Under the algae that carpets the swamp, near the duck who paddles in ooze, close to the turtle who takes a snooze . . . hides a gator! Still as a log, only his watchful eyes can be seen. But when gator moves, he really moves! What happens to the duck, the turtle, the egret, the deer, and the many other critters of the swamp when gator makes his move!
A great time was had with the kids at The Lighthouse! We learned about the plants and the animals that inhabit the Everglades and studied the layers of swamp water that enables gators and other animals the ability to hide. What a great time we had!
“Here’s a fun tale that introduces young readers to concepts of camouflage and predator-prey interactions. And kids will love searching for the hidden alligator in the beautiful illustrations.”
–Annie Oxarart, Board Member, League of Environmental Educators in Florida Available HERE
Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!
The Great Gitana… in color.
I’m learning to live with the lines and imperfections in an illustration, and trying some new techniques. There’s always something to learn.
There is a young cowboy, he lives on the range,
His horse and his cattle are his only companions.
He works in the saddle and sleeps in the canyons,
Waiting for summer, his pastures to change.
~ James Taylor
I’ve been experimenting with technique, texture and palette lately. This feller came out of my experimenting…. and who doesn’t love a cowboy! :)
The spider’s touch, how exquisitely fine!
Feels at each thread, and lives along the line.
Once a year the eyes of the nation turn to this tiny hamlet in western Pennsylvania, to watch a master at work. The master, Punxsutawney Phil, the world’s most famous weatherman, the groundhog. Who, as legend has it, can predict the coming of an early spring. So I guess the question we have to ask ourselves today is, does Phil feel lucky?
~Ground Hog Day
Next she delivered an invite to Mrs. Piette chatoui!
My illustrated book, I See the Animals Sleeping is now an App!
This free children’s app was developed by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine to educate kids about the importance of sleep. The app has optional settings for children to read the stories at their own pace or have the story read to them with audio. The app also includes a coloring book, puzzle and quiz games to make learning fun.
All of this good stuff and yes I said FREE!
Check it out!!
Something a little different this time!
Time to bake pumpkin pie!
I figured these little ones, worked so hard on making the pie all week, they deserved a a piece themselves!
Skadamo 22 …and I’m all caught up.
Now for something really different. I’ve never done anything in comic format, so I have to say how much I admire those who do.This is a scribbly, sketchy attempt.
Here’s, Turkey Daze!
And so they arrived at the fay do do, over to Maman Caiman’s house. Each bringing with them, something to share. They ate till their bellies were full and they make the veiller. So much fun!
But Maman was worried, she hadn’t heard from Papa since last he left on his trip to N’awlins.
“Merci pour m’svoir aide! We’re so happy you came! She said at their guest prepared to leave.
“Merci to you, Maman Caiman!” I hope you’ve saved some pie for Papa!
She didn’t hear the click clack of the lock, nor did she hear the munching of the last piece of Mama Camain’s pie as Papa hungrily gobbled it up.
And there you have it! Thirty days of SkADaMo and thirty days of Picture book ideas with PiBoldMo
This has been a very worthwhile experience to participate in. I now have 30 ideas, some good, some not so much, but none the less they are mine to work on and grow into full fledged stories!
A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.
A polite expression of greeting or goodwill.
Fridays are for a movie and some hot buttery toc toc!
Bring yo self down fo summa dem Mathéo’s beignets an dat good café au lait!
Chaoui loves dem des meurres!
An invite for Clovis tortue!
Some quick character development sketches.
Mais dat was one of da biggest zirondelles I ever done seen, said, Pierre Bear.