Thursday, January 28, 2010

Homework Can Be Funny

This is my first assignment for the illustration class I am taking with the wonderful Carrie Hartman. We all had to write down a fond childhood memory and then pass it on to a classmate. Aside from getting an interesting topic to illustrate, it gave us the opportunity to see what it would feel like to be an "author" and have someone else illustrate something you wrote. I was thrilled with how my memory (looking for frogs and toads up at Grandma and Poppa's house in Park Rapids) turned out, my classmate's vision was so cool and very beautifully illustrated. The illustration I did had to do with a special gift my classmate made her fifth grade teacher, Mr. Johnson. The funny part is, I also had a fifth grade teacher named Mr. Johnson. He was such a great teacher, all the kids loved him. In other news: the St. Thomas gallery opening on Sunday was very nice, we had a great turnout and it was so cool to see what the other CBIG members came up with to illustrate the Minnesota theme. I'll be posting more of my classwork soon, including a attempt at pastels and a circus inspired painting.

Monday, January 18, 2010


As part of my New Year's Resolution, I am submitting to Illustration Friday! This week's topic is "Wilderness." I like to think that all the little woodland folk have fine tales to tell! Wishing you all a wonderful week!

Friday, January 15, 2010


Greetings from Minnesota! Fellow artists from the Children's Book Illustrators Guild of Minnesota will be featured in a gallery show at the University of St. Thomas from January 22-February 28 at the O'Shaughnessy Education Center Center Lobby Gallery. My loons will be there (artwork pictured above, that was not a comment about my family or friends. HA!). There will be an Artist Reception from 2-4pm on January 24, and the viewing hours will be from 9am-10pm Monday- Saturday, and noon-9pm on Sundays. Many thanks to Sue Focke and Vicki Deutsch for setting up this great show for us! Hope you get a chance to see the show!!!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010