I am back from two weeks in Italy, and thrilled with the progress made for Renato and the Lion. I completed over 30 sketches, 5 paintings, went on a tour of the Vasari Corridor and purchased over 17 books related to this project. The highlight of the journey was meeting a local bookseller in Florence named Enrico. He was 7 years old in 1944, and was able to tell me so much about what it felt like to be a child in Florence during WWII. I am very grateful to Antonia, a local tour guide and translator, that helped me interview Enrico. I hope to return to Florence soon to reconnect with these new friends.
CBIG, the Children’s Book Illustrators Group, is a New York City-based group of illustrators and author-illustrators who create high-quality work for children’s publishing and media.
For illustrators that are interested in attending this meeting (non-members included) please contact me for time and location. Or, see the CBIG website for more information.
When I was a sophomore at the Rhode Island School of Design, our illustration class took a field trip to New York City. Our teachers brought us to the Society of Illustrators, to introduce us to the exhibition halls where so many illustrators have shown their work. I fell in love with the old building, lined with Leyendecker paintings.
When I moved to Manhattan many years later, I often visited the SOI exhibitions, and took part in their figure drawing classes from time to time. But I wasn't ready to apply for membership.
Today, I'm in New Jersey, working hard as a picture book author and illustrator–and have been elected to Illustration Membership! This is a dream come true. Many thanks to Lisa Falkenstern for her sponsorship and support.
Paint a Story with Miss Barbara
(Resuming on September 10, 2015)
Children ages 2-6 are invited to listen to a story and unleash their inner artist while painting with watercolors. No registration necessary. Siblings welcome.
Location: Hightstown Branch
Contact: Liz 609-448-1474 email@example.com
Thursday, August 6, 2015 will be the last class for the summer. We will resume on September 10, 2015.
Also, Miss Liz, the children's librarian, mentioned that there will be an unveiling and celebration for the mural in September. Many folks have already seen the mural, of course, but it gives us an excuse to have a fun, art-filled event–with snacks. Stay tuned for more information.