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