Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Painted Goose Eggs

2014 Great Goose Egg Auction -Oct. 26, 2014

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.
First sketches:

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

Monday, September 15, 2014

Happy Dot Day!

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. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Art for the Humane Society

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. : )

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

My Art is Flying to Italy!

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.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Day in NYC

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

The show was curated by Leonard Marcus, who brings the culture of children's books to life.
I bought the book, Show Me A Story!  Why Picture Books Matter, at the NYPL bookstore.  The book features conversations with 21 of the world's most celebrated Illustrators. It is a great addition to the exhibit!  http://www.amazon.com/Show-Story-Conversations-Celebrated-Illustrators/dp/0763664642

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Fast Forward to Fall

It was a super busy summer between traveling and illustration work. Back in August I attended the 42nd Annual Summer SCBWI Conference in Los Angeles. This was my first time attending the LA Conference. I had an amazing week in CA, meeting other SCBWI volunteers from all over the world, as well as agents, editors and art directors.  I also received a new project to illustrate three game-boards during the portfolio showcase portion of the conference!

Last week I attended the Rutgers One on One Plus Conference in New Jersey. I submitted a new picture book dummy and had a wonderful day with the mentoring editors, art directors and agents. My mentor wants to take another look at my picture book dummy, after I make some revisions ...  which was very exciting news!! The conference is sponsored by the Rutgers University Council on Children's Literature. It was a inspiring day!

After a week of summer-like weather in NJ, I returned home to rain, cold, and a little snow!  Reminding me, the holidays are just around the corner and it's time to create ornaments for my  co-op- Art IN Hand - Gallery in Zionsville, IN.

The gallery's holiday tree will be up November 14, displaying ornaments from many of our artists. My 2013 ornaments are made of porcelain clay. Pictured below are two designs, Catching Snowflake Kids and Santa by the Moon. I'm working on more designs today.

Happy (fast-forward) Fall!