Several months ago I was contacted by Emory University. There was going to be an article in their Quadrangle magazine about the International Shakespeare program. The article entitled “Skyping Shakespeare” was going to feature the digital learning experience co-directed by Sheila Cavanagh and Kevin Quarmby.
You may remember my post from October 3, 2012. I wrote about portraits, specifically the ones I had painted of Sheila and Kevin.
Emory wanted to use these portraits in their article.
I was thrilled to see my artwork in this lovely publication. Thank you to the staff of the magazine and to the faculty who made this possible.
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Several weeks ago I attended the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Conference here in Atlanta. One of the offerings was to have a portfolio review. I packed up photos of my paintings and recent work to show. A very nice gentleman from New York was there to share some of the mysteries of the publishing world and to look at countless images brought by hopeful artists.
Since I have not asked if it is okay to use his name I will only tell you that his publishing house is Abrams Books. He was so generous in time and kind words.
I showed him a reproduction of Timmy Felt an Unsettling Presence.
He encouraged me to work more in this style. More cat pictures was a suggestion.
If you have a cat you probably also have a million of these little toy mice. You probably also step on them in the night in the dark or find them behind the bathroom door when you think you are alone.
If you have a cat you have probably also known they were sitting beside you in the dark staring at your face waiting for your eyes to open.
If you have read this blog for very long you also know I had a great deal of fun painting these pictures. That was what the wise man from Abrams Books was suggesting. Have fun, enjoy your work. Brilliant!
Self portraits have been a staple of the artist diet since early times. As long as there has been a mirror or a body of water or window there has been an image to reflect upon.
Several months ago, I along with eleven others, registered early for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Spring Mingle conference. We signed up for the illustration intensive. At that point we were assigned a project by artist Mark Braught. This assignment was about how we saw ourselves. Specific locations, time periods and animals had to be included.
The first sketch I sent Mark was this one:
This self portrait is placed in the Victorian Era, in England with lemurs. Of course!
As is typical for me there is under painting, this time in pink. My artwork adorns the walls with the subjects being turned into lemurs, my children are represented as the two lemurs in the chairs. Queen Victoria is on the right depicted as a lemur.
To add some depth to the piece I needed to make some changes.
I took lots of photos of the books on my shelves. I cut them out and began stacking them and arranging them around the room. I used decorative paper for the wallpaper and the rug.