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Book Illustrations are in the Bag!

After 6 months of work, the illustrations for my next children’s picture book, Messy Magic Birthday, are done! Twenty three in all, including the book’s cover, are on their way to the photographer to be transformed into digital images. They do this by either scanning the illustrations directly into a computer or by photographing them…
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One Illustration at a Time

Leaning into the Dream, no matter what that Dream may be, can sometimes seem overwhelming. So I have to remind myself, “Just keep leaning”. Set small goals that will move the imaginary ball towards the Dream Goal and then chunk that down into small achievable tasks, like creating one illustration at a time.  From start…
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Making a Picture Book: Illustration Unease

Moving along with the first few illustrations for Messy Magic Birthday; I decided to start with the illustrations that introduce the main characters. Jack, the birthday boy, meets Annabelle and Cleo, the magic fairies is first but then I will have to address the mysterious magic cloud.  What the heck does that look like? Will…
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Children’s Workshop

Yesterday I taught a children’s workshop to an enthusiastic bunch of budding authors/illustrators at the RAL Studio Gallery. The boys and girls, age 7 to 11, were introduced to the art of book Illustration and story making through my children’s picture book, Lonely Lola Ladybug and my talk about How a Children’s Picture Book Gets…
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Children’s Picture Book in Art Gallery Window!

July RAL windowHappy Independence Day! Happy summer! For the month of July, my children’s picture book, Lonely Lola Ladybug, will be featured in the window of the RAL’s Studio Gallery, along with two framed original illustrations and three of my paintings! (Yup, that’s me in the reflection.) I have been an active member of the Rappahannock Art League and an exhibiting artist in the Studio Gallery since 2007. There are more of my paintings on display (and for sale) inside the Studio Gallery as well as many wonderful works by other local artists. Copies of Lonely Lola Ladybug are available year round in the gift shop.  If you’re in the neighborhood of 19 North Main Street, Kilmarnock, Virginia, stop by and also see the Small Works Exhibit July 1-31.

I am particularly proud about my book being in the gallery window because it represents a small victory for the art of children’s book illustration. Months ago, there was some discussion at the Gallery about this question, “Is featuring a children’s picture book appropriate for an Art Gallery?” I would be interested to know what you think.