I made the decision that I need to just drop everything, and go to Italy and sketch in the streets where the lion and Renato will wander. I feel this will rejuvenate the work, and inspire this leg of the writing journey. I bought my ticket, and I will be in Florence from the 10th until the 24th. Although my plan is to sketch, photograph and paint like a madwoman for two weeks, I will try to update Facebook with my progress. I am so excited! (Though I detest flying.)
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.
As a relatively new president of this great group, my job is to organize speakers for our events. I am excited to say our next meeting will be in September, with Jill Davis, Executive Editor at Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins.
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.
I am very excited that my oil painting "GYPSY" was juried into the 2015 Salmagundi Club Painting and Sculpture Non-Members Exhibition. The show ran from May 26th through June 5th.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.