Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Frida In Me

Left: Frida Kahlo's "Girl with Death Mask", 1938; right: Samantha Grenier's "Death with Girl Mask", 2005.
I was just reading another blog post featuring the art of Stephen Mackey, and it triggered a little nostalgia. I don't know if it was in the lighting of his paintings, or maybe the tone, or my (slightly) morbid appeal, but something brought me back to a Halloween assignment from my graduate studies.

My painting was not well received at the time. I think the assignment was something along the lines of making a Halloween or depict a horror scene. Trying to be clever, I created a nod to Frida Kahlo's painting "NiƱa con Mascara de Muerte". Since this was for an illustration class, something a little more "illustration-y" was probably expected. Probably. I didn't get it at the time, but sometimes it's difficult to separate the "artist" from the "illustrator". 

I was always proud of my little painting, so I had the urge to share it again. I tapped into the Frida (parody) in myself so naturally back then, I am wondering if I could do it again. Poking around my digital archives, I unearthed my acrylic tribute to Frida.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Picture Books: Nov. 11, 2012

Library Day tomorrow (if the Library is open... pretty sure it is!)

This week's collection includes:

  • Me... Jane, but Patrick McDonnell
  • Ginger, by Charlotte Voake
  • Katy Did It! by Lorianne Siomades
  • The Very Smart Pea and the Princess-To-Be, by Mini Grey
  • The Sticky Doll Trap, by Jessica Souhami
  • Coco the Carrot, by Steven Salerno
  • The King Who Wouldn't Sleep, by Debbie Singleton; illustrated by Holly Swain
  • Sarah's Little Ghosts, by Thierry Robberecht; illustrated by Philippe Goossens
First of all, loved Me... Jane! I choked up a touch at the end. I most certainly agree the Caldecott Honor is well deserved. I'm very happy that I happened upon The Very Smart Pea and the Princess-to-be, because I'm in the crosshairs of writing my own version of the "Princess and the Pea," and now I'm thinking I want to take my story into another direction.

Happy Reading!

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Nooking Around and Library Day: Nov 4th

This past week I finally discovered how to check books out from the library with my Nook. Yes, it's tougher than it sounds, because Barnes and Nobles doesn't want to you engage in anything that's FREE. There is very little information on library checkouts, except for maybe the Kindle. I finally figured it out through the NH Downloadable Book Consortium (via the New User blog page). Very helpful (if you're glued to NH library, that is.)

My mother surprised me with my Nook for my birthday. (Make a note that my birthday was the end of March - it is now November and I've only had to re-charge the battery once!) I've purchased a few books through B&N, but I've been dying to dabble into the library's system for a cheaper alternative. It does require some extra software with the computer, but with a simple little USB hook-up, the Nook downloads are incredibly easy... and fast.

My first library engaged Nook-Book checkout is The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain. Since I'm attending the Winter SCBWI conference, I'm going to take a shot at the Tomie dePaola Award.  This year's book selection is really up to the illustrator, but there were 3 book choices. My initial instinct is to read The Yearling, because I thought "Oh! Baby deer!" However, due to its unavailability and my time constraints, I'm shifting to Twain. I'm only on chapter 3 and my head is swimming in imagery!

I did have a "Library Day" this past week, which I failed to document. (Sorry!) So I'm calling this November 4th books, but in reality, they were from October 24th:

  • Toot and Puddle, by Holly Hobbie
  • Everybody Bonjours! by Leslie Kimmelman, illustrated by Sarah McMenemy
  • Uh! Oh! by Rachel Isadora
  • Splash! by Ann Jonas
  • The Quilt Story, by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Tomie dePaola
  • Neville, by Norton Juster, illustrated by G. Brian Karas
  • The Heart and the Bottle, by Oliver Jeffers
  • Caramba, by Marie-Louise Gay
Happy reading!