Friday, January 22, 2016

If You Don't Send It They Won't Come - 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.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Everything Old is New Again: My Resolution for 2016

My secret is out: for years I've had two large plastic bags stuffed with paper, canvases, and art supplies stashed behind my couch. I kept all this stuff because I had a giant case of the "Somedays"; someday I'll use that watercolor paper; someday I'll need that foam core; someday I'm going to experiment with that sanded paper.

Well, guess what. Someday is here.

I spent two hours on New Year's eve (I even got a jump start on my resolution!) sorting through the papers and supplies and putting them into some sort of order. And no - I didn't just put everything back behind the couch - even if it all was so nicely sorted and neatly packed up.

Instead, I left the paper out in plain sight. It's right where I can quickly get my hands on it - so I can't use the "out of sight, out of mind" excuse. I'm going to use all of this "free" paper and all these supplies to experiment. Every day I'm going to make something new - even if it's just a quick doodle or a sketch. This year I want to stretch and grow as an artist. I'm going to play like I haven't played in years. I plan on having some serious fun. I'm going to draw and paint and paste and tear up paper and generally make a mess - I'll try anything!

I'm telling you this so you can hold me accountable. I'll post my daubs and my masterpieces throughout the year so I can measure my progress. Part of the point of this experiment is to feel comfortable sharing my failures as well as my successes.

Let me know if you've made any resolutions this year regarding your art. And if you need any paper - I have plenty!

Monday, November 30, 2015

The Perfect Christmas Tree

When I was growing up, the Christmas tree wasn't just a decoration sitting in the corner; it was the main event. While my sisters and I slept on Christmas Eve, Santa decorated the tree with cherished ornaments, iced sugar cookies, candy canes, ribbon candy, and popcorn balls in colorful cellophane wrappers. We saw the tree for the first time when we woke on Christmas morning and it was often difficult to decide where to look first: at the shimmering tree or at the gifts clustered beneath it's spreading branches. Once we had opened all the presents and the excitement was over for another year, the perfect tree continued to offer little gifts of sweets and treats during the entire twelve days of Christmas.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Alice Meets the Cheshire Cat

Our recent "Alice" exhibit at Century Books is like a lovely gift that keeps on giving. On the opening night of the exhibit my friend (and writer extraordinaire) Joe Taylor bought my little graphite drawing, "Alice Meets the Cheshire Cat". He found the perfect place to hang it in his home - on a wall with a framed Peanuts comic strip signed by Charles Schulz himself! I couldn't be more thrilled to be in such august company. Thank you, Joe!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Alice's Dream

Our Alice exhibit is just a memory now - all the pictures we sold have found new homes and new images have taken their place in the Upstairs Gallery at Century Books. I'm so pleased that my piece, "Alice's Dream", will be hanging in the home of my friends Sophia Bicos and Steven Corvelo. Thank you, Sophia and Steven - and thanks again to all who came out to the show!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

"All Manner of Madness" - Meet the Artists Night at Century Books

We'll be back at Century Books this Saturday, October 17, from 8 - 11 pm. Last week's opening was a smashing success - we had a huge crush of people on one of the hottest nights of the year! This week should be a little less crowded and a lot cooler, so if you weren't able to make it last week or you want to stop by to chat with the artists about your favorite pieces, we'll be there with food, drink, and the fabulous music of Krys Mach.

The opening reception for "All Manner of Madness: Celebrating 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland" drew a big crowd.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

All Manner of Madness: Celebrating Alice in Wonderland

I'm so happy to be taking part in this group exhibit at Century Books in Pasadena. Hard to believe that it's been 150 years since Lewis Carroll published Alice in Wonderland. His sublime nonsense has inspired countless movies, art, books, comics, and so much more. Now it's our time to be inspired by "shoes and ships - and sealing wax - and cabbages and kings”. Hope you'll join me and my fellow illustrators Steven Corvelo, Kent Culotta, and Tanya Maiboroda as we share our own take on this timeless classic on Saturday, October 10th at 8:00 p.m. If you're not able to make it to the opening, the exhibit will run from Saturday, October 10th through Friday, October 23rd at Century Books, 1039 East Green Streetin Pasadena.