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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day 2014

May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.
~Irish Blessing (http://www.quotegarden.com/st-patricks-day.html)

In Memory of…

The wife of a friend of ours from high school recently lost her courageous battle with cancer. In her honor I  post this piece that I was commissioned to create for a client who’s friend also died from cancer. Thank you, Mary E. for permission to share on my site. RIP Margo McCabe.

Dragonfly Pond

Dragonfly Pond, commissioned in the memory of Shawn Oligmeuller 2009.

Illustration Friday – Exotic

Illustration Friday – Exotic

Water and Ink on Moleskine

Illustration Friday Exotic

Merry Christmas 2013

Happy Holidays to all of my fans from all over the world. I hope 2014 brings you lots of laughter, good health, and happiness. Here is a little painting I did for the season. Cheers!

 

Christmas 2013

Buy this artwork on a greeting card for Christmas at my shop on Zazzle! I also have it available as a New Year’s card.

Here is a quote from one of my favorite author’s Neil Gaiman. You can view the entire message and previous years wishes on his blog here.

 

I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you’ll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind. -Neil Gaiman 2008

 

Perfect Picture Book Fridays – My Uncle Emily

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Today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday book is about the nephew of the popular poet, Emily Dickinson and the special relationship they had.

TitleMy Uncle Emily

AuthorJane Yolen IllustratorNancy Carpenter

Publisher – Philomel Books (Penguin Young Readers Group)

Year 2009 Ages

Synopsis – This is a semi fictional tale told from the perspective of poet Emily Dickinson’s nephew. It is a warm tale of love, telling the truth, adversity, and loyalty. The classic style of the art pulls you back into time, where the special relationship between an Aunt and a boy is revealed.

Themes – love, telling the truth, adversity, family, loyalty, history.

Activities -

Emily Dickinson museum’s kids page http://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/for%20kids

Emily Dickinson museum’s fun & games page http://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/fun_and_games

Poetry lessons for kids http://www.poetry4kids.com/blog/lessons/poetry-writing-lessons/

What I liked about this book – Since I now live in Amherst, MA I have become very aware of Emily Dickinson and the impact she has had on her fans. When we went to the cemetery in which she is buried, we found numerous people at her grave site. Upon reaching it, we saw that many people had left tokens, pencils & pens, tablets, small notes with writing on them, and poems. It was very touching. The community here also has a poetry week in which a couple of the days she is honored. I think this book is a wonderful way to introduce children to this interesting and talented poet.

Perfect Picture Book Fridays are a weekly blog event where participants review some of their favorite picture books. The posts are compiled on author Susanna Leonard Hill’s website. They are categorized by theme to help parents, educators and readers find the perfect picture book easily. To learn more, please visit Susanna’s site where you will find the complete PPBF’s library.

PiBoIdMo – Day 3

It is PiBoIdMo Day 3! After completing today’s idea, which involved a bear, a rabbit and the sun, I took out my picture books I picked out from the Jones Library. I love my new library! It is amazing how small it looks from the front, but how huge it is inside! I can’t wait to go back and discover more.

 

Jones Library, Amherst, MA

The picture books I chose were ones that I had known of (from reviews on Perfect Picture Books) but hadn’t had the resources or time to read. Suzanne Collins‘  autobiographical tale “Year of the Jungle” about her dad going to Viet Nam was very good. Kudos to James Proimos for his lively illustrations. “Plant A Kiss” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by one of my favorite picture book artists, Peter H. Reynolds, was whimsical and sweet. I also found “My Brothers Book” by the legendary Maurice Sendak. This tale was deep and rich with fascinating illustrations. He truly was the master of the story. Finally, I chose a book of which I will do for Perfect Picture Book Friday. A tale by New England author, Jane Yolen, that has yet to be put on the PPBF list. I can’t wait to review it! Check back Friday! Have a great week!

PiBoIdMo 2013 – Day 2

piboidmo2013-lightbulb-proud-200x254Artist, Joyce Wan

The first week of PiBo is always a productive one for me. This year was no exception as yesterday I came up with a great idea and this morning I came up with one that was so exciting to me that I went on to write a very rough draft! Thanks to author Tammi Sauer’s wonderful post yesterday, I was able to come up with 5 titles that I thought were fun and exciting. One of those inspired the idea and then the rough draft. Awesome! Here are some (very rough) sketches from yesterday and today’s sketchbook. I hope all of my writer/illustrator friends are having as much creativity flowing! Have a great weekend!

pibo-day-1-squirrels Day One : Squirrel crazy!

kiss-sketch-pibo dragon-sketch-pibo   Day 2: A kiss and a dragon

 

 

 

 

PiBoIdMo 2013 Day 1

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I have signed up for Picture Book Idea Month, and today, November 1 is Day 1. I have my idea written down this a.m. in my journal, and I will post a small scan of it when I get back home from work (I always have a drawing or two with an idea).

 

PiBo was started in 2009 by author, Tara LazarPiBoIdMo is a challenge to write a picture book idea every day for the 30 days of November. It has grown so much in participation since the first year (in which I was one of the random winners of the grand prizes). Now, we have over 300 participants and loads of wonderfully inspirational posts every day on Tara’s blog by accomplished writers, authors, and literary creatives. It has grown into a wonderful community that inspires not only through out November, but the rest of the year as well via Facebook and Twitter. I wish all of my fellow participants good luck! To my fans, please check back for updates and new sketches related to PiBo. Have a great weekend!

piboidmo2013-lightbulb-happy-200x254Isn’t this little illo adorable? This years artwork and badge were created

by artist, Joyce Wan. Check her art out, it’s so sweet!