Archive for April, 2010

Time to Get Started…

April 29, 2010


We’re a bit behind on working on our garden.   I feel like this happens every year– I’m dying to get started in February, but reluctant to start seedlings inside. (‘Seedlings’, aka ‘cat treats’/ ‘dirt playground’.)  But then I blink and somehow its the end of April.  Anyhow, I found this beautiful book at the library recently.

The illustrations by Sharon Beeden are just so perfect and lovely.

Honestly, the book itself didn’t strike me as the most helpful– though I’m definitely a beginner and need everything laid out just so.

But the wonderful illustrations are so inspiring.

This weekend we’re buying seeds!

Click on the images to see more at Flickr…

Guerrilla Opera

April 6, 2010

Did you guys hear about this?  A couple weeks ago, “shoppers at Whole Foods Market in Harbor East Baltimore received an unusual surprise.”

I spotted it on fellow illustrator, Peggy Fussell’s blog.

I love stuff like this!  I reminds me of the New York subway serenades, and dance performances that would pop up and make you smile.  Its fun to see strangers surprised and then really happy.  I told Peggy that video reminds me of this one:

If you want more, search for Flash Mobs (which implies waaay more exciting performances,) or check out  Improv Everywhere –of the “No Pants Subway Rides” and “Guerrilla Handbell Strikeforce”.  I especially like this one:

I have soft spot for synchronized swimming.

April Goals

April 5, 2010

Did everyone have a good weekend?  I went for the first row of the season on Saturday morning.  Something about being on the water that early, its so still, and the colors keep changing…so, so good.

And then I could barely walk the next morning.  But somehow I managed to drag myself out to get coffee and hang out in the park with G and my brother.  And then we were off to Easter dinner at my parents. Dogs, family, friends, yummy food: very fun.

March was an exciting month for me, but April, you already seem to be working super hard to top it.

Goal-wise I feel like I need to up my promotions/marketing game.  I read a really inspiring article by Holli Conger when she was just starting out, and it seems to be just the push I need to keep moving forward.

  1. Finish first draft dummy/layout for crit next week.
  2. Implement changes after the crit.
  3. Sign up for paid portfolio site.  I think I decided on ChildrensIllustrators.com
  4. Sign up and organize updates for free portfolio/illustration news sites.
  5. Continue working on posting regularly here.
  6. Work on a new postcard design
  7. Organize promotions effort.
  8. Work on ice cream piece for portfolio.

Can’t wait to see how everyone else is doing!


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