Sunday, December 31, 2006
May you all have a fantastic New Year. May your best dreams come true. May you be on the lookout for surprises, and find them, in ways you never expected. May you create images, stories, paintings, music, or moments with friends and loved ones you would have never imagined. May you stay safe, healthy, learn fascinating things, read rich, interesting books, eat delicious food, rest well and deeply, live each moment in that moment, not worrying about the past or future overly. May you love your family, friends, and neighbors fully and be loved more than ever before.
God bless you all in 2007! I'm looking forward to this year with expectation, joy and appreciation for all that has passed in 2006, and eager to see what 2007 has in store.
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
I have some more to add as soon as possible, but the blogger site is somehow blocking me from the ease of the old "blog this" feature...for some reason making me blog blogspot blogs in a more involved way. I'm lazy and a bit pressed for time, since I still have a house full of energetic guests and have to do this in bits and pieces.
More blogs to come.....
I found The Glass Doorknob on Dreams of Genevieve.
Sunday, December 24, 2006
There was a beautiful one online last year, but I can't remember where I saw it.
I also found this fun online nativity scene for kids to create interactively.
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Now I really need to go wrap presents and bake a bit. Fun!
Friday, December 22, 2006
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Five things most people do not know about me:
I have a twin sister who is also an artist (better than me, and a much more interesting person)
I lived in La Paz, Bolivia for nearly 5 years where I hiked up Chacaltaya (approximately 15,000 feet in altitude) risking limb and life in an exhilarating fashion just getting there on the bus first..
I had the 500 freestyle ( swim) record in my high school for about 3 years.
I was in a play in the early 70s at The Church on the Green (New Haven, CT) called "Noe's Flood" and played a polar bear. It was some sort of big deal, but at the time I didn't realize it.
I attended two concerts with Leroy Anderson conducting. I met him and have two autographs by him and a personal letter.
I'll deal with the next tag soon. I have no idea who to tag now. Most people that I know have done this one.
Here is a piece I wrote when thinking of my friend Maureen.
When she rose,
it was as if all of the prayers and wishes from a lifetime
rose with her
and as she passed through the entrance of heaven
she was transformed in a second
and each tear
each unspoken wish
hidden in her heart
stored like jewels in a treasure box
held carefully for ages
was released in a silent dazzling burst of light.
Each wish was granted
each prayer heard
on those for whom it was made.
Each yearning filled
and words unspoken were known.
She made a way in her entry
for those below to walk more fully,
healed somehow in the midst of pain
united in the space she left.
Some thought they saw a feather
float to the ground
soft and white
and yet there was no bird.
Some heard a tinkling chime
in the distance.
Others saw a cloud
that looked like a dancer
whirling with a King.
I saw the twinkle of a rainbow in the clouds,
and I could have sworn
I heard her laughter
and a voice saying
"It's going to be Okay Kiddo"
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
This is dangerous. I could end up spending way too much time online searching it, but I'll try to keep it under control.
(wish I had known about it before it got this close to Christmas, and it would have been on my list, but I'm going to subscribe right after Christmas!)
Yesterday while searching Alice's blog for more of her treasures, of which there are many, I found another one, Stacy barton's blog The Art of Story. Not only is it a terrific blog with more surprises and excellent posts, links, writings that merit a deeper look, but that was where I found a long lost friend from years back. Here is Allison's blog, Things that GoBump In My Head.
Wow. I am amazed.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
I braved the post office today to mail a last minute pen and ink rendering to a client. It was mobbed, but the folks in line were friendly. One of the postal workers manning a window had a train whistle to calm or distract a crying child. It worked....or maybe it was his Santa Claus hat. He made it a delight to be there, even waiting in line.
I love seeing people maintain a good sense of humor and a true holiday spirit in the midst of crowds and pressure.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
My first comfort always comes from God, and yet I know that He has given us a great gift in the availability of good books to read.
I've been surrounding myself with books that Maureen loved as though they are blankets, or as some clothe themselves with the garments their loved ones wore.
Here is a list of some of the ones I found at the library today, as well as some others that are a delight.
Several books by C.S. Lewis, one of which I've been reading for awhile, slowly, is A Horse and His Boy. Another is Surprised by Joy. I'm also reading a book about G.K. Chesterton called Common Sense 101. What a delight. How I would have loved to meet him and have a chance to listen to him speak, or just spend time with him. There is a chapter in the book about wonder, and another chapter about art that every artist should read. He was a cheerful, witty genius. I adore his writing and insights.
I've got these books scattered around the house and I bring several in the car with me wherever I go. Each one of them has gems that are well worth reading many times.
Today I got several of Wendall Berry's books out because my friend loved his writing. One of them is Hannah Coulter, another is The Hidden Wound, and another is Fidelity-(Five Stories). Can you tell I'm stuffing myself on books? Some people over-eat, I guess I tend to do that with books, even if I can't finish them all, it gives me comfort to have them around and start them, waiting to see which one calls to me. Sometimes I read interspersed, and the writing somehow becomes a stew of inspiration.
Now for the children's books. My absolute favorite is by Shel Silverstein....Runny Babbit...oh my..if you have not read it, RUN and get it out, especially if you have a young child, or anyone with a good sense of humor. It MUST be read out loud. I'm going to buy it for myself..oops...I mean my daughter. She loves it, and I'm hooked on it too. We roared with laughter in the car on the way home from the library when she read it.
Since Christmas is only days away, I also got out Dylan Thomas's book A Child's Christmas in Wales, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman. (you've got to have Trina's illustrated version of the book, since her illustrations are unlike anyone else's and have such charm and warmth.
Then there is The Bird's Christmas Carol, by Kate Douglas Wiggin, complete with the lovliest pen and ink illustrations. What a gem it is.
I also found a book called The Christmas Mystery by Jostein Gaarder, illustrated by Rosemary Wells. Last, but not least, a YA novel that looks fascinating, called Alphabet of Dreams by Susan Fletcher. I think I've got plenty to keep me for the next few days.
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Friday, December 15, 2006
Monday, December 11, 2006
She was gracious, almost queenly, yet with a wonderful sense of humor. She was kind, gentle and wise beyond her years. She has been a friend I will miss daily, yet I'm relieved to know she is beyond suffering now, and in the place she has dreamed to be for so long, with her King.
I'll miss you Maureen! Thank you for the priviledge of allowing me to be your friend. We'll see each other again, before we know it.
Saturday, December 09, 2006
What a wonderful thing to remember and keep in the forefront of my mind when illustrating.
Recently I went through a discouraging time when posting online to a group of highly qualified, top-notch fine artists, and having a resounding silence when posting any of my work. (it's fine..I've gotten over it, but it was not fun)
I knew I could post more "fine art drawings and paintings" that could have gotten a response, but didn't, and don't have the time to be focusing on creating still life paintings and portraits right now.
The whole experience made me realize how silly it is to be posting things with an expectation for responses from fine artists who are focusing on still life paintings and portraits, when it's not my goal. Although I'd love to build my portrait skills, and am on the lookout for a class in the area, it's just not the time.
This all brought me back to my small group of amazing online children's illustrator friends who lovingly got me back on track and reminded me of WHO I am Illustrating for....the KIDS.
Keep it in mind when you sit to do your illustrations, if you've gotten bogged down as I had.
I'm ready to go now, with a child's perspective, hoping to create the best quality work I can, for them.
Friday, December 08, 2006
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Monday, December 04, 2006
Sunday, December 03, 2006
Thursday, November 30, 2006
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Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Take some time to watch This animated stopmotion video.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
Check out their list of the 10 Most Beautifully Illustrated Books.
Saturday, November 25, 2006
The forum at Studio Products is also an amazing place...never a dull moment there. The quality of art, talent of the artists, their generosity and comraderie is rare and top notch.
Thursday, November 23, 2006
hmmmm...maybe illustrators are making a comeback....
Here are some of the things I'm grateful for this year and today:
God's presence and goodness in my life
My husband and children
My parents, brother and sisters, in-laws and all of the nieces and nephews
Amazing friends and family off-line and online
Wonderful church family
health, energy and strength
Life in a free country
freedom to worship, to speak freely, vote, make a difference...
wonderful schools and teachers
a beautiful area to live in
my home..and so many possessions I sometimes don't know what to do with them
books...of all kinds....
the ability to create art and to write..
this is just the beginning of a list that could go on all day....and never end
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
Friday, November 17, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
On a personal note, I'm very excited to be working on a new illustration project. It's a self-published children's book, and I am fascinated by the story. I wish I could post preliminary illos from it, but obviously won't until the book is published. I already stocked up on armfulls of books with images for reference regarding the time period and costumes, architecture etc.
Don't you just love it when you get excited about a project?
Monday, November 13, 2006
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Friday, November 10, 2006
Take a look at the process involved in making this book. The thing I love about this is that the illustrator thought to do it. I'm going to remember to do this as I work on things.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Huge congratulations Meg! Wish I could have been there to cheer you on!
It seems they've already got a listing for class of 2K8!
Congratulations to the class of 2K7!
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Here's a good article about using and creating chromatic blacks in painting from About.com.
Friday, October 20, 2006
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Friday, October 13, 2006
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
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Wednesday, September 27, 2006
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Tuesday, September 19, 2006
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Friday, September 15, 2006
I'm jumping up and down after finding a treasure trove of art books about Howard Pyle, The Brandywine Tradition and a hardcover large Classic Flash Gordon book! Wowee! A local artist had a tremendous sale of books, art supplies, and art mags as far back as the 1940's! Last week I bought a large wooden easel, bunches of oil paints, brushes and magazines for incredible prices. (thank you to the dear artist who sold these treasures. He has been in the illustration and art biz since the 1940's I believe.)
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Sunday, September 03, 2006
Saturday, September 02, 2006
Friday, September 01, 2006
All of the information can be found at this website http://www.metartshow.com/
Thursday, August 31, 2006
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Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Also..take a look at his informative webpage, Making books 101. He wrote it based on his experience while writing and illustrating his own book UnBrella.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Monday, August 21, 2006
Friday, August 18, 2006
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
I subscribed to this mag. Haven't gotten my first one yet, but am looking forward to it.
Friday, August 11, 2006
Thursday, August 10, 2006
14.5" x10"hardcover book with huge full color images of his work ranging from book illustrations to commercial illustrations of calendars and murals. I highly recommend it to any of his fans. Now if only I could find a book like this one on Howard Pyle.
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Monday, August 07, 2006
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Sunday, July 30, 2006
Thursday, July 27, 2006
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Friday, July 14, 2006
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
I am having a blast learning...each person in the open studio class is working on a different project, in a different medium. It's wonderful. (besides..it's heavenly just being out of the house in a studio where I can create undistracted)
Saturday, July 08, 2006
I am hooked on that magazine, and of course have subscribed to it. Each high quality issue highlights a famous American Illustrator, with beautiful full color images of the art, and printed similarly to a book (the paper thickness and quality of the magazine is more like a book than a magazine.)
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Artists and photographers aren’t the only professionals threatened by the Orphan Works Bill. Countless small businesses will be hurt. Copyright Attorney Megan E. Gray represents textile designers, sculptors and other visual artists who license their work to various industries. She is affiliated with Roylance, Abram, Berdo & Goodman, L.L.P. Because I am a copyright attorney, I have been following the Orphan Works bill, and have been astonished at how few companies are aware of it, even those who have built their business on the exploitation of visual designs. In the briefest summary, the Orphan Works legislation gives your competitors, customers, and anyone else the right to use your design so long as they had reason to think it wasn't copyrighted. If you catch them, you might only be entitled to a trivial monetary payment. Currently, under the Copyright Act, if someone copies your design, you are entitled to that competitor's net profits from the infringement. And, if you registered the design prior to the infringement, you are entitled to statutory damages (as high as $150,000) and recovery of your attorneys fees (which can be massive). These monetary penalties are intentionally high in order to provide a solid disincentive to infringers and a serious incentive to original designers. For years, the guiding principle in the design world has been "if you didn't create it, don't use it." With this new legislation, that principle will be turned on its head. Under the "Orphan Works" proposal, if someone copies your design, if that person didn't know that the design was yours (for example, if a big company orders a million shirts with your design from a Chinese manufacturer who fraudulently showed your design as part of its open line, claiming that it is public domain), then all you could ever get is "reasonable compensation." This could very well be peanuts, notwithstanding that the infringer made a massive profit on the shoddy items bearing replicas of your design (apparel, stationary, holiday cards, shower curtains, pillows, you-name-it). And you will never recover your attorneys fees or have the option of statutory damages, not even if you went to the trouble of registering your copyright years ago, and regardless of whether you have always placed the © notice on your product. Further, if you and the infringer disagree on what "reasonable compensation" is, you may be hard-pressed to litigate the matter, because your attorneys fees may end up being greater than what you could get as a "reasonable compensation." So, you'll likely just have to take whatever is offered to you, and have no ability to negotiate a higher sum. And, keep in mind, any promises of exclusivity of a particular design you make to a customer will be a sham. Museums and libraries created the "Orphan Works" legislation so that they could create exhibits and souvenirs with photographs, music, books, etc., whose copyright owners could not be identified. Their fear was that, notwithstanding their effort to find the copyright owner, that person would suddenly crawl out of the woodwork and demand high monetary damages based on the infringing exhibits/souvenirs. There isn't any fundamental objection to providing protection against that situation. But the legislation is so broadly drafted, it isn't limited to that scenario - the legislation applies to all copyrighted works, all commercial uses, and all users/infringers. The breadth of the legislation is particularly horrifying in the context of visual art, like textile design, because of the overwhelming amount of infringing material found in the most common manufacturing locales, like Asia. Proponents of the legislation say that you can protect your copyright by making it easy for you to be found, to make it easy for anyone to know that a design is yours. How is this to be done? Well, the legislators say that all you need to do is "just" digitize and create an online database of each and every visual design that you own or hereafter create, and publicize that database in numerous trade magazines in a variety of industries, or perhaps "just" create a new trade association comprising all the visual artists in the country (jewelers, tattoo artists, photographers, ceramic tile companies, wrapping paper companies, carpet designers, etc.) and, through that organization, digitize everyone's designs and have a single, unified online database, searchable by scanned designs. In other words, Congress seems to think that you have budgeted several million dollars to fundamentally change the way you do business. And, to add icing to the cake, no computer technology currently exists that makes it possible to create a searchable database of designs.Frighteningly, this legislation is moving very fast in Congress and it appears likely to be made into law soon. It is critically important to get trade associations and individual companies acting against the legislation, and contacting and meeting with key Congressional legislators as well as their own Senators and House Representatives. Please do not underestimate the importance of making your voice heard - it is the only thing that will prevent this legislation from becoming law.Personalized letters talking about your own circumstances are the most persuasive. The most critical points to include in the very first paragraph of your letter are that (1) you are a constituent; (2) you are writing about the proposed "Orphan Works Act of 2006" now before the House Judiciary Committee, and (3) you are opposed to the bill. You can identify your representative by entering your zip code into http://www.congress.org— Megan E. Gray firstname.lastname@example.orgTo read H.R. 5439 - The Orphan Works Act of 2006, go to http://thomas.loc.govEnter H.R. 5439 in the search box, and select the "Bill Number" search option. It will take you to a master page where you can monitor this Bill's status as it moves through the process. You can review who signs up to Co-sponsor the Bill, amendments that may be added, and all Congressional actions on votes and reports. For additional information about Orphan Works developments, go to the IPA Orphan Works Resource Page for Artists http://www.illustratorspartnership.org/01_topics/article.php? searchterm=00185 Or see IPA Forums: “Free Culture-The Copy Left Is Not Right.” You may post responses or ask questions on these forums. First-time users will be asked to register. You do not need to be an IPA member to use the IPA public Town Hall Forums.
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Monday, July 03, 2006
I was googling links for oil painting instructional DVDs for oil painting (really hoped to find one by an illustrator like Bernie Fuchs..but there isn't such a thing that I've found so far.....) anyway..on my search I found a link to the conceptart.org site and was hooked.
Sunday, July 02, 2006
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
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Monday, June 26, 2006
Wow. One year ago today I started blogging here at cachibachis! I can't believe it's gone so fast. It has been a blast. I've learned so much from other bloggers and found so many interesting things in my search for cachibachis (odds and ends) for the blog.
Saturday, June 24, 2006
I just finished a dog and horse portrait for a client. The two dogs at the top of the page, facing each other, and the horses on the bottom. I couldn't get to Staples to copy the large image, but here are some individual images of each of the animals.
Friday, June 23, 2006
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Wednesday, June 14, 2006
I got this quote today in my email-box....had to share it. I get these inspiring quotes each day from Insight of the Day.
"Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong."
1917-1996, Jazz Singer