Children’s Stories

May 17th, 2018, No Comments

As I work on my own picture book manuscripts, I've been paying a lot closer attention to all the books I read to my children. I mean, we read so many, but how often do you analyze how a children's book is put together, how the author gets you to want to turn the page, or how the illustrator gets you to feel emotion? It's masterful!

I thought it would be fun to share some of our latest favorites. Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen is my daughter's current favorite. She brought it home from school after her librarian read it. She was drawn to it because the main character shares her first name, but she also loved the story and images. We were already a big fan of Klassen's I Want my Hat Back, but I love this one so much more. 

My 3 year old son loved Rex Wrecks It because he could relate to the desire to DESTROY ALL THE THINGS, but we all liked the humor and how they resolved their problems in the end. 

You Are Stardust by Elin Kelsey, illustrated by Soyeon Kim is quiet and lovely. My daughter, husband and I loved the message and I found the images to be fascinating. 

Any current favorites in your household?

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New art

May 10th, 2018, 2 Comments

Hello, creatives! I have some new work to share with you. 

First up, a painting I made for a friend of mine who loves her sweet little dog. I don't think she'll see this before I give it to her. Hope not, it's a surprise! It was fun to paint. 

Next a painting I made recently, based on an image that popped into my head. It's called "Sleepwalking." The ground is meant to look like the night sky.

And lastly, this piece was created for a friend of a friend, who was in a horrific car accident in which two children passed. I can't imagine what these families are going through, just painting this was emotional. But I hope this brings them a small amount of peace. 

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May 2018 Check-In Post

May 1st, 2018, No Comments

Happy May, everyone! Here's your May 2018 check-in post. The (totally optional) theme of the month is Persistence. This week is my daughter's 7th birthday. She continually teaches me about persisting at things. I love how hard she works at a goal (like perfecting a headstand or writing a story) when she sets her mind to it. I'm in the midst of working on a dream of mine, to write and illustrate children's books and I'm trying to keep up that persistence as I write and revise and write and revise. Good luck with whatever you are working and persisting at this month! 

Sign up for the 2018 Creative Every Day Challenge is here. You can sign up anytime during the year.

Leave a link to your April creativity below and/or leave a comment about what you're up to! 

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April 2018 Check-In Post

March 30th, 2018, One Comment

It's April! Happy Spring, everyone. Here's your April 2018 check-in post. The (totally optional) theme of the month is Warm. Here in New England, I'm more than ready for some warmer weather. Happy creating! 

Sign up for the 2018 Creative Every Day Challenge is here. You can sign up anytime during the year.

Leave a link to your April creativity below and/or leave a comment about what you're up to! 

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March 2018 check in post

March 1st, 2018, No Comments

Happy March! Here's your March 2018 check-in post. The (totally optional) theme of the month is Adventure. I'm off on a bit of adventure in a few days with family, but I look forward to seeing what you're up to when I return. Happy creating! 

Sign up for the 2018 Creative Every Day Challenge is here. You can sign up anytime during the year.

Leave a link to your March creativity below and/or leave a comment about what you're up to! 

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February 2018 Check-In

February 1st, 2018, No Comments

Welcome to February! I had a productive January and will share more here soon. But in the meantime, here's your February 2018 check-in post. The (totally optional) theme of the month is Heart. Happy creating! 

Sign up for the 2018 Creative Every Day Challenge is here. You can sign up anytime during the year.

Leave a link to your February creativity below and/or leave a comment about what you're up to! 

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January 2018 Creative Every Day Check-In

January 3rd, 2018, 2 Comments

Happy New Year! This is the monthly check-in post for the Creative Every Day Challenge. Sign up for the 2018 Creative Every Day Challenge is here. You can sign up anytime during the year. This month's totally optional theme is Be the Light. 

Leave a link to your creativity in January below and/or leave a comment about what you're up to! 

Creative Every Day 2018

January 2nd, 2018, 13 Comments

Hi all! So, while I'm not posting as much here on the blog, I'm still doing the Creative Every Day Challenge. I'll make a monthly post and optional theme that you can use to share your work. And you can share or not share on the Facebook group too if that calls to you! 

Use the link below to sign up and commit to being Creative Every Day in 2018. You can also simply comment below if you'd prefer. I'd love to hear what your creative goals are for 2018. I'd like to organize my art, add more to my website, keep painting, and further develop some children's book ideas I've got percolating. 

Here are my totally optional themes for 2018. Feel free to use them, interpret them however you'd like, or ignore them. Up to you! 

January: Be the Light

February: Heart

March: Adventure

April: Warm

May: Persistance

June: The Stars

July: Water

August: Green

September: Beginnings

October: History

November: Gratitude and/or Art Every Day Month

December: Present

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Day 30 of Art Every Day Month

November 30th, 2017, 2 Comments

Congratulations!! You did it!! Whether you completed all 30 days or just a few, you created this month and that's worth celebrating. Thank you for joining in!

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Day 29

November 29th, 2017, No Comments

Happy Day 29 of Art Every Day Month! If you're just joining us, catch up on the details here: Art Every Day Month

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