Thursday, October 27, 2011

Spooky Coloring Pages

Get out your crayons and markers, little goblins and ghouls! I posted these a while back before all the images on my blog went missing, so they are officially back from zee dead. Zombie coloring pages, even! Scary!!!

I would be thrilled to post any pages that have been colored by your kiddies, so just email me photos or scans of their masterpieces if they'd like me to. I vant to post your art (vampire voice)... Hope you all have a very Happy Halloween!!!
p.s. This also works great for Illustration Friday's topic this week: Scary! Boo!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Well, the past five days have been pretty awesome. Dan Santat flew out to Minnesota to speak at the MNSCBWI Fall conference on Saturday. I have been a big fan of his work for a long time now, so it was such a treat to meet him in person. Oh my gosh, he was super nice. Very clever, funny, and down-to-earth. He shared his journey to publication during his keynote at the conference and talked about how he found balance between work and family and that we all really just need to trust in ourselves. Absolutely wonderful!
He signed a copy of The Adventures of Nanny Piggins for my girls (this book is very hilarious, my kids love it so far) and also brought me this fantastic sketch of Paul Bunyan that I purchased from him online. I think he might need to raise his prices if he plans to deliver all of his art in person... haha
The fabulous Brian Selznick has also been in town (I know, right?). My friend Jen and I went to hear him speak about his new book, Wonderstruck, last night. It was really cool to hear about his process and all the time he spends researching everything that he writes and illustrates. He signed my copy of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, too. SUCH a nice man.
I have yet to meet a person who works in children's books who hasn't been friendly and kind-hearted. Sending out a great big thank you to Mike Wohnoutka for giving me great advice about the postcard I was planning to send out next because it simply isn't my best work. He really didn't have to take the time to talk with me about it, but he did. Thank you, Mike! Nicole Tugeau gave me great feedback on my current portfolio and I will continue to work hard and grow with every piece of art I make. I enjoyed meeting Dawn Frederick and Andrew Harwell, and feel energized by their enthusiasm for kid books. Thankful for family and friends, writers and illustrators, the people who make books and the people who read them.
You all inspire me every single day. xoxo

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Jack O' Lanterns

Here is a scary witch, her scary cat, and the "scary" pumpkins they carved for Halloween. Special thanks to the lovely ladies over at The Sketchables for inviting me over for a spell.

Monday, October 3, 2011


This is a portrait of our friends' little rabbit who met an untimely end. Farewell, Sugarbuns.

In other news: my Aunt's parakeets just moved in with us, I just ordered a new postcard for my next mailing, I'm spiffing up my portfolio for the upcoming MNSCBWI fall conference, and I have begun the sketches for the next piano book. I am not sure when the piano music books are coming out, but will be sure post about it when they do. I will end this post with a random haiku:

Max and Marcia, you
sing so sweetly in your cage.
Welcome to our home.