This past weekend was the second year of the Montclair Literary Festival. I had a workshop at the Montclair Art Museum based on my third book "Mr. Biddles" and the collage-style illustration used for it. I had all the kids create their own inventions, like Mr. B and it was so cute to see the what they came up with! So clever and cute.
I recently attended the opening of Art on Paper down at Pier 36. My friend Lori had some of her lovely silverpoints in the show and because I had taught Thursday nights for years-was never able to attend her openings. I loved the idea of works on paper. I took a few photos of the art, but found the crown just as interesting. ;)
I've been enjoying watercolors a lot lately. I rely less on line and more on shape and texture. Created these for use in licensing work in an attempt to develop a more traditional look. But the whimsy still shows through. (can't help myself)
I'm no good with cabin fever. I head out to walk every day no matter what the weather. But just one mile into my walk, the snow turned to rain and soaked through all my clothes. I came home and hung every layer over the radiator (they DO serve other purposes!) and began to clean house. Then, as I was about to put my new red shoes in the closet, I began to ponder how plain they were. How painfully PLAIN. I've always loved the simplicity of Kate Spade's shoes but each pair has special little embellishments that take them from plan to fun. I've been saving broken bits of jewelry, beads and paillettes for the past few years-no quite knowing how I would eventually use them, but then it was clear!!!
So, I made this little graphic to show before and after. So fun. Went out Thursday and wore them with ripped jeans. Lots of eyes on them. Total budget: about 25 bucks!!!
So excited to finally work with Christy. This is a charming book chock full of woodland critters!