Wednesday, June 23, 2010

turkey prints

Once upon a time, a long, long, time ago, I graduated as a printmaking major in the BFA program at the University of Connecticut's School of Fine Arts. A strong sensitivity to ammonia had driven me away from etching and engraving, but woodcuts and lithographs had stirred the ink in my blood. That same ink became a regular part of my wardrobe and makeup for my student years, but after graduation my only printmaking was done while teaching children's art classes.
Now here I am, decades (wince) later, and I've once again started making prints. A recent series of printing workshops with kids (click here and scroll) inspired me to think about a new approach to my own picture book illustration work, which has been exclusively paper collage. I'm now experimenting with cutting blocks to produce line, and then printing these over the paper collages. Still fooling around with it, but having a grand time in the process!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Word Wizard

I've recently discovered a couple of terrific, creative blog moms who have used my book, Word Wizard, to engage children with word play and anagrams. Here are their sites. Check them out!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Gobble, Gobble's not winter. This guy is just here to announce that Dawn Publications will be publishing my new book, Gobble, Gobble, next Spring! Ta-da! More information, and perhap a sneak preview of sketches, coming soon.

Saturday, June 5, 2010


This guy found a perfect perch today, until a pushy mallard came along. To see
Bully & the Bullfrog: the MOVIE, click HERE.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Chippy Spa

This chipmunk is from SCOOT! Greenwillow Books, 2008.

Silly me....I thought I had created a bird bath!
These guys are cute, but they're sneaky little varmits, too. Spotted one
with a freshly-dug turtle egg in it's mouth last week.