On Sunday afternoon my friend Alissa offered me an extra ticket she had for Cartoonapalooza, a fundraiser at the Northampton Academy for the local library's children's room. So I took a couple hours off of painting Greta to go see what it was all about.
The afternoon was hosted by Mo Willems, and consisted of animations of his books and some clips from his many years writing for Sesame Street. I was psyched since I've never seen him present before and I loved Sesame Street as a kid. Also I was sitting in an audience of tiny children who laughed hysterically at the slap stick, yelled heartily that NO, you canNOT drive the bus pigeon!, and seemed to generally be having a jolly old time.
Mo introduced the clips, then answered questions at the end (questions such as "will you do the pigeon's voice?" to which he responded "I am doing it right now"):
They also showed Knuffle Bunny and Knuffle Bunny Too, narrated by Mo, his wife, and his daughter Trixie:
And of course all the great Sesame Street clips we know and love were just as funny and bizarre as they always were:
This weekend some of us BRG met up in Libby's new place in Stonington, CT, a small coastal village with water on three sides. The town looks like it comes right out of a children's novel with its sweet little manicured gardens, historic houses from the 1700's, and city center with an old church whose bell rings to mark every hour. Alvina will have better pictures (as is usually the case), but I got a couple on a walk by the water:
We ate gelato and sang happy birthday to Grace and wandered along crooked rock walls. A nice break from painting to say the least. Some topics discussed:
*If you could wish for any other author or illustrator or editor's career, whose would it be (that is who has a path you relate to and hope for)?
*What are the differences between a chapter book and a middle grade novel?
*Do most writers have just a small number of truly great books in them? Does it matter?
I recently discovered the work of Sharon Montrose, who photographs animals of all kinds. I love this little movie about her work! She balances personal and commercial work so seamlessly, I find this very inspiring. And what a dream job, making art and working with animals all day (two of my big passions).
You can buy limited editions of her prints at her web site, and open editions at her etsy shop. Make sure you check out the "tail" series and some of the more exotic animals... so modern and elegant and beautiful! I am dying to put one of these prints up on my wall.