Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
I've been playing with fabric scraps while waiting to begin a new book project. Here's a little fairy and her tree stump house I made for my cousin's four-year-old daughter, Genevieve. It's soft and tough, and will take real playing. She can fill it with her own imagination and creativity.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I started a new blog, which will have simple, creative ideas for kids. I'll try to focus on recycled materials, and imaginative art projects that focus on process. It's called ARTFUL ACTS for kids. Please check it out, and let me know what you think! Thanks.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
*.....that's Belfast, MAINE, actually.
If you're in the area, please stop in!
For a press release click HERE.
Also, if you have any interest in purchasing originals or Giclee prints, please contact me. My studio is over-flowing with artwork, and it's time for some of them to move out! - firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, October 24, 2009
A grand time was had by all at the Healthy Harvest Celebration today in Gorham, Maine! More than 100 kids and their parents came out of the rain to celebrate the release of Mystery Vine and the awesome new Gorham Fitness Studio. Book-related arts & crafts, energetic games and dances led by GFS owner Jesse Coleman, story time breaks to soothe the crowd, fabulous face painting created by terrific volunteers, healthy snacks donated by community businesses, and a grand finale movie all made for a wonderful day!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
My friends at the Gorham Fitness Studio are having a party!
For more info, click HERE to go to the Mystery Vine page!
Healthy Harvest Celebration!
at Gorham Fitness Studio
Fall, Fitness, Fun!
You are invited to a Harvest Celebration
Join Gorham’s own Children’s Author Cathryn Falwell
for the release of her latest book “Mystery Vine”.
There will be activities, Live DJ, Pumpkin Art, Healthy
Snacks, and fitness games with Gorham Fitness
Studio Instructors. We will end the evening with a
showing of “The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” on
the big screen. Come and Celebrate a Healthy
What: Healthy Harvest Celebration
When: Saturday, October 24th, 2009
Where: Gorham Fitness Studio
17D Railroad Ave Gorham, Maine
(behind Hannaford, beside Post Office)
Time: 2pm-5pm (Movie begins at 4pm)
FREE to Community
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
September. The nights are cooler now, and the leaves are beginning to change. I visited No Name Pond one last time and waved good-bye to the loon family. We watched the chicks grow from tiny fluff balls in June, to nearly ready to fly adolescents. I worked on a picture book about them while listening to the parents call across the lake to each other in that incredible, haunting sound. The book is taking shape--not ready to go out as a proposal to a publisher just yet.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
I've only seen this amazing creature once this summer--about two weeks ago. I've been watching for him (her?) every day. This morning, while trying, in vain, to photograph a particularly stunning dragonfly, I looked up.....and there was the magnificient bird. I wasn't able to get a photo of his flight, but watched in awe as this huge creature gracefully lifted off the log and flew down the pond.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
The dog days of summer have arrived....and we are now very sorry that we complained about our too-cool Maine weather. Ugh. So being lazy on a hot and humid Sunday afternoon is the only option. Star (kitty...pictured here) chose the dock, as did a resident frog a bit later. The treehouse offered me a bit of a breeze. A very good day to read, indeed.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Just returned from a fabulous writers' retreat on a lake up near Lewiston, Maine. We managed to persuade the wonderful owners of Boat Building Vacation LLC, Nilaya and James Palmer, to branch out their business and host this event. The result was a heavenly 3-night stay with postcard-perfect weather and scrumptious gourmet food in a perfect environment to inspire creativity, complete with the call of loons.
All participants enjoyed productive work-- occasionally breaking for a refreshing swim, a bit of yoga, or a romp with the adorable puppy-in-residence, Sashi. We're hoping that Nilaya and James (PERFECT hosts!) will be willing to offer this again next year! Check out their site--and the incredibly beautiful boats you can learn to build with them, too.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
The Camden Public Library on Main Street in Camden, Maine, is presenting an exhibition of children's book illustrations by six Maine illustrators. There will be a reception, open to the public, on Tuesday, August 11th at 6:30 pm. Come and say hello!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
What an incredible morning! I was a lucky passenger on a loon observation field excursion conducted by the Biodiversity Research Institute. The mission of this wonderful organization is to "assess ecological health through collaborative research, and to use scientific findings to advance environmental awareness and inform decision makers." (visit their site by clicking on their name here and see all of the amazing work they do!)
Monday, July 20, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
A friend requested a photo of my tree house, so here it is. Note that this is MY tree house---not my children's--and has screens and steps. My carpenter neighbor built it for me two years ago. This isn't my studio, but it IS a grand place to observe the critters at Frog Song Pond.