I’m regularly battling the exhaustion of work, life and the absence of normalcy. But as time marches forward I find small joys in nature and continue connecting through my work. I am participating in a free virtual author panel with Tandem Bay Area in a couple weeks. Please join if you’re interested!
Also, my debut written and illustrated book, WHAT WILL MY STORY BE, will now release on November 30th due to supply chain disruptions. Please pre-order it as well as other books because it seems these delays will continue through the holiday season.
I hope you’re finding small joys in your days.
My daughter has all kinds of awesome nicknames for her papa and I had none… so I asked her to give me one. She came up with Mama Mermaid and I thought about that as I was drawing this.
I hope you’re all safe and well.
I’ve spent the past few years making books. My calendar is full of book deadlines. It’s become somewhat of a joke among my close friends “How many books are you working on right now?” My answer is usually four (with a few in waiting). As I approach the release of my next book, What Will My Story Be, my fourth pandemic release, I realized the work has become quite lonely. I know this feeling isn’t unique. Without in person book launches, conferences or connecting with readers, making books is difficult. Many of my books take years to make and releasing them has felt like baking a deflated soufflé.
As I was languishing in my pity party (fully recognizing there are larger problems in the world) it dawned on me that it’s been over 2 years since I’ve made personal art. I’m always drawing on deadline. Books, freelance, or promotional art fills my days. The dissonance I feel is due to the pandemic but also this absence of art for art’s sake. So I decided that a couple times a week I will allow myself to create without purpose. Some I will share and some I will keep for myself.
The above is an hour quick draw. I didn’t know what would come of it. I was thinking about current events and feeling surrounded by storms. And reminding myself that there’s still beauty and love. There’s still a path forward.
I hope you’re all weathering your storms and finding love in these tumultuous times.
My picture book, KONG AND ME, written by Kiki Thorpe, releases soon (March 30th)!
I love work where I can grow and this book was definitely a joy to make. You can pre-order now. Thank you, always, for your support.
I hope you’re warm and safe.
Happy new year. I drew this last year, inspired by our Madam Vice President and felt it was appropriate to post again. I feel a sense of relief and hope that I haven’t in a long while.
2020 had many heartbreaks and challenges. In the midst of it, I completed three books (Kong & Me, Jukebox and What Will My Story Be?). I’m proud and very tired. This year I’m working on very exciting, unannounced books. Each story presents its own unique hurdle and joy. Although I have many things I cannot share, I’m happy to share that I’m part of a speaking agency, The Author Village. I can be booked for virtual visits through my page on their site. I’m grateful for work that allows me to connect with kids and their adults through story and art.
I hope to share more about my upcoming projects soon.
Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy your week and stay safe.
My last piece releasing at the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts in 2021 at Walt Disney World.
Look for them in the Wonderground Gallery tent.