Friday, September 26, 2008

Illustration Friday - Packed


All packed up and ready to go to Grandma's house. A Thanksgiving card design I did for Great Arrow Graphics. (The card looks better in real life.)

Friday, September 19, 2008

Illustration Friday - Clique


Amanda never fit in with the popular girls. To tell the truth she was afraid of them. Even her imaginary friend was afraid of them.

This was a piece I did a while back for a postcard mailing.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Bus Stop Wildlife


My daughter noticed this unusual visitor sitting in the bush outside our door this morning. He looked so funny sitting in the very top of the bush like a Halloween decoration. Seeing the snake prompted me to bring my camera to the bus stop to take pictures of all the critter we met along the way. Our house is tucked into the woods and we regularly meet all sorts of things. This morning I met this chipmunk on the way back to the house. He lives under my front stoop with about 40 of his closest relatives.



And on damp mornings like today we always run into at least one red salamander. Today we found two.



Sunday, September 14, 2008

Up Coming Events


I have a couple of author appearances coming up. Above are bookmarks that I had made up for occasion. If you are in the area please stop by and say "hi" and pick up a bookmark.

Saturday September 20th
I will be at the West Boylston Arts Fest in West Boylston, Massachusetts. I will be reading some stories and drawing some pictures at the Children's Story Tent at 11:00. After I'll be available to sign books.

Saturday October 18th

I will joining "If a Monkey Jumps Onto Your School Bus" author Jean Cochran of Pleasant St. Press at the Barnes and Nobles in Nashua New Hampshire. We will be there at 2:00pm sharing stories. Attendees can make their own monkey puppets to take home.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Illustration Friday - Island


I don't think there are any toucans in Hawaii but this one doesn't seem to mind.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Postcard Promo


Front


Back

I haven't done any promotional mailings in a long time. Here is a new postcard mailer that I'm working on. I've never done a monochromatic postcard before. I thought I'd give it a try.

We went shopping for a new goldfish the other day and the garden center had some amazing koi. I would love to have a koi pond some day but alas, I don't know who would enjoy it more, me or the raccoons. It would be like a big, expensive raccoon sushi bar. I think I'll keep my new goldfish indoors.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Monkey and His Friends are at Borders



All the animals are packing their lunches and high-tailing it back to school this month. If a Monkey Jumps Onto Your School Bus is being featured in Borders book stores this month as part of their back to school promotions. If you go to the Borders website you can enter your zip code to see if it's available at your local store. If a Monkey Jumps Onto Your School Bus is written by Jean M. Cochran and illustrated by yours truly.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Illustration Friday - Clutter


This is a frame from a comic book style version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Crafty Monkey

Ugh, it's been a while since I've blogged. Things have been busy with summer vacation, work, and back to school.

October 18th Jean Cochran (the author of If a Monkey Jumps Onto Your School Bus) and myself will be at the Barnes and Nobles in Nashua, New Hampshire. We will be reading, crafting and signing books. So if you're in the area please stop in and say hi!

If you aren't in the area, here are some pictures of the monkey puppets we'll be making. (I love puppets!) Thanks so much to Karen, the children's librarian here in Lunenburg, MA. She is a craft goddess and was the one who helped me put this together.


These are really easy to make and also tie in nicely with our book. All you need to make one is...

A Paper Lunch Sack
Construction Paper (yellow, red and brown)
Two Google Eyes
Glue Stick
Black crayon or marker

Cut the yellow contruction paper into two small circles (about 2" diam) for the eye area, one medium circle (about 2 1/2" diam cut in half) for the ears and half of a large circle (about 4" diam) for his snout.

Cut out a half circle about 2 1/2" in diam from the red paper for a tongue.

Cut a strip of brown paper approx 1" wide and 10" long for a tail.



Glue the two small yellow circles onto the bottom of the paper bag as shown. Glue the large half circle to the bottom too, lining up the flat edge of the circle with the edge of the flap. Glue this piece on so it covers the bottoms of the 2 smaller circles. Then glue on the ears and the google eyes. Lift up the flap of the bag bottom and glue on his/her tongue. Don't forget to make two dots on the center of the face to give your monkey nose holes so it can breath.

Lastly add a tail. Flip your monkey over and glue the tail to your monkey's posterior. If you curl the paper around your finger or a pencil first it makes it nice and boingy.

Ta Da! A monkey puppet! Of course you can use paper and crayons to accessorize your monkey. You can add stuff like arms and clothes, or what about making a flying monkey? Use your imagination and put on a puppet show!

I dressed mine for the office. Now he's ready for the corporate jungle.



I snapped this picture of all the pieces as I cut them out (Hurray for die cutters!) I spread them out to make sure I had enough of each piece. Don't they look like happy little robot people? ...You see it? ...don't you?