Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Back to work, reading, writing and drawing

Off The Hook Arts presents Tunes and Tales
Off The Hook Arts provides free and low-cost performance education for kids and their families throughout Northern Colorado. This summer they will sponsor SummerFest 2018 Mission Earth in Fort Collins. This program provides a host of fun events including a STEAM science fair, a day camp with CSU's Little Shop of Physics, FORTCAST's WeatherFest, along with Tunes and Tales Live storybook and art classes. I'm honored to be included in the program along with Colorado children's book creators, Dow Phumiruk and Brooke Boynton. My program is on July 10 and I hope to see you there.

Kristen Olsen, mom, writer, art instructor, radio producer, community organizer!
Here's the amazing Kristen Olson - the force behind Tunes and Tales Radio Program on 88.9KRFC. I get to work with Kristen on the upcoming Mission Earth Story time and Art Class.

Text in the City is featured in Where Women Create Magazine 
Ok, everybody who knows me knows that I'm an enthusiastic member of Text in the City, a Colorado book club made up of a dozen women artists. Our book group's been going strong for fifteen years now and I'm super stoked that we're featured in Where Women Create Magazine's premier 2018 issue. Thank you Jo Packham for being such an advocate for women in the arts! You can click on the magazine's cover to pull up our story.
Colorado Country Life Magazine commissioned me to illustrate four seasonal themed illustrations for "Thank You" Cards  - Here's SPRING!
Interior spread from I Spy Blackberry Pie, a work in progress
Above are a couple of new images from recent projects.

So far 2018 is shaping up to be a busy and creative year. I'm working on a few manuscripts as writer/illustrator. They're in various stages from doodles whirling around my mind to storyboards to book dummies going out into the world as submissions to agents and publishers. Wish me luck!
Studio With A View
And here's one last image and a reminder of why I named my blog, Studio With A View. Thanks as always for taking a look. You can click on the links for more information and the images for a more detailed view.


Thursday, March 8, 2018

One Thing Leads To Another

March 16, 17, and 18 welcomes the first annual Children's Festival of Stories at McNichols Civic Center! This has been a long time coming. 
Children's Festival of Stories
Just to back up and give you a little history, I've lived in Colorado since 1980. After moving to Denver I set up shop as Big Chief Graphics in the WestArt Building (formerly the Colorado Institute of Art in the Golden Triangle on 7th and Broadway). We had a mix of photographers, designers, animators and fine artists. Here I reconnected with Hallie Roberts from our days as art majors at East Texas State University and she repped me, Peter Hoey, David Uhl, Kirk Worden and Randy Nelsen.
That's me on the far left, I know because I can still remember that sweater
Some of our art teachers at ETSU
Lee Baxter Davis's printmaking class, mid 70's
Here are a couple of photos from our days together at ETSU. Top photo includes a handful of our instructors. The second shows one of Lee Davis' printmaking classes. The kid holding another kid on his shoulders is Gary Panter. Yes, I'm totally name dropping here.

So what I'm trying to explain is that I've lived in Denver a long time, through boom and bust years. I've been to amazing book festivals in other states and always wondered why not here? Denver is such a creative, book loving community able to support many independent book stores. I believe the time has come and hope to see lots of family and friends, old and new, turn out to support this effort! 

Here's a list of the local authors and illustrators who will be presenting. Please drop by and say hello. 

One of my "works in progress"...
Thank you Sarah Azibo and all the wonderful, hard working folks at Second Star from the Right Bookstore for creating this festival and making it a reality.
Thanks to all the community partners and sponsors!

And thanks to you for taking a look.
You can click on the images for more information or a larger view.
Back to work I go.