Friday, June 24, 2016
Monday, June 13, 2016
I had another wonderful weekend at the Keuka Arts Festival in Penn Yan, New York. I just love this festival! Every year we seem to get thrown some crazy weather, last year rain, this year wind, but it never dampens the spirit of the festival goers or the artist participants:)
I was able to introduce Clover and the Shooting Star to the festival goers through an early print sample. My publisher provided me with a postcard with our pre-sale link so people could order the book if they wanted it. The response I received was wonderful! So many people loved the book and took the postcard to be able to order it. I was really glad to see that the story touched others in the same way I had intended it.
Look at this sweet little baby who was mesmerized by the pictures.
And here is another little fan! They were so adorable!
Thank you Keuka Arts Festival for another wonderful show and thank you to the people of Penn Yan for coming out to support me:)
Friday, June 3, 2016
I have great news about Clover! CrissCross AppleSauce, an imprint of Buffalo Heritage Unlimited, has agreed to publish Clover and the Shooting Star as a beautiful 6" x 6" board book! It's perfect for little hands to hold and love.
I just reviewed the pre-print proofs and it looks fantastic! I can't wait for you all to see it. The book will be going to press in the next few weeks and I am hoping to have books in hand by middle of summer! To celebrate I am making the book available for Pre-sale. Simply click on the link below and it will take you to my publisher's website where you can order your copy of Clover. When Clover becomes available it will be shipped directly to you!
Clover and the Shooting Star was created out of love for my niece and my family, to help us through a time of terrible sadness and loss. So many people have told me that it should be shared, so by publishing Clover I am hoping that the book will bring comfort to others who have experienced loss.
It's so sweet to see little faces smile, and to hear little "awes" when I share the book with friends and family. I love the stories my family has shared with me about their experience with Clover. My niece Makayla's little girl requests the book to be read to her every night and afterwards she lines up all her animals to watch the shooting star just like Clover and his friends. Isn't that precious!
The official launch of the book will be September 11th, 2016. We are holding the launch on that date in honor of my niece Nicole. I will be signing books and we will have an array of kids activities, "star-related" activities, and other surprises:) I will be updating my Facebook and blog with details on the event so be on the look out for more good news about Clover and the Shooting Star!
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Yeah!!!!! The weather has finally improved! And the art society that I belong to has been going out plein air painting. They have a full schedule of sites for us to go to each Thursday from 9:30am - 12:30pm.
I went out the last two Thursdays with my friend Sherida who is also part of the art society. The first Thursday was a bust. We went to Knox Park in East Aurora, NY. It was sunny and 50 degrees when we started but by the time we were set up to paint it was 45 degrees, windy and cloudy. You can call us fair weather painters because it was not fun being out there in the cold, so we packed it in and went to Sherida's house for lunch:) We did take a little walk behind her house where Casa Novia Creek runs and I found the best photo reference for a tree house. It was actually a deer stand, but to me it looked like a tree house to me, so I made it into one! I decided to do a little study of it. You never know when that little study might come in handy for a picture book!
The next week was much better! It was 60 degrees and sunny the whole time. We went to the same spot and this time it was beautiful. It was full of life with bees buzzing around, birds singing, and dogs coming through with their owners, their tongues flapping out of their mouths in happiness. So many wonderful things to paint! Usually plein-air paintings are of landscapes or tree portraits, but there was just too much life around me to paint those things. So I did a few little paintings of the animals I saw that day!
There is another plain-air trip today! Can't wait to see what I will discover! Enjoy your Thursday, I know I am going to enjoy mine painting:)
Friday, May 13, 2016
I found this awesome TED talk and had to share it with you all. It's about an artist who developed a shake in his hand and couldn't control his pencil. At first he thought it ended his art career, but then he learned to embrace the shake and it launch a whole new way of creating art and of looking at creativity for him. Truly inspirational!
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Sorry I have been absent for a while. Life got really busy:) Here is a video of this year's Children's Book Fair in Bologna Italy. It took place at the end of March. This is my aspiration...to one day go to this book fair and better yet, to one day have my art there! This video shows how artists leave their work for others to discover. So much FUN!
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
This week I returned to a project that I have shared with you before. It's my Fox Went Out On A Chilly Night picture book project that is part of my thesis project at the Academy of Art University. I want to add another three paintings to this project by Mothers day! I'll post my progress so you can hold me to my deadline:) I find a deadline always helps me and accountability to others as well, so it's up to you to keep me on track!
You can see here the beginning of my work on this painting. In the top picture you can see my storyboard on the bottom of the pile of papers. These are my original thoughts on what should be on each page. Then you can see some of the photo references I used to create the painting I am working on. This painting is the last page of the book where all the fox, his wife and all their kits are fast asleep in their den as winter snows cover the land. I use prima color markers to do a value study thinking about the previous paintings I have done and my focal point. Sometimes the prisma color markers don't have the right values that I am looking for and her is a case in point. I wanted the tree to be the darkest value, but this value study it is a little too dark, so in my color study I adjusted the value as you can see below.
I felt that the too dark tree against the light background brought your eye away from the subject of the foxes, so I lighten the tree and put more emphasis on the foxes by playing with cool versus warm colors to bring your eye to the focal point. I think it reads better now, what are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below:)