The First Book of Code and Cipher was a hit! My friend loved it. I scanned the pictures and will share them here. I didn't do a great job scanning but you ought to get an idea of the story.
I was sketching in my living room last night while I watched the old claymation movie of Jack Frost. Maybe you will see my Christmas inspiration in these sketches:
Sometimes we think we have to have special materials to do art.
Sometimes just your typical crayola crayons work just fine.Actually I like to use media like this because this is the kind of stuff a lot of people have around the house.
I'm working on (mainly in my mind) some illustrations for a story a friend wrote. It is a sweet story.I don't know if it will ever get past my house, if it will ever get published, but it is good practice. Yesterday I started drawing a few birds and nests. The story is about a little bird.
Above are two of my quick sketches -- the color is from four crayons -- blue and white on the eggs and flesh-tone and brown on the next. I used a fountain pen and ink for the outline (I have two LAMY pens I love to use with Noodler's waterproof black ink).
These are simple drawings but I love them. There were some more complex drawings,more realistic drawings but these are the ones I liked the best.
Well, day two of drawing my Maggie in heaven. I have eight quick sketches to share today. They are silly, plain silly.
But they make me smile!
Above is a painting I did long ago. It originally was part of a big red barn! And it turned into a butterfly. And another incredible thing is that my friend Sue bought it before I had ever even thought about selling things I created. What a surprise that was and a joy then and now.
Because my dear friend Sue went to heaven a year ago and two days ago my little Maggie flew to heaven too -- flew like a beautiful butterfly. She was almost 12. It was a shock but oh, she is so happy and joyful and lovely and I was her mama for 9 years. I am so thankful to her and to Jesus and to all my friends who helped that happen (especially Melanie and Polina).
Above is Marcie and Mustache, her pet. She is part of the chapter book I am trying to get published. She was Maggie's favorite character -- I think because she was quite a lot like Maggie. I didn't mean for that to happen but it did. And Marcie became my favorite too -- maybe it is because she wears glasses and overalls all the time (I don't wear overalls all the time but I do wear jeans most days -- in fact, I am wearing jeans to Maggie's funeral Sunday).
I won't write much more but if you have time could you read my post from my other blog about the day for Maggie? Here is the link: Maggie
And if you would like to read more of her story my friends who founded The Shepherd's Crook wrote a beautiful piece that I think will bless you big time. I just checked -- they left the piece I refer to on their homepage. It is beautiful. And at the bottom of it you can see several pictures of my Maggie.
Thanks for reading. I am thinking I might write another book just about Marcie. We'll see what the future holds.
I'm reading this book right now (on the left -- if you click on it you will get a link to the author's website). I'm also thinking about my next book project as I wait for Ruthie and Marcie to be picked up by an agent.
Unicorns and beasts and beauties are what are filling my thoughts -- along with Giant Sophie and Ruthie meeting a unicorn.
Not sure what my next project is but this book by Ms. Ivie Harrison is really good. I highly recommend it!
Ruthie and Marcie is finished! I just wrote the last chapter -- 30 chapters in all!!!!!!
And I love it.
Next step is to read it a few times through, do some editing and then start submitting to literary agents. Oh wait! Before I submit I need to get a portfolio for them to see....Maybe I'll do that at the same time.
I'll share some of those pictures with you too.
That's Harold above. He's Ruthie's cat. The stuff on the left are some of Stanley's cats. The two faces with glasses were not drawn by me -- they were drawn by my 15 year old. The top one is supposed to be me. Kind of looks like me on a good day.
Here's the dinner table. Stanley has 31 cats who all need to eat. Ruthie and Marcie are at the table too.
All the other stuff you see are just doodles I did from stuff in the room or maybe a person on TV or whatnot.
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