Friday, June 21, 2013

San Francisco for a Short Visit

We had cars that needed fixing so we drove up to a Mini dealership up north. We made it into a little break for ourselves. Fred booked a hotel room in the place above. It was on top of a big hill in San Francisco. We had a night on the town and then the next day...

Fred discovered this exhibit in the Presidio of some of Maurice Sendak's original work. 

What a treat. His the work has much more detail and intensity than comes through in print.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Sharon Lovejoy

I just popped over to my friend Sharon's blog. Sharon is a  multi-talented, tour de force. Check out her last entry


I love the feeling of completing a book. Here is the one I finished today. It is called Princess Posey and the Christmas Magic- which should be in italics, except that button doesn't seem to work right now- I don't know why.

 I went through my little ritual I do after completing a project, which is to clean my office and make way for the next project. This has been a neglected one during this final crunch to get the last book out. I have been thinking about it quite a bit and am ready to seriously dig in tomorrow. 

Here is a stick bug that was climbing up our back door last week or the week before. Look at those little dots it has for eyes and those fabulous little feet. Nature and its endless variations- so amazing. 

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

It was time...

Over the last few weeks I have been rereading the posts. The beginnings were mostly surf reports and sketches from books I was working on. In those days I was struggling to find enough illustration work to make a consistent living. Now I have almost the opposite problem...I have had so much work over that I only had a few days off in 2012 and this year, I haven't had one off yet. 

You may have noticed, this blog is missing over 1,400 posts, beginning from 2005. A number of months ago, I made the decision to  copy the content and eventually, delete the older posts- almost all of them. 

The reasons I did this range from not wanting to have so much personal information here to wanting to revamp the blog and my website for the next stage of my career.

So far on my plate for this next year are completing the first book that I will have written and illustrated (a BIG deal for me), beginning a new book series, continuing with the Princess Posey series and re-learning French.