Friday, June 16, 2017

Want to Broaden Your Reading Horizons? Check Out the New Monthly Book Review Feature at Bird Meets Worm!



I'm so pleased to be a part of the new monthly children’s book review feature on illustrator Jane Smith's Bird Meets Worm Blog. Each month a rotating roster of illustrators, authors, and educators will review a book of their choice - each with a focus on diverse themes.

This month's featured book is The Case for Loving, a sensitive non-fiction picture book by husband-and-wife team Selina Alko and Sean Qualls, that tells the story of the Loving family and their fight for interracial marriage.

Click here to read Jane's insightful review, and be sure to check back on the second Wednesday of each month for a new book review.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Welcome Summer - #818Creates Exhibit



Our virtual exhibit is live! Browse the gallery at #818CreatesSummer on Instagram.

For a better view (I'm still learning the ropes on Instagram) please visit my Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/listing/520578802/welcome-summer-7-x-5-art-print?ref=shop_home_active_1

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

818 Creates Virtual Art Exhibit - Thursday, June 1

Hope you'll pop over to Instagram tomorrow (Thursday, June 1 at 5pm) to check out the 818 Creates Virtual Art Exhibit. This fun idea was dreamed up by my illustrator pal Kat McD, who decided we all needed a push to get our work onto Instagram!

This is the first of three shows that will explore "Summer" as a theme. We'll post fresh work on June 1st, July 1st and then again on August 1st. Participating artists include Suzy Engelman Block, Diane Browning, Tanya Maiboroda, Kat McD and yours truly!

Be sure to join us Thursday, June 1 at 5pm PST at Instagram #818CreatesSummer. Virtual wine and cheese will be served.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Alice in Wonderland Prints



Two of my prints, matted and framed and ready to deliver to a collector!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Afternoon Tea



What could be better than a delicious cup of tea and a friend you can share your secrets with!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Recharging Your Creative Batteries

The other day I did something so rare that it was – sad to say - actually noteworthy. I took a break from work and went out to lunch with a friend on a weekday afternoon.

During lunch my friend Tanya, who is also a freelance designer and illustrator, was lamenting her lack of down time. “You know how it is,” she said, “if you’re not working on a project you’re thinking about your next project, or where you’re going to get your next project, or marketing on social media, or prepping a mailing to art directors, or meeting with clients, or doing your accounting, or any one of the myriad tasks that you, as the master of your own artistic ship, must complete daily.”

Whew!

I understood completely – Tanya could have been talking about me. Don’t get me wrong – I love being a freelancer – but it isn’t always an easy life. There is no guaranteed income – and no income at all unless you hustle. You can get so caught up in the circus act of your life – juggling various jobs and deadlines and marketing – that you forget the most basic thing.

You forget to live.

Why do we do this to ourselves? Why do we think that we can go and go and keep on going without a break and still be effective? We don’t expect our cars to run without fuel, or our bodies to work without food, or the lights to turn on if we don’t pay the electric bill. Yet we expect to be able to access our creativity at will – to call on it any time of the day or night – when we’ve done nothing to replenish it.

Sometimes we truly do need to step away from it all and take the time to gather inspiration and strength. Even if it feels counter-productive, we must make the effort to connect with friends, to take a walk, to go to a gallery, museum, a concert – or even just stare at the wall – so we can fill up our imaginations with new experiences, new sensations, new ideas that will replenish our creative wells.

I can hear you now – “But I don’t have time – I have deadlines!” I know, I know. But just try it. Even if you’re skeptical – even if you resist with all your might – just try it. I think you’ll be surprised to find that you’ll function more effectively, your ideas will be fresher, and you'll look at your work once again as a source of joy instead of a burden that you must endure if you’re going to survive.

A balanced life is a full life - and one worth living!

Friday, January 22, 2016

If You Don't Send It They Won't Publish: Submission Advice from the Sub It Club



There's a wonderful website for authors and illustrators called the Sub It Club. In its pages you'll find a compendium of practical advice about the (often overwhelming) submission and (frankly terrifying) querying process. The site is loaded with scads of articles about agents, editors, query letters, pitching, social media, and even ways to cope with rejection.

The Sub It Club is curated by Heather Ayris Burnell, Dana Carey, Lisha Cauthen, and Amy Dixon.