Ashley Bryan Honors and NBAF

Posted on Dec 6, 2010 in Art, Art Crush, Artists, Awards, exhibition, Illustration, Signings

Ashley Bryan @ Library Lions 2008 I’m a little slow…. After receiving an e-mail last month about speaking with Ashley Bryan at the Auburn Avenue Research Library it wasn’t until I spoke with my friend, Jan Burkins ( this morning that I realized I am being honored next year by Ashley Bryan in collaboration with […]

Art Crush – Wycliffe (Linc) Bennet

Posted on Nov 21, 2010 in Art, Art Crush, Artists, Interviews

When Renée Watson and I had our book signing at the Shrine of the Black Madonna, the walls were filled with paintings from Linc Bennet. Most people would categorize his work as collage, but he uses fabric as paint to describe shapes and model form. The paintings are absolutely striking. I have fallen in love […]

OH NO!!!!

Posted on Oct 12, 2010 in Art, Artists, Uncategorized

I love original artwork. When I fall in love, there is no greater thrill for me than to be able to own an original piece that I can cherish always and forever. Years ago when I was gainfully employed as an art teacher, I stalked admired Kadir Nelson’s work (still do) and wished that I […]

Concrete Jungle Where Dreams are Made of…

Posted on May 3, 2010 in Art, Artists, Awards, Library Events, Uncategorized

(Taeeun Yoo, this year’s new illustrator and Tonya Hegamin, this year’s new author) (Taeeun Yoo and Dr. Deborah Pope, Executive Director of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation) (the crew – Paul, Lauren, Bean, me, Tae, Injoo, and Choi) Last week I spent a few days in NY celebrating one of my best friends, Taeeun Yoo […]

Printmaking in books

Posted on Mar 10, 2010 in Art, Artists, Books, Illustration, printmaking

My etching class ended last night. I was able to pull one more print that I’m almost happy with, but will now be renting space at the Atlanta Printmaker’s Studio in order to study the craft and practice more. In the meantime, here is last night’s progress on the hummingbird piece. The drawing looks a […]

Our Children Can Soar – NJ

Posted on Mar 9, 2010 in Art, Artists, Books, exhibition, Illustration, Librarians Rock!

The original paintings for OUR CHILDREN CAN SOAR has left Cleveland and is now on exhibit at the Weiss Center in Jew Jersey. The art will be on display from March 11-April 7. Gallery hours: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Admission is free Scheduled Events All events take place in the Harold […]

Our Children Can Soar is an NAACP Image Award winner!

Posted on Feb 27, 2010 in Art, Artists, Awards, Books, Media

I woke to outstanding news this morning. OUR CHILDREN CAN SOAR has won an Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Children! Congrats to Michelle Cook and all of the artists who contributed to this wonderful project! You can see a list of all of the award winners here:

Today’s Inspiration

Posted on Feb 25, 2010 in Art, Artists, Interviews

Enjoy this video of Kadir Nelson discussing his paintings for Coca-Cola. Such beautiful work-it’s Kadir Nelson (whose work is ridiculously beautiful and inspiring) with a touch of Aaron Douglas (whose work I adore).

Tae Eun Yoo

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 in Art, Artists, Books

One of my favorite people in this world is Tae Eun Yoo. If you see her charming artwork you will understand why. All of the beauty and warmth that radiates from it is a direct reflection of her personality. Seriously, if I could keep her in my pocket at all times I would. Since I […]

Introducing ADAM TAYLOR

Posted on Nov 23, 2009 in Art, Artists

illustration © 2009 Adam Taylor A few months ago I met Adam Taylor, torn paper artist extraordinaire. This guy needs a book deal! Check him out at: Adam recently sent me a hand made mini-book  and his full color picturebook GEORGE IN THE U.K. Please visit his web site for more details. Bonne chance […]