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73726. Kindred Spirits Location?

Asher B. Durand painted Kindred Spirits to memorialize his friend Thomas Cole and their beloved Catskill Mountains. In 2005 the painting sold for $35 million dollars to Walmart heiress Alice Walton.

What is the setting of the painting? Is it just an idealized composite, or an actual place? Landscape painter Scott Balfe sent me this picture of a place he discovered in a remote section of Kaaterskill Clove.

The picture shows Shelf-Rock at the Five Cascades under Haines Falls. “Bit of a hike to get down there,” he says. The rock sticks out 10-12 feet. “I know Durand must have seen that spot,” Scott told me.

“You can see South Mountain and Kaaterskill High Peak in the distance today, which resemble the shapes of the mountain forms in Kindred Spirits. I’m sure Durand’s painting was a composite, but once you’ve been down there, the impression is a strong and lasting one.”
I paint a portrait of Scott in a downpour
Painting a sheep farm with Scott

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73727. Brush, Brush, Brush! coming out soon

My wonderful agent sent me this picture she took at ALA a few days ago. I haven't seen the book myself yet so it's great to be able to see a picture. :)

Brush, Brush, Brush! is part of the Rookie Toddlers series published by Scholastic . This is a great little book for toddlers. Makes brushing your teeth so much fun. The text can be read as a song too which I know kids will love.

It will be released on March but It's available for pre-order now. Stay tuned for a giveaway soon!

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73728. 10 Superbowl Logos of the Past Twenty Years

Below are ten Superbowl logos from the twenty of the past two decades.

Five Superbowl Logos of the 1990s


Five Superbowl Logos of the 2000s

73729. El 'Día del Pisco Sour': historia, buen sabor, y patriotismo

Hoy es el “Día del Pisco Sour” y el Perú entero -y los peruanos en otros países- celebrará con fiestas diversas, degustaciones gratuitas, y tortas a base de pisco, el licor emblema del país.

El pisco sour, declarado patrimonio cultural del país, ya es el protagonista de fiestas con música en vivo desde este viernes. Una torta con forma de botella de casi 1,5 metros a base de pisco se exhibe en la plaza Bolívar del distrito limeño de Pueblo Libre.

Richard Melgarejo, tricampeón metropolitano en preparación de pisco sour, dijo que al famoso cóctel se suman ahora combinaciones con chicha morada (de maíz morado) y de diversas frutas.

“El pisco es parte de nuestra identidad, se ha producido en Perú durante más de 400 años, y el pisco sour es ahora un símbolo nacional”, dijo a la AFP José Luis Chicoma Lúcar, viceministro de Industria.

Según los historiadores, el pisco sour nació en el corazón de Lima, a unos metros de la Plaza de Armas. En 1922 existía en la antigua calle Boza el bar de Víctor Morris, cuyo dueño -conocido como “el gringo Morris”- atendía a sus amigos con tragos de su inspiración.

Una noche, Morris sorprendió a sus amigos con una nueva bebida a la que llamó pisco sour, una fórmula que funde lo peruano del pisco con el “sour” norteamericano, por su tierra de origen.

La fama del cóctel creció durante la bonanza de petróleo de las décadas del cuarenta y cincuenta, gracias a estrellas de Hollywood como Orson Welles, Ava Gardner o John Wayne, que bebieron el famoso cóctel en el histórico Hotel Bolívar en Lima.

Un buen pisco sour se hace con tres medidas de pisco, una medida de jugo de limón recientemente exprimido, 2/3 medida de azúcar blanca, clara de huevo y hielo picado.

EN ECUADOR. La capital ecuatoriana se sumó hoy a las celebraciones del “Día del Pisco Sour”, y que ha servido en Quito para “profundizar la hermandad” entre ambos pueblos.

Por iniciativa de la embajada de Perú en Quito, delegados políticos, diplomáticos y culturales pudieron probar diversas combinaciones basadas en el pisco y se sumaron así a las celebraciones nacionales del país vecino.

Fuente: Diario Peru21.pe

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73730. Spot the Pigeon! (NY Times Bestseller!)

Can you find the Pigeon in the just published I Am Going!?You can? Cool.Oh, and thanks to you, debuts on the NYTimes Bestseller list at #2 along side pals Jerry Pinkney, Mark Teague, Jane Yolen, and Peter Brown. This is an unexpected treat! Thanks, you!Huzzah!

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73731. Illustration Friday: Muddy Start

In Egyptian art, many royal representatives were depicted holding sacred lotuses, members of the water lily family, and the gods were also associated with water lilies. In Buddhism, the lotus is an important symbol of enlightenment because it illustrates beauty rising through mud and water to bloom. Because many species tightly furl their blossoms at light, the lotus is also a symbol of opening to the light.

The roots of water lilies are embedded in the mud, well below the water line. The mud keeps the roots moist and provides a source of nutrition, while richly oxygenated water seeps into the roots.

I love the analogy of rising above muddy beginnings and blooming in spite of it all!
The lillies and stems were painted a base color and then finished with colored pencils. The lily pads are exposed patterned paper.

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73732. One More Story

One More Story is a groovy resource for your kids - recently voted a top 10 Digital Resource by School Library Journal! You can subscribe to enjoy up to 108 picture books online - including some Caldecott winners. They can be read to you (or not) in English or Spanish or Mandarin! Very groovy way to spend a Saturday.

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73733. Doggy?

I've decided to play with this little guy for my character. Having a little trouble with what to call him, though.

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73734. Sea


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73735. Book-alikes

I love this. The True Meaning of Smekday readers Stacy (mother) and Zoe (daughter) decided to let me know that Zoe IS that book's protagonist, Gratuity Tucci. And I'm not going to argue with them, are you?

Above is their approximation of the illustration that opens the book, below is the book's closer.

This made me wonder if anyone else out there ever looked at one of my books and thought Hey, his Frankenstein looks just like my Uncle Whoever or Wow, the way he draws Billy Twitters reminds me of my classmate, Whatsisname. Anybody got any photographic proof of something like that? Or maybe you just think one of my characters looks like a politician or celebrity. If so, send pictures or links to adamrex(at)earthlink(dot)net.

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73737. All Kinds of Cute!


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73738. Sketchbook Saturday

early character studies - 2006

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73739. What is Your Biggest Challenge as an Illustrator?

Hello everyone!

For this week’s Weekend Forum, I thought I’d invite you all to try and answer this question:

What is your biggest challenge as an Illustrator, and how do you plan on overcoming it?

We all face obstacles and challenges in our lives, and in our creative professions.  One of the benefits of this is that it gives us the opportunity to grow by learning a new skill or reaching out of our comfort zone.

So what is the biggest thing standing between you and where you want to be as an artist, and what steps are you taking to improve your situation?  Please share your thoughts in the comments section of this post.

I’m looking forward to hearing everyone’s thoughts.  I hope this inspires us all to see obstacles as a temporary thing and to try and be better at what we do.

While you’re here, be sure to take a look at this week’s topic in the Illustration Friday Challenge!

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73740. Writing Contest and More Pictures


Deadline: April 20, 2010 (postmark). P Prizes: 1st: $100; 2nd: $75; 3rd: $50; 4th: $25 and up to 4 Honorable Mentions.

WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED at the AWC Conference Banquet at the Hilton Birmingham Perimeter Park Hotel, Birmingham, Alabama on JULY 17, 2010.

Contest Rules: Entries must be original, unpublished, and may not have won a money prize in any contest. (Sitting AWC voting Board Members are not eligible.) Multiple entries are accepted, but only one prize is awarded for each category.

Entry Fees

For all categories (EXCEPT Poem and First Chapter Novel): $5.00 per entry if AWC member, $8.00 per entry if non-member.

For First Chapter Novel: $10.00 if member, $12.00 if non-member.

For Poem: $3.00 per poem if member, $5.00 if non-member.

Writing Competition Categories

Fiction - maximum 2500 words.

Short Fiction – maximum 1000 words.

Juvenile Fiction (stories for ages 4-12) – maximum 2500 words. MUST LIST GENRE AND TARGETED AGE GROUP (i.e. picture book, 3 & up).

Nonfiction – maximum 2500 words (PLEASE SPECIFY IF WRITTEN FOR ADULT OR CHILDREN).

Humor (fiction, nonfiction, or poetry) – maximum 2000 words or 50 lines (for poems).

Traditional Poem (any “form” poem, i.e. villanelle, sonnet, sestina) – maximum 40 lines.

Free Verse Poem – maximum 60 lines.

First Chapter of Novel – up to 10 double-spaced pages, first chapter ONLY.

http://www.alabamawritersconclave.com/contests.html for the details on how to submit.

Hope you are enjoying the pictures.


Filed under: Contests Tagged: agents, Editors, photos, Writing Contests
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73741. Endpapers for a Children's Picture Book

You don't see illustrated endpapers much these days, probably due to budget constraints. But I think it adds some fun and whimsy plus has an old fashioned storybook feeling to it. I'm not one hundred percent finished with the artwork yet but thought I'd take a break and give you a sneak peek.

Definition of endpapers: The plain white, decorated, or printed paper that is at the front and end of a book, one half of which is pasted down to the binding. The endpapers are used to give a finished look to the binding.

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73742. Bird Talk

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it to a lot of people, but I have another book lined up with Roaring Brook/Flash Point for 2011! The book is called BIRD TALK and it’s a 48 page non-fiction picture book about the different ways that birds communicate, and why. I’ve been working on a finished dummy and thought it’d be fun to share a few images (click on any image to see it larger).

Bird Talk 1

Bird Talk 2

Bird Talk 3

Bird Talk 4

Bird Talk 5

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73743. Happy Birthday Mama!

Happy Birthday to my lovely Mama!
(photo featured here before)

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73744. Super Bowl Sunday

All you need to know in 14 seconds…

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73745. east end studio visit

Last week I was toodling around the Brick Lane area for spice and art supply shopping and lunch with my agent, so I popped into a nearby studio... (Can you guess whose studio, just from this photo?)

Well, that would be...

(You can read a bit of mister Phoenix's Donny Digits here)

I found JAKe having his gyoza dumpling soup ...have a look at his cool Star Wars website!. When I followed the banging around in the next room, I found the Mighty ILYA (also known as Ed Hillyer). The three of them have toys everywhere, but they insist it's only a tiny sampling of their entire collection.

Woodrow let me sniff his (surprisingly tasty-smelling) ink and see his original artwork for Rumble Strip, and the sketches and inking for one of my favourite DFC covers:

Here are some sketches for Donny Digits, and the Kangaroo Court in the DFC's That's a Horse of a Different Colour:

Ed's recently been shortlisted for the Waterstone's New Voices 2010 award with The Clay Dreaming. He still hasn't seen a copy of it, but it comes out on 11 March and I want to be first in the queue to read it.
I read about it on the website of his publisher, Myriad Editions:
May 1868 – an Aboriginal Australian cricket team begins a tour of England. One of the players is on a quest to explore his Truth, or Dreaming.

Sarah Larkin’s quiet routine, divided between her father's sick room and the British Library, takes on a completely new aspect when King Cole, aka Brippoki, arrives unannounced on her doorstep, requesting her help. A curious friendship develops as together they research the fate and fortune of Joseph Druce, a convicted felon, transported to New South Wales nearly eighty years earlier: sneak thief, drunkard, cattle rustler, Royal Navy deserter – and quite possibly a murderer.

From Lord's cricket ground to the Royal Naval Hospital at Greenwich and the muddy banks of the River Thames – the Great Serpent coiled at the heart of his London Dreaming – diabolical spirits rage in pursuit of the hapless Aborigine. His health and sanity unravelling, Brippoki is a man out of place, and running out of time.

In this powerful début novel, Ed Hillyer has created an epic brimming with memorable characters and historical intrigue, and etched with documentary detail that brings both Regency and Victorian London vividly to life.

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73746. Happy Birthday Mama!

Happy Birthday to my lovely Mama!
(photo featured here before)

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73747. What the heck. Trying out 'Big Cartel'....the other etsy?

It might be lame that I only put 3 items in my product list...but I'm a firm believer in baby-steps. Check out:

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73748. Silvio In The Rain

Working like mad to get the Maddy Kettle cover finished.

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73749. Perkins’ Poll and AIYLA

I was wondering what Mitali Perkins’ PoC Faces on Book Covers poll was going to find. Here it is. Not surprising.

I’ve been thinking about something related to Perkins’ poll, but only tangentially related to book covers… The  American Indian Youth Literature Awards for 2010 were announced at ALA Midwinter. I know Debbie Reese has been a voice for representation of Native Americans in children’s literature and she may have written something about this (I haven’t seen it). What I notice each time the AIYL Awards are announced is that they can be hard to get because they are published by very specialized presses often not easily available through the regular library sources. My comment is not meant to detract from the work of any small press. But I wonder if it is a phenomenon of this particular award? Or is it just that there are so few books published by mainstream publishers? For example – if you look at the Coretta Scott King Awards, Pura Belpre Awards or the Asian-Pacific American Literature Awards- it’s mostly mainstream publishing. With all the downside of publishing PoC, is it worst for American Indians?

Here’s the 2010 YA winner of the American Indian Youth Literature Awards, published by a Hawaiian press that appears to be run by a school system (the website says “a division of the Kamehameha School System“). The book does not appear in the Library of Congress Catalog, and little information can be found at Barnes & Noble or Amazon.

Here’s where I’ll get my cover reference in. Blue seems to work very well on book covers. This one is very soothing. The whale shape is attractive and reminds me of the artistic style of the tribes of the Northwest. The title text is not exciting – a larger and swirlier font could work well. It’s very formal-looking. But perhaps this is what best suits the text.
I’m not sure the cover of Between the Deep Blue Sea and Me by Lurline Wailana McGregor (Kamehameha Publishing 2008) will attract teens – but it could. I’ll be purchasing this for our teen collection, and it’ll be one of the books I’ll read this year.
Between the Deep Blue Sea and Me: Reviews 1, 2, 3, 4.

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73750. Teen Wulf

Ahh, some news has been reported on thequaequamblog about my involvement on a fun little project that has been brewing since last year's Bristol Comic Expo.
Teen Wulf, a two part story about Wulf Sternhammer's youthful exploits. The first part will be available in the next (imminent) issue of Dogbreath!

I did this sketch as a warm-up whilst Rich Clements, (who should need no introduction to regular readers of my blog) was writing the script.
I've blogged about this in one, two or three teaser postings before...
I'm working on the second part now, and then it's onwards with Corvus, also written by Rich!

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