Creative Weapons of Choice

Posted on Jan 7, 2015 in Art, Illustration, Research

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. […]

Penn Center and NBAF

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 in Book Fair, Fieldwork, Research, Uncategorized

I just returned from a three day trip with the National Black Arts Festival exploring Gullah Culture. Gullah – one of a group of people of African ancestry that live in the Sea Islands and coastal areas of South Carolina, Georgia, and northern Florida; the creolized language of the Gullahs, based on English and several […]


Posted on Nov 25, 2008 in Art, Fieldwork, Research, Sketches

I have just returned from a five day exploration of the city of New Orleans. Though I wasn’t able to draw as much as I had hoped, I did get in a few solid hours of drawing. I used my fabulous Powershot for supplemental pics. Here are a few images. St. Charles Street trolley Cafe […]


Posted on Sep 15, 2008 in Art, Books, Fieldwork, Illustration, Research, Uncategorized

It’s two in the morning. I just finished the sketch dummy for my next book, WHITE WATER. To be published by Candlewick 2009. Yawn! YAY! While visiting Atlanta for my best friend’s wedding I was able to hop on over and get a few pics of Opelika, Alabama, where the story takes place. I never […]

Cool Research Randomness

Posted on Aug 4, 2008 in Research, Uncategorized

Today while researching 1950’s Alabama for my next book, I came across this great photo of Joan Baez and Susan Sarandon talking during the Selma to Montgomery March. The photo is dated 1965. It’s amazing who life will bring your way.