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61651. Home again

Happily back to work once again experimenting with several new color palettes. Very exciting... painting for the next show at High Falls.. attened opening at the Bevier Gallery- original art of children book illustrators.

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61652. Antiques in the Air…

… can you smell it? Fall, Autumn, the wind whistling, a few leaves blowing by…and miles of antiques!

September is when one of the three yearly Brimfield shows occurs, and I snuck away for the day with my mom to partake in the hunt. It turns out that I collect pictures just as much as real stuff (no, more), so herewith are some photos of things I thought were cool, and some of the stuff I got while there. Really, I think the fun is just in the poking around, looking through decades past.

‘Twas a brisk fall day, cloudy for the most part, but with sun poking through occasionally.

Every season is Christmas at Brimfield:

These are some mighty fine paper candy containers:

Here’s something you don’t see anymore, not even in Scotland!

I love the naive painting on this set o’ dwarves…

Here’s a good way to get ahead!

Cute horse ride-on…

This set of cut-out house from the turn-of-the-century was SO beautiful:

I wish they still gave out Green Stamps!

Nifty Halloween stuff:

That’s a lotta bling in one place!

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61653. The MSPCA/Angell Walk For Animals

Today, the MSPCA/Angell Walk For Animals event took place on Boston Common. It was the perfect weather for pets and their parents to come together for a walk around the Common to raise money and awareness for the MSPCA / Angell Animal Hospital and Adoption Center! This is the hospital where we took our Ruby back when she was suffering with uncontrollable, unstoppable ear and skin infections. Seems like an eternity ago when she suffered every single day.

The only local vet dermatologist —and one of only two in Massachusetts, we've been told — worked at Angell, with her derm team. Allergy treatment in animals can be a real crap shoot, but we were willing to try anything. The anti-allergy regimen that Angell's great Dr. Kathy Tater created for Ruby has now controlled her allergies almost completely. It's amazing — she's like a different dog, and now so happy, carefree and virtually symptom-free.

You can read more about Ruby's story on my Angell fundraising page. I have proudly raised $750 for Angell and I am so very grateful to all of my friends and family for their generous contributions — I am truly humbled.)

Below is the t-shirt and the frisbee designs I illustrated/designed for the event. I just loved wearing that t-shirt today!

If you'd like to see the gazillion photos I took at the event of the

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61654. self-promo fall 2010 mailer~PROOFS

well, i decided to go with vistaprint http://vistaprint.com for my self-promotional postcard/mailer. i just placed the order after receiving my proofs (above pic). delivery is slated for 2 weeks. i'm actually pleased with the way these came out. can't wait to see the printed piece...and get to mailing them to art directors!!! not too bad for my first "mailer";) SUPER EXCITED!!!

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61655. All kinds of Awesome

I just keep coming back to this beautiful Foxes in Fiction track - 'Flashing Lights Have Ended Now.' It's so dreamy, so luscious, so hard to listen to just the once. Shame about the filmclip or lack thereof. Doesn't matter. Just put it on and wrap yourself up in it's glorious honeyed tones.

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61656. Sketches

Sketches for a magazine assignment!

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61657. a kindhearted panda...

One character from Sweet Moon Baby, by Karen Henry Clark.

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61658. Fish Frames!

I am absolutely loving this whole wood-burning process! It feels so tactile and permanent and I'm getting to sand and stain and finish wood, which I had never done before, it's fantastic! I was thinking of selling some of these at the CTN Expo, would anyone be interested?

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61659. New stuff from Brimfield…

As I said, I picked up a few things at the Brimfield show last week, because you can’t go there and NOT find anything, that would be impossible.
For me, anyhow!
Old stuff is aesthetically more interesting than most new stuff.
Again, for me, anyhow!

Some of the things I am a sucker for are vintage children’s books:

This coloring book is from 1934, and was never used. Why is that a little sad?

These are from 1950- I especially love the alphabet one!

These are teeny- about 3″ each. Wee stuff is always extra cute!

A little salute to Belgium and Holland:

That’s a wine label, I think…plus some sweet wooden shoes.

I always manage to find at least a few “new” old fabrics…

New-old stock Easter candy box= LOVE!

Another mysterious love- old, unused stickers, preferably the gummed paper kind, and especially if they’re in their original package!

Also an unused decal from one of our favorite meccas…Santa’s Village in NH!

And a little something more medieval, too:

Rampant unicorns! Huzzah!

That’s most of what I picked up. I guess I am generally an ephemera lover!

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61660. They Draw and Cook - Very Berry Pie!

Take a look at this fun website, combining two of my favorite things, illustrations and recipes!

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61661. Looking for the banned book.

On Saturday I went to the library. I had decided to read a book I had never read before, a banned book. One feared by some and beloved by many.
My librarian, almost a kid, showed me the way. There, in isle 3B.

Among the Popol Vuh (another book that has also been object of prejudice, destruction and burning) and the guides to Toltect Wisdom.

The Qu'ran.
And at the end, the open book showed me that those who fear it and those who love it have much more in common than we realized.

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61662. Something different.

Working on something out of the normal realm of my everyday work world. Illustrating some poems.

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61663. Fear of the Wolf

Earlier this spring French children's publisher Bayard commissioned me to illustrate a feature for the magazine Les Belle Histoires entitled J'ai peur du loup ! (I Fear the Wolf!). 

This was a short conversational monologue by a small boy at bedtime, who fears wolves in the night. I was asked to illustrate the boys words with a series of very simple vignette images. "J'ai peur du loup, caché dessous..... J'ai peur du loup, trop grand debout..... Il crie beaucoup J'ai peur du loup ! J'ai peur du loup, qui dévore tout" and so on. The illustrations show the child acting out each fearful description of the wolf and his attempts to hide.

All ends well when the boy calls out in a big voice and frightens the imagined lupus away.

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61664. Two New Books!

They've finally arrived, two boxes of books!

    What a lovely way to end the Summer, with two brand new picturebooks.....they are:
     Bartholomew's Gift
        Written by Diane Dignan
             Published by Ferne Press
                 July 2010
Little Bartholomew is bestowed with a unique gift at birth - an ability that his loved ones do not possess or understand. There is excitement and wonder when, as a child, he discovers the meaning of his gift and wishes to share the joy it brings with others. Misunderstood, he withdraws and denies his experiences until the gift disappears forever. Or does it? This story is for anyone who searches for wonder in everyday life.
  Purchase Bartholomew's Gift here or here

Pobble's Way
Written by Simon Van Booy
Published by Flashlight Press
        July 2010
A perfect bedtime story, this gentle tale follows Pobble and her father as they stroll through the snowy woods near their home one evening and, in Pobble’s imaginative and unique way of looking at things, nature transforms: a winter mushroom becomes frog umbrella, a floating leaf turns into a butterfly boat, and a feather is a tickle stick. In the excitement of imagining worlds transformed, Pobble does not notice when her pink mitten falls from her pocket. Soon the woodland animals gather and begin to wonder whether the soft, pink addition to the forest is cotton candy, a mouse house, a wing warmer, or a fish coat. With luminous paintings and lyrical language, this picture book celebrates family, nature’s beauty, and the power of imaginative thinking.
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61665. Chance To Get Published

The National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation (NAESPF) has launched a contest for aspiring children’s book authors. The winning authors will have their books endorsed by the NAESP Foundation and published by Charlesbridge Publishing.

Prospective authors may choose to publish a picture book or a chapter book written for children from 3-16 years of age. Five finalists will be announced in each category and two winners will be announced at the 2011 Annual Convention and receive a contract to publish his/her books.

Judging will be based on content, originality, and age-appropriateness of the manuscript.

DEADLINE: Entries can be submitted until February 15, 2011.  Five finalists will be announced on March 14, 2011.  You will be contacted via email if you are a finalist.  Two winners will be announced April 7, 2011 at NAESP 2011 Annual Convention and receive a contract to publish his/her books.

Download the entry form and mail a copy of your manuscript to:

NAESP Foundation
1615 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

For more information about the National Book Award Contest, call the NAESP Foundation at 800-386-2377.

Note: The Book of the Year Award Contest is open to anyone who wants to have his/her children’s book published.

Forty-five dollars is a good amount of money to put out, but it is going to a reputable organization with a reputable publisher. 

Good Luck,


Filed under: Author, Book Contracts, children writing, Competition, Contests, opportunity, picture books, Places to sumit, publishers Tagged: Chapter Books, contest, Get Published, picture books
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61666. a kindhearted panda…

One character from Sweet Moon Baby, by Karen Henry Clark.

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61667. The Last Line of Defense

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61668. Fall Post card mailing... and PROVERB

I am combining my work over the past two days with the Illustration Friday theme:  Proverb. This is a wise one that I hope to follow:

"Every Picture Tells A Story"

For the front of my fall postcard I decided to create a boy a little bit older than the one in my painting for the NY Public library exhibit.  On the back, instead of How to Ride a Dragon 101,  I substituted a useful handbook,  Dragons for Dummies.   I'm sure it will come in handy.

And for anyone who wants to wallow in proverbs, here is a handy link.

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61669. Illustration Friday--proverb

"L'amor che move il sole e l'altre stelle""The love that moves the sun and the other stars." Elizabeth Gilbert—Eat Pray LoveI am not sure what makes a proverb and proverb and a quote a quote? I didn’t look it up to find out if there is a difference, they seem so similar. One thought I had was; maybe it’s like a good wine that neesds to age. Could be a quote must stick around for a good 50 years

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61670. Day and Night

"They walked all day, and they walked all night."

I envision this piece being used in an elephant story I'm working on. I just love elephants.

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61671. It’s as slimy as...

...a worm in the rain!

At the end of Crazy Like a Fox: A Simile Story, readers are encouraged to invent their own similes. For more info about the book, click here. Or, you can watch a video trailer here.

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61672. New Cards for the Upcoming Holidays!

I've recently uploaded several hundred new cards to my online greeting card store. I'm quickly approaching the 5,000 card mark - that's a big selection! Not just illustration, either; you'll find Alaskan photography, animals, wedding designs, patriotic cards and so much more! A few of my newest designs are shown above, but be sure to visit my shop to browse my ever-growing greeting card selection!

Thanks for dropping by today. I hope you have a wonderful week & enjoy these last few weeks of summer (or winter, depending on where you are =).

DISCLAIMER: If you follow the link to visit my online store and purchase items associated with my artwork, I will earn a commission.

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61673. What did you do this weekend?

Well, I know what I did!

Friday night I attended a show at the Society of Illustrators called Blow-Up. Three illustrators with vastly different backgrounds: Tomer Hanuka, Yuko Shimizu, and Sam Weber. It is quite possible the best show I have ever seen at the Society. If you are in the New York area I highly recommend that yo head over to 63rd street and take a look

Lauren Castillo chats it up.

Saturday was our neighborhood block party.

Where for some reason a neighbor asked if I want to judge the block Dog Show.
I could have said, "NO", but who turns down and offer like that? The categories were
1. Best dressed 2. Cutest 3. Most Unique. What kind of category is Most Unique anyway?

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61674. One more Sketchbook Project page!

Top is another page for the Sketchbook Project; Below are sketches from the California Academy of Science. I just get a Joby tripod for my little old photo camera ... so make a little video to test both the tripod and the video function in my little point and shot. LOL I have the camera for a long while now ... but never quite try out the video function ... since I always have a hard time keep the camera stable.

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