Thursday, October 25, 2012


I think I've mentioned that I'm starting to write my own stories. Well, the whole idea can be paralyzing. A story can go in so many directions! It's almost too much freedom, to be honest. Anyway, all that fear can freeze up the creativity, don't you think? When I sat down to thumbnail out a story I'm working on, I just got stuck. No matter how much I tried, I had nothing. As a way to get myself out of that space, I decided to try thumbnailing a published book I really love, Creepy Carrots, illustrated by Peter Brown. The way it's laid out is genius!

All I did was go through it page by page & drew thumbnails. I learned a lot and it kept me drawing even though I felt stuck. 

I've since thumbnailed two of my own stories and it was so much easier 
than it had been before this exercise.

Try it! You'll be surprised at what you notice as you do this.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Peter Brown at Hicklebees

 Tracy Bishop and I met the amazing Peter Brown today at our local
children's bookstore, Hicklebees. He's promoting my favorite book of all
time, Creepy Carrots!!! If you haven't seen this book yet, 
run to the bookstore right now and buy it!

If I haven't already convinced you, this will:

I love all of his books. I already have Children Make Terrible Pets and The Curious Garden 
and You Will be my Friend are on my list.

After the signing, we got to hang out and chat. Thanks Peter!
We're so lucky to have a bookstore like this in our area.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012

Writing & Sketching

Over the years, I've resisted writing my own stories. Writing is hard! I see how much time I spend improving my artwork, so the idea of working on an equally difficult craft at the same time seemed too overwhelming. But the Universe has other ideas for me. I've been getting so many signs that I need to write lately. It's like there's a crowd of people outside with signs that say 'Write already!'. I still ignored them, but then the stories just started coming. I'm keeping them safe in a little notebook. Taking them out one by one & working on them. Some come as pictures, some as words. Here's a little snippet from one of those stories. I'm really hoping I can turn one or two into actual books.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Day of the Dead Donut Art Show

I have work in another group show at Psycho Donuts. Please come by and visit if you're local!
The show is up now. 

Psycho Donuts
2006 Winchester Boulevard  Campbell, CA 95008

I used a combination of craft paper and an old copy of Huck Finn for
the collage. I had to work hard to keep this simple and let the paper shine.

I painted on top of the butterfly prints to make them pop.

If you were following my abbreviated attempt at Sweet Squares, 
these may seem familiar to you. I was using the squares to test out ideas.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

New Work

This little fox is having a very bad day.

Which gets better…

…with a little help from her friends.

Which is what I got from my friends, Tracy Bishop, Christina Forshay, & Jennifer Meyer. Thanks Ladies! I also updated my portfolio.

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