Nothing's normal this summer. "Normal" is sitting in my little cabin researching and illustrating picture books. And I am doing that, there's two commissioned books coming out spring 2019 and 2020. Plus, books I'm working on as writer/illustrator. But this year there's more.
I got to participate in a stage production for Tales and Tune Live!, the brainchild of Kristen Olsen. She produces a radio program featuring children's book creators. This was part of a larger program, SummerFest 2018 and Off The Hook Arts which inspires a love of the performing arts through public concerts, education and collaboration among the arts and sciences.
Here's images from the show at the Carnegie Center for Creativity in Fort Collins. I met so many wonderful volunteers, entertainers, technicians, not to mention kids and their families! I never realized all that went on behind the scenes to put together a half hour show.
|Off the Hook Arts and Tales and Tunes Live!|
That's Jesse G. Shepherd performing on stage. Jesse produces a regional radio program, plus writes songs for children's picture books. He wrote three songs to tie in with my books as part of the program and the kids absolutely loved it. Hopefully I'll get some better photos to post because you need to see the super cute wood nymph along with her bear who live in that hollow log to the left of Jesse. I can't think of when I've had such a fun time.
I have to give a special shout out to thank the folks at Second Star to the Right Books in Denver. They drove up to Fort Collins for these events and set up a pop-up bookstore to sell our books after each show. They do so much to support kids in our community.
|Thank you Marc and Dea, owners of Second Star to the Right Books for all you do|
|Children book illustrators are creative gardeners too, just think about a cool fairy tale garden like Tasha Tudor used to create!|
|Copyright and title page for Gardener Girl, a work in progress|
|...and another spread from Gardner Girl (working title)|
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