A nice note from Indiana.

I got a nice message the other day via Facebook from someone I met last summer:

Hi there. We met at the Devil’s Lake Arts Festival last summer (2014) and you donated a copy of “The Woodcutter and the Most Beautiful Tree” to the library where I work (Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN). Anyways...I was just going though pictures from last year and came across this one of my kids holding your book after it was processed and put on the library’s shelf. Thought you might like to see it. We enjoy our personal copy of The Woodcutter... quite often. Thanks for making such a beautiful book!
 We like books. We  LOVE  Crocs.

We like books. We LOVE Crocs.

Thanks for the wonderful message, Mandy! 

Merry Christmas coloring pages!!!

This Christmas, I'm thankful for all the blessings of another year gone by. I'm grateful for all the support family, friends, and strangers have shown to this humble artist/author/illustrator.  So, I'd like to offer a small gift to you in this season of giving.

If you're the sort that takes joy, peace, or relaxation from coloring, please feel free to download and print these pages for your chromatic enjoyment. Here's a link to the DROPBOX. I hope you enjoy my first dipping-of-the-toes into the coloring pages sphere. I would absolutely LOVE to see what these look like colored :) Have fun,  and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Snowed-in on a Saturday

This past Saturday, winter re-introduced itself to Michigan. As the snow piled-up outside the windows, I hunkered down over my table and (to the glorious sound of the radio broadcast of MSU's win over OSU) finished this piece, which will be in the May issue of a new children's magazine coming out next year. 





This concept has changed a LOT since I was first asked to contribute to the magazine. My direction boiled down to: Spring, nature. Beyond that, I had a lot of freedom, which is always both exciting and paralyzing. Once I'd settled on what would become the final design (after pages and pages of sketches and tinkerings), it came together pretty quickly. I haven't done too much with forestscapes...I find them a bit intimidating. I'm pleased with this one in terms of detail (never sure how much to include in the forest), and differentiating between fore-, middle-, and background (normally a struggle for me). 

Dear Michigan: Thanks for the walnuts and fungus

ArtPrize 7 starts this week! Here's a look at my finished entry, a diptych titled "Portraits from the Arbor." 

16"x20" Black Walnut ink and mushroom spores on Arches Watercolor Paper

not pictured: totally baller antique frames

Still on the to-do list for AP:

  • Write Artist's Statement
  • Print business cards
  • Hang out at my venue, Palatte Coffee and Art in GR :)

I hope you have a chance to make it to town for this year's event. ArtPrize generally has some really cool and inspiring work on display. And I can tell you that my venue specifically has some really stunning art from some very talented artists.

ArtPrize 7 Work-in-Progress

I've begun work on my entry for this year's ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids (Sept. 23rd - Oct. 11th). I'll be using homemade black walnut ink on Arches 140 lb. hot-press watercolor paper.

 Portraits from the Arbor

Portraits from the Arbor

Once all the ink work is finished, it'll be time to head into the forest to collect mushrooms for the spore prints! I'm so excited to be hosted by Palatte Coffee & Art this year. I think it will be the perfect venue for ArtPrize attendees to reflect upon, and connect with, the art on display.  

More info on my ArtPrize 7 entry, Portraits from the Arbor.

Here's some info about my venue, Palatte Coffee & Art

Back to Tecumseh

Had a GREAT time this past weekend in Tecumseh for the annual Community Arts of Tecumseh "Art in the Park." AP is my longest running streak for any art fair (3 ohmygosh), and I got to see lots of familiar faces, both fellow exhibitors and guests. I had copies of Lelani and The Plastic Kingdom to sell and sign, which I didn't have in time for last year's event. It was awesome reconnecting with fans of The Woodcutter and The Most Beautiful Tree and introducing them to my newest. Admittedly, I was a bit nervous going into my first art show of the season with a new book...but people seemed to be really receptive to the book and also to it's message. I talked to a handful of teachers, so hopefully I'm able to make it out to some schools next year.

 New sign.

New sign.

 What a lucky duck! This is a copy of "The Woodcutter" that I had drawn in as past of my artist's demo during Art-A-Licious last year. It was mixed-in with the remainder of my stock and popped-up on Saturday.

What a lucky duck! This is a copy of "The Woodcutter" that I had drawn in as past of my artist's demo during Art-A-Licious last year. It was mixed-in with the remainder of my stock and popped-up on Saturday.

That's one down! Excited for the rest of the summer :) See you at Devil's Lake in a couple weeks.