It's time again for The Great Goose Egg Auction! The auction helps raise money for the
Open Fields School, a small non-graded private school in Thetford Hill, Vermont. The Great Goose Egg Auction was started in 1996, when a parent donated more than 100 blown goose eggs for use in the school. The late Trina Schart Hyman (April 8, 1939–November 19, 2004), a friend of the school and illustrator of children's books, suggested that decorated eggs, sold as unique works of fine art, would benefit all Open Fields students. Her idea hatched into an annual on-line auction that supports the school with the sale of artist-decorated eggs. The goose, quail, hen and emu eggs are sent to artists all over the world and returned to Open Fields School as works of art!
This year I had 2 extra goose eggs in my studio, backup eggs from past years… in case one rolled off the drafting table. I will be moving this November and thought it best to paint both eggs and send them off to auction before I pack up the studio. My egg designs were inspired by children all over the world world who are hoping for peace, love, and a healthy earth and sky.
The medium is black colored pencil and acrylic paint.
I hope you can take a few minutes to look at the beautiful eggs and perhaps buy a one-of-a-kind work of art. http://www.openfields.org/egg_auction.html
International Dot Day a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15, 2009. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a
breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of
self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless
children and adults around the globe. The blog Celebri-Dots is a site filled with other authors, illustrators, and celebrities who share in the dream of a more creative world.
I have donated the art below for a silent auction that will benefit the Hamilton County Humane Society http://www.hamiltonhumane.com. The art is titled, Adopt a Pet it is 3 x 4.5 original acrylic and pencil, matted and signed. The auction is at the Art IN Hand Gallery in Zionsville, IN. Many of the artists in the gallery will also have art available for bidding! All the proceeds will go to help many animals in need. : )
I am so honored (and VERY excited!!!) my art, Up, up, up into a New Year, was selected to be apart of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) Bologna Illustration Gallery (BIG) at the Book Fair in Bologna Italy. The art will be on display from March 24 - 27. The Bologna Children's Book Fair is the leading professional fair for children's books in the world. Since 1963, it is held yearly for four days in March or April in Bologna, Italy.
In mid November I attended a brunch and the Original Art show at the Society of Illustrators.
Our brunch was in the elegant Hall of Fame Dining Room where we were surrounded by great company and historic works of art. After brunch a group of friends and some Highlights staff attended the Original Art exhibit. It is an annual juried show of illustrations from the year’s best children’s books published in the U.S. The show was founded by painter, art director, and artists’ representative, Dilys Evans, in 1979. It was an enjoyable day at the Society of Illustrators!
Afterwards, I also visited the New York Public Library exhibit, The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter. It is an excellent maze-like show with interactive displays that celebrate children's literature. Literally the show lets you step into books… I'm pictured below in the Goodnight Moon green room. Zzzz