I want to first welcome all of my new friends I met recently in either New York or Houston. Thanks for your interest in my art adventures and growth as an artist and I hope you enjoy my newsletter!
SCBWI Conference, NY
In February I attended the annual SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) winter conference in New York: three days of workshops, panels, an illustrator's intensive and portfolio showcase, and meeting so many fun people. If you are interested in reading about my experience, I wrote about it in more detail in this blog post. I came home excited about the possibilities for my next book!
New friends Winning Paul Zelinsky's book in the raffle
SAMA Summit, Houston
I recently returned from the annual Society of American Mosaic Artists Summit in Houston where I met up with longtime friends and made many new ones, too. I sold my mosaic, Dreaming, at the mosaic salon and for the first time I was a vendor in the marketplace. I sold my book along with Barb Keith and her two books, while promoting her new book that is coming out this summer. We had postcards made of our artwork as well, which were very popular. You can find my book and postcards on my web site and Barb's at Brownian Bee Press. A blog post I wrote has more details of my trip here.
SAMA booth with Barb Dreaming, 8x9"
In a recent email I was informed that my mosaic project for Goleta Cottage Hospital is close to getting underway. My design was inspired by my mom and her love of Jacaranda and day lilies and will be installed in the hospital's chapel. I'm hoping to have some images of the work in progress to share in my next newsletter.
Some of the many day lilies from Mom in my garden
Fellow mosaic artist Jacqueline Iskander interviewed me for her blog series, On Making Books, where I talk about the process I went through to get my book published. You can read it here. She also has a new book with Pam Givens, Edible Bits and Pleasing Pieces, a collection of 63 recipes and 64 mosaics contributed by the international mosaic community. Check it out!
And last weekend I was invited by my local bookstore, Granada Books, to participate in Indie's First Storytime Day. Celebrated at independent bookstores across the country in conjunction with Children's Book Week, authors and illustrators are invited to read a children's book of their choice. Granada Books had activities all day including poetry readings, face painting, sing-alongs, and lots and lots of balloons. It was such fun to be a part of!
Photos by Granada Books
Other Art I Enjoy
I have always loved art created with seed beads, and that is precisely the direction I am heading with my mosaics. I have a small wooden horse that I am going to cover with these teensy tiny beads as a little test to see whether or not I enjoy the process. If I do (which I'm quite sure I will!) then I will create some larger mosaics this way. I may even illustrate my next book with seed beads, who knows! Here are some fun examples of work by bead artists. Click on the Beetle to see a two minute video about the artwork on the car.
Jan Huling Huichol art on a VW Beetle
Life size kitchen by Liza Lou Betsy Youngquist
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,