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.
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.
To celebrate and honor Mother’s day this year I am auctioning original ink drawings on Instagram. The auction will benefit Break the Cycle, which is the only national non-profit working exclusively on preventing dating abuse and promoting healthy relationships.
Starting bid $40 (includes domestic shipping).
Auction ends each day at midnight. Thank you for your support.
My prints on markdown will end in a few weeks and there are still some great 8×10 prints available for $5 (regular price $20). Snag them while they last!
Also I’m heading to Disney World this week – I hope to see you at the Epcot Festival of Arts. My new pieces are available now and I will be signing Friday, Saturday and Sunday. See you there!
My third illustration releasing TODAY at the Epcot International Festival of Arts at Walt Disney World!
It’s hard on everyone.
We’re still in the thick of it and hoping the weekend will help us reset. I hope you have a good one!