loves his treats. He loves his ball (he's destroyed several). He sticks his nose in everyone's business, and — Max, at least — thinks he's a lapdog.

He also gets excited about, plays with, and chases nothing — every once in a while.

I'm sure it's just a coincidence that I stumbled upon him, but he's just like I imagined him. Well, aside from the obvious coat and color difference. lol (For the record, Max was born all-white; now he's cinnamon and white.)

So now you know — Max and I were just meant to be.

Giant Malamute

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58. ‘Mouse in Transition’: The Trials of ‘Oliver & Company’ (Chapter 17)

Steve Hulett recounts his experiences working on "Oliver & Company" and the unexpected tragedy that happened during its production.

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59. Book Review: ‘The Anime Encyclopedia’

A new edition of "The Anime Encyclopedia" aims to cover anime more comprehensively than ever before. Does it succeed?

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60. super librarian poster - in welsh!

Remember this sign? I've had so many people spot it in libraries around Britain and abroad.

And I've had requests to translate it into Welsh, so with the linguistic help of Bob Miles & friends, here's a version that you can download and print. If you know anyone who would like it, please let them know! I'm not asking for any money for it, but if you could leave a note in the comments here to let me know who you are and where you're using it, I'd love to know!

Click here to download in colour as an A3 PDF, and here as an A4 PDF.

I've also created a black and white version if you'd like to colour it yourself or have kids in the library colour it for you:

Click here to download in black & white as an A3 PDF, and here as an A4 PDF.

And here's the version in English, which you can download from my earlier blog post. Thanks to all the great feedback from Wales about last year's Mythical Maze themed Summer Reading Challenge!

Keep up the work, fabulous librarians! Your training and skills at connecting kids with reading are a backbone of our society and we think you're awesome. We hope governments and councils everywhere comes to see things the same way.

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61. Baby book - Baby Time Rhymes Coming Soon!

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62. Rabbit Rabbit: March

In like a lion. © 2015 by Lisa Firke.

In like a lion. © 2015 by Lisa Firke.

Rabbit Rabbit!

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63. Neuroscience Sketchbook-in-Progress

Have caught a bit of a cold so my brain has been a bit fuzzy the last few days. Ironic really, as am in the middle of preparatory research for my final art project for this year, and the topic is neuroscience. Yes. Seriously.

I love it, especially as I've been fascinated by neuroplasticity and the latest discoveries in neuroscience for the past couple of years -- so reading up on different types of neuroses (case studies) and what happens when things go wrong with our brains, has been fascinating. It's also made me realise how fragile we really are. But I'll leave that discourse for my college art blog, for another day.

Here's a glimpse at a couple of rough sketches I made while researching the subject of neuroscience in general, and while reading The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks ...


Neuroscience sketchbook 1 by Floating-Lemons


Neuroscience sketchbook 2 by Floating-Lemons


I love the fact that they're different from the art I normally produce. As far as I'm concerned it means that I'm learning new things, and that's always good. Really good.

Wishing you a healthy, happy week. Cheers.


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64. Artist of the Day: Miranda Tacchia

Discover the work of Miranda Tacchia, Cartoon Brew's Artist of the Day!

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65. the Ancient Region of Hairiness is a fictional place where everyone is loved, nurtured, adored and respected when little and throughout their lives, which in turn results in a land filled with delight, true wildness and extreme contentment. Oh, plus every


Elderflush and Stan Motion

They dance like tomorrow’s birdsong
– times one hundred.

Hands meet briefly
making wings.


From the series:
PORTRAITS and SCENES from the ANCIENT REGION of HAIRINESS. Here there is much JOY, MIRTH…and HAPPINESS SOARS HIGHER than PieQuills, because LOVE is given to ALL, from tiny, tiny onwards…

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66. This week in the Internet

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67. Diplomatic mission

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68. Looking into the Future

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69. Sunday Sketching

It has been a *crazy* month - so.many.things. going on (workshops, art opens, conventions, etc...). Blogging has gone by the wayside. Catching up is not likely, but I'll see what I can do going forth...
Class, and my five-minute heads.....
In my teensy purse Moleskine balanced upon my knee.

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70. Making Viva Frida

By Yuyi Morales - fascinating!

With spare, polished text and luscious illustrations, award-winning author/illustrator Yuyi Morales explores the passionate, imagination of the incomparable Frida Kahllo. Video with Music by Miguel Martinez.
Click the image to watch the video on YouTube.

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71. Got A Nice Feature In Illustrator's Magazine!

I got a very nice feature/write up in "Illustrators" magazine in issue #9! Thank you Peter Richardson - this is a must have magazine for illustrators - you can pick up a copy here http://www.illustratorsquarterly.com/

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72. Freezer delivery from Burkina-Faso!

Yesterday we had a new freezer delivered (old one died). It was bought online and the delivery notification was via a computer robot voice.  The robot even gave a 30 minute warning.  So sure as shooting, there the truck was, just like the robot said.

The truck parked in the alley.  It turned out that the two freezer delivery men were from Africa - or more precisely from Burkina-Faso!  

One tall laid back cool guy in sunglasses (Djbril) and another guy who sounded like he'd might have a college degree with excellent english (Mathieu).  So they unloaded the freezer and began to carry it through my backyard, with a shoulder strap harness. At this point I remembered we were supposed to ask them for I.D. to prove that they really were the people who were supposed to be carrying a freezer through my backyard instead of some dangerous impostor freezer-carriers hellbent on getting that freezer down an impossible stairway and back door. But I went on trust.

Of course the first problem was the freezer wouldn't actually fit through the back door - even though I had taken the back door off. They don't make those slim freezers anymore. They're all gigantic now. And this was the smallest freezer I could find anywhere online.  Oh no! Mathieu suggested we remove the extra freezer panel that stuck out at the bottom.  So I got down on the ground sideways to try to see where the screws were.  Excellent idea. We tried to get that off.

It looked like they were about to give up and pack it back up! Oh no! Then it occurred to me we should try the basement window.  And lo and behold - it measured out with 3 inches to spare! So Djbril and Mathieu carried the freezer around to the side window. And in it went. I got to chat a bit with Djbril, telling him that my dad had spent 6 years in Ghana, which is the nation just south of his.  He said he'd never been there, but they had lots of tasty food in Burkina-Faso.  Lots of french is spoken in Burkina-Faso.

I tried to not feel too guilty about my fat comfortable life as I imagined what kind of life a refugee from Africa must have had to wind up delivering freezers to cold, wet Seattle half a world away.  I'm glad we managed to get the freezer in through the window so at least that little adventure ended happily ever after.

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73. Beaux-Arts Instruction (Part 4 of 4)

Gerome in his atelier, from an 1889 edition of Century Magazine

To conclude our four-part look at the teaching style of Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904) let's consider the remembrances of some of his students looking back on their time studying with him at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

E. H. Blashfield said that Gérôme "permitted me to bring pictures [for criticism] as often as I wished, and he was always more than kind in giving time and attention to young men, talking by the half-hour with enthusiasm of classical antiquity, saying 'surround yourself with everything that you can,—casts, photographs, terra-cottas, vase paintings,—and look at them constantly with all your might.'

Kenyon Cox recalled, "I once heard him say to a pupil: 'When you draw, form is the important thing; but in painting the first thing to look for is the general impression of color.' Surely Manet could say no more....As a teacher I do not believe he has any superiors, and his criticism is always based on essentials, and seldom touches matters of method."

Wyatt Eaton remembered: "In criticism of compositions and pictures he brought to bear his wide knowledge and large experience of physical laws. With me he generally made suggestions which would add to the picturesqueness of my compositions, his criticisms always coming from the intellect rather than from his heart."

George de Forest Brush, said: "As a teacher he is very dignified and apparently cold, but really most kind and soft-hearted, giving foreign pupils every attention. In his teaching he avoids anything like recipes for painting; he constantly points out truths of nature and teaches that art can be attained only through increased perception and not by processes. But he pleads constantly with his pupils to understand that although absolute fidelity to nature must ever be in mind, yet if they do not at last make imitation serve expression they will end as they began — only children."

Thomas Eakins wrote, "Gérôme comes to each one, and unless there is absolute proof of the scholar's having been idle, he will look carefully and a long time at the model and then at the drawing, and then he will point out every fault. He treats all alike good and bad. What he wants to see is progress. Nothing escapes his attention. Often he draws for us. Last time he made no change in my work, said it was not bad, had some middling good parts in it, but was a little barbarous yet....The biggest compliment he ever paid me, was to say that he saw a feeling for bigness in my modeling, 'There now, you are on the right track, now push.'"

J. Alden Weir described his counsel as "just, severe, and appreciative." Abbott Thayer said "One of my innermost longings will always be to get approval of my work." S. W. Van Schaick wrote that his presence "elevated us, in the moment, beyond our capacity; our errors glared in our work, we saw with his eyes, said to ourselves the unsympathetic 'more simple,' 'it is not that,' judged ourselves, only to return to our weakness on his departure."
The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine, 1889, Volume 7, page 636.
Eakins quote from The Paris Letters of Thomas Eakins)

Series on GurneyJourney:
"Beaux-Arts Instruction" Series: Part 1Part 2, Part 3

Charles Bargue and Jean-Léon Gérôme


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74. Tony Zhou's "Every Frame A Painting"

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75. Chat Chat Chat

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