Saturday, September 26, 2009

"Walk for Thought" Street painting

Well it was another successful day street painting today. Was a little worried that the weather was going to hold us out, but it turned out to be a perfect day of temp and sun! The event that I was chalking for was the Minnesota Brain Injury Associations annual "Walk for Thought". There were tons of great people around and the conversations were lively! Too bad the event had to end and all, but it was great seeing everyone, hearing their comments, and also getting to work with my coworker Mike McCann(who strangely enough isn't related). So with that I wanted to share some pics. The first one is of the finished 8' x 8' chalking. The theme of mine was achievement and how their are often many who help you achieve your goals in life.

And then this was I think the best part of the whole event. Seeing the kids have a blast with the individual chalk boards and then seeing them create a mosiac of images. I think they turned out great! A special thanks goes out to Lori Peterson of the Brain Injury Association for the invite to this wonderful and worthwhile event!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Illustration Friday: "Pattern"

This is an illustration from one of my books titled "The Sick Bug". In it, Tess is constantly comforted by her favorite pajamas with the striped pattern!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

"Walk for Thought" this Sat.

Happy Wednesday evening. Sorry it has been a little sparse lately with posts, but things have been in crazy mode with three different book projects going on at the same time. Insane I know, but I like it that way! So with that, you may be wondering what I am doing in my free time :) Well I will tell ya. I am going to be doing a street painting this weekend for the Minnesota Brain Injury Associations "Walk for Thought" in como park on this coming Saturday the 26th. If you happen to be in the area on Sat. morning, stop down and check out the festivities. We will be going till about noon. Special thanks goes out to Lori Peterson who was kind enough to invite me down there for this very worthwhile event!

Event Info

"Walk for Thought"
Sat. Sept. 26, 2009
8am -12pm
Como Park

Also, I wanted to mention that you should check out the newly redesigned Children's Book Illustrators Guild blog. With the help of Nina Crittenden, we hope that the blog will become a great place to get updates with all that is going on with CBIG. Stay tuned for more information soon.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

"The Path to Forgiveness" available to order!

Happy Sunday everyone. Hope you have been able to get some good things done this weekend so far. I wanted to start this post off with the good news that "The Path to Forgiveness" is available for sale now and if you go and order it from the website link above, it will also get signed! Other places that the book will be available will be Barnes and Noble and Amazon to name a few. This book not only makes a great gift for friends and family, but for your own families as well. With that, many thanks goes out to Michele Deville for a great collaboration.

In other news, Susie and I had a great time yesterday with a day long book event at the "Jesse James Days" in Northfield. Having never been there, I was surprised at how huge of an event it was with events and activities all over the city. We had a great time there promoting "The Sick Bug" and many thanks to Northfield Urgent Care for asking us to come down for their sickness awareness area.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Illustration Friday: "Welcome"

Seeing the outline of the cathedral in the distance was a welcoming site. I knew I was getting close to home

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

MNSCBWI Fall Conference

Well it is hard to believe that September is into full swing already and the "Minnesota SCBWI" conference is this weekend. If you haven't signed up already, I would definitely urge you to. The conference is a great opportunity to meet fellow children's book writers and illustrators and also learn about the industry. Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend this year due to a book event in Northfield that day, but know that all my friends will be having a great time over there in St. Paul! Do check it out

Date: Saturday, September 12th, 2009
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: University of Minnesota Continuing Education Center, 1890 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108
Fee (Early Registration): $100 members, $125 non-members, $50 students

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Illustration Friday: "Strong"

Often times it is hard to forgive someone. You have to stay strong and let yourself be the better person. This is an illustration from my upcoming book titled "The Path to Forgiveness" written by Michele Deville. Only a little more than a week till it is out!