Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Lots of Free Coloring Pages


I have been doing some spring cleaning and have found lots of activity/coloring pages that I'm putting all in one place and making available on my website.   There are word searches, mazes, dot-to-dots and all sort of stuff. All of these images are free to download and distribute for non-commercial use.

Most of them relate to my book titles, like this little cut-out for "May I Please Have a Cookie?"


But some were just for fun, like this easy-to-make dog hand puppet.





Sunday, April 20, 2014

Painting from life




Painting in the yard today. Some with iPad and some with these new fangled things called water colors. 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Bunny Rabbit Paper Bag Puppet


I'm in the process of creating some new activity pages to coincide with my latest book that is coming out in a few weeks.  But I felt like this weekend was a perfect time for this super simple rabbit puppet.  Just download the free PDF and cut out the face and hands and glue them to a paper lunch sack.  Ta da! a bunny rabbit for Easter.

Download the PDF here...

iPad Warm-up Painting

This is my cat, Flubby.  He doesn't move for days at a time.  That is, unless, I'm trying to paint him.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Amazon Bestseller List

I made it to the Amazon bestseller list for Children's Literature & Fiction today!  There I am! I'm right there WAY down at the bottom, right after Dr. Seuss.  I took a screen shot before it disappeared. :)

"May I Please Have a Cookie?" is also the number one best seller in Children's Books (hyphen)  Animals (hyphen) Alligators & Crocodiles AND number one in Children's Books (hyphen) Growing Up & Facts of Life (hyphen) Friends, Social Skills & School Life (hyphen) Manners

Painting on the iPad

This morning's warm up on the iPad.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Painting on the iPad

Today's warm-up done with #procreateapp on the iPad. The view out my window, snow and all! I'm not too smooth painting with the iPad yet, but I hope I'll get used to it eventually.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cardinal #6 with Video




 
I felt like I had to do at least one more cardinal.  And since yesterday's cardinal was biking, I thought we should go old-school and have a cardinal flying today. I think this guy is enjoying the last of the warm weather before the snow moved in tomorrow. :(


Monday, April 14, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Steve and Wessley - Kid Art

I gave a copy of my latest book, "The Ice Cream Shop: A Steve and Wessley Reader" to the first grade boy that lives on my street.  He sent me a lovely letter saying he and his sister both love the book, plus he made me this awesome plaque.  I think it's so adorable, I'm going to hang it up in my studio this weekend.

Here's a page from the book.  I don't know why but all of my stories seem to revolve around food. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Cardinal #4

Today's cardinal is a sketch from life.  Well actually it's not from "life" because the bird was a dead. This is from a trip today to the Harvard Museum of Natural History where I went on a drawing field trip with some awesome kit lit peeps; Samantha Grenier, Eloise Narrigan, Jason Hart and Marcela Staudenmaier. Thanks everyone for a lovely day! 



Friday, April 11, 2014

Cardinal #3

Today's cardinal is taking advantage of his natural Mohawk.  Sorry, I didn't have time to do a video today.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Drawing Video - Cardinal #2

Ok so I've made a couple of improvements over yesterday's video attempt.  For one thing, I cleaned the grunge off the camera lens!

I thought I'd stick with cardinals for a little while longer and see what sorts of characters start to develop.  This guy is much more happy-go-lucky than the guy yesterday.


I was also able to get the screen recorder to behave itself today.  So I was able to show the Photoshop piece.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Drawing Video - Cardinal


I love watching other people draw.  So this morning I've been playing around with the camera and trying to video tape myself drawing.  Here's a little bird that I did just for the fun on it.  (I also need to consciously start doing a warmup drawing every morning to get myself going.)



I scanned in the drawing and colored it in Photoshop which I wanted to include in the video but, alas, the video capture software I was using refused to cooperate. Grrr!

There are definitely some things I'll do differently next time.  For one things, I'll use a darker pencil. And I'll make sure to clean the camera lens!  But I hope you find it interesting.