"In the Pasture" - 8 x 10" - oil
For the past week or so I've been working on some things in preparation for the solo shows that I have later in the year. The first is at the B. Deemer Gallery in September and then there's the Glave Kocen Gallery in November. Fortunately, I've been able to make some good progress on some of the pieces that I will have for those shows. I don't know if other artists do this but I decided to put together a folder with all of my reference photos and thumbnails in order to help keep track of things and to help with my process.
On another note, yesterday I received some exciting news! I was notified that the book "Rosa's Bus" by Jo S. Kittinger, that I illustrated last year, received the 2011 Crystal Kite Award. I am both honored and thankful for the support of the folks at Boyds Mills Press. The Crystal Kite Awards are given by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators to recognize great books from the 70 SCBWI regions around the world. The SCBWI Crystal Kite Awards are chosen by other children’s book writers and illustrators, making them the only peer-given awards in publishing for young readers.