Picture This! PiBoIdMo

It’s Picture Book Idea Month again ūüôā¬† Enjoy!

Inktense Pencils and Ink

Inktense Pencils and Ink

Quotes for Your Arsenal

Here are some quotes to keep you going during the change in seasons.

I just finished reading Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus, which follows the fictionalized true story of one of  the first Japanese people to set foot in America.

“Have your whole heart bent on a single purpose.”¬† –from Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai

“When meeting difficult situations, one should rush forward bravely and with joy.¬† It is the crossing of a single barrier.”¬†¬†–from Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai

“When one’s own courage is fixed in his heart, and¬†when his resolution is devoid of doubt, then when the time comes he will of necessity be able to choose the right move.”¬† –from Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai

A friend recently shared this quote by Georgia O’Keeffe.¬† “Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing.¬† Making your unknown known is the important thing.”

My favorite dreamer, SARK, suggests we try not to let fog and pus get in the way of our ability to take action and make decisions.

Fear

Obligation

Guilt

&

Pressure

Urgency

Scarcity

I stumbled on the Confidence Blog by Cathy Sirett and found two great ways to unmask fear.

FEAR = Future Events Appear Real

FEAR = False Expectations Appear Real

My neighbor recently recommended an environmental fantasy movie, Beasts of the Southern Wild, which I finally had time to watch.  Here are two of my favorite quotes from this moving film.

Hushpuppy: “The whole universe depends on everything fitting together just right. If one piece busts, even the smallest piece… the entire universe will get busted.”

Hushpuppy: “I see that I’m a little piece in a big, big universe. And that makes things right. When I die, the scientists of the future, they’re gonna find it all. They gonna know, once there was a Hushpuppy.”

How will you let the world know you exist?    

Backyard Art

Recently, my neighbor (the artist) and I had this grand idea to decorate the path between our two townhouses.¬† I thought we should name it the “Rose Path” so we would be able to remember it.¬† My neighbor brought along some fresh and dried rose pedals to scatter, I supplied the rainbow sidewalk chalk, and¬†off we went!¬†¬†Here are some photos of our adventures and the messages we created.

lamppost decorated with rose pedals

scattering rose pedals along the path

Rose Path entrance on my side

Following the Rose Path…

Spotted! Our shadows on the path

Hats off to roses!

our messages: PEACE

our messages: LOVE

our messages: FOREVER

Rose Path entrance
on my neighbor’s side

I’m a big fan of community art.¬† It works on so many levels including beautifying the community and bringing people together.¬† Plus it’s just fun!¬† Of course you need to be respectful when you’re doing it.

Over the summer, my husband and I visited Bayfield, ON.  One of the coolest sights in the town is an old barn turned into an art studio for all ages and levels of art experience.  How cool is that?

Me at Kryart Studio in Bayfield, ON

Want to view community art instead of make it?¬† Check out my post on The Heidelberg Project in Detroit.¬† It brings a whole new meaning to the concept.¬† Artist Tyree Guyton¬†turned the neighborhood where he grew up into a kind of wonderland.¬† It’s a living art exhibit.¬†¬†I was saddened when I heard on the news¬†yesterday that one of the homes, House of Soul, burned down.¬† Arson is suspected.¬†¬†I truly believe artists will be the ones to rebuild the city of Detroit, even if it’s one art project at a time.

We should all support art in our own neighborhoods.  How will you help beautify your community through art?

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

I’m pleased to announce that my work has been featured in the Michigan SCBWI newsletter for this month. When The Mitten asked me to be the November cover artist, I graciously accepted. What an honor! Several of my children’s illustrations appear throughout as well as an interview about my work as an author/illustrator. A special thanks to the editors for putting it together.¬† You can check it out here.

It was interesting being on the other end of the interview process. Usually I’m the one asking the questions ūüėČ But I think it’s important to market yourself. I attended a workshop recently that reminded authors and illustrators that they must think of themselves as a brand. That way when people see your work they always know immediately who you are. They may even purchase it specifically for this reason. Of course we always want to strive for excellent work in its own right. But it helps if you can also put your stamp on it.

In the grander scheme, it’s about self-acceptance. Deciding to be all in. Putting yourself out there. This is what I have to offer. This is who I am.

How will you choose to put yourself out there?