Monday, February 28, 2011


Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast has added my illustration to their "about" page! The picture accompanies an explanation of "kicks," 7-Imp's Sunday feature inviting readers to "list Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things From the Past Week (whether book-related or not) That Happened to You."

Check out this wonderful site on Sundays and throughout the week. Anyone with an interest in picture books will not be disappointed.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Seven Impossible Things

Hooray for Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, one of my very favorite children's book sites! On Sunday, some of my artwork is being featured there. If you haven't seen it yet, please click on over.

To any visitors from the site, a big welcome!

Update: click here for the feature itself.


My new free trial of Corel Painter 11 is a stormy affair. CP can be flighty -- a crazy-making tease. It will dangle a drop-down menu before me like a bullfighter's flag, then snatch it away. Forget the silent treatment -- CP sometimes plays dead. In fact, it saves its biggest tizzies for files from dear old Photoshop. Is it jealous of the other applications in my life? Or does it simply look down its glorious, Sargent-painted nose at my 4-year-old Mac? My cob-webbed CS2?

I know where this is headed: straight for the checkout button. For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer. . . actually, for quite a bit poorer. But I've tasted real honey now. I've painted with Real Bristle. There's no way I can let this gorgeous so-and-so ride off into the night.

I hope to be posting some of my experiments here soon. Meanwhile, I'd love to hear your own thoughts on Painter. Any tips? Stories? Encomia? Gripes?

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Picture Book Perfect II

Imagine the ideal picture book. Now remove the pictures, and leave the words:

They might not make sense. They're still good.