Sunday, November 30, 2008

First snow

Yesterday was our first snow for the year, although it was very light we woke up to a light dusting on the ground, maybe a half inch. It was still a thrill and it came before December 1st! Everything is decorated for the holidays and it's already feeling like the Christmas season has begun.

I sent off my Winter postcard mailer yesterday through Premium Postcards. Here's a peek at what I did with it. I went with the traditional watercolor and did a very simple design. I sent one to myself first and was happy with the way they turned out so I sent it off to my list yesterday.

Here's to a new year of wonderful new projects!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

This sketch has absolutely nothing to do with Thanksgiving but I am very thankful to be able to do what I love and love what I do. So Happy Thanksgiving to all my blogging buddies!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Traditonal watercolor

Here it is in traditional watercolor version.

I need your help in deciding which version to use for my Winter promo. Digital watercolor version below this post or this traditional watercolor version?

Digital watercolor

I finally got my email problems worked out after talking with my ISP, Apple and my webhost technical support. Whew! But, I now know a lot more about my email program then I did before.

Here is the digital watercolor version as promised. Now I'm off to try traditional.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Winter promo sketch

Besides having email problems all day...grrrr...I did get a little work done. I sketched out my Winter promo and I decided to continue my Brandy theme which I am hoping to eventually turn into a book dummy. I've decided to turn my grief into something productive.

Even though I haven't figured out my email problem yet, I'm still going to try and at least paint this sketch digitally first and then try the traditional watercolor like I did before. Stay tuned.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Fall Cannonball

Here is the piece I did for the kid's magazine Children's Playmate which is part of the Children's Better Health Institute group of magazines. Sadly, this is the last issue of the Children's Playmate because they are going to merge with their other magazine Jack and Jill Magazine starting January 2009. But in today's economy, I completely understand that businesses have to do what they can to survive. So go out and pick up a copy! It's kind of the end of an one era and the start of a new.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Katherine's listed on Amazon now.

The Katherine Books are on Amazon now for pre-order. Look to the bottom of this list. These are the 6 books that I illustrated for ABDO due out in Jan. 2009. To see all the covers, go here.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

A peek

I have been so busy working that I haven't been able to post recently. I was one of the presenters at the Missouri SCBWI conference this past weekend so that kept be busy as well. Here is a little tiny peek at what I'm working on. I can't show much until it's published which won't be until May 2009. Sorry.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Missouri Town 1855

Saturday turned out to be an absolutely gorgeous Fall day so we visited Missouri Town, a living-history museum of houses, barns, mercantile, blacksmith shop, church and other buildings. Mostly all of the buildings are authentic and have been carried in and reassembled on the spot. I got some really great reference photos if I ever get to do a historical picture book of the Antebellum era or the Pre-Civil War period.