Monday, April 26, 2010

SCBWI Spring Conference

Enjoyed seeing friends and meeting new people this weekend. The group of illustrators has grown ten-fold since I started attending and confirm we really do grow good pictures and stories here. I have a pages of inspiration in my notebook to absorb and distill to my writing and illustration projects.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Herky Reads!

Iowa City was designated a UNESCO City of Literature a couple years ago. The director is installing a wonderful new literacy program at some of our elementary schools involving the University of Iowa football players. Here's an illustration of Herky, our mascot reading. We plan to use it on bookmarks, although it may be printed in black and white. I will also add here, lest the Gods of Trademark Licensing come and zap me, that Herky is the property of University of Iowa, amen!

The full story on the program:

Friday, April 16, 2010

Blossom trees

It's what's lining our street right now. It's like driving through a Dr. Suess world.

Friday, April 9, 2010


We heard a thud from outside yesterday morning as we were getting breakfast. It turned out a Northern Flicker, a large woodpecker-like bird, had hit my studio window. It must have been instantly killed. We all felt so bad. He was a beautiful guy. We studied his feathers. I had never thought our windows were much of a threat to birds, but when I went online, indeed, birds fly into picture windows quite frequently. To help detour these injuries, several suggestions were offered. Placing stickers of hawk silhouettes can help, also suspending flashy things like old CDs or tin pans can keep birds away too. A little illustration today, in memorial.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Where Do Birds Live migrates to the printers

The edits and page design for Where Do Birds Live are now complete. It will soon go to the printer for a fall arrival. Time to work on other projects. My trusty assistant is poised and ready!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

April Flowers bring May showers

Bloodroot. First flower of an Iowa spring. Now playing in Hickory Hill Park and other Midwest green spans around you.

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