The board book is out! This little one is oozing with cute and makes the perfect little gift for your sweetheart! Here's Lovey on display in Mendocino, California.
My first book got some love from a librarian in Michigan. It is so nice to see that kids are checking my book out. Lovey is like my "Little Engine that Could"; (albeit a bit of a sales mystery) -with two retail seasons in Target, three printings and an upcoming board book version launching later this year. But you have to celebrate all the little milestones. :)
It was another great event down in Princeton! The organizers are so wonderful and welcoming to all the authors. It is so much fun to meet everyone and talk shop in between signing books. I suppose the surprise of the day was selling out of Lovey Bunny. She is in her second year and going strong! A few people came by to tell me how much their daughters loved that book and how they met me the year before. So sweet. The Grumpy Pets also did well but for some reason, Lovey still outsold it. I even made special Grumpy bubbles for the kids!!! They threw a lovely party for all of us afterwards and we sold something like 73k in books in just 4 hours! Crazy! :)
My work was part of a group exhibit in NYC entitled "the Enchanted Universe of Children's Book Illustrators". Six artist participated including Ann Marshall, Angelique Ellyn Anderson, Yan Gabriella Perorate, Lisa Falkenstern and Kiri Leanard. Very diverse array of styles and so fun to see everyone's work. I took some pictures of my work there before everyone arrived so I could get close. :)
Standing in front of my mini-wall in the galleries.
I was lucky to have three vitrines which showcased my two books. "Lovey Bunny" had all sorts of bits and pieces that went into the book such as sketches, dress mock-up and notes, as well as letters from school children with their favorite parts of the book. so cute!
"The Grumpy Pets" (Abrams April 5, 2016) also got its own window. It got a lot of attention and I enjoyed speaking to people about this book because it encourages adoption. I adore animals and there is a lot of heart in this.
See that teeny dress in the shadow box? I created that when I was trying to draw what Lovey would have made with her three-year-old hands. lol! A lot of reviewers missed it, but Lovey actually tried to recreate her mama's ruined black sequin dress out of lawn bags and tinfoil!
Two of my sweet and talented illustrator friends Melissa Iwai and Yuko Katakawa
The lobby as guests began to arrive
The Interchurch Center 475 Riverside Drive, Manhattan
Fall has busy. That's for sure. I've been lucky to be a part of Sharon Pitt's watercolor class. She is such a sweetheart and talent. It's an honor to study with her. As a result I have become a huge fan of watercolor. It is like a metaphor for life...patience, focus and letting things be. I always enjoy going there and spending hours just painting and chatting. No deadlines, no restrictions. Just fun.
Here is another one in progress...fall has the most beautiful colors. I just love leaves! Can't stop looking at them-especially this year...
Earlier this month, we celebrated my long running "Writing & Illustrating Picture Books" class at the Montclair Museum of Art. Was SO proud of all my students. Not everyone partook in exhibiting, but I toasted to them as well. So much talent. Got very few photos of the reception but here a few. :)
My friend Karen surprised me with tickets to Stevie Wonder! What a fun night. Such a legend.
And finally, I did one last event for Lovey in October in Madison, NJ. In last minute attempt to drum up more customers, I grabbed some chalk and created a sign for the sidewalk board. See? An author's job is never done. promote promote! GG Collins--soon to be author herself took this plc of me reading.
Bonus pic! Took this of friends Yuko and Allyn at Il Bastardo, NYC during a decadent afternoon drinking and laughing on the perfect fall day. Carpe Diem!!! xo, k