Creative Weapons of Choice

Posted on Jan 7, 2015 in Art, Illustration, Research | No Comments

On January 5th, I started a fun game (because I am a genius at productive procrastination) on Instagram and Facebook and asked people to share their creative weapons of choice. A few folks participated- sending selfies and art supplies back across the webosphere. I am obsessed with art supplies and creative processes of creative folk. […]

Junior Library Guild & Sunday Shopping!

Posted on Dec 15, 2014 in Awards, Books, Illustration, Librarians Rock! | No Comments

My editor at Lee and Low e-mailed me a coupla weeks ago to let me know that SUNDAY SHOPPING has been chosen as a Junior Library Guild Selection! I was super surprised to hear the news because our book just went to press back in October, but JLG chooses books based on previews before the books […]

Building Relationships

Posted on Oct 15, 2014 in Art, Events, exhibition, Illustration, Library Events | No Comments

When Selma Levi, children’s librarian at Enoch Pratt Central Library, e-mailed me last June about joining forces to celebrate Maurice Sendak’s 50th anniversary of Where the Wild Things Are, I had no idea what would come of it. Typically, these types of things blow in the wind once people get busy with their lives. Selma and […]

Fun New Classes!

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 in Art, Education, Illustration | No Comments
Fun New Classes!

Hi everyone, Craftsy is offering two new exciting classes this fall. Sketchbooks: Drawing the Everyday, and Sketching for Concept Art. Both classes are illustration oriented and offer tips and tricks that you may not have thought of on your own. Again, Craftsy classes are appropriate for all age levels and all art levels. You are never […]

CBCF/Baltimore Book Fest recap

Posted on Sep 28, 2014 in Books, Illustration, Library Events | No Comments
CBCF/Baltimore Book Fest recap

Whew! What a weekend. I spent the last two days on panel discussions about the Diversity in Children’s Books Campaign. Yesterday I spoke with Crystal Allen, Pamela Tuck, Sheila P. Moses, Charisse Carney-Nunes, and Christopher John Farley at the Congressional Black Caucus Author Pavilion on Diversity in children’s books and discussed the same topic today […]

Ashley’s Island

Ashley’s Island

I checked two major items off of my bucket list last week – driving to Maine, and visiting Ashley Bryan on Little Cranberry Island. When Deb Taylor asked if I wanted to drive up with her, it was a no brainer. Prior to our departure, a large hurricane had barreled up the east coast causing […]

Louise and Liz!

Posted on May 22, 2014 in Art, Books, Contest, Illustration | No Comments

Head on over to Elizabeth O. Dulemba’s blog to hear more about Louise and win a free copy of the book! For those of you who don’t know, Elizabeth O. Dulemba is an author and illustrator of picture books and most recently, a novel! She is Illustrator Coordinator for the Southern Breeze region (AL, GA, FL panhandle) of the SCBWI – the […]

Just Keep Working.

Posted on May 2, 2014 in Art, Education, Illustration, Shop | No Comments

Getting published is a HUGE accomplishment.But where most civilians (non authors & illustrators) think that a book deal means buckets of money and leaving behind a legacy, those of us in the trenches know that getting a book published is only the beginning. Looking back to my late twenties and thirties, all I wanted to […]

Reading under the Stars

Yesterday I read PLEASE, LOUISE aloud with students of The Wilkes School at Grace & Saint Peters and Midtown Academy. It was an enchanting afternoon sitting under the stars of Enoch Pratt’s Night Room chanting aloud the text from PLEASE, LOUISE. After we read together, I shared a bit of my journey as a young […]

Craftsy launch!

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 in Craftsy, Education, Illustration | No Comments

Happy Day! Today my online Craftsy class, The Art of the Picture Book launched! Check out the commercial and head on over to Craftsy to join us in adventures in storytelling. (An addendum—WHITE WATER takes place in 1962, not the 1950s. Please forgive me of the faux pas if you enroll in my class)

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