a fierce thanks

Thank you to the folks who’ve sent me messages and shared I will be Fierce with kids. Illustrating this book was a huge challenge as the text is powerful but not clearly visual. I revised sketches many times in order to match Bea Birdsong’s words with a strong visual story about a girl facing the challenges of her day. The positive response makes it worth it!

Here are some interior spreads – the librarian is based off my kid’s favorite story time librarian!

Thank you and I hope you have a lovely week!

back to school sale

I can’t believe it’s that time of year again. Earlier and earlier! To celebrate we’re having a back to school SALE! Save 15% on totes and pillows! Use the code: TOTES at checkout.

As always, thank you for your support and have a happy week!

sale prints

various illustrations advertising sale prints

We’ve placed a bunch of our overstock prints on sale, which means you can snag prints for as low as $5! Including new illustrations and old favorites. These won’t last long (already sold a bunch since sharing on social media) so get them while they last!

 

I hope you have a happy weekend!

auction week

I’m angry. The fight against immigrant camps is much more than keeping families together – it’s become an inhumane, cruel and wicked reality that I wish wasn’t real.

I purchased postcards and prints at Disney to auction. This is the only place you can buy my signed Disney artwork. I will auction a new item every day until Sunday. It will only be available on the blog so please check back. The money will be donated to RAICES, an organization that’s bailing out families, as that seems to be the only way to help.

I don’t have much more to write – I want to write something uplifting but I’m crushed by the news every time I read it. Figuring out ways I can help is my only option because I just want to close my eyes and hide but apathy is a privilege.

If you have a minute please fill out this form and inform your representatives that you don’t support the raids and ICE. Thank you.

Rules

Open to US only.

Each item will be sign and can be customized with names.

Bid by commenting on this post. No limits on number of times a person can bid.

Auction will end at 12 midnight, pacific time the day of the post.

I will email the winner with a paypal request, once paid I will ship to address provided.

All funds will be donated.

Let’s start!

Set of 4 postcards, signed, customization available.

Starting big $20

seattle tomorrow!

I will be speaking and signing books in Seattle tomorrow at Third Place Books in Seward Park. I hope to see you there!

Also I’ll be back at Disney this weekend for more live watercoloring and the release of my new Disney piece! If you’re interested in the original of my first watercolor of Baby Dory or the new Disney print please contact WonderGround Gallery. They can take orders via email at merchandise.guest.services@disneyparks.com or by telephone at 877-560-6477.  Just let Mail Order know that they are interested in the Nidhi Chanani artwork from WonderGround Gallery West and they would be happy to let them know if it’s currently available.

Hope to see you in Seattle or Anaheim!

1 day sale!

1 day sale!! Use offer code YAYDAD for 15% off today only! Father’s Day is around the corner! Shop our prints, cards, totes, mugs and canvases. Discount ends at 11:59pm PST.

Residency and Binny’s Diwali

My Disney residency begins this weekend! I will be painting live at the Wonderground Gallery in Downtown Disney every Saturday (5-9p) and Sunday (4-7p) this month.

Meanwhile I’m excited I have permission to share! I AM ILLUSTRATING A BOOK ABOUT DIWALI FOR Scholastic. A beautiful text by Thrity Umrigar, BINNY’S DIWALI will release fall 2020.

I LOVE DIWALI! I’m half way through the final art and I smile the entire time I’m drawing. It’s a dream project with a dream team. I’m very happy!!

I hope to see you sometime soon!

disney in june!

I’m returning to Disney’s Wonderground Gallery this June! It marks my 6th year working with them and the experience is lovely every time. The Wonderground Gallery is located in Downtown Disney and does not require park tickets for entry. I’ll be their artist-in-residence which means I’ll create watercolors live four weekends in a row. I’ve selected some of my favorite characters for the watercolors and I look forward to sharing them!

The piece above, “Imagination has no age” will release on June 15th between 2-4pm along with pieces from Michelle Bickford, Michael Murphy and Mcbiff .

Disney asked the artists involved to help celebrate the 60th anniversary of the matterhorn, monorail and submarine. I took it as an opportunity to push myself with a complex piece. I combined the three attractions with 25 (!!) classic Disney characters! Whew! It was a lot of work! Throughout I cursed myself because it was more challenging than I imagined. When I submitted the final illustration, Disney asked me to refine it. That never happened before! I wanted so much to push back and say it was fine! However, I know they don’t provide unwarranted feedback.

I stepped back and thought about the environment. It is just as important as the characters but my first attempt didn’t look that way. Harmony is important. I adjusted colors, added more texture and lighting. And as I completed it, adding the soft twinkles in the sky, a sense of pride washed over me. It was approved quickly thereafter.

In work like that, the journey isn’t pleasurable. However, I learn along the way and when I arrive at the destination, there is great joy. Earned joy.

In addition to the art release on the 15th, I’ll be painting June 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30, 2019. Saturdays from 5-9pm and Sundays from 4-7pm.

I hope to see you in June!

 

mother’s day sale

 

All our prints, cards, mugs, totes, and canvas prints are 15% off through May 7th for Mother’s Day! Use the code momday at check out!

I hope you have a lovely Sunday!