Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Althea Crone- Miniature knitting for Coraline

Kahn and Selesnick

Check out Kahn and Selesnick's amazing work. Staged photographic panoramas unlike any you've seen before. geniuses....

(found through a link on facebook from DD's page.......Facebook does have it's benefits. I have found links, info, networking and friends from 20 years back that I never would have found otherwise )

Monday, December 22, 2008

Simply Licensed..a resource for artists

Simply Licensed is a website that allows artists and manufacturers to find each other. At this time it is available for free. Interested in licensing your art? Check it out.

Updating the blog template

I'm working on blogger's newer format. Please excuse any added confusion. The holiday/Christmas season probably isn't the best time to do this, but I've been wanting to have access to the easier template format, and finally did it.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Don Tate's New Angel Diva Scrapbooking set

Check out children's illustrator Don Tate's new Angel Divas scrapbooking set. It is adorable. Tell your scrapbooking fanatic friends about it.
( I love angel themes, and this one is fun, fresh, upbeat and inspired)
If I was a scrapbooker, I'd snatch these up, but I've got to control myself as far as what new areas I venture into creativity wise..there's only so much space and time in my crammed life)

Congratulations Don on your new line and this adventure of licensing.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Rare Christmas Children's Books

As Christmas approaches it is fun to read children's Christmas books. Here is a link to some rare old children's books about Christmas.
I can still remember my parents reading T'was the Night Before Christmas and the Bible story from the gospel of Luke. What rich memories those stories and images bring.

Thursday, December 04, 2008


Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Check out The Picture Bookies

Take some time to check out our amazing group of children's illustrators at The Picture Bookies. Such talent....I'm honored and privileged to be a part of such an amazing group of artists. We also have a blog.
Not only is each of the artists talented and experienced in the field, each one is also a person of character and generosity.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Check out the Affluent Artist

The Affluent Artist...check it out. Great articles and links on this blog..and one look at his art shows why he knows what he is talking about...

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


The holidays are coming. I love this time of year.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

My new cafepress store

Monday, November 17, 2008
check out my new cafepress store and items. More to come soon.

Sunday, November 16, 2008
Check out my etsy shop. I added a handmade Xango item and leather cuff bracelet.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 online portfolio venue is another free online portfolio venue. It is nicely designed and easy to navigate and use. I'm in the process of uploading images there now for my own portfolio.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Alison Stanfield's Affirmations for Artists Video

Take a moment to listen to Alison Stanfield's Affirmations for Artists video.

She is a motivator with encouragement and practical advice for artists.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Research led me to Penny Plain Twopence Coloured

Look at this blog. Penny Plain Twopence Coloured. It's a blog about a Toy Theatre Novice. The images got me hooked. (I'm researching Victorian theatres for an illustration in Mayra Calvani's book that I'm in the process of illustrating.
Here's another fascinating site about paper theatres

Friday, November 07, 2008

Check out Sherry Roger's Interview

Check out my wonderful children's illustrator friend Sherry Rogers' interview here.
Not only is she a fantastic person, but her work shines with joy and professionalism.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

LinkedIn..networking made easy

If you are a freelance artist or creative person, check out LinkedIn. The possibilities for connections and jobs and networking are endless there.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Fwd: The museum track, collaborations, and creative incomes

Check out Alison Stanfield's amazing newsletter and blog. She is a whiz at the art biz and consulting with artists. Just this message alone leads to many sources and possibilities
or artists to further their biz as artists. Her links are here below

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Thursday, October 23, 2008
Check out our collaborative illustration blog.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Here is a new organization that helps non-profits to network

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Orchid Necklace - buy custom personalized products from Ponoko

"This is fascinating. It is at Ponoko, created by an amazing artist."
Thirty-nine layers of plastic are sculpted into a fluid form inspired by the morphology of orchids. A stainless steel cable threads through the entire piece, underlining the simple stacked constru...


WOW...have you heard  of Photomake-Ponoko? This has amazing possibilities, and you can sell what you make there too, sort of like Cafepress. I can't  WAIT to try this out.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

It's National Library Card Month. If you don't have one, get one. It's one of the best cards you can carry with you.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The National Museum of Crime and Punishment (NMCP)

The following is an article sent to me from Eric Higgins, who works with the new Crime Museum in DC. I am looking forward to visiting this museum asap myself! Thanks so much Eric for informing us about the new Museum.


If you’re planning a trip to the nation’s capital, you have to check out the latest addition to the Washington DC museum scene—the National Museum of Crime & Punishment (NMCP). Fun for the whole family, the NMCP takes you through interactive environments highlighting the history of crime, methods of punishment, and law enforcement. Other specialized exhibits include crime scene investigation and the America’s Most Wanted studio.

Beginning with the Middle Ages and moving on through the Colonial times, Wild West, post-World War I era, and into the present day, “A Notorious History of Crime” showcases the evolution of crime spanning centuries in America. The weapons and technology used to commit crimes may have changed, but the motives have generally remained the same. Discover the stories of famous outlaws and mobsters that drove the police crazy, and learn about some of the most distinguished criminal events on record. Don’t forget to get your picture taken with your head and hands locked in the pillory, a rare example of punishment nostalgia.

At the “Punishment: The Consequence of Crime” display, find out firsthand what it’s like to become a criminal as you tour a replica police station. From being booked and getting your mug shot taken to life inside a cold concrete jail cell, you’ll get an understanding of our country’s prison system and why it’s a place no one in their right mind would want to be for any length of time. How cool can you perform under pressure? Get hooked up to the lie detector and test yourself.

Working in the line of law enforcement is not for everyone. The “Crime Fighting” gallery outlines what a career as a crime fighter entails, the tasks of various law enforcement agencies, and how each division works together. Observe the uniforms, weapons, and equipment that law personnel must familiarize themselves with, and even rate your skills as a gun slinger at the shooting range simulator.

Are you a fan of the hit television shows CSI: New York or CSI: Miami? If so, the “CSI Experience” will not disappoint you. Smack-dab in the middle of a murder mystery, see if you have what it takes to uncover the clues at the crime scene and analyze them back at the lab using common forensic science techniques. Next, move on to the morgue to learn the ins and outs of an autopsy, or browse through files from some of the most notable cold cases.

Everyone has watched America’s Most Wanted, and now, the longest-running series in American television history has made the NMCP its new home. Discover why host John Walsh started the show and how successful it has been in bringing hundreds of fugitives to justice. Bring your children to the Cross Match Technologies booth to have them fingerprinted. It will be an enjoyable experience for them, but it will also be for a good cause, since all prints will be entered into a nationwide database for future reference.

Whether you are young or old, the National Museum of Crime & Punishment has something interesting for all ages. Located in the heart of the city directly across from the Verizon Center, the NMCP is a “can’t miss” attraction on your Washington DC tours list.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Remembering on 9/11

My thoughts go back to that fresh sunny morning 7 years ago. My prayers go out to all who grieve and have suffered from the tragedy that day. 

I remember clearly that I was in a Bible study with dear women at church, when our pastor came downstairs to ask us to pray due to an airplane crashing into one of the World Trade Center Towers. We gathered in a circle and began to pray. 
Several minutes later he came back down and gravely told us that another plane had crashed into the other tower. We all sank to our knees to pray more. Later on, he returned saying there were rumors of planes above DC, and a rumor that a building in DC had been hit, and again with the true fact that a plane had crashed into the Pentagon. 
The husband of a woman in our circle was working there at that moment. Many of us had close friends who worked at the Pentagon and neighbors as well.
We left to see what to do to support our neighbors and to see about removing our children from school. (many of our husbands work in D.C.)
I removed my three young kids from their elementary school and tried to reach my husband. It was a harrowing time. I remember that my husband could not get through on his cell phone and that the trains and metro situation and the whole city of D.C. was in a state of chaos and shock and wondering how to get back home, or what to do. Some govt. folks were told to move to different sections of their buildings.

The shock of it all is still fresh. One of the strangest things that I remember is the beauty of the day that morning, how clear the sky was, the temperature so perfect, school had just begun and it was a fresh start. I pray that for those who lost loved ones, and are still suffering the loss, or still suffering from the mental anguish and shock, that they will find peace and comfort, and know that they are not alone. 


I'm learning all about Ping and the connections between twitter, facebook, blogger and others.
Check out Ping. You can set it to automatically post messages to a wide variety of sites. I sent the first part of this blog message from Ping and it went automatically to Twitter, Facebook as well. Very cool.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

It's All About Connection....

I've been swimming with ideas lately on and offline about networking, trends, marketing and other odds and ends. In between finishing up an illustration project and planning for a line of artwork to license, caring for my three active kids and hyperactive husband (I say that in the kindest way possible. He is a gem, but when the two of us get together to brainstorm, it is exhilarating and exhausting)
He is reading Microtrends, a book I can't wait to get my hands on. I have also been following some savy folks on Twitter ( and Facebook and gleaning great ideas from them. I'll try to post links soon. My PC is still down, meaning I'm dependent on my laptop, which is carrying the Lion's share of the family's online load these days. 
I wish Blogger had a way to link blog posts to Facebook and Twitter. Anyone know if it does?

For any artists out there interested in licensing their art, I have started a group on yahoogroups for Critiquing art for Licensing, to help us hone our skill and succeed in that business. It's called Critsforartlicensing, and requires approval to join.  I have also started two groups for Artists who license on Facebook. (I'm learning the biz, but am not an expert, but figure we can all help each other learn and find resources and ideas

Monday, August 25, 2008

Articles I've found on Licensing for Artists

This morning I've been scouring the internet for more info about licensing for artists. I will include a few links to the best articles here.

Mary Englebreit article on Licensing for Artists

Check out Mary Englebreit's article on licensing for artists. She is the queen of licensing in my view in the illustration field. The woman knows her stuff. 

Here is a quote from Mary Englebreit on the topic of licensing for artists:
 On licensing agreements:
"You have to remember that you're the one with the talent who's offering the licensees the gift to be cashed in on. You're certainly bringing something to the table, too, which you're entitled to be paid for. Always try to keep your copyright. Retaining the copyright is crucial. Plus, it's important to sign the contract for the shortest time period possible. That gives you more control if the product isn't as nice as you had hoped."

Monday, August 18, 2008

Blue Moon Studios Freelancing Tips

Check out Paul Fricke's Blue Moon Studios Blog. Along with his topnotch comics and illos, he's got a great post about freelancing tips.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Show and Tell by Dilys Evans

I recently came upon the book Show and Tell by Dilys Evans. It is a book that highlights the art of children's illustrators. Evans is the past art director of Cricket Magazine and is currently the agent and president of Dilys Evans Fine Illustrations. Here's an article about the book in Publisher's Weekly. 
The book is a treasure trove. I plan to add it to my collection.

Friday, August 01, 2008

A cool youtube video of a guitarist

I hope this works. My son plays electric guitar and found this  video the other day. I loved the technique used in filming it.

This is the cool guitar video.
testing yamaha crunch distortion for metal and also a few video effects

Monday, July 21, 2008

Animated movie from aniboom called I Do Art

Hey, check out this cool animated movie I found on! It's called I Do Art.

I Do Art by Stelios Polychronakis

Plus, try Shapeshifter, a tool that lets you make animation online for free.It's fun and easy to use!
Amy Moreno

Aniboom- an Amimation site like UTube

Aniboom is a fantastic site like UTube, but with animations. Highly addictive. I predict it'll be  a big hit! I just saw a fun animation I'll try to post here in a sec.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Have you seen Wordle yet?

Wordle says on it's site:
"Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends. "

It's fun. I haven't tried it yet, but plan to asap....

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Put Your Name On The Moon with the LRO

This is So much can have your name placed on the LRO (Lunar Reconnassaince Orbiter), which will return to the moon. Do it by June 27th.
Join NASA's Return to the Moon! Names will be collected and placed onboard the LRO spacecraft for its historic mission bringing NASA back to the moon. You will receive a certificate showcasing your support of the mission.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Friday, June 20, 2008

The Negligent Blogger

Maybe that's what I should call this blog...the Negligent Blogger..... I've been way too busy lately...swimming along in the Northern Virginia pace of life. School has been over for a few weeks now and I'm enjoying having the kids home, but trying to juggle things at a different pace.
This image is years old..and seems to fit the seasonal turning of children growing...mine are growing much too I'm treasuring my summer with them. (the scan of the image is a bit funky, but I don't feel like scrounding around in my files for the better scan/image right now)

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Phil Noto's comics and Illustrations

Phil Noto's art is something wonderful. Check it out on his website. I found the link on Sidebarnation's blog...a group of incredible illustrators who create comics, concept art, and paintings.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mother's Day

Mothers Day evokes the strongest blend of emotions. May your day bring peace, special memories, hope and an appreciation of the sacrifice, love and hard work our mothers give and gave for us. If you are a mom, let go of any guilt or feelings of falling short and take hold of the miracle of bearing a child, caring for them, having the honor of holding lives in your care for a short time and the privilege of impacting them for good.
God bless each mother out there!

Friday, April 04, 2008

Two Children's Illustrator Friend's links

I am so lax in blogging lately. I've had way too much on my plate, and trying to keep up with it all, and rest and keep my sanity has been all I can do. I decided to post links to two of my favorite 'children's illustrator friends' who it is an honor to know and consider friends...
Ginger Nielson and Sherry Rogers...Their work and they themselves are incredible...take a look.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Monday, March 17, 2008

Gone so long....

Wow..It's been a long time since I've posted. It's been an especially busy season lately with various family and personal activities at home and fun fairs, prep for Easter, church activities, and lots of art to do. I'll post some fun links I've found lately asap.

In the meantime...Spring is nearly here and feels like it's here in VA.
We've got a pair of birds building a nest in a birdhouse near our kitchen window, buds are sprouting, iris greenery is sprouting from the ground..the forsythia is starting to bloom and the weather has been beautiful lately...and Easter is nearly here already!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Another Pen and Ink Rendering

Here's one I finished yesterday..had to rush it out and the scan has some dark shading due to not fitting on the scanner.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The Portrait Party

Check out The Portrait Party...a blog that deals with portraits and is now accepting posts of artist's self-portraits. I don't have time to do one at the moment, but am posting about it for you all. It sounds like a fun challenge.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

My Friend on Blog Talk Radio

My dear friend Tracy is now taking part in a weekly round table radio discussion, with several women called Women of Grace and Freedom. It's located here on Blog Talk Radio.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Character Design Blog

Character Design Blog has some wonderful interviews of cartoonists and artists and their creations, characters and the process of creating them.

Sunday, January 20, 2008


Scrabulous is an addictive site where you can play virtual Scrabble with folks from all over the world. I found out about it through facebook and am completely addicted.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Wise Elephant: Design and Influence

Wise Elephant is a new blog about art, design, illustration and related items.

For Andrew Loomis Fans.....

Here's a great treasure for Andrew Loomis fans. The Latest issue of Illustration features Andrew Loomis's work. It is issue number twenty. I was thrilled to get it and see many of the famous illustrations from his book Creative Illustration and others. You can order that issue from their website.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Pen and Ink Resources for artists has a great link about pen and ink resources for artists who use quill pens or rapidographs.

Don't cha just hate it when......

You check your art website and find that someone has been on it for 16-20 minutes, and they are viewing your art from: Malaysia, China, India, and other far off lands where copyrights cannot be enforced?
Sorry...I had to vent. It happens to me often, and I know what is most likely going on. Anyone else with that gripe?

Art Exchange has an online newsletter with some good articles, tips and links about promoting your art, marketing and the biz of being an artist.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Biro Drawing

Biro Drawing is the site of artist James Mylne, who uses Biro pens to create beautiful illustrations. Mylne also has a blog.
Take a sec to view his amazing work.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Bookzone TV

Check out Book Zone TV. It's an online site with interviews of authors and illustrators. There are several children's books highlighted.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Razoo....a Place where Good Things Happen!

I found Razoo over a month ago and was fascinated by it.

This is what their site says about it:

What Is Razoo?

Razoo is a community united around making a positive difference in the world. Where passions are connected with actions, showing us that when connected, our small contributions add up to a big impact. Go ahead, have a look.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Choosing Life with Pastor Bob

Our Pastor has a new blog. He is an amazing man and pastor. great blog about illlustrators and their work.

Joseph Clement Coll's Illustrations

Wowie....take a look at Joseph Clement Coll's incredible pen and ink line work. It'll make you drool if you love pen and ink and linework. And here's a site full of great art books, Flesk Publications (I want them all)

The Art Department

Wow. Here's a fantastic blog I haven't seen before.
The Art Department. Take a look at the origami Christmas tree at the Museum of National History. I'm hoping it is still up. I can't believe I missed seeing that.

Check out Illustration Art's newest drawing

Illustration Art (David Apatoff's blog) has a gorgeous Rembrandt Pen and Ink rendering posted. Check it out.

Happy New Year 2008!

2008! Happy New Year! May your year be one of wonderful discoveries, enough challenges to keep you on your toes, learning new things, success, health, joy and greater connection and communication with friends and loved ones.
My husband and I spent a much needed time together in Warm Springs VA, soaking in the 200 year old Warm Springs. What an experience.
We also visted 3 Hills Inn. Gorgeous and beautifully appointed.
With three kids, time alone without them is a rare occasion.
I've been gone from blogging for so long. What a relief to be back. Our Christmas and New Year's celebrations were a whirlwind of wonder, challenges, good connections with family and friends and ending with a need for a good rest for all.
Here's a New Year's link for you. It's a fascinating view into the process of how James Gurney creates the Dinotopia art.