Thursday, February 4, 2010
First I was an artist, and that was pretty cool. Then I went to art school, which was mostly lame. Then I worked in a gallery, then a garden, then a gallery, then a cube, then a worse cube, then a gallery.
Then I had a one-woman show while pregnant, had a baby, quit painting, got pregnant again, started painting again, had a baby, and had a one-woman art show while carrying around a baby and looking like a puffy rhino.
So that's easy to keep up with.
Then... I started writing. And I quit painting. And I wrote two books and a short story and started two more books. And as research, I started reading again, and I started falling in love with characters and creatures.
And now I'm back to painting.
And still writing. But I'm going to try to do 1 little wooden painting every day until February 2011, when I hope to have an exhibit at The Art Place - Mt. View again to celebrate Children's Book Month. I did one in 2004 and covered the back wall in an 8-foot tall mural.
It was a lot of fun. We had the librarians from next door come over to do readings, and elementary school kids walked over from class, and all the kids at the reception got to help paint a stand-up cut-out of The Library Dragon.
So, I'd love to hear everyone's favorite characters from kids' books.
But not necessarily picture books, because if I try to sell a painting of Olivia, they'll sue the pants off of me, and I like most of my pants these days.
Plans thus far include all of the rabbits from Watership Down, Bunnicula, the Jungle Book critters, characters from The Phantom Tollbooth, that sort of thing.
Posted by delilah s. dawson at 9:43 PM