Monday, November 24, 2008

Bremer Stadtmusikanten are done!

Here is the final version of the "Town Musicians of Bremen" sketch I had posted a while ago. I finally got the chance to finish it in acrylics. I love my gels and mediums :)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Pre-order Salt and Soap on Amazon

I just found out that you can pre-order "The Adventures of Salt and Soap at Grand Canyon" on Amazon. It won't actually be out until March of next year but it's neat to see it up on Amazon. Take a peek:

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Coqui book Article in Puerto Rico

I just found out that Jaymee Weinreich wrote a second article about "There's a Coqui in My Shoe!" for a new newspaper in Puerto Rico called "The Puerto Rino Daily Sun". We met Jaymee when we were at a book signing at the El Yunque Raiforest in Puerto Rico this past July and she is a delightfull person and very talented artist.
Thank you Jaymee for your support.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I've been tagged!

My good friend Teri "tagged" me. I had no idea what that means so I had to ask her. Shows how blog savvy I really am. It means that I have to post seven facts about myself and then tag four other people. Not sure yet who I'm going to tag, but here are some facts about me:
  1. I didn't speak English until I was 11.
  2. I can't resist icecream or chocolate.
  3. I'm a hug-a-holic.
  4. In addition to my two girls I have two dogs that are like my other 2 kids. Golden Retrievers are the best.
  5. My hubby says I add too many spices when I cook. He says my philosophy of "the more the better" does not apply to spicing food.
  6. I love scuba diving but haven't been in many years.
  7. I've hiked the Grand Canyon rim to rim.
Check out Teri's bol at:

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Founders' Workshop was incredible!

I'm back from the Founders' Workshop in Honesdale, PA. This workshop was about "the Visual Arts of a Picture Book." As you might have guessed I had high expectations for the weekend seeing that the proposed topic list was outstanding. I was not prepared, however, for the incredible experience I was privileged to share over last weekend. Nick (Dominic Catalano) is an incredible teacher and filled the entire three/four days with so much information, we all agreed that we had gotten our money's worth before Friday was even over.

All I can say is that you must attend this workshop if you are an illustrator. It wasn't just all the incredibly useful and very applicable illustration skills and knowledge that we gained, but also the camaraderie and support of the all the unbelievably talented fellow participants and faculty members. Thank you Nick for making this weekend an experience I will never forget.

Come to our next illustrator meeting and I'll share some of the detail of what we learned. But for now here are some photos of the weekend.

This is Boyd's Mills house where the workshop was held and we had all of our meals. It is such a beautiful and peaceful area that it is a perfect setting to be creative.

These are some of the cabins. They are so cute and comfortable that it felt like being home (only a lot quiter).

This was my cabin. I wish it would have been warmer because I would have loved to sit on that rocking chair to enjoy the beautiful forest view.

Unlike what my husband thought when he saw this picture, this had nothing to do with whiskey. While we were in our workshop an entire flock (is that right? I know it's not a herd but there were a bunch of them) of turkeys ran past. By the time my camera took the picture only one was left. That's what that little dot is. Anyway, I thought that a flock of turkeys is really neat.

If you don't to come for the information at the workshop, come for the food. Marcia is the most incredible chef. These were just some of the appetizers we got before the meal. Those are homemade potstickers, spring rolls and an incdredible artichoke dip. The actual dinners included: Lobster lasagna, shrimp encrusted talapia and pumpkin creme brule. We were in heaven.

This is Tim Gillner, Art Director for Boyd's Mills Press, in his office. Great guy with very helpful feedback on portfolios. His office is rather interesting with all those piles of stuff. ..

Part of the facutly included Dominic Catalano, Kelly Cunningham (Art Director for High Five Magazine), Suzanne Bloom (author/illustrator) and Tim Gillner. We also spent time with Cynthia Farber Smith, Art Director for Highlights Magazine, but I was so enthralled all evening that I forgot to pull out my camera.

This is Lindsay Barrett George, author/illustrator, spent time with us on Friday evening and Sunday and was so helpful when looking at our work. She had great insight and advice which I think will really help me greatly.

This is one of Lindsay's illustrations. She had such a wide range, but her wildlife illustrations were just breathtaking.

Here is Nick while reviewing all the Caldecott winners. Yes, he brought with him every single Caldecott winner since the first one in 1938.

Here are the books that Nick has illustrated. 27 I believe, many of which he also wrote.

Nick also brought with him a great set of illustration resource books. I was excited to see that I have a few of them, but now there are many more that I would love to get.

All the Caldecott Winner since 1938. Reviewing each one was really interesting.
Anyway, if you ever have to opportunity to attend one of these workshops - you must go. There are writing workshops as well as illustration specific ones. I can't speak highly enough about it. If you want more info about the workshop itself, join me at our next illustrators' meeting on:
Tuesday, November 18th, at 7:00 pm in the evening
Barnes & Noble at the Tempe Marketplace
2000 E.Rio Salado Pkwy #1032
Tempe, AZ 85281
It is located in Tempe where the 202 and the 101 meet off Rio Salado. We’ll be meeting in the cafĂ©. Here is more info about the location as well as directions on how to get there:;jsessionid=18F9DD089372E8294E9BDB99CB3796D6?store=2243
Hope to see you there.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Next Illustrator Meeting Nov 18th

Hello Everyone,

I'll be leaving for Honesdale early Wednesday morning For the Founders Workshop. Yeah! I'm really excited. The topics that will be covered are really interesting and will be so useful on my next projects.

But before I leave I wanted to remind everyone of our next Illustrator meeting. We'll meet again at the Barnes & Noble at the Tempe Marketplace. We met there last time and it worked out to be a great location. Our next meeting will be:

Tuesday, November 18th, at 7:00 pm in the evening

We'll meet in the cafe area again at Barnes & Noble at Tempe Marketplace where the 202 and the 101 meet off Rio Salado. Here is more info about the location as well as directions on how to get there:;jsessionid=18F9DD089372E8294E9BDB99CB3796D6?store=2243

I'll share with you all the great info that I will have picked up at the workshop. Also, bring along any work you would like to show, etc. Drop me a line if you are able to make it so that I know how many people to expect. Hope to see you there.