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Hunting and Fishing

February 24, 2014 No Comments

Hi Readers, Last week’s coloring page of the cave painting drew a response from a few people who said it was the most fun to draw of all the coloring pages. So I chose another illustration of cave people for this week. Besides, it seemed like a timely choice for me because this weekend my …

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Cave Wall Paintings

February 17, 2014 No Comments

Hi Readers, I’ve joined an online picture book challenge. It’s a support group for critique, instruction and mentorship in picture book writing and illustration. It’s part of my New Year’s resolution to polish my craft and advance to the next level in “business savvy”. The challenge is to submit 12 manuscript ideas in the next …

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Aviation Mechanic

February 10, 2014 No Comments

Hi Readers! This week’s free coloring page is another sneak peek from my work-in-progress, “Jackson’s Aviation Adventure”. Jackson is using his imagination and his love of drawing and painting to explore ideas he wants to learn about. In this illustration, he’s imagining possible aviation jobs he could have when he grows up, like an aviation …

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Kite Flying

February 1, 2014 No Comments

Hi Readers! Time flies (and so do Orville and Wilbur’s kites, in this week’s free coloring page)! They used kites to teach themselves about flight, just like Jackson uses art to teach himself about the exciting and adventurous world he lives in. Spring weather is right around the corner, and is happily anticipated by my …

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Making Learning Fun

January 24, 2014 No Comments

Hi readers, Today I’ve been writing my lesson plan for two quick-sketching classes I’m teaching this weekend. It keeps reminding me how much fun it is to use quick-sketching, drawing and painting as an alternate way to observe and learn about the world around us. I use sketching at the zoo, to teach myself about …

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Bicycle Shop

January 19, 2014 No Comments

Hi Readers, Again I’m blogging about the great weather we’ve had lately here in AZ. In my defense, I’ll say it’s a constant reminder of why we endure the miserably hot summers! In the past week, when I’m not working on my next e-book, Jackson’s Aviation Adventure, I am hiking, plein air painting or biking. …

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Filling the fuel tank

January 10, 2014 No Comments

Hi readers, The weather here in Arizona lately has been brisk and beautiful, prompting me to drive several times in the past few weeks to find spectacular desert scenery to paint on location. I’ve driven north to Cave Creek, east to the Superstition Mountains, and south to the Desert Botanical Gardens, and several places in …

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Back to School

January 5, 2014 No Comments

Hi Readers, This week’s free coloring page is a tribute to going back to school after a long vacation. For me, it means winding up a hectic and wonderful holiday season and getting back to the work I love, illustrating and writing. I’m planning to do a lot more of it in 2014, creating new …

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New Year

December 28, 2013 No Comments

Hi Readers, There’s a bright and shiny New Year approaching fast! I’m looking forward to new beginnings, new adventures, and stretching to learn new things. I plan to slap a fresh coat of paint onto my writing and illustrating skills, and absorb more info about the art and business of the picture book industry.  And …

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Holiday Traveling

December 21, 2013 No Comments

Hi Readers, Many of you may be looking forward to some fun holiday traveling, to see family and friends. This idea influenced my choice of a coloring page for this week. It’s a page from my second book (still a work in progress), Jackson’s Aviation Adventure. It shows Jackson flying to visit family, and learning …

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