Friday, April 30, 2010

Thursday, April 29, 2010

On my desk

Whenever I paint a book there are always a few titles I pull out often for inspiration. So far for Greta, it has been Iona Opie and Rosemary Well's Mother Goose, and a variety of books illustrated by Melissa Sweet. The two below have been in heavy rotation.



I think what I've been trying to learn from each of them is how to balance a controlled painting style with spontaneity and loose, gestural marks. When I get in the zone and spend hours painting, I have to be on guard for my work becoming too tight or overworked. With this book, I am trying to keep some air in the pictures, to let the application be light. Will have more paintings to show you soon that hopefully will demonstrate what I mean!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A Photo For Greta jacket painting

I've been busy working on the paintings for A Photo for Greta, here is the jacket painting in progress:







Stay tuned to see the finished painting next week!

Monday, April 26, 2010

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day!


I hope you are all doing something swell to celebrate the environment! If you are looking for some green activities to do at school or at home with your family, check out this page on the What Can You Do with an Old Red Shoe? web site. There you'll find free coloring sheets, activity sheets, and curriculum guides for using Old Red Shoe with kids... all easy to download!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

"I really don't like writing. Its really not my thing."

Another great reuse idea from a reader of What Can You Do with an Old Red Shoe?. One that, um, doesn't like writing so much. I love this letter. Another great line: "your other books are very realistic except animals don't do things like that."




Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Happy Earth Week!

I often completely forget to take pictures when I do school visits, so I don't have much to show from my adventures on Boston's North Shore last week. But I did recently receive an awesome package from a school where I did a Skype visit. They did an author study and had each student write a project just like the reuse activities in What Can You Do with an Old Red Shoe?. To celebrate Earth Week I'll posting some of my favorites all week!

This one I love for a number of reasons. Most importantly what a great idea! When the sleeves fall off my next sweater I will definitely stick them on my cat. Also I find the author bio quite charming.










Friday, April 16, 2010

Furball Friday

Wilbur on my lap while I paint...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Winchester Authorfest

If any of you are in the area, come see me Thursday at the Winchester Authorfest! I'll be presenting at some local schools in the morning, then signing books at the Town Hall Book Signing in the afternoon, which is open to the public.

Here are the details:

Town Hall Book Signing
71 Mt. Vernon Street (next to Public Library)
Winchester MA 01890

3:00-5:00 pm

Last time I participated in the Authorfest there were dozens of other authors there. I don't know who will be participating this year but there is bound to be lots of amazing local talent. Its not often you have that many authors in one place!

Monday, April 12, 2010

McNally Jackson Books

Look at this awesome bookstore cafe in New York! I love the drop down wooden writing tables.



Friday, April 09, 2010

Thursday, April 08, 2010

What can you do with an old light bulb?

Another inspiring reuse project! Instructions here.



(Via [bb-blog])

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Book jacket + bookmark

Phew, taxes really threw me for a loop this year! Now that I am done I can get back to more important things, like blogging.

Check out these amazing book jacket/bookmark combinations, so clever!





(Via Design Sponge)

Friday, April 02, 2010

Furball Friday

Good old "sandwich paws" George...