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1. Merry Christmas!

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2. Total TV Guide

My artwork is featured on the cover of Britain's Total TV Guide this holiday season!  It was so fun to paint a traditional holiday scene at this time of year.  The project really put me in the Christmas spirit!

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3. Lifestyle

The new MB Artists catalog is here!  Check out all of our great new artwork, themed "Lifestyle".


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4. Illustrator Saturday

Thanks go out to Kathy Temean for having me as her featured illustrator for her Illustrator Saturday blog!  Visit the post to read the interview, learn more about my illustration process, my career journey, see recent artwork and revisit old favorites! Thanks, Kathy, for having me as part of your blog!


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5. A World Of Pausabilities

Fun mail today!  My new book through Magination Press, "A World of Pausabilities", came today!  It is a great book by Frank Sileo about slowing down, reflecting, and being in the moment....something that I need to be reminded of myself.  This title will be available in February 2017. 

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6. 2016 Moonbeam Awards

Thanks go out to Moonbeam Children's Book Awards for awarding "Big Red and the Little Bitty Wolf" a silver medal for the Picture Book Age 4-8 category!  The author Jeanie Franz Ransom and I are so excited for this recognition!  Thanks also go out to the publisher Magination Press for having me as a part of this great book project!

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7. Give Please a Chance!

I am excited to announce that my artwork, along with several other illustrators from MB Artists, will be featured in Bill O'Reilly and James Patterson's new book "Give Please a Chance."  My illustration is the one shown here at the bottom, with the girl and the trampoline.  This title will be released on November 21st.

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8. Ladybug Magazine

Check out my artwork in the newest issue of "Ladybug" magazine!  I had so much fun imagining the details for these illustrations.

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9. Landscape

Hi everyone!  Check out MB Artists' new promotional catalog, themed "Landscape."  What a great collection of new pieces from this group of artists!


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10. Illustrator Spotlight

Thanks go out to author Laura Sassi for interviewing me for the Illustrator Spotlight on her blog!  Check out her blog and the interview here!


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11. Clubhouse Jr.

Exciting mail day!  I got my copies of the latest Clubhouse Jr. Magazine, in which my art is on the cover and illustrating one of the stories "Bugged and Blue"  This was my first opportunity working with Clubhouse Jr, and it was great!  I loved the story.  It is about a girl whose family makes a special trip to an amusement park....but it rains!  After I finished illustrating this story, I took my own kids to an outdoor museum park....but it rained!  This story came to mind, and we decided to have fun at the park anyway, and it turned out to be extra fun.  I hope you enjoy this issue just as much as I did. 

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12. Todays inspiration

I was gardening, and looked up to see my my 5-year-old doing this.
This is why we who are in the children's publishing industry do what we do.

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13. Tire Swing

My newest portfolio piece for my agent's upcoming catalog, themed "Landscape".  I wanted to do a nice quiet scene with a gentle color palette.  I would love to have a picnic and enjoy a book under that tree!

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14. Babybug Magazine

My toddler loves "Babybug" magazine.  She's a wiggler, and this is one of the few books/publications that she will actually sit through.  So I am extra excited to have my art in the new May/June issue!

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15. New MB Artists Catalog

Ahoy!  This quarter's theme was "Superheroes, Pirates and Princesses!"  Check out all of the beautiful and action-packed artwork!


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16. MB Artists Catalog

The new MB Artists catalog is here!  Check out all of the new "Animals" themed artwork from our artists!


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17. Big Red and the Little Btty Wolf

"Big Red and the Little Bitty Wolf", my newest book with Magination Press, has been released! 

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18. WTHR Interview

Thanks go out to the Children's Museum and WTHR for having me on the news this morning to talk a little bit about creating the artwork for the Museum's "Pirates and Princesses" exhibit!  If you weren't up bright and early to catch the segment live, you can view the video here on WTHR's website.  My family visited the exhibit over the weekend, and had so much fun!  I hope everyone in the Indianapolis area is able to come and experience this storybook world, which features iconic movie props, a castle and a pirate ship to explore, an interactive dragon-fighting video game and dress-up pretend stations for the kids!

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19. New MB Artists Catalog

MB Artists has released our newest catalog, themed "Adventure".  Check out all of fun new artwork!


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20. When it snows....

When it snows...
Ain't it thrilling...
Though your nose...
Gets a chilling...

Hope you all have a chance to frolic and play this holiday season!  
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Jennifer, Rome, Olivia and Elyse!

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21. Book Samples

Fun mail today!  My copies of "Big Red and the Little Bitty Wolf" arrived today!  It is so exciting to see the book in print!  This title will be released in February, and are available for pre-order.  Hope you all enjoy this re-imagined "Little Red Riding Hood", in which the new girl at school is causing big problems for a little bitty wolf.

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22. Interview with Magination Press

Thanks go out to Magination Press, who interviewed me for their new blog!  I talk about my illustration process, and highlights from creating "All My Stripes".  You can also browse their blog for entries about other talented authors and illustrators.


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23. Pirates and Princesses

 These past few months, I have had the opportunity to create the artwork for the Children's Museum of Indianapolis's upcoming "Pirates and Princesses" exhibit, which will be opening next week on January 30th!  This exhibit will be a walk through famous stories of royals and rebels.  Children can play in a castle, a pirate ship, dress up in costume, experience an interactive digital piece, and more!  I hope you can join us on opening day!

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24. Pirates and Princess Exhibit preview

What an exciting day!  The Children's Museum of Indianapolis invited me to be part of a news segment to promote the new Pirates and Princesses exhibit opening this weekend.  It was amazing to see the exhibit.  Here is a clip from the newscast, as well as some photos from the exhibit. 

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25. SCBWI Bologna Book Fair

I just got the exciting news that my piece "Rainy Day Friends" has been chosen for the SCBWI Bologna Book Fair 2016 Illustrator Showcase!  Thank you so much to the SCBWI judges!  This is an incredible honor! 

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