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9076. Illustration Friday Topic is Fresh

I went through a phase of painting vegetables and did this image of red peppers in oils. After starting to do images using Noah's painted textures I did a different version of the red peppers using his textures. I really love exploring different ways of creating. Who knows what the next red peppers will look like.

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9077. The Beauty of the Night Sky

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9078. Sacred Muddle

I planned to tie up the last few months in a tidy bow,
to give you a round
beginning, middle, and end
to the stroke saga.
What we writers like to call a story arc.
Some stories take longer to figure out.

My story for now is just a middle... or a muddle:
brain blips,
ambulance rides,
hospital stays,
looming surgery.

None of our swell summer projects.
No happy new manuscripts.
No tidy bows. 

With each shift in the family balance,
part of me shrinks.
I hope it's the right part. The part that needs to go.
I hope it's the part that, before this muddle,
tried to hold everything together alone,
that didn't ask for help,
that got too busy to rest
in the numerous small things around me.

With each slip,
these small things come into focus.

Not my grand plans.
Not measurable success.

But joy.


good books.



rocks and sky.
breath and bread.

Life is short,
but humble things
make it deep.

Thank you
for your generosity to us through so many gifts -
art and cards, books and pens,
food and a clean house,
help with bills and the wildebeests,
prayers and wishes.
Thank you.

I am amazed at the love around us.
Amazed at how love makes every story beautiful,
no matter how long or short it is.

Here's to the sacred muddle, my friends.
To going deep!
to mysteries.
buried treasure.
great books.
and small things.

Mystery and Adventure Books We Have Loved This Summer:

Where The Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin
The Willoughbys, by Lois Lowry
Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist, by R.L. LaFevers
Half Magic, by Edward Eager
The Brixton Brothers, by Mac Barnett
The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate

The Book of Beasts, by E. Nesbit, ill. by Inga Moore
The Red Book, by Barbara Lehman
Flotsam, by David Weisner


(my best reads of the summer)

Hattie Ever After, by Kirby Larson
Howl's Moving Castle, by Diane Wynne Jones
The Thirteenth Child, by Patricia Wrede
A Grave Mercy, by Robin LaFevers

Beautiful Battlefields, by Bo Stern

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9079. Childrens Book Art from the Herbie Bear Series

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Herbie shows up at school and someone has released all the class pets.

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Because I was working with a partner a model sheet for Herbie was a must.


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Charlie is the new kid in town and good friends with Herbie. They both love to skate.


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Model sheet David Stone – Herbie’s favorite basketball player just happens to be his teachers brother David Stone.

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9080. Why “Foodfight!” Cost $45 Million And Was Still Unwatchable

The CGI trainwreck Foodfight!, which has been a perennial favorite on Cartoon Brew, finally hits the bigtime with this New York Times article. If there’s one lesson to take away from the production of the film, it’s that people without animation experience shouldn’t be trusted to produce or direct animated features.

The NY Times descibes how businessman/producer Larry Kasanoff raised $45 million to make Foodfight!, and then decided to direct the film himself, despite having no prior experience directing animation. Kasanoff declined to comment to the Times, citing legal reasons, but by other accounts, the production was a torturous experience for its crew:

[Kasanoff's] approach, because he had gotten the money for it, and no one could say no to him, was very idiosyncratic,” said Kenneth Wiatrak, a layout artist on the project. “You didn’t know from day to day what would occur. Would there be a review? Would he suddenly want to change the whole thing?”

People who worked on the film said that Kasanoff’s notes were often along the lines of requesting a scene to be “more awesome” or “30 percent better.” When Kasanoff failed to deliver the film after years of delays, a completion bond company stepped in to salvage whatever pieces they could. The cobbled-together film, which includes many shots that weren’t even completed, was released onto DVD last year.

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9081. A Fantastic Field Guide Friday Fan Art

Patrik is a teenage artist from a small European country named Slovenia (located next to Italy, Austria, and Croatia) who has been inspired by The Spiderwick Chronicles.  He read the series about four years ago, in his native language Slovene, and became inspired to create his own fantastical project, which took him three years to complete!

This commitment is nothing new for the young artist.  In fact, Patrik discovered his passion for drawing when he was just five, and continued to exercise his talent through grade school.  Like me, he looks to many similar sources for inspiration.  “I love nature, and not just nature, but everything that is natural which has a feeling of pureness,” he explained in his email.  Of course, the natural world had a great influence on me when I was creating Spiderwick. I studied and drew from museum specimens and other forms found in the wild to guide me in creating a more detailed world of the fantastic.


Patrik, saw this connection and was so inspired by the information found in Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You that he decided to make his own rendition of the book.  Above you can see the cover of the piece surrounded by objects Mr. Spiderwick would have had close at hand – spectacles, a compass, an ink dip pen, magnifying glass, and (of course) his seeing stone.


Here are only some of the beautiful pages of Patrik’s homemade field guide.  Detailed renditions of goblins, ogres, sea maids, and many more familiar creatures fill the pages, providing documentation that Arthur Spiderwick would be proud to see.  Note that the information included in the drawings have been translated to Slovene.


The Griffin centerfold is one of my favorites…


…and, of course, instructions on how to use a seeing stone. Nice work, Patrik.  This field guide is splendid.

From Massachusetts to Slovenia:

Keep drawing, Keep dreaming.

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9082. Quote of the Week: Jane Yolen

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9083. JD's Children's radio show, IT's Story Time's Latest Shows and Books

It's Story Time is NOW on BOOK GARDEN RADIO! ~Book Garden Radio brings you It's Story Time: an International Children's Reading Radio Shows; and The Authors' Words: where you will hear authors read their favorite part from their book. Q & A to follow. ~~ It's Story Time airs live two to three times a month 10/11AM est, 9/10AM cst, 8/9AM mst and 7/8AM pst ~~As Always, the show is FREE. No codes or coupons and you don't need to click to another site. The shows are here, so sit right back and listen live at show time or on demand at anytime you like at BLOG TALK RADIO. ~~~

 Show's Site: www.thebookgarden.net ~~~~~ALL books that appear on It's Story Time are copyrighted by the author.


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8-10-13 ~ Truthy Ruthy by Sari Barel & I Really Love You, Ava by Amberly Kristen Clowe, plus Agy Wilson with Book Picks:Hey Charleston! By Anne Rockwell  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/bgr/2013/08/10/its-story-time-with-jd-holiday-8-10-13

8-3-13 ~ The Adventures of Boots:The Giant Snowball by Linda Black,  READ BY JAN BRITLAND Marlow and The Monster by Sharon Cramer on Book Garden Radio http://www.blogtalkradio.com/bgr/2013/08/03/its-story-time-with-jd-holiday-8-3-13

7-20-13 ~ Janoose The Goose and The Spy Game by JD Holiday on Book Garden Radio~ http://www.blogtalkradio.com/bgr/2013/07/20/its-story-time-with-jd-holiday-for-7-20-13

7-13-13 ~Aaron Apple and the Rain by JM Carydice & Kangaroo Clues by Margot Finke & Book Picks with Author Agy Wilson at Book Garden Radio~  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/bgr/2013/07/13/its-story-time-with-jd-holiday-7-13-13 

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Bunnicula was one of my favorite books from when I was eight. I got the opportunity to create my version for a theater poster.

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9085. Disney Announces New Animated CG Pic “Zootopia”

Yesterday at D23 expo, Walt Disney Animation Studios announced Zootopia (working title), a feature slated for 2016 that will be directed by Byron Howard (Bolt, Tangled) and written by Jared Bush (a writer on the TV series All of Us). The film’s set-up is standard buddy-cop comedy, in which a fox named Nick Wilde who is framed for a crime he didn’t commit teams up with rabbit cop Lt. Judy Hops. The twist is that the entire film is set in a world in which humans never existed (a la Pixar’s Cars) and animals have built everything. Entertainment Weekly elaborated on this conceit:

[Disney] also displayed concept images of Zootopia’s title city. “One of the key concepts is if you squint at any frame of film you might think you’re looking at an animal in a natural environment,” Howard said. He then showed a frame of a snow-covered Alpine mountain, which faded into an irregularly shaped white pyramid luxury hotel. Just like New York has Chinatown and Little Italy, Zootopia has distinct regional neighborhoods like Tundratown, Sahara Square, Little Rodenta (the bad part of town, populated by vermin), and Burrowborough, populated by millions of bunnies.

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9086. LOL!


"Fresh" works by Ian Sands..
Above: three separate works placed together how they will be displayed.
Below: each of the works individually
Mixed Media: ink, acrylic, colored pencil, pastel, marker



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9087. Quote of the Week: Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen Quote

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9088. Tom Banjo plays a little tune

via Emergent Ideas Tom Banjo plays a little tune

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9089. Hot Foot: A duckling's view of the beach.

  "Hot Foot" Another Daily Sketchbook story.  This was a fun first pass, on a second go I would add secondary (larger) pail at the start. J.

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9090. Back to School Fantabulous Sale!

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backtoschoolIt’s August and that means back to school and my annual sales. And back to school includes Fairy Online School! Yay! Save on your August and September session FALL classes by registering now! If you’ve been curious about classes, now is the time to take advantage of these deals and sign up. The sale is today until August 14th! Classes on sale to check out and sign up for are:

All classes include FREE Practice Group page.

Etsy sale:

And there is more fun! Head on over to my ETSY shop and type in the sale word for coupon: SCHOOLSALE to receive a discount on your order.

Flower essences:

But wait, there’s more! Order two flower essences and get one FREE!  In your order, just let me know which one you want to include for your gift in the comments section or by email. Head on over to the FLOWER ESSENCE SHOP to order today.

I love sales, don’t you? They are so much fun! And back to school is even funner! (If that is a word)

AND, my new book is ready!

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FOR THE ANIMAL PARENT OR ANIMAL LOVER: My new book on how to communicate with animals is available on Amazon! More yays! (Official launch next month) Learn the routine on how to communicate with your animals in this fun workbook. I share lots of my animal stories and a TON of info. For those who have taken the ac class, there’s lots of additions and fun exercises. So excited to share this with you! Here’s the link to buy.

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9091. Illustration Friday - Fresh

Fresh breeze, fresh flowers, fresh faces...

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9092. International SCBWI Conference in LA

Thank you, Lin and Steve, for creating SCBWI! I drew Lin Oliver, Steve Mooser, and their grandbabies in my Penguin Cha-Cha book to thank them for the marketing grant for that book and all SCBWI has done to help me with my career. 

Last weekend was the international SCBWI conference in LA. It's a crazy huge conference with over 1200 attendees, lots of keynotes, breakout sessions, parties, and the works. You can read some notes from each of the sessions on the extensive conference blog: http://scbwiconference.blogspot.com

My favorite session was Mac Barnett's keynote. He told us that kids who read his picture book about a boy with a pet whale can send in for their own pet whale. In reply they receive a letter from a Norwegian law firm saying the whale was held up in customs, but they can leave messages for their whale by calling a 1-800 #. The phone number has whale sounds and then a beep. Kids would call and leave messages for their whales, and Mac played a number of messages left by a sweet boy. Kids are so willing to suspend disbelief!

Loved the photo booth at the SCBWI Black & White Ball!
With fellow Regional Advisors: Anushka Ravishankar from India, Leslie Helakoski from Michigan, and Susanne Gervay from Australia.
The winners of the Black & White Ball costume contest.
We headed to the Santa Monica pier at sunset after the conference was over. Ahhh... 

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9093. Here's what you missed... and Sonia Delaunay

We were lucky last sunday, the sun came out!

we had fun setting up...

 with an eager helper...

 I sold a LOT of teatowels! 
But I do have a few left, will put them in my etsy shop...stay tuned for that.

Now I'm working on color samples for the biography of Sonia Delaunay. Fun!

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9094. Thank you to my facebook pals

for posting this 

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9095. Tater Tot

not sure he's done....woof!

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9096. Journal page - summer love

I just really, really love summer. Can you tell?

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9097. Finished!

I just finished my new book!- "There Once Was A Cowpoke Who Swallowed An Ant" by Helen ketteman - A.W. ...that's it - just on a high right now and thought I'd share... Read the rest of this post

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9098. Sketches & doodles

Haven't posted sketches for a long while, figure would be fun to post some quick sketches and doodles

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9099. Ms Giddens In The Innocents

This is a pen and ink and digital sketch I did recently while watching a great ghost story movie called The Innocents. It's based on the Henry James story Turn of the Screw but I actually like it better than the movie. This is a drawing of Ms Giddens who is played by Deborah Kerr. You can watch the whole film on YouTube! It really is one of the best, spookiest horror films ever made. 

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9100. Here's what you missed... and Sonia Delaunay

We were lucky last sunday, the sun came out!

we had fun setting up...

 with an eager helper...

 I sold a LOT of teatowels! 
But I do have a few left, will put them in my etsy shop...stay tuned for that.

Now I'm working on color samples for the biography of Sonia Delaunay. Fun!

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