Overflowing with Inspiration!

October is the month of inspiration, cool weather and more time in my studio.  I have many new additions to my library of fabulous books from an SCBWI event at the Eric Carle Museum and from the Lincoln School Book Festival.  I got to meet all of these amazing people and have them sign these beautiful books:
     “Hush Little Polar Bear” by Jeff Mack,
     “Galaxy Games” by Greg R. Fishbone,
     “A Fine, Fine School” Illustrated by Harry Bliss,
     “Hooway for Wodney Wat” and “Tacky the Penguin” illustrated by Lynn Munsinger,
     “Nobunny’s Perfect” by Anna Dewdney,
     “First Day, Hooray!” by Nancy Poydar,
     “Where’s Walrus” by Stephen Savage,
     “Mosquitoes Are Ruining My Summer!” by Alan Katz,
     “Stella! A Treasury” by Marie-Louise Gay,
     “When Marian Sang” by Pam Munoz Ryan,
     “The Sisters Grimm” by Michael Buckley,
     “The True Gift” illustrated by Brian Floca,
     “The High-Skies Adventures of Blue Jay the Pirate” by Scott Nash
At the SCBWI event the panel of author/illustrators spoke to other author/illustrators about overcoming challenges in the publishing industry (getting published, marketing, working with editors, using social media, etc.) and challenges in the creative process (how, where and when they work, how they stay motivated and organized, and the emotional side of working as a children’s book creator).  It was, as with all SCBWI events, very informative and motivating.
At the Lincoln School it was a full day of authors and illustrators presenting to kids.  It was so much fun!  It left me with a much more uplifted feeling because they all talked about the joy and fun they have creating art and stories, the journey from childhood to becoming an author/illustrator and you could see and feel how much they LOVE to connect with children through their work and then in person at school visits.
I am so excited to spend more time this fall and winter in my studio.  Work on my books which are mostly still in embryonic form and get them out into the world!  Thank you to all the people I’ve met who’s work has shown me that I must keep doing what I love and hang in there.  I love you all!

Awesome new addition to my studio!

My dad built me this to turn my desk into a drafting table.  It’s height is adjustable and it has a shelf to hold my drawing boards!  Perfect angle for watercolors so my paints won’t run too much, and my drawings won’t be out of whack and foreshortened anymore from working on a flat surface.  I’m so excited to use it!!!!  My dad’s the best :0)

Backyard doodling

This was an unintentional challenge I created for myself while playing around in my backyard with charcoal.  This was a quick sketch with no photo references, strange lighting and an awkward perspective.  It’s far from perfect but there’s something I like about it.  I think I’ll do some more.