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The Loud Library

April 8, 2011

A library should have no sound,
or so it’s said, but I have found
that when a kid has found his book
he has to share, kids have to look.

A scream or two, a sudden shriek,
might make kids want to take a peek,
at books they never thought existed,
like fairy tales completely twisted.

“Oh, look! Here’s something really funny!”
“Icky spiders!” “Silly bunny!”
Scary stories, nice and spooky,
A picture book that’s really kooky.

A bit of noise is fine with me,
within a children’s library,
as long as there is not a riot
a change of pace from peace and quiet.


My New Book: BARN STORM by Charles Ghigna

December 19, 2010

A little late as this book came out a few months ago, but here are some images :

New Book, Soon!

May 5, 2010

I haven’t blogged for a thousand years, but do have a new book coming out by a wonderful author, Charles Ghigna, called BARN STORM! More later!

Just One More Book and Robert’s Snow. Oh Yeah…and Me!

October 29, 2007


I was interviewed on the wonderful podcast Just One More Book to promote awareness for the Robert’s Snow Online Art Auction for Cancer Cure. I hope you will not only listen but bid on the one-of-a-kind folk art ornaments created by my fellow children’s book illustrators. You will be able to receive a beautiful holiday gift as well as contribute to a very worthy cause.

Illustrating Pigs, Pigs and More Pigs

August 9, 2007

Seems like once you do one illustration of a certain subject, you suddenly get a bunch of other books/assignments with the same exact subject. So far, I’ve done four “old lady” books, two of which, more specifically, are about “old ladies with chair fixations”. Sometimes it gets tiresome to do the same subject over and over, but I never get tired of painting or drawing pigs. Maybe it’s their round shape or their snouts, I’m not sure…but whatever it is, here are a few of my pig paintings.







Robert’s Snow in July!

July 26, 2007


Finally, something to blog about! I just finished my snowflake for Robert’s Snow For Cancer Cure. You can read more about this unique online fundraising auction by going to the Robert’s Snow site. Viewing of snowflakes will start in late August and bidding starts in November. I hope everyone will take a look and see all the beautifully crafted snowflakes by my fellow children’s book illustrators and donate to this wonderful cause.

Here’s how I created mine. First, I was obsessed with Humpty Dumpty, for some reason. I started to think about what Humpty would be doing in winter, and then, of course, I thought of the fall. I first did my sketches, front and back:snowflakesketchfront.jpg


Then I lay in the color using my usual acrylics, not worrying yet about any details (here’s the back side):


Finally, I did many layers of paint to arrive at the finished snowflake:



So, don’t forget to visit the Robert’s Snow site next month!

Where I live: Venice, CA

May 20, 2007

Mosaic Tile HouseWhen I was a teenager, I used to dream about moving to Venice. Though it was only 15 or so miles away from where I grew up, it was so much more intriguing than my suburban neighborhood. Venice is one of the spots in the Los Angeles area where the artists live. Even though it’s changed in the last 30 years and become a lot more gentrified, there are still interesting places to visit.

Every morning I go for a long walk with my dogs and take in the sights. Here’s some of my favorites.

The Mosaic Tile House was (and is still evolving) created by Gonzalo and Cheri. It’s almost completely covered with mosaics and other interest objects both inside and out. As my friend Russ said, it is a life-affirming dwelling and well worth a visit. For a small fee, you can take a look inside and have a personalized tour on Saturdays.

The Chiat-Day Building is right on the border of Venice and Santa Monica at 340 Main Street. Here’s what I found out about it: chiatdaywp1.jpg

A four-story pair of binoculars, which can be seen for blocks, highlights the entrance of this advertising agency’s headquarters. In addition to this 1991 Frank Gehry design, the building also features a boat-shaped wing and a vaguely tree-shaped structure. The binoculars themselves house two conference rooms, with the eyepieces serving as skylights.

venicewalkstreetswp.jpgThere’s a number of Venice walk streets by the beach, but there’s even more a bit inland. They are hidden away, so I don’t know if many people know about them. There’s a lot of huge new architecturally interesting homes that have been built in the last 5 years, but I like the funkier parts of these streets. There’s a house that hangs all sorts of lamps and chandeliers in the yard and another with a surfboard entrance.


The old Venice jail houses an organization called SPARC that creates and produces murals throughout the city (if only all jails could be turned into places where art is created). Here’s one of their murals in their parking lot. sparcwp.jpg


This is Jonathan Borofsky’s clown ballerina (this photo is one of the highlights when I do my school visits slide show). This 30-foot sculpture overlooks the corner of Main and Rose about a block from the beach, and just down the street from the binocular building.


If my dogs and I want a really nice long walk, we go to the canals. There’s lots of ducks for the dogs to check out and peace for me.canalswpdesktop2.jpg

Looking at all the interesting places around where I live always inspires me. By the time I get home, I’m ready to start creating my own art.


Just One More Book

May 19, 2007

My new favorite listening pleasure is to be found at, a great podcast all about children’s books and the people that create them. The hosts, Andrea and Mark, are so enthusiastic about children’s books. They make me want to run out and read every book they review. I love the interviews of the authors, illustrators, editors and other children’s book people. Mark is an incredible interviewer, always asking just the right question. This last week he went to the International Reading Association conference and was able to interview some amazing people including Elise Primavera, Jack Prelutsky, Tedd Arnold and Lois Ehlert. It’s so enjoyable and interesting to listen to these interviews as I’m painting. I was especially impressed with the work of Barbara Reid, someone whom I wasn’t familiar with. Her plasticine illustrations inspired me to go out and buy my own clay and give it a try. Not quite as easy as I had hoped, but going to see where it takes me.

And, of course, I was happy to see that Andrea and Mark decided to review THE TROUBLE WITH TILLY TRUMBLE!

Veggie Boogaloo!

April 30, 2007

Welcome to my new and only blog! A big thank you to Todd Ritchie who originally designed my site and now has just completed updating it.

Recently, I have been writing my own stories and creating dummies. I’ve had a lot of help in the writing department from Phillis and David Gershator. I’ve also been taking a wonderful online writing class from Uma Krishnaswami where I’m feeling a lot more comfortable with listening to my guts regarding critiquing other people’s stories.

One of my stories I’m most excited about is called VEGGIE BOOGALOO! Above is the sketch I did for the first page and below are a few others from this story.