Every year I design a new black and white/crosshatch image for a memorial track meet held by a good friend in honor of his brother Corey Shea. I kinda like still having these small links to Rhode Island and my old friends from Glocester. This is the 2010 edition with design work by Justin Shea.
Archive for April, 2010
My good friend and fellow author/illustrator/text message pen-pal, Timothy Decker sent over this cell phone picture today. He was wandering wide-eyed through the stacks at an institution of paper binding known as The Strand Bookstore in New York City and came across a copy of my latest book. Now, speaking from the heart (which I rarely do on this blog) something like this makes a day instantly better–and I needed it today. As a person who is in a creative field but has never been selected by the likes of Oprah as a valid voice in the world of books (well, I don’t think she ever reads picture books…she should though), my world is often FILLED with self-doubt. How could it not be? I’m pretty sure that I will never do any piece of work that is truly satisfying to me. It can be published and well reviewed but there is that counter thing in my brain that has been making an internal list of all the things ever created that are FAR better than my measly little books(examples are: The Acropolis, The ruined Island of Delos, The Temple of Olympian Zeus…and those were just from my trip to Greece) It’s really an awful list to be always making. But for some reason, I am still compelled to draw, write, paint…make stuff. Sometimes good, sometimes awful, NEVER Acropolinian in greatness.
I suppose this is a perfect time to end my downer of a blog post and simply say…thank you friend! I’m much happier knowing that my hatches and scribbles have been chosen by the likes of Mr. Decker and the book buyer at The Strand.
Free Ice Cream For All!
Today Jamie had an event at the Pawling Book Cove for his book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It was this cute book store in the town of Pawling, NY (thus the name). The people there were great and the event was very nice even though the weather could have been a bit better. Oliver took this time to nap which was nice because unless we’re out and about in the middle of the afternoon he wants nothing to do with naps (something Mommy is trying to change). With a lot of book signings coming up I hope Oliver will be as great as he was today!
As promised today to a very kind gal who came to my book signing at The Pawling Book Cove in NY. A detail from the Sistine Chapel, drawn in stick figure.
I have been a bit sporatic with the posts as of late. Well, My wife and I had a baby (yes he as his own blog…www.everything-oliver.blogspot.com), I’ve been working on some new books and projects. I’ve also been hopping around doing school visits, artist workshops and book signings from here to there and across time and back. What you see above is a page layout sketch for a book proposal I’m working the kinks out of currently. The image just seemed to fit with everything lately–just sitting back and looking over the world in a moment of clarity.
4/17 The Pawling Book Cove Pawling, NY
4/23 Barnes and Noble Enfield, CT
5/2 Millrace Book Shop Farmington, CT
5/3 Ridgefield Public Library Ridgefield, CT
5/16 Boston Public Library Boston, MA