Monday, August 24, 2009 book shop

Today is back to school day for our kids. I just watched the youngest get on the bus with some trepidation...on both our parts, since he's a bit sensitive.
It's always an exciting time, tinged with sadness for me as they grow up. It's also a time of new beginnings for me as an artist each year. Today even feels fall-like, with a cooler temp and a few yellow leaves spiraling down.

Does Autumn do that to any of you? It's a time of inspiration for me and hope for new beginnings.

I've been adding a few books to my shop. I have many art related books listed. Amazon makes it easy to sell books. Check it out if you have books around that you've enjoyed, but no longer use.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

The Bella Sinclair Award...from Ginger Nielson

My dear, talented children's illustrator friend Ginger Nielson awarded me this touching artist blogging award this weekend. I am blessed and honored to have been awarded this, and especially from Ginger, who fits the bill for the award so well herself. Read the history of the Bella Sinclair award here on Ces's blog.

It was created by Ces in honor of her friend, Bella Sinclair, who tragically and suddenly lost her husband. Here is what Ces says about the award:

I designed this award to celebrate art in the blogs and to honor the value of friendship, sisterhood, sharing and caring. It is to be awarded to the gifted, accomplished, eloquent and talented blogger whose friendship and influence inspire us to do our best. That I named it after Bella Sinclair is because she epitomizes all of these things. She is an inspiration to many of us.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Bella, who inspired this, and deep thanks to Ces for starting it. I am looking forward to reading Bella's blog and seeing some of the art mentioned in Ces's wonderful art blog. (Ces's art is amazing)

Thank you so much Ginger. You are always so kind, industrious and encouraging and your art shines your personality through and through.

I'm prepping to send this to other women artists as soon as I get a chance. We just arrived home from our family vacation at the Outer Banks of NC...what a beautiful time we had..and a much needed rest and time together as family.