Archive for December, 2007

Today

December 27, 2007

Today is a new day–and it feels like it.

I should only hope to find time for all things important to me.

That is the goal.

This shall be the goal for tomorrow as well.

Work on a book, a story, a painting.

People I love.

The air outside is gray and misty–but I am inside with a new sweater from E.

Another coffee, thank you.

The Sanders House

December 26, 2007

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I was recently commissioned by a friend to do an illustration for his wife as a gift for Christmas. The only requirement being that I incorporate the home that the couple lives in. I also asked him many questions about the history of the home and the many goings on that have occurred there over the past few hundred years. So there may be some things that need further explaining in the work–but ahh well, no time.

If you look at my links page, the friend is “Nature Geezer”. The funny thing is that “Nature Geezer’s” wife and I had a conversation a few days before Christmas and she told me that she had commissioned some art from a friend of hers as well–as a holiday gift for her husband. What a great gift;)

Ridgefield Writes

December 24, 2007

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I just finished some promotional art for my local town library–Here is one of the finals. This will be used as the image to advertise a year long program they will be running focusing on local authors.

p.s.  The local highs chool mascot is a Tiger, hence the main character.

Monsters, cowboys, Pere Lachaise

December 20, 2007

I am finding it difficult to convey who I am through a particular theme in my work. I am scattered and cannot find anything in the realm of stories that defines me. Is this a bad thing?-not sure yet. I’m driving this morning and for some reason begin to drift off and formulate a children’s story about William H. Bonney(a.k.a. Billy The Kid). Two minutes later I am(in my head) working on an Idea I had yesterday about my visit to Pere Lachaise.

These stories that I write confuse me sometimes, rather their themes confuse me.  For example–what is it in my mind that would make me interested in such separate themes or ideas.  There mast have been something that I saw or read years ago that makes me interested in Billy The Kid–perhaps it was watching old movies with my grandfather.

Monsters-this can probably be boiled down to every single kid being fascinated by them in some capacity.  I don’t recall ever being frightened of them as a youngster.  Never made my mother check under the bed or in the closet.  I did have nightmares featuring movie monster when I was a sprout–but that’s all.

So now back to the writing.  Hopefully one day I’ll be able to look back on my work and say…”Look there, there is my theme–It’s been there the whole time and I just looked over it”.  Until then I will have to continue to write about a whole scattered lot of topics that strike me in an instant or stick around with me for years.  I have a few of those, I cherish them  and can work on them as it strikes me.  They are never as good as something freshly written.  Too much thought has always made mu work suffer.  The one book I have had published up to this point was written in one sitting and sent off for review.  The stories that are thought out and the closest to my heart are overwhelmed my my caring.  If I didn’t care so much about the topic or characters and could just jot down  a few light-hearted sentences–my world would be easier.

Turkey Vultures on Thanksgiving(don’t steal that I like it and have already stolen it)  All rights reserved for me to pen this story….I don’t think this has any legal validity.

OK enough said.  Before my thoughs , ideas and themes get way to jumbled to even type another word.

Teaching a new class in April

December 19, 2007

I will be teaching this workshop from April 26-27, 10am-4pm  at The Guilford Arts Center-Guilford, CT  http://www.handcraftcenter.org/
 
Illustrating Children’s Books:  A beginners process to the art, layout and promotion of your book.
This will be a two day workshop that begins by allowing the students to show their portfolios, stories and project ideas.  We will discuss and I will show how I create a visual layout from my texts–the rough sketches up to the final finished art ready for publication.
I will also demonstrate how to create a sample book or “book dummy” as a tool to promote your book to agents and publishers.  
We will also discuss the correct avenues for the students to go down to begin a career–looking at book publishers, magazine, trade, toys, etc, and strengthening or beginning a portfolio.  
Previous art training for the students is helpful.  Students will bring with them a list of items that I will draw up before the class begins.

The Ridgefield Press

December 19, 2007

santa1.jpg I did this illustration last year for The RIdgefield Press, Xmas edition. It will be run again for this year’s issue on Thursday.

Work

December 13, 2007

Have a few new projects in the works.

1)I’ve been tooling around with the text for my third book. Just completed a book dummy for it. Still in the odd and rough phase but I think this one is a winner. Gonna do some sample art for it and see where it goes.

2)I have been commissioned by The Ridgefield Public Library to do a TON of art to display programs they will be running to encourage reading, celebrate the town’s tri-centennial.

3)Prepping some class ideas for a few illustration courses that I may be teaching in 2008.

4)Trying to get a huge bulk of work together for an exhibit at Uconn in late 2008.

5)Just got another commission to do some paintings for Highlights magazine for Children. I met these people in October and they have been giving me great assignments ever since.

This one is a for 2 dble pge spreads so it will be a bit of work–s’ok, I never sleep.