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1. Grandma

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2. Abuelita


"Abuelita"
watercolor on Arches paper
Steven James Petruccio

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3. Upcoming picture book brings memories to life!

Grandma’s Closet

Magical things happened when I opened Grandma’s closet…

The door itself told a tale of how an enchanted princess lived inside the magical world in Grandma’s closet…

Grandma’s closet door wore a crystal doorknob that sparkled…

The door knob was so pretty….

Beautiful antique lace hung over the door and a sparkling ring of keys all awaited those who opened Grandma’s closet….

Anyone who touched them became the new owner of Grandma’s closet and all that was in it…..

Once inside, you became a princess. A princess that was more beautiful than any other….

Dressed in a gown of silk and satins, I became a princess…..

In Grandma’s closet there was a pair of silver slippers with heels that made me so much bigger…

A crown of jewels sat on top of a treasure chest… The crown fit perfectly on my head…It was once worn by the most beautiful of princesses…

In Grandmas closet there was a mirror hanging from the top of the wall all the way down to the floor….

In this mirror, I saw the princess and all of her beauty,

I could not believe it was actually me….

In this mirror I see all of my visions and dreams….

My dreams of an enchanted life came true inside Grandma’s closet…

Inside Grandma’s closet you became all that you wanted to be…

All of this came to be- just because

Grandma opened her closet for me…

 

 

 

 ….

 

 

 


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4. Upcoming picture book brings memories to life!

Grandma’s Closet

Magical things happened when I opened Grandma’s closet…

The door itself told a tale of how an enchanted princess lived inside the magical world in Grandma’s closet…

Grandma’s closet door wore a crystal doorknob that sparkled…

The door knob was so pretty….

Beautiful antique lace hung over the door and a sparkling ring of keys all awaited those who opened Grandma’s closet….

Anyone who touched them became the new owner of Grandma’s closet and all that was in it…..

Once inside, you became a princess. A princess that was more beautiful than any other….

Dressed in a gown of silk and satins, I became a princess…..

In Grandma’s closet there was a pair of silver slippers with heels that made me so much bigger…

A crown of jewels sat on top of a treasure chest… The crown fit perfectly on my head…It was once worn by the most beautiful of princesses…

In Grandmas closet there was a mirror hanging from the top of the wall all the way down to the floor….

In this mirror, I saw the princess and all of her beauty,

I could not believe it was actually me….

In this mirror I see all of my visions and dreams….

My dreams of an enchanted life came true inside Grandma’s closet…

Inside Grandma’s closet you became all that you wanted to be…

All of this came to be- just because

Grandma opened her closet for me…

 

 

 

 ….

 

 

 


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5. IF Hybrid

flying granny color 450Granny/Superhero hybrid. For Illustration Friday.

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Finally peeking my groggy head up after a bit of time underground, building a new portfolio. Squeaked by just in time for the SCBWI L.A. Summer conference, from which I just returned.

I’d love to share some of the inspiration and new focus with y’all, once my head ceases to spin, that is!

It’s great to be back in the blogging seat!


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6. Silly Frilly Grandma Tillie by Laurie A, Jacobs

5 Stars Silly Frilly Grandma Tillie Laurie A, Jacobs Anne Jewett Flashlight Press 32 Pages Ages: 5 and up Inside Jacket:  Sophie and Chloe are lucky that their Grandma Tillie knows how to be royally silly. To their delight, whenever Grandma Tillie babysits she seems to disappear, only to be replaced by a parade of [...]

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7. A CARING DEED FOR BECKY

Last year I illustrated a picture book titled, A Caring Deed For Becky for Featherweight Press. It was written by Susan Wigden.

I've spelled her name "Widgen" incorrectly at least a thousand times, but that's neither here nor there.

In any case, Susan is currently making the rounds with the book and I thought I'd post a video of a school reading she did earlier this year.

 Want a copy? Of course you do.

Get it through Amazon HERE and Barnes and Noble HERE.

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8. illustration friday~yield

so, i'm thinking grandma may have *yielded* and bought little noah his much coveted green geiko galoshes....;)

this is a piece i did last year for a story called "the most boring birthday in the universe" for stories for children magazine. i thought it was a good example of *yielding*....in a cute way of course;)

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9. Back to Grandma’s House We Go

 

I spoke about those memories of Grandma, as opposed to Granny, who was Dad’s mother. Have to keep those straight, you know. I’d like to talk more about my maternal grandmother for one more day.

She was a tiny lady, who loved to shop when she had the opportunity. By the time I knew her she was already in her sixties and had triumphed over many obstacles and trials during her life. She had the soul of an artist, of a healer, and of a naturalist. Bundled within the diminutive frame resided a wicked sense of humor and a passion for professional wrestling.

Of course, the weekly broadcast of wrestling took precedence only when Perry Mason or Oral Roberts were not.

Her faith kept her going, I think, through all the lean years. In short, she was indomitable. What I learned from Grandma was reinforced by my own mother. She reflected many of her mother’s traits and strengths.

I will admit that oddities abounded around the little woman. Two massive native persimmon trees kept sentinel at the rear of her yard. In the spring, beneath those trees, grew mushrooms, morels to be exact. Those wrinkled beauties returned each year, spring and fall.

“Fall?” you ask. “Yes,” I reply. Morels aren’t known for appearing in the autumn, but hers did. The brilliant yellow buttercups would act as backdrop for them in the spring and the hickory nut bounty would accompany them in the fall. Sort of a two-fer event for the equinoxes.

She also had a passion for flowers and plants. Zinnias were her favorite annual, and she worked for years to develop a pure white zinnia. She didn’t get her project finished before she died. The ten thousand dollar prize must have gone to someone else, because not too many years ago such a flower was introduced to the public.

Grandma wanted a blue rose, as well, long before they were bred. My grandfather couldn’t find one for her and so settled for a favorite fruit tree instead. He brought her home a larger sapling peach tree. The first year it produced peaches, we were taken to see the tree. There, sprouting from the base of the tree was a blue rose; not a pale purple one, but a blue one.

At least that’s the memory of I have that event. She was ecstatic with her “miracle.” I can’t remember any other time seeing her that happy. Something precious had been validated for her that day, having to do with that rose. The rest of the adults seemed more stunned than ecstatic.

Grandma was one of those people who believed in all things being possible within nature. She could be staid, practical to a fault sometimes, and definitely opinionated, but for her things were always possible if she believed strongly enough.

She had her rules to live by and taught them with quiet modeling. If we were lucky, we got to learn those rules and emulate them within our own lives. That’s quite an accomplishment for anyone on this earth, I think.


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10. Samples: “A Busy Day” Mini-Book for High Five Magazine

The super-duper people at Highlights For Kids commissioned me to do the illustrations for a mini-book entitled, “A Busy Day” (by Karen Thompson) for the October 20011 issue of High Five magazine. I enjoyed working on this a few months back, and now it’s in print. I will be posting samples of the story during the month of October.

To start,  below is the layout of the mini-book with my art. It’s a front and back on one page-deal which you fold to make a booklet (see illo on the second image as to how to assemble). Cool, huh?

And for those of you who like to see roughs and such, I have included the AD’s sketch with the final layout. If I recall, there were very few (if any) changes from the roughs I sent. I will include some of those later, too.  Below are the covers:

(All Images Copyright Highlights for Children, 2011)

I had fun with the style, by the way. I am playing with looser line and using washes (all digital, as usual). I really like the affect over-all and it feels easy-going. It all makes for a happy illustrator!

 

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11. Best Internet: "Slow" Grandparents?



I certainly don't like the word "retarded" when used with people, but this is funny, and it's certainly not the first time around that I have seen it...


"RETARDED"GRANDPARENTS ...Written by a third grader, on what his grandparents do.

After Christmas, a teacher asked her young pupils how they spent their holidayaway from school. One child wrote the following:
             
We always used to spend the holidays with Grandma and Grandpa.  They usedto live in a big brick house with a dog and kitty, but Grandpa got retarded andthey moved to Arizona.

Now they live in a tin box and have rocks painted green tolook like grass and no pets allowed.  They ride around on their bicycles,and wear name tags, because they don't know who they are anymore.  They goto a building called a wreck center, but they must have got it fixed because itis all okay now, they do exercises there, but they don't do them verywell.  There is a swimming pool too, but they all jump up and down in itwith hats on.  At their gate, there is a doll house with a little old mansitting in it.  He watches all day so nobody can escape.

Sometimes they sneak out, and go cruising in their golfcarts.  Nobody there cooks, they just eat out.  And they eat the samething every night - early birds.   Some of the people can't get outpast the man in the little doll house.  The ones who do get out, bringfood back to the wrecked center for pot luck.  

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12. Read To Me


Shortly before Keilana was born, Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses set off a firestorm of controversy over an author I had never heard of before. When he began getting death threats, the popular media aimed the spotlight on Rushdie for his fifteen minutes. I particularly remember one interview where he said that, in his family of origin, the written word was so sacred that if someone accidentally dropped a book, they had to pick it up and kiss it in remorse. That kind of commitment made a soul-deep impression on my young, pregnant self and I vowed to teach my soon-to-be child an appreciation for books. I took a whole stack of them with me to the hospital and began reading to her the moment we were alone. I read to her every day, including the day we sat in the pediatrician’s office for her two-week checkup. When I told the doctor that his staff spent our entire wait mocking me in quiet nurse-y voices, he asked me if the baby listened when I read. Defensive, I launched into a detailed description of how Keilana’s eyes would get bigger looking at the pictures and how she would sit quietly and…and... When I finished, he just said, “Well, then, it doesn’t matter what they think.” And we just kept reading. So, it touches my heart when I watch my first baby, now a beautiful woman, share Phoebe Gilman’s Grandma and the Pirates, or any of her childhood favorites, with our little caboose.


http://www.amazon.com/Grandma-Pirates-Phoebe-Gilman/dp/059043425X


http://www.phoebegilman.com/home.html

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13. Grandpa


I come from a long line of people who do not believe in treating children like delicate china. I am the product of generations of pragmatic, keen-witted, and sharp-tongued folk telling it like it is and expecting kids to keep up. Nowhere is this more evident than in my relationship with my paternal grandfather, John Edward Rives. This is a man who never let me win at anything just because I was young or cute or inexperienced. He always paid me the respect of holding me to the same standards he would any adult, and, even though it took years, I have an abiding appreciation for that now. I lost at cards, got my fingers routinely snapped in the elastic-pulling game, and had to improve my storytelling ability in order to keep his interest. Mine has been a bring-your-A-game grandchildhood, because there is no minor league in this family. On the other hand, I learned to walk on the stilts he made me, knew a pretty impressive adult-stumping card trick at seven, and discovered the power of the narrative from the master. I chose to read Barbara Borack’s Grandpa to Scarlett as a tribute to her paternal grandfather, who has connected with his only granddaughter on a level only they truly understand, but found myself with quavering voice and wet eyes thinking of my grandpa, now ninety-one and in a battle with time, age and illness, sitting in my grandma’s red and white kitchen telling the “hush puppy” story just one more time.

As a postscript:When I sat down at my computer to post the day's blog, I received a message that my grandfather had peacefully slipped away in the early hours of this morning. I pray (or whatever else will work) that there really is something after this and that they are together.


http://www.alibris.com/search/books/qwork/2683915/used/Grandpa.

http://www.lincbook.com/ap_barbara_borack.html

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14. Creating Winter Memories: A Gift For Grandma and Her Grandson

By Kathy Jandric, mother of three, grandmother of 6 It was about 4:30 in the evening on a wintry December day and the temperature was 4 degrees. Often when it gets this cold in Minnesota, all we want to stay home, put some soup on the stove and keep warm. I had started a fire in [...]

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15. Cougars Like Young Nerds

 Older men, younger women. This seems to be the norm, back in days of old when a farmer’s wife died, they took on a younger wife because they were able bodied and child bearing. The younger women could do what we now call “Multi-Tasking”. They would cook, clean, take care of the house, the garden, the yard, the animals, have children and raise them, and service their husband. For many years this was nothing that was frowned upon. Men did this thing all of the time for the benefit of the family. Children were taught to do everything both in and out of the farm. The more children you had, the more help you had. Large families were encouraged.

But Now…

 Old man step aside…Mama wants fresh meat!!! Older women have ditched their “Golf Bags” for the caddies. Gone are the days where older women would rather rock their grand kids to sleep in their rocking chairs. Now they want to go out with their grand kids and hang out with rockers. Gone are the days of identifying a grandma by her polyester pants and tissue tucked sweaters. Grandmas are sporting fake breast and bikinis. Now a days young women can’t hold a candle to grandma.

 This causes a problem. If grandma and grandpa aren’t together anymore, what do they do. Well, grandma’s on the prowl. She’s not looking for money because if she is smart, she got it in the divorce. She’s not looking to marry because if she does that, the money stops. She doesn’t want another old man, that’s why she divorced the one she had. She is looking for a fresh kill. A man who is young, dumb and full of…a head of hair. Grandma knows the game. She is wise and cunning. She knows that all young men want to do is find them a piece, do their business, and move onto the next. Frankly, that’s all grandma’s looking for too. She’s not interested in making breakfast in the morning, she’s done that for too many years. She does’t want to go through the trouble of changing her last name, she earned the one she’s got. She is interested in the thought of love, but only if he doesn’t have his heart set on shacking up in the house she got in the divorce. Grandmas are tired of being put out to pasture, but now that they own the farm they want to run around naked in the freaking corn field.a

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16. Jr. Beekeeper’s Association

Beekeeping

Maggie and I visited the bees this weekend. She’s five and wants her own hive. No one ever told her that she’s supposed to be afraid.

We cleaned the hive, inspected for mites, and took out some honey frames. Her family watched proudly from a safe distance, and took this picture of Maggie pointing out a drone.

Life is good.

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17. 14 Weird things I’ve learned this week

  1. Queen Bees are expensive
  2. It’s damned difficult to find a cat-sitter in Ithaca
  3. Johnathan Lethem’s You Don’t Love me Yet is, so far, an absolutely perfect book
  4. Tom Phillips is an artist who did a really great book painting featuring fictional books with titles stolen from Shakespeare
  5. Roccapulco is a salsa club in San Francisco. I’m going next week with my friend Jake
  6. The Lunch Meeting is the gold standard for interviews at eBay

Oldschool Metadata

  • You can randomly teleport somewhere in Second Life and end up getting juggled by a large pink elephant
  • Hotels in San Francisco are way cheaper than hotels in NYC. Jobs in San Francisco pay way better than jobs in NYC.
  • All it took for me to get my finances in shape was to get some software with a decent interface
  • The only cure for pregnancy-induced hypertension is childbirth (hi clay!)
  • My friend Josh has taken over things digital at the NYPL
  • Adobe CS3 will steal your soul with its compelling beauty
  • Google Analytics has a new interface that will steal whatever bit of your soul is leftover after Adobe gets done with you
  • Half of you people are still using Internet Explorer. I’m saddened. Please, for the love of all things holy: Use Firefox 2
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    18. Illustration Friday - "Packed"

    Unbelievable! I actually had a few minutes last night, so I thought I'd just play around with the theme. The word "packed" made me think of going places with kids...and all of the "stuff" that goes along with them. I ended up doing something that I actually liked!



    Of course, it's only a pencil sketch - no color, no polish. But, that's one of the things I like about it - I didn't take the time to get all fussy about it. So, here it is - as is. I call it "Goin' to Grandma's."

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    19. NO THANKS BUT I'D LOVE TO DANCE!



    WE ARE ENJOYING BOOKS ON HEALTH AND SAFETY THIS WEEK ON MY BLOG

    NO THANKS BUT I'D LOVE TO DANCE!
    by Jackie Reimer

    REVIEW
    No Thanks, But I'd Love To Dance! is a charming little story with a subtle message. The delightful Belle and her Grandma Bee are memorable characters built around a serious real-life situation - how Belle comes to make the decision that she is never going to smoke and the humorous way in which she is going to respond to any boy who tries to get her to.

    While the book is aimed at the younger reader, older readers will also no doubt find it enjoyable because of the witty pictures and narrative. It is a lot easier to decide not to smoke in the first place than to try to quit. This book has more than just the potential to become a favorite bedtime read. It may also result in a happier, healthier life for its young reader. ....Allie Anders


    SYNPOSIS
    Belle is a six-year-old girl who is best friends forever with her Grandma Bee. One of the things they share is a love for dancing. They love, love, love, love, love to dance. Belle's Grandma Bee is faced with having to use oxygen because of her choice to smoke when she was younger. Belle finds humor and fun as she makes the choice to dance instead of smoke.

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    20. The best Hug!


    Hugging your grandma is the very best.
    She holds you close like a bird in a nest.
    The gifts she brings will last a while
    But the best of all is her great big smile
    She's never too tired to play a game
    She never has time to whine or complain
    Her visits are short, that is for sure
    And when she leaves you always want more!


    ©Ginger Nielson

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    22. Cougars Like Young Nerds

     Older men, younger women. This seems to be the norm, back in days of old when a farmer’s wife died, they took on a younger wife because they were able bodied and child bearing. The younger women could do what we now call “Multi-Tasking”. They would cook, clean, take care of the house, the garden, the yard, the animals, have children and raise them, and service their husband. For many years this was nothing that was frowned upon. Men did this thing all of the time for the benefit of the family. Children were taught to do everything both in and out of the farm. The more children you had, the more help you had. Large families were encouraged.

    But Now…

     Old man step aside…Mama wants fresh meat!!! Older women have ditched their “Golf Bags” for the caddies. Gone are the days where older women would rather rock their grand kids to sleep in their rocking chairs. Now they want to go out with their grand kids and hang out with rockers. Gone are the days of identifying a grandma by her polyester pants and tissue tucked sweaters. Grandmas are sporting fake breast and bikinis. Now a days young women can’t hold a candle to grandma.

     This causes a problem. If grandma and grandpa aren’t together anymore, what do they do. Well, grandma’s on the prowl. She’s not looking for money because if she is smart, she got it in the divorce. She’s not looking to marry because if she does that, the money stops. She doesn’t want another old man, that’s why she divorced the one she had. She is looking for a fresh kill. A man who is young, dumb and full of…a head of hair. Grandma knows the game. She is wise and cunning. She knows that all young men want to do is find them a piece, do their business, and move onto the next. Frankly, that’s all grandma’s looking for too. She’s not interested in making breakfast in the morning, she’s done that for too many years. She does’t want to go through the trouble of changing her last name, she earned the one she’s got. She is interested in the thought of love, but only if he doesn’t have his heart set on shacking up in the house she got in the divorce. Grandmas are tired of being put out to pasture, but now that they own the farm they want to run around naked in the freaking corn field.a

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