Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Monday, February 27, 2006
Friday, February 24, 2006
One of the books is Picture This by Molly Bang recommended by Sherry. The other book is Perspective For Artists by Rex Vicat Cole recommended on the SCBWI list awhile back by Connie and Karen Lee. Sherry reminded me of this one the other day and I finally ordered it. I can't wait to get all of these. (Sherry's 2nd book of children's illustrations should be out in a few months. I'll post the info when it's out.)
Some great news and a huge congratulations for Amalia Hoffman, whose art is stunning and unique. She just sold a book "The Purim Goodies " which she wrote and illustrated to Gefen Publishing http://www.israelbooks.com
Gefen has been in business for over 20 years and publishes Jewish-interest books mostly in English in the U.S and Israel . She knows that it will be a good home for her story which celebrates Jewish humor , tradition and , of course ,Jewish food!
I was delighted to meet Amalia in NYC. She has a wonderful sense of style in person, as well as in her gorgeous cut paper creations and illustrations.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Monday, February 20, 2006
Saturday, February 18, 2006
Friday, February 17, 2006
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
I just finished reading Kira-Kira, winner of the 2005 Newberry Medal. What a moving, haunting, glorious story.
Monday, February 13, 2006
If you've ever lived overseas, you may realize it's not an easy thing to pack up and move everything back..especially when you're an artist..and there's no huge corporate machine funding your move.
Wendy is Stuck in Mexico, and is offering prints of her work to anyone who donates $25.00 toward the move. I'm on my way to her website now to check it out.
I've only known Wendy online for the past several years, but I can vouch for her kind and generous personality...besides the fact that her work is beautifully rendered and well worth the price of $25.00 for a print.
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Here's a card one of my kid's created for me when I came home from NYC. I love it.
He shows the whole house destroyed..and says "when you come home the chaos ends" At the bottom it says "Welcome Home" but it didn't fit on the scanner. The other cards from the other kids were beautiful too, but to other Moms out there..this one will resonate..Ironically, the house was spotless and in perfect order. What a joy it was to be home again.
Saturday, February 11, 2006
I found the perfect CD. While reading a novel a few weeks ago, the writer mentioned Itzhak Perlman. I knew it was the answer and searched online for a CD with the score from Schindler's List.
Here's the one I found- Cinema Serenade. It's well worth the investment...one of the best CDs I've listened to in ages. Absolutely stunning...I'm hooked.
She mentions David Almond. I fell in love with his work after hearing him speak. At the moment I'm reading Fire-Eaters.
Thursday, February 09, 2006
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Here's a pin/button a made after reading the title of Marilyn Singer's article, "No More Piranhas". If you're interested in buying one, contact me. I also have a version with a black background. It has to do with the fact that editors and art directors often feel that they are being accosted by ravenous writers and artists...passing manuscripts to them in unseemly ways...thus seeming to be piranhas.
Here's Diana Ponce's site too.
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Shennon Bersani was one of the winners of the showcase. Her work was auctioned off at the highest price there. Amy Hamberry is an illustrator who went out to dinner with a group of us at the Comfort Diner. Her work is fresh and fun to view. I love her work depicting teen and pre-teen girls. Nina Edwards is a top level designer, with a style I wish was mine! .......................More to come..have to publish this so that I don't lose it....the blogger settings are acting up a bit at the moment......
Here is PJ Lyon's work. at www.pjlyons.com. She creates lovely collage type 3-D images. She presented an incredible piece at the showcase in NYC of a rooster with beautiful cut paper feathers and details.
I met Cynthia Cotten, the author of several incredible picture books.
Another very talented illustrator is Inga Poslitur. She has an exhibit coming up somewhere in NYC soon as well. I had the opportunity to view her sketchbook, full of incredible paintings and drawings of NYC.
Claire Pernice is another talented illustrator.
Ron Chironna is a gifted illustrator, working in detailed, realistic colored pencil. Another illustrator I met at the end of the conference is Jonathan Gies, but he doesn't have a website listed. Tanya Zabinski won the Tomie DePaola award. Her work is well deserving of the award. I'm still adding illustrators names to this list...(even days later)
Monday, February 06, 2006
I had time to hang out with Courtney (always an energetic and fun time) and Dee. I hope she got her necklace untangled...did you Courtney? We also had dinner with many amazing illustrators....gotta put their links up later on...I'm still tired, need a nap... The Illustrator's Day alone was worth the trip to NYC. We heard from Tomie DePaola, Robert Sabuda, Cecilia Yung, and several newer children's illustrators.
There wasn't much time to sleep...to much to discuss and laugh over. I'll post the links later on, and add some comments on the workshops and highlights...one important one...if you haven't ever read David Almond's work....go out and get his books...I've never read any of his work, but after hearing him speak, I'm hooked. His message was inspiring, magical and absolutely heartwarming to the heart of a writer and artist.
Huge COngratulations to Heidi Sheffield, one of my roommates there, who placed in the top place winners of the art showcase, with a lovely piece. Her work is top-notch, and she's also a wonderful person. I'm sure she'll have a website up soon.