Category: Life & Stuff

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

for most parents anyway..

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For those of you starting school for the first time, coming back for a second or third time and have a case of the back to school jitters…I feel yah and I wish you all a super duper spectacular year full of curiosity, fun, creativity and life-long friendships..first lesson of the year: never EVER create run on sentences such as this one..see you’re learning already!

You’re off to a great start kids!

HAPPY MONDAY! 

A New Frontier

It’s been about 4 months since I’d last posted anything on this ‘ere blog. With back to back deadlines and prepping for the arrival of our first newborn, the end of 2014 throughout the beginning of 2015 has been at the least to say chaotic and life changing..

If you follow me in any of my social media accounts you’ll notice an exorbitant amount of pictures {I apologize by the way..new mom syndrome you know..} of this little peapod,

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Meet the new little addition to our growing family, Aria {yes we’re Game of Thrones fans} Rose. Born March 25th 2015 at 3:15 in the morning. It’s been a whole month since her arrival and aside from being sleep deprived, the late night feedings, milk vomits and spit ups, and her constant need to shriek at the top of her lungs..like ALL THE TIME…she hasn’t stopped putting a smile on our face since then.

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she finds this all too amusing..

Now to top all that off I’m officially back to work! Hopefully the transition from old schedule to new schedule won’t be too bad

who am I kidding!?..

..Ah well..wish me luck!

In the meantime here’s the artwork I did for Highlights this past month!

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Happy Monday!

 

Weekend Re-Cap

It’s been quite a busy weekend full of baptisms and weddings and creative events. So exhausted, but it was all worth it.

This past Saturday we attended the Carousel for Kids event at Dixon Place (NYC) which was hosted by R. Sikoryak and Neil Numberman. It’s a yearly event where these wonderful writers and illustrators read their zany comics and other creations to kids of all ages! It was pretty entertaining!

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The best part was when they picked some kids in the audience to help them read their comics. And most of the kids were so gung-ho about volunteering.

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This past Sunday I attended my first ever CBIG portfolio review where we were all given the opportunity to speak with 2 editors or art directors of our choice and share our work with them one on one. What a great experience!

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An editor from Penguin Group suggested I venture into drawing for older kids and experiment more with lettering. It’s actually something I’d been meaning to explore a bit more so you might be seeing more tweens  and tween themed illustrations in the coming months.

My favorite part of the afternoon was seeing other peoples work and book dummies. It was all so inspiring. Here’s hoping I get inspired enough to write a story myself soon!

Oh and don’t forget to check out the December issue of Highlights for Children to find this little dittie I did over the summer!

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Wishing you all a Happy &  Creative Week!!

 

Business or Pleasure?

unnamed-11Worked on some fun sketches all week and I can’t wait to share the finals with you!

The hubby and I took a quick trip to Vegas last week. Although it was mostly a business trip rather than a pleasure trip, we managed to squeeze in a little bit of fun in between our chaotic schedules.
vegas14I’ve never been to Vegas in the fall..I hadn’t realized how enchanting this place can be. If you get a chance to go this fall I highly recommend it. The weather seems great this time of the year.

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This is pretty much what I saw all of last week..I’m not complaining!!

HAPPY MONDAY!

The Highlights of Fall

It’s been a great year so far. I can’t believe it’s fall already. So much has been happening in my camp lately it’s a bit too much to take it all in sometimes.

Highlights Illustrator Workshop

Last week I was invited to spend the weekend at the Highlights Foundation in Honesdale, PA for the Highlights Illustrator’s Workshop specifically for new for New Highlights Illustrators! From the moment we arrived till the weekend ended it was such a memorable and amazing experience.

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I  had the privilege of staying in the founders original home which was so beautiful, everything remained intact and well-preserved including the family library which had their collection of child psychology books from 1900’s.  Pretty darn neat!

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Most of the weekend activities were spent at The Barn, an open space specifically for workshop activities and dining…Oh! speaking of dining..the food was an absolute treat! There was something for everyone’s palette and most of the food was locally grown and organic. It was one of the most refreshing dining experiences I’ve ever experienced.

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Now I’m NOT going to go into detail about the workshop itself just incase you are one of the newer artists that happen to stumble onto this blog looking for insights on what to expect at a Highlights Workshop. I’d like to keep you guessing and excited for whats waiting for you! But…if you are a bit more curious about the details of our weekend check out Rich Powell’s blog post about our weekend here. Just know that it’s an amazing time with a great group of people who share the same passion for children’s art as you do. The camaraderie you build in such a short amount of time is just outstanding and leaves such an impression.

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I can’t say this enough, I had the most amazing time that a week later I’m still riding the Highlights high! 

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A Tribute to Dr.Seuss

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I’m super excited to be apart of this years Children’s Book Art Silent Auctions at the BEA this May, 28th! This years auction has a special showcase tribute on everyones beloved storyteller Dr. Seuss.

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This 8×8 print which is printed on Premium Giclee Paper is on its way to the ABFFE offices and ready for its new home! If you’re interested in participating in this years auction which supports the fight against book censorship please visit the ABFFE website more information about attending this years showcase. {www.abffe.org}

Excited to see you at the show!

 

IF: Exotic

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smelly yet so tasty!

I’ve been thinking a lot about the Philippines lately and thought I would continue my Filipino Series on Etsy. {Here’s a link to the store: www.etsy.com/shop/beautifique }

Tuyo is a type of salted dried herring widely known amongst Filipinos. I grew up on this stuff…I didn’t like it much {but just try telling Grandma that..I dare you!} I think its strong pungent smell just turned me off…but once you get past that its actually quite tasty!

Tuyo would usually be served for breakfast in grandmas house with rice, tomatoes, and black coffee and some fresh pandisal (filipino bread rolls).  Which in and of itself is a bit exotic in these parts of the woods!

Geez..I just made my self hungry.

HAPPY MONDAY!

Happy Tummy Weekend!

 

 

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 I hope your holiday is filled with gratitude, love, stretchy pants, and all that good stuff!

on a another note…

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My husband and I decided to start a blog together….fun! Check out our latest hunt for the perfect udon and other stuff at foodilishush.com …I had a bit too much wine when I chose that name…don’t judge me.

Happy Monday!

The Mega Overdue Update

Oh my!!

I can’t believe it’s been over a year since I’ve last updated this blog! So much has been happened in the past year that I’ve been wanting to share with you but finding the time has been such a challenge. Thankfully, I am slowly getting back in the swing of things and I’m happy to say: I’m Back!!

The past year has been so much fun! I’d gotten to work with so many incredibly creative people and worked on some really fun projects!

KidsBeat App

Over the sumer of 2012 I had a chance to work with the wonderful people at Smart Education and created backgrounds for their fun app called “KidsBeat“. It’s like Guitar Hero for kids. Took me a while to get to the next levels! This app is available for your ipad and iPhones now.

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Dawn’s Hiccups 

Last fall I had a chance to work on one of the books for Oxford Press’sWorld Phonics Reader Series entitled “Dawn’s Hiccups“. It’s a read-a-long (slash) activity book for kids between 7-9 years old.  The story is about a girl named Dawn who is about to perform on stage and she suddenly gets the hiccups and the many ways her family and friends try to help her get rid of her hiccups…I like holding my breath and counting to 30…how about you? This was my first project with a publishing company! And I was so excited to be apart of this.

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Magic Wagon’s: Readers Theater Series 

In the beginning of this year, I had a chance to work with the good people at the Magic Wagon (ABDO Publishing) to create a series of illustrations for their Readers Theater Series. This was such a fun project to work on, the stories were so lively and it guides kids and teachers on how to put together a production in any available space or environment. A great source for teachers and parents alike.

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Tiggly Kids

This past summer I was introduced to an imaginative group of people who are in the process of creating a series of apps using shapes and colors! I’m helping create objects and background for them in which I’m very excited to share with you!! But for now here’s an introduction on this fabulous team.

 

And finally, in the midst of all the tidal waves of opportunities and experiences…

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We managed to plan our wedding and finally got married this September! (More pictures to come for sure.)

Now, that all the wedding plans are over I can’t wait to get back to work.

Until next time!

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