Thursday, March 25, 2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Blog you should follow! This post "Dreaming of Bologna" borrowed from Anika Denise.

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I'll admit, I'm wishing I was there and not here, in chilly drizzly Rhode Island. (Though come to think of it, I believe it's chilly and drizzly there too, but hey, it's Italy, so who cares?) My husband and I have always wanted to attend, but in these past few years when our daughters were still so little, we couldn't quite swing it. Now, with our youngest heading to first grade in the fall—we find ourselves dreaming of Bologna. Billed as "the most important international event dedicated to the children’s publishing industry," it's a venue where international authors, illustrators, literary agents, TV & Film producers, licensors and licensees, packagers, distributors, printers, booksellers, librarians and journalists meet to network and see what's new and exciting in the world of children's publishing and media. A visit to the website (particularly the one in Italian) conjures up all sorts of exotic images for me. The "Agenti letterari" sound like something out of a Stephanie Meyer novel, don't they? I picture a group of serious but stunningly beautiful book agents, in robes and bright red scarves, gliding across the exhibition floor towards a feast of new talent and gorgeously designed books. Sigh. Ok, so perhaps I'm over-romanticizing it just a touch, but to have all that creative energy in one city, for one fabulous fair is surely exhilarating. When I'm in need of a little inspiration, I often go the the places where talent converges—be it a museum or gallery, coffee house or conference—being around creative, productive people who share a passion is good for the work, and good for the soul. So, next year, when Bologna comes around... Andiamó! I'll be ready.

Friday, March 19, 2010

From the archives....

I always had fun with these smaller projects. The only text read "Rabbit stopped for a snack"
The bear definitely deserves his own story!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Another happy collector...one step closer to the new studio!


(detail from If I Could, now enjoying a place on someone's wall)

I have been asked recently why I am selling original art from my books? Simple answer. I am trying to put together a studio closer to home so my kids can see more of what I do. They visit the studio often and art time is a regular part of our week, but I am looking to close the gap between "work life" and "home life". My family is one of my greatest sources of inspiration so the move seems logical. I had the opportunity to work from a small space a stones throw from the back door last summer and loved it!
So if you ever wanted some original art from one of my books check my store for regular updates and become a follower of the blog or join the fan page to receive announcements of new postings.
Many thanks from myself and the family to all that have appreciated my work enough to purchase a piece and get us one step closer!

Cheers,

Chris

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Original Redwall Art now at Etsy!



Visit my original art gallery at Etsy to see if your favorite pieces are available!
All works are one of a kind originals.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Original Art for sale!





I have a new gadget on my sidebar that will take you directly to my Etsy shop. I will be opening the flat files and posting new items over the course of the next few weeks!