Thank you so much for being a subscriber to my newsletter. The past few months I've been working on my two hospital projects as well as getting ready for my first ever visit to Philadelphia. I also participated in some fun book events over the holidays and have recently received some fabulous press!
First, though, I was invited by SAMA (Society of American Mosaic Artists) to be one of 20 artists to participate in the 2nd MAPEI Invitational. Each artist created a 12x12" mosaic interpretation of MAPEI's 2015 marketing campaign theme, The World of MAPEI, to display in their booth at the International Surface Event in Las Vegas in January. The mosaics will next be exhibited at the upcoming SAMA Conference (March 10-15) in Philadelphia so if you're attending, look for them in the vendor marketplace. Finally, they will be permanently installed at MAPEI's America's headquarters in Florida and the world headquarters in Milan, Italy. To see all 20 mosaics, visit SAMA's Facebook page here.
My Christmas Book
In December I was busy promoting my book at a couple of local book stores. First, I did a book signing with local children's book author/illustrator, Carol Heyer, at Mrs. Figs Bookworm. We both brought crafts for the kids and then Connie, the store's charming owner, did a book reading of our books. She has a beautiful store and super friendly staff and I hope to get invited back again! You can read about the event on my blog, here.
Paper mosaic craft with the kids. Me and Connie and one of the mosaics I brought to show.
Next I was back at Granada Books to participate in their Festival of Lights celebration where I read my book to a roomful of families in their pajamas (cute!) and talked about a couple of my mosaics that were displayed in the children's section. Santa was there, too, giving gifts of books and candy. Here's my blog post about that morning. I'm so grateful to have such wonderful bookstores nearby!
Two Mosaics in Progress
My project for Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital is moving along. Here are two of the three panels, being watched over by our cat, Red. I had to put it aside for a bit while I got started on a new project, a 20x30" mosaic for Children's Hospital Central California in Madera. The theme for this artwork was the desert and the design was inspired by my childhood memories of Joshua Tree when visiting my great grandmother in Yucca Valley. Both of these projects will be installed in April or May of this year.
I was recently featured on three fabulous blogs in the children's literature world. First, Julie Danielson of Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast shared my mosaic process of how I created my book, with tons of photos, most of which I've never shown before. You can read Julie's post here, and if you love children's literature, explore her site in depth. She's been posting since 2006 and has an exquisite archive of the most interesting interviews and of course, fun and beautiful children's book art!
I was then interviewed by Kathy Temean on her site, Writing and Illustrating. Kathy's blog is a great resource for published and unpublished authors and illustrators. I always look forward to her weekly "Illustrator Saturday" posts, and now I am a feature! She included my mosaic process as well as many, many photos of my artwork over the years. Read her interview here.
Finally, my book was featured at A Fuse #8 Production on the School Library Journal's web site, where Betsy Bird writes it's "one of the most beautiful Christmas children's books I've ever seen." Nice! Read the full post here. Betsy is currently New York Public Library's Youth Materials Collections Specialist and ordered 18 books to distribute in the New York Public Library System, so if you live there, let me know if you spot it!
Other Art I Enjoy
I recently discovered the quilt art of David Taylor and from the first image on his web site of a swan and it's youngster, I immediately fell in love. At first glance they appear to be paintings, but there is so much more going on when you look at the detail. The animals, of course, are my favorites, and I could spend hours just looking at the patterns of the stitching. It is reminiscent to me of the grout lines and flow found in mosaics. To see more beautiful images be sure to visit his web site.
Thank you so much for following along on my artistic journey, and if you think others would be interested in reading about my art, feel free to share my newsletter.
Warm regards, until next time,