Sunday, December 31, 2006

Countdown to the New Year!

Click this to Count Down to 2007!
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

Yvonne Lyon's Music

I recently found Yvonne Lyon's music and have ordered two CDs. She hails from Scottland. Maybe it's my Scottish ancestry calling to me, or simply the fact I love the thoughtful, haunting, funky style of her music, but as soon as I heard her singing, I bookmarked it for after Christmas.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Jan Richardson's Art

Take a look at Jan Richardson's wonderful art. I found her site through Alice's blog, The Fairfax, where I find so many good things.

A Beautiful Blog....The Glass Doorknob

I found a beautiful blog with gorgeous photographs and a sense of simplicity that is marvelous after the sensory overload of Christmas (which I have enjoyed, but need a break from right now). It is called The Glass Doorknob.
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

Elf'd Myself

I hope you can see me as an Elf Here. I got this from Sherry, who also became a fun elf today.

Christmas scenes in art

Here is a collection of scenes of the Birth of Christ as seen in classical art through the ages. I've been searching for more of a visual/musical production, but so far haven't found one.
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

Illustration Friday-Peace

Here's my entry for this week's Illustration Friday topic- Peace

Claudia Mair Burney's writing and blog

OK. I came across Claudia's regular blog raggamuffin diva, and got hooked. I love this woman's heart and messages. So, since this blog is about children's books, lit and things, I'm posting her writing blog for you to get a peek into her writing and let her shine on you a bit too.
Now I really need to go wrap presents and bake a bit. Fun!

American Artist Mag Online Demonstrations

American Artist Online Mag now offers online demonstrations. I was having such fun watching that I spilled red and green M&Ms all over the laptop keyboard.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Never Enough Tea...a blog about C.S. Lewis

If you're interested in C.S. Lewis, check out this blog Never Enough Tea.

Something for Pantone fanatics

If you're really into using Pantone colors check this out.
Fishs eddy has some pretty funky things.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Art By Ashley..a new blog

Check out Ashley's new blog. I found her work on Illustration Friday and was drawn to her fun style.

Double Tag

Now I'm really playing tag. I've been tagged twice in the past few days and have to catch up. Katie tagged me most recently, so I'll play that one first, since I think I can figure out answers to her tag game easier than the other.
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.

An Interweaving of Friends, Faith, and Fantastic Finds

I am having a blast these days with some wonderful connections that have happened since I posted below about Allison and Stacy, and Alice's blog. It's such an intemingled combining of connections that you'll do best to read their blogs to see what happened through the fantastic, quirky combination of faith, blogging, kindred spirits, and friendship. Anyone who thinks that miracles and mysteries do not abound at Christmas time can be assured...they do.

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
and prayer
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
and bestowed
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 new find

I just found out about Shelfari. (love that name) I'm probably way behind most readers in finding it, but it's a dream come true. I am on a neverending quest to find kindred books when I meet someone who has similar reading taste, (or better taste). Shelfari is the place to go to find readers with similar tastes in reading, and get a glimpse into what they read and their opinions on the books. You'll see some of my pics on the side of my blog.
This is dangerous. I could end up spending way too much time online searching it, but I'll try to keep it under control.

Stone Pillars Blog

I had to blog Stone Pillars, because it is another place you'll read rich writing and see inspired folks creating. Allison (the friend from my post below..earlier today) is involved in the some of the process of the Relief Journal mentioned here, although I haven't had time to check exactly how. I'm sure her skill as an artist and writer is seen clearly woven into the Brand New Relief Journal.
(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!)

Beta Blogger for Dummies

..or is that Better blogger for dummies...maybe Beta Blogga....if you're in NJ..
anyway, my friend Ginger told me about this blog.

Divine Connections or Coincidences.........

I'll never cease to be amazed at how coincidentally or divinely I'm connected and re-connected with dear people.
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

Mo Willems is blogging on blogspot!

Mo Willems is now blogging. What fun.

Illustration Friday-Help

The topic for this week's Illustration Friday theme is Help.
Help is often received by these unseen agents....I enjoy thinking of them especially during the Christmas season.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Cool Blogspot-Google blogging tip

I just found out that you can use a great item on a google toolbar to blog any site you find, if you blog with blogspot. oooh...I can't wait to try it and see how it works. All you have to do is have a google email account, or blogspot account and it works. You just click the send to button on the toolbar and it gives the option to email the page or blog it. wow.

Sherry's new illustration blog

Here is Sherry Roger's new blogspot blog on children's illustration.

Oh The Weather Outside is.....

The weather here in VA is in the 70s today. I just heard a splash in the back yard, and looked out to see the geese in our neighbor's pond, playing and splashing as though it is Spring. I love this weather, but secretly I'm hoping it cools down by Christmas, and snows.
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

Picture Bookies Blog

Check out the new Picture Bookies Blog. It's just starting, so there aren't many posts yet, but there are sure to be many in the days and weeks to come!

Merry Christmas Cachibachi

My brother sent this to me in an email. Have fun listening.

The Comfort of Books

As I've been living out the past few days since my friend Maureen left this earth, and have felt a variety of emotions from loss, deep grief, and yet wonder and peace and gratitude that she is in her heavenly home and free to dance and live joyfully amazed in heaven. I've once more come to the conclusion that one great comfort during times of loss can be found in books.
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

Higglety Pigglety blogged again

I can't help it..I've got to blog Higglety-pigglety again. It's a treat. I love her work, her sense of style and the beautiful images she posts. I get a sense of peace from her blog somehow. It comes straight through the internet.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Review of an Ebook I Illustrated Awhile ago

I just happened upon a cheerful review of a book written by Margot Finke that I illustrated awhile ago. It was fun to find.

Posting from My Laptop

Finally! I've got my internet/router connection fixed and can access the internet from my laptop. What a joy.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Good Bye Dear Friend!

Early this morning my dear friend Maureen went to be with the Lord. She fought an amazing battle with cancer, but more than that, lived life to the full all the way to the end. She has been an inspiration and a source of grace and joy to everyone who ever met her. That sounds trite, and typical when remembering people who have gone on before us, in her case it is so very true.
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

Who Are you Illustrating For?

I know, it seems so basic and obvious, but lately I've had to reformat my brain to remember who my children's illustrations are for! Although they must pass through a bevy of art directors, agents, publishers and other adults, and of course my own critical eyes and mind, they are for KIDS!
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.

Check out My Google Co-op Search Engine

Here is my new Google Co-op Search engine about Children's Illustration. You can contribute by adding sites to it as well.


I've blogged JAGO ILLUSTRATION before, but get such a kick out of his work and blog, I'm blogging it again.

Friday, December 08, 2006

The Bible illustration blog: Pictures of the Nativity

A blog fitting the season is Graham Kennedy's blog: The Bible illustration blog: Pictures of the Nativity take some time to read Graham's posts and look at his website link to see some of the marvelous Bible illustrations he has created, and many children's illustrations. It looks like he did The Doughnut Man illos! (I remember them from awhile back.)

Blogging From the Library

What better place for a children's illustrator to blog from than from the library. I finally have my laptop running online. I've got a wireless router at home, but have yet to figure out how to connect it correctly, thus the delay in being able to connect my laptop to the internet at home....grrrrr. I've tried various ways and connections, asked several experts at the appropriate companies, and have yet to have it running properly. I finally brought the laptop to the library to connect...libraries are a little bit of heaven on earth in my mind anyway, peace, quiet and uninterrupted access to books, internet, magazines and helpful librarians. Sheer bliss.

Art of Roland Mechael

Take a look at Roland Mechael's wonderful artwork on his blog: Art of Roland Mechael

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Send a Thank You Note to the Troops for Free

Xerox has made it possible to send a thank you postcard to the troops for free. Take a look. There are various heartfelt messages to choose from, and the artwork on the postcards is created by children.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Congratulations Ginger Nielson!

Take a look at the Flax site and you'll see Ginger Nielson's art among the runners up of the Flax cover art contest . It's the adorable one with the elephant in it. Congratulations Ginger on being nominated as one of the finalists!

Illustrators....Check out Thumbtack Press

I just found out about Thumbtack still reading info on it, but it looks like another place to sell your art, as prints. (another option like Cafepress, but this one as prints)

Monday, December 04, 2006

Christmas Pen and Ink Rendering

Here's a pen and ink rendering I finished in time for Christmas.

Church Christmas Party

We attended one of the best church Christmas parties I've ever been a part of. The preparation was immense, resulting in live vignettes of The Road to Bethlehem, and the Stable Scene. I'll post more pics later. Here are a few. The photos don't do justice to what it looked like in person...although I'm grateful that they didn't turn out too dark, due to the dimly lit scenes, I wish the atmosphere of the lighting would have translated in the photos...the flash ruined that aspect of it.... The characters held the poses for over 1/2 hour with very little movement. ("Mary" is really pregnant too...)

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Today's Inspiration

Today's Inspiration...Leif Peng's blog about illustrations from the 40s and 50s. There are many riches in these posts...links, info about famous and not so famous topnotch illustrators. I love the illo on the top of the page right ad for zippo lighters.

Ice-Cream Monster Toon Cafe

Ice-Cream Monster Toon Cafe shows Alina Chau's sketches and cartoons. cool stuff there.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Scott E Franson: Snowman Process-Day 1

Scott E Franson: Snowman Process-Day 1
Take a look at Scott's illustration process of the snowman..he'll be doing it for several days.

Highlighting Jerry and Brian Pinkney's Ilustrations

The Traditional Fine Arts Organization shows information on Jerry and Brian Pinkney's illustrations. Father and son are both revered and loved children's illustrators.

Help for a Young Boy with Leukemia

I don't know Harrison or his family, but heard about him on a children's writers and illustrators forum..see below..

Help spread the word!
Harrison Leonardo is an adorable two-year old boy who is fighting Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) and needs a bone marrow transplant to survive. He’s spent most of this year fighting cancer, which went into remission in August. Unfortunately his family learned the cancer relapsed just before Thanksgiving.
For more information please follow this link!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Silver Fortress

Silver a blog I've blogged before, but I can't resist blogging it again. Take a look at these gorgeous "daily paintings".

Here's a blog by Several Children's Writers and Illustrators

Check out Outside of a Dog , a new blog made up of posts from several wonderful children's writers and illustrators. I just heard about it today. Lots of fun there.
Minilogue/hitchhikers choice - short version (longer on DVD)

Take some time to watch This animated stopmotion video.

Imagine Project-A Visual Arts Project for Kids

Imagine Project is a visual arts program for kids to demystify art and writing for kids. It spans the areas of music, art, creative writing, acting and performance.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Dan Santat's blog...Art Candy

Dan Santat's blog...Art Candy has moved. I'm not sure when it did, but here it is. His children's illustrations and links to other children's illustrators are excellent.

Middle of Nowhere

Middle of Nowhere is a fantastic blog by UK children's illustrator PG. Check out her illustrations and lovely sense of humor and whimsy.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Chardin's Little Bowl of Cherries

I love watching these paintings take place. Take a look as this one is created. The painter is Hall Groat. Here's his blog

pencil led

pencil led is Patrice's wonderful blog of children's illustrations. Take a look at his most recent work. Classic Children's Book Illustrations! is a fantastic site dedicated to the Golden age of Classic Children's Illustrations. How have I missed this one for so long? Fantastic old illustrations and info on the illustrators, prints for sale, etc.
Check out their list of the 10 Most Beautifully Illustrated Books.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Art Supply's a good sale......

If you're a lover of good oil paint quality've GOT to try Studio Products supplies. (I'm plugging them because they are amazing...I don't get anything for it) There is a sale going on right now too.
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

Hooked on Kadir Nelson's Illustrations

OK..if you haven't seen Kadir Nelson's illustrations've got to stop by his website. The first time I saw his illustrations in the picture book He's Got the Whole World In His Hands, I was hooked. It's a book I plan to buy..and when that happens...I know I've got another favorite illustrator. I am just a teeny fan in the list of quite a famous list...go check the collectors of his work..once you see his work, you'll see why his fan list is so impressive...
hmmmm...maybe illustrators are making a comeback....

Happy Thanksgiving!

My best wishes to all for a happy, healthy safe Thanksgiving Day to all those celebrating it! May God bless you in a special way today.

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....
art supplies....
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

Fun All Around

Fun All Around is another illustrator's blog..Eric Sturdevant's blog. I haven't seen this blog before, and was thrilled to find it!

Monday, November 20, 2006

A Christmas Pen and Ink Rendering

I finished this recently for a client. Since the holiday season is upon us, I figured I'd post it.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Oilily Fans and Lovers of Good Stuff

You've got to see Oilily's latest site update...check out the Open Studio is incredible how they've organized it..totally addicting to search. I only wish I could afford their clothes.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

A Blog Called Lines and Colors

For an inspiring look at all types of illustrations and art..stop by Lines and Colors.
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?

meggiecat : December 2005

meggiecat : December 2005 I just liked this blog. It's a terrific cachibachi.

Monday, November 13, 2006


GottaBook-I got hooked on this blog by it's title alone. Gregory K is a screenwriter, volunteer librarian, dad and SCBWI member with a love of books. Stop by and visit his blog about children's lit.

the dust of everyday life

the dust of everyday life is a combination of picture book artists sharing their lives and what makes them who they are...(you'll see lots of pets there too)

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Geninne's Art Blog

Geninne's Art Blog Her illustrations are a delight to view....the colors and imagination are fantastic.

Creative Cup Illustrators Group

Creative Cup Illustrators Group Here's a group of various illustrators sharing their talents and insights on their blog.

Creative Blend

Creative Blend...ooh...another blog I just found. I have been stuck reading several wonderful blogs tonight...chasing the rabbit-trails blogs are famous for. Holly Hamilton's blog Creative Blend shows her wonderful illustration style.

Blue Rose Girls

Blue Rose Girls Wow...another amazing blog I hadn't seen before. This one highlights the art and writing and great insights and happenings about children's literature.

Fox In Socks

Fox In worth taking the time to view. Paige's children's illustrations are charming.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Making a Childrens' Book

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

Penny Plain Twopence Coloured

Penny Plain Twopence Coloured this blog is for the toy lover in all of us....amazing stuff here.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Welcome to

Welcome to Vic Vicini's 'painting a day' blog sports some snazzy art.

Silver Fortress

Silver Fortress This 'painting a day" blog has gorgeous paintings by two artists. Wonderful portraits..

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Congratulations Meg!

My twin ran the NYC Marathon today and finished with a time that pleased her. She was thrilled to view the fireworks in Central Park last night and revisit old stomping grounds from college days at FIT...but most of all to run the race and finish with a time close to her goal. (running just part of it and walking it would have been a huge thing for me!)
Huge congratulations Meg! Wish I could have been there to cheer you on!

Check out The Class of 2K7-New Children's Novelists

Here's a new group of children's writers whose novels are about to debut. Their website is called Class of 2K7, and includes a blog featuring their writing and news about their upcoming children's, middle grade and young adult novels.
It seems they've already got a listing for class of 2K8!
Congratulations to the class of 2K7!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Paintings in Oil: Cherry Bag V

Paintings in Oil: Cherry Bag V
I love James Neil's oil paintings. You can sign up for a daily view of his daily painting blog.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006


myillustrationblog Take a look at Scott Cuzzo's wonderful illustrations....many done in collage.

Check out Trendwatching fantastic resource. Check it out.

Back to Blogging-Chromatic Black

I've been out of town for 4 days and trying to catch up. Hope everyone had a safe and happy halloween yesterday.
Here's a good article about using and creating chromatic blacks in painting from

Friday, October 20, 2006

Jago's Illustrations

Check out Jago's wonderful children's illustrations. I just found his blog on Jacket Flap..which is an incredible resource for anyone interested in children's lit.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Banner for Women's Retreat

Here's the banner I just made from fabric for a Christian women's retreat. 4'x6'

Reflections: View from a Ring-Side Seat

Reflections: View from a Ring-Side Seat If you want another Huge dose of inspiration , day to day, walking it out faith and Maureen's blog again. I posted it the other day, but can't get enough of her writing.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Another Pen and Ink Rendering

I just finished this pen and ink rendering and got it in the mail. It was fun to do.
Now maybe I can get to my oil paints!

Texas Painter Leslie Sealey

Texas Painter Leslie Sealey Take a look at Leslie's art. She creates fascinating paintings of outdoor structures, buildings, bridges and scenes in a captivating manner.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Reflections: View from a Ring-Side Seat

Reflections: View from a Ring-Side Seat
This is an incredible blog by an incredible woman..a dear friend of mine..whom I am honored to know and count as a friend. Every time I spend time with her I am changed.

Saturday, October 07, 2006


Moowords Check out children's illustrator Phillip H.William's illos and blog.

Friday, October 06, 2006


GINGER PIXEL ~ ART Experiences BLOG Here's Ginger's new blog.

Paintings in Oil

Paintings in Oil Oooh...look at James Neil's oil paintings..seems they are paintings a day. I can't imagine how he does one of these detailed paintings a day!

A Day In Paint

A Day In Paint OK...I blogged this recently..but I can't resist blogging it again. Look at Vivienne St. Clair's paintings..aren't they gorgeous?

Daily Painters Blog - Original Art by Painting-A-Day Artists and Habitual Painters

Daily Painters Blog - Original Art by Painting-A-Day Artists and Habitual Painters This is so much fun to see..a blog about all of the daily painter's blogs! I admire these artists and maybe someday will get to the point of doing a painting a day.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Another Color Study in Oils

Here's the second smaller one. I've got one more to go, but it's going to be done in a week or so.
This one is focusing of combinations with Alizarin Crimson, Viridian and Ultramarine Deep

Monday, September 25, 2006

Color Study in Oils

Here's an oil color study I finished (just have to clean up some spots) I learned so much from this.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

The Drawing Club: One sitting drawing grid

The Drawing Club: One sitting drawing grid Here's a blog I've posted before, but enjoyed again...figured I'd post it since it had this interesting drawing grid challenge.


Cadence is a blog by Karen, highlighting her illustrations and collage work.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Another Pen & Ink Rendering

Here's one I'm nearly done with.

Illustration Class

I just found Illustration Class again online. It's bookmarked.

Check out the Art Biz Blog

The Art Biz Blog is another blog well worth checking out. Lots of great links and info there.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Graydon Parrish's 9/11 Mural

An incredibly talented artist, Graydon Parrish created a masterpiece mural in memory of 9/11.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Dancing Brush Strokes

Dancing Brush Strokes...Oo-o-h..look at Jennifer Evenhus's small paintings.

Little Paintings from Orangeville

Little Paintings from Orangeville Here's another painting a day blog..with paintings by Louis Boileau from Canada.

A Day In Paint

A Day In Paint Vivienne St. Clair's daily oil paintings are treasures..take a look.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Cre8tivemarks Blog

Cre8tivemarks Blog......Mark McDonnell's art showcased here on his blog.

Cre8tivemarks Blog

Cre8tivemarks Blog......Mark McDonnell's art showcased here on his blog.

Goo-beet-sa-blog: color studies

Goo-beet-sa-blog: color studies Here's a blog about Brian Gubicza and his storyboard art.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Sarah's Books - Used & Rare

Sarah's Books - Used & Rare This is a fun blog..reading about Sarah's Used and Rare books and bookstore in Maine.

The Art Department: Knee Deep In Art

The Art Department: Knee Deep In Art Wow. Look at Irene Gallo's time searching through classic art from the Socitey of Illustrators in NYC.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Howard Pyle, the Brandywine Tradition and Flash Gordon

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

A Pen and Ink Rendering done

Here's a pen and ink rendering I'm nearly done with. Just have to touch up the windows and garage a bit more.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Mac McCool
Comic Artist and Illustrator

Mac McCool
Comic Artist and Illustrator
Here's another talented illustrator. I especially enjoyed his treasure island images.

Saturday, September 02, 2006


roccoart...OK...another excellent blog I found from Courtney's blog...(thanks for pointing us to this one Courtney! John Rocco's work is

Devas T. Rants and Raves!

Devas T. Rants and Raves! I love this guy's blog...haven't seen it in awhile, but was reminded by Courtney..and am blogging it for the benefit of anyone who wants some fun reading and good illos.

Vivian Hadding Visual Storyteller

Vivian Hadding Visual Storyteller...Yeay! Vivian's got a blog! Keep an eye out for Vivian...someday she'll be a household name in Graphic Novels and children's books. I can't wait to see which publisher discovers her first and snatches up her talent.

Friday, September 01, 2006

September Art Event-Arlington VA

Anyone in the Arlington VA area can come on down to the annual Metamorphosis Art Show, where Courtney Pippin-Mathur and other artists will be selling original work for one day at the Willow Restaurant in Arlington VA on Saturday, September 10th from 11am to 3pm. I hope I can make it there.
All of the information can be found at this website

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Drawings from a Mexican

Drawings from a Mexican..Dave Pimentel shows his wonderful drawing style with the bonus of tons of great illustration and art links from other artists and art sites.

So, cat tacos?

So, cat tacos?
Take a look at Guy Francis' illustration blog. He's got some great illos online, and a fun sense of humor.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Check out this Painting Video on YouTube

If you haven't been to YouTube yet, check out some of the art videos, especially this one, a painting by an incredibly talented artist. (Beware..there can be some videos at You Tube best not viewed) but this one is fantastic. I've seen some other excellent painting videos spite of my dial-up connection.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Recommended Art Book by Richard Schmid

Richard Schmid's book, Alla Prima, Everything I Know About Painting is another excellent book for oil painters. There are various excellent color charts in the book as well.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Manifest Gallery-National Drawing Annual 2006 Call for Entries

Check out the National Drawing Annual 2006 call for entries.

A Painting a Day

A Painting a Day Check out Duane Keiser's most recent daily paintings.

Friday, August 25, 2006

The Fox and the Grapes

Here's an illustration I'm working on as a learning challenge. It's an 8"x10" oils.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Scott E Franson

Take a look at children's writer/illustrator Scott E Franson's blog. His sense of humor and art is a delight.
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

Check out Sherry's Radio Interview

Sherry Rogers was interviewed by two radio stations about the children's book she illustrated: If You Were A Parrot. Go listen...they're on MP3s.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Wendy's Info about the CMSU Children's Book Conference

Wendy Martini generously posted some great info from the recent CMSU Children's Book Conference.

The International Children's Digital Library

Check out the International Children's Digital Library. It's purpose is to "... provide free access to children's books from around the world. By ensuring access to books from many cultures and in diverse languages, we foster a love of reading, a readiness to learn, and a response to the challenges of world illiteracy.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Take a Look at Scott Bartner's Painting Demo

I just found Scott Bartner's website, and the demonstration page, showing how he does a portrait in oils. Take a look.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

3 X 3's Picture Book Illustration Contest

Check out 3 x 3's picture book contest. The deadline is looming, but there's still time to get your submission in if you've had illustrations published in a picture book that came out in 2004 or 2005. I didn't read all of the not sure about fees or other details, but it looks like a great contest. Just check the judges and you'll see what I mean.
I subscribed to this mag. Haven't gotten my first one yet, but am looking forward to it.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Another good book for drawing

I heard of another excellent book for figure drawing. It comes highly recommended. Figure Drawing Without a Model by Ron Tiner.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

A wonderful book on N. C. Wyeth

I received my book on N. C. Wyeth by Kate F. Jennings today. It is FANTAStic...a
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

A Painting

Here's the oil painting I'm doing for a friend. There are parts that I know need more work, but if I keep fiddling around with it, I'll make them worse. It was fun to do and I learned so much...on to the next one.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Alice's CWIM blog

Alice's CWIM blog....Wow...anyone in the children's lit market will be interested in Alice's blog. I just heard about it from Anastasia Suen, who always has valuable news, tips and classes about writing for children and the field.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

The Grand Central Academy of Art in NYC

It's times like this that I wish I lived in or near NYC. A new art school is opening up in NYC, called The Grand Central Academy of Art (what can I say...I'd love to study art full time...and I know..I just need to keep it up at home, but there's nothing like taking intensive courses from experts, surrounded by peers.) It looks like a fantastic school. I do think that teaching classical drawing and painting is coming back into vogue...people are beginning to realize that strong drawing and painting skills are vital in creating art that stands the test of time.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Aaron Zenz's Art, and Picture Book Dummy

Aaron Zenz has a fantastic website showing his artistic talent and his very cool, humorous picture book dummy. Check it out. I found this link after Linda recommended it. Thanks Linda...

Friday, August 04, 2006

Take a Look at John Alivin's Art

I found some new paintings by John Alvin in the Art Business News of Jack Sparrow and the other of Will Turner. I haven't seen them online yet, but the one of Jack Sparrow was my favorite.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

All the Strange Hours: Blue Jeans

All the Strange Hours: Blue Jeans...David Rourke's blog about drawing, painting, digital photography, art history, materials, methods and his work.

New Blog called Inklings

Here's a brand new blog called Inklings. Jenny Harris is a children's illustrator and writer, and creator of Inklings.

Jerry Pinkney's video interview on Reading Rockets

Here's a video interview of Jerry Pinkney on Reading Rockets.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006


ILLUSTRATION this latest post called Anvil Art..about J.C. Leyendecker and Norman Rockwell.


buep..another fun blog by Cecilia Gabby, an illustrator with a great range of styles...she lives in Germany.

Sketchbook Pages

Sketchbook's Linda's illustration blog. She's got some work up with a new style.

Take a Look at Krishna Mathias' Art

Krishna Mathias won second place in the WIN contest. Take a look at his gorgeous work.


Views From The Easel: UPCOMING ARTISTS OPPORTUNITIES Linda has posted some great opportunities for artists in the DC area.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Edward J. Reed's Portraits

Here's an amazing portrait artist that lives and teaches in the DC area. Look at Edward Reed's wonderful portraits and other art.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

chillies and chocolate

chillies and illustrator's blog with detailed, unusual images.

The Association of Disaffiliated Artists

The Association of Disaffiliated Artists (or TADA...) is a collaborative blog of various artists..different styles and a fun sense of humor.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

An Article about Starting an Illustration Career

Here's an article by Keri Smith about starting an illustration career.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

A Book Review for 'If You Were a Parrot'

Here's a book review of a delightful children's book written byKatherine Rawson, illustrated by Sherry Rogers, called If You Were A Parrot. Congratulations to the writer and to Sherry on another great review.

A Review for Zubie the Lightening Bug

Here's a new review for a book called Zubie the Lightening Bug, illustrated by Ginger Nielson, written by Candace Coleman.

A blog about the Business of Art

Check out The Art Biz Blog

A blog called Museum of Paper

Check out this wonderful blog.....Museum of Paper. Susan Reynolds blogs about "stuff artsy people need to know" on her blog. There are loads of fascinating links here.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Higglety Pigglety

Higglety Pigglety is Joanna Twinn's charming blog with warm cheerful illustrations and posts.

The Disco Mermaids (Robin - Jay - Eve)

The Disco Mermaids (Robin - Jay - Eve) I've blogged this before..but can't resist a re-blog...these three are certain to entertain any reader. They are three authors who discuss writing for children.

Oil Painting in Process

Here's an oil painting I'm in the middle of. It's from a photo of my friend's children. I'm about 1/3 done. Working in oils is such a joy.

Pub Rants

Pub Rants is a fun blog by a literary agent discussing queries, writers and the publishing industry. I found out about this one from Anastasia Suen whose own blogs are fantastic.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Oil Painting Revisited

I'm having such a blast getting back into oil painting. After taking a week long open studio class last week...and working in oils again, I'm loving it. Sometimes the children's illustration field/biz/journey is exhausting. Revisiting of my first loves, is revitalizing. One of the things that held me back from working in oils, aside from the drying time, was the smell of turps, or the "orange fragrance type thinners" which smelled stronger than turps. (I love the smell of turps, but can't imagine exposing my kids to them in my studio area, where the kids also hang out.) There is NO odor with the odorless thinner. Now I'm studying Vermeer, Georges de la Tour (saw his work in person several years ago and fell in love with it!) and Bernie Fuchs at the same time (strange mix, but it works for me). There's another book by Harold Speed, Oil Painting Techniques and Materials. It was recommended on Rob Howard's Cennini Forum in the recommended books for study. (one of my favorite places online for the discussion of fine art, oil painting, painting in other media, techniques and material in general. There are some incredible artists that hang out there...and lots of funky discussions..) Speed's book is foundational, and has motivated me to study value and tone more than ever before.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

More Stuff on etsy

I'm adding more things now at my etsy shop. By the way...Courtney, if you read really should place your prints there. They would sell like hotcakes. The same goes for you Sherry, Julia and Ginger!

Shopping Sugarlump's

Shopping Sugarlump's I know...this is a bit offtopic from children's illustration, but take a look at some of Sugarlumps creations/jewelry at etsy. She's got quite a following there.

Etsy is addictive

I am SO excited about etsy..haven't even really had the time to place more than two things up in my store there...but just seeing what others have created out there..all over the world, and are selling is incredible. Now I've found out that there is a ring you can join if you blog and have an etsy shop. I am in the process of working that out. For all you artists and illustrators out there, you should GET OVER there and list some of your work. You can sell note cards, prints, (use your imagination) It's a whole separate venue to be seen and sort of network in an arena that is fresh (some of us can get a bit isolated at our drawing tables as illustrators, huddling over our work..or browsing libraries for picture books to enjoy other's art... I'm sure it's going to be an even bigger thing in the coming months and years. There are fascinating aspects of it, where you can find items to match certain colors, and find favorite artists and see who else enjoys those artists...which leads you into new areas (it's like ebay, only for artists and creative folks..indies...)

Exploring Color & Creativity

Exploring Color & Creativity, which is Nita Leland's blog. She is a well known watercolorist, and has had various books published on the topic. Her blog is full of info regarding art, color, techniques etc.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

The Society of Illustrators-LA blog

Here's another illustration blog...The Society of Illustration-LA blog. They've got plenty going on in that organization, and tons of talent!

The 3x3 Magazine...The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration

Check out 3x3 Magazine. It's a top notch magazine about international contemporary illustration. The mission of the mag and it's publishers is "to spotlight the best international artists working today and encourage a new focus on the use of illustration by the advertising and design communities." The magazine is published three times and year, highlighting 3 of the top international illustrators. It covers illustrators, events, hot topics, and advice for illustration professionals. The links and topics on the site are well worth investing time on as well. Needless to say...I ordered it. (I'm hopeless) Now I'm heading back to check out the book links, event links and shows.

AIGA-An interview with Charles Hively about the Fall and Rise of Illustration

Check out this revealing, thought provoking interview of Charles Hively on The Fall and Rise of Illustration. Take some time to check out AIGA's website as well.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

this little piglet

this little piglet is a fun blog relating travel tidbits, restaurant recommendations and memorable food experiences of the blogger. It's a cachibachi I found from my sitemeter. I also found another fun blog full of recipes and food items called Chocolate & Zucchini.

Monday, July 17, 2006

My ETSY Shop

Well, I've finally set up an ETSY shop, after hearing about it on an online group. I only have one item up for sale at the moment, but plan to get more up in the days to come. That place is full of treasures, prints, handmade art, jewelry, original paintings and tons of goodies. It is an addictive site for lovers of handmade stuff.

Back From The Beach

Well, we're back from the beach...sunburned and sandy after a day in the sun at Virginia Beach. It was wonderful. The weather was perfect, and we even saw dolphins swimming farther out several times during the day. I've never seen them there before, but this time they were easy to spot. I tried to take some time to sketch, but didn't get much drawn in my sketchbook.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Shakepearean Insulter

Check out these Shakespean insults. They come from Shakespear's works.

A Fuse #8 Production: HEY! Illustrators! Call For Entries, Here!

A Fuse #8 Production: HEY! Illustrators! Call For Entries, Here! A terrific blog about children's lit from a NY Public librarian, who works in the children's branch.


Cadence Take a look at Kala's mixed media collage and illustration. Her work is lovely..she's based in the UK

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Kevin's Cool Tools Blog

Check out Kevin Kelly's blog about Cool Tools that actually work. There are some fascinating posts of tools I'd love to well as other tips in the links.


SKETCH TRAIN Here's a blog full of sketches by Lex.

Today's Inspiration

Today's Inspiration Here's a blog about illustration from the '40s and '50s.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Open Studio with Patti Rice

I'm thrilled to be taking a class with a local artist/teacher, Patti Rice. Not only is she extremely gifted in creating portraits, and gorgeous landscapes and still lifes in various mediums, but she is an incredible teacher. Patti is known for her beautiful pastel portraits. She has taught classes to children for years, turning out students with work that is mind-boggling. (she also teaches adults, but it's the kid's work that most astounds me) I've seen the work in many places, and each time I see one of the pastel images her students create I am amazed..and wish I had been able to take classes at a young age from her...(but now I'm happily fulfilling that wish as an adult!)
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. ('s heavenly just being out of the house in a studio where I can create undistracted)


sketchpot Take a look at Witness's sketches...created at odd moments at work and while waiting for things like oil changes...lots of fun images and humor here. He's very talented in pen and ink too.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

The Illustration Magazine

I just received my copy of The Illustration Magazine #15, featuring Bernie illustration hero. (I searched all over the internet for a copyof issue #15, since they had run out of copies..but now it seems they are in stock again, if anyone is interested) Mine came all the way from England.
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

The Art Blog Challenge

The Art Blog Challenge This is a fantastic blog for artists. I found out about it today from Ginger, who has art posted there.

Check out Denise Vega's website

Denise Vega author of the YA book Click Here (To find out how I survived 7th Grade) has a fun website for girls to browse. There are fun interactive areas to explore.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Art Business News Magazine

Art Business News Magazine offers free subscriptions to many varieties of artists and art suppliers. I've been getting the full color, informative magazine for quite awhile, for free, and have found it to be a wonderful source of info and inspiration.

Hypnotik Eye

Hypnotik Eye Take a look at Brazen's illustrations.


TWEEDLESKETCH! Michael Fleming shows off some of his funky colorful, humorous children's illustrations and doodles.

Yellapalooza...a Resource for Children's Illustrators and Writers

If you've never gone to visit the Yellapalooza website...go visit. It's a terrific resource for children's illustrators and writers. There are tips, highlights of new writers and illustrators, links of all sorts and a forum that is well known online.

The Orphan Works Bill & it's Negative Ramifications for Artits and Writers

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— Megan E. Gray mgray@roylance.comTo 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 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


ILLUSTRATION ART: December 2005 Oh My.....look at the post David Apatoff blogged about Robert Heindel's illustration work. Heindel passed away close to the time of Apatoff's post. I remember seeing his work before and falling in love with illustrate like Heindel! I could look at these images for hours.

Concept Art Online Forum

Here's a REAL gem of a is an online forum I recently discovered with tons of info, art links, and terrific threads for artists/illustrators/designers, is
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 site and was hooked.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Struggling to paint

Struggling to paint Woweee...look at Chuck Rose's art. He's an illustrator/painter from Maryland.

Greywaren Art

Greywaren Art I found Maggie's equine art and landscape paintings from the previous site I just blogged...Maggie's paintings are gorgeous.

Making a Mark

Making a Mark Katherine Tyrell from London shows her sketches from sketch-crawls and various locations. She works in pen and ink, pastel and other media. Take a look

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

National Portrait Gallery Reopens

The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery will reopen on July 1st, after being closed for renovations for quite awhile. (Here's hoping it doesn't get rained out, after all of the rain, flooding and federal building closings in DC this week!)

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Congrats to Denise Vega on her book Click Here

Denise Vega's book Click Here has been nominated by VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) as a Top Shelf Reader for Middle School readers! Yeay!! Check out Denises's website it has lots of news and fun things for kids and teachers..parents, etc.

Raul Speek's Art

Take a look at Raul Speek's art. He's an artist born in Cuba at the time of the revolution, who now lives in the UK.

Pen and Ink Rendering from Down South

Here's a pen and ink rendering of an inn down south that I'm nearly done with.


doodlin' You'll see today that I'm on a streak of blogging amazing animation blogs...there's so much talent packed in these blogs, I could be here all day...just follow the links in each blog and you'll see what I mean. This one is's a husband and wife team.

I Like the Cookie

I Like the Cookie Here is RoxxyKristen's animation and sketches..look at the studies of film compostion and value..lots of fun characters and links too


ARMAND SERRANO ooohh...look at his animation work....

Sketch Club

Sketch Club I love this blog..the concept and the collaborative effort of creating sketches from memory. It's fun to see what these artists come up with.

Patrick Morgan

Patrick Morgan....he's an animator from CA. Look at his sketches, links and characters.

Pencil Shavings Blog

I found Sara's digital illos on her blog, Pencil Shavings, from a British Blog in the illustrations listings called BritBlog.

Monday, June 26, 2006

One Year Blogging Birthday

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

Dog and Horse Portraits

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

Lost in the Paint... a painter's blog

Lost in the Paint... a painter's blog Here is John Nez's "newer-other" blog showcasing his paintings, and the process involved. He has another blog with his illustrations on it as well... Both are full of images and wry humor that will keep you reading.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Mumspotting: A mum, her doodling and illustrated blog about motherhood

Mumspotting: A mum, her doodling and illustrated blog about motherhood Here's Christine Lim's blog....beautiful illustrations..another one I found on Illustration Friday.

Planet Ham

Planet Ham ooooooh...look at Matt Ham's illustrations. I'm glad to have found his blog...found it from a link on Illustration Friday.

Look at Jeremyville's Sketchel

Sketchel's are custom designed bags with art from all over the world that people submit for use on the bags. The idea is fantastic! (warning...Some are a bit edgy)

Illustration Friday Entry-Dance

Here's my entry for this week's Illustration Friday's topic Dance.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Have you been to LibraryThing?

Check out Librarything if you haven't been there before. If you are a published author or soon-to-be published author you'll find this link especially fun....(you can give info about your book to them and have it linked to their site.)

Moonflower Musings

Moonflower Musings I thought I had blogged Julia's blog before, but may have gotten it mixed up with another blog I'm on. I think the post went there by mistake. Julia's fabric children's illustrations are wonderful.

Monday, June 19, 2006

The First Dallas International Book Fair

I found out about the First Dallas International Book Fair July 14-16 through Shirley Smith Duke, author of No Bows. Shirley will be speaking at the event. Congratulations Shirley on being featured on the front page of El Extra, and on being in on this wonderful event. I wish I lived closer and could attend!

Friday, June 16, 2006

An Illlustration blog called Pantsketch

Here's a fun illustration blog; Pantsketch.


KCAD:illustration Here's a collaborative blog by KCAD Illustration students. I also found a link for CMYK magazine on their blog. There is a contest (deadline June 20th..not sure of the exact details..but it's for creative folks...and some interesting services on the classifieds like a portfolio critique service. I wonder how good that one would be....I've had my best portfolio crits at SCBWI conferences. Here's a link I found called where some fun illustration blogs showed up.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Illustration Friday-Jungle

Here's my image for this week's Illustration Friday topic...Jungle. I'm pushing it a bit with this one..and actually posted it a year ago when I first started my blog..but it sort of fits the jungle theme...

Tracy's Sketchbook

Tracy's Sketchbook Take a look at Tracy's beautiful Thumbelina sketches and illustration. Congrats Tracy on your new blog. I'm sure you'll go far in the children's illustration field!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Toy news....

Here's a website, Playthings that has the latest updates and toy news, info on licensing for toy products and trends in the toy biz. I love sites like this that show new trends and ideas that are catching on.

a fun creative challenge...52 Figments

I found 52 Figments on children's illustrator Dee's fun website. 52 Figments is a creative excercize of 52 challenges for 2006. Check it out and participate!

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards

Cooper-Hewitt's National Design Awards are out now. The 7th annual National Design Awards will be held at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in October.

La Bloga

La Bloga This isn't exactly a children's writing/illos blog..but I love searching through it for new Latin/Hispanic/Chicano lit news. Check it out....great links too. I was hoping there would be something there about David Diaz's illustraitons (he's one of my favorites) but so far there isn't. I may suggest it.

A Quote for Encouragement

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."

Ella Fitzgerald
1917-1996, Jazz Singer

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

NYC Museum Mile Festival

Oh how I'd love to be in New York City for the Museum Mile Festival! Nine museums on Fifth Avenue will open their doors for free to a mile long music and art filled block-party/festival. Wow! Talk about a sensory feast! Another thing to keep an eye out for in NYC is the Renegade Craft I wish I could go to that one.