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I am a children's illustrator, married with two geriatric dogs.
Interests: art, books, sci-fi, fantasy, picture books, dogs, bbc america, hot tea, george r.r. martin, mark teague, gillian welch, chip taylor & carrie rodriguez, james mcmurtry, robert earle keane, lyle lovett, iris dement, john prine, shawn colvin, eastenders, eddie izzard, pbjunkies, scbwi
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In addition to writing and illustrating, my soul also loves to sing! I recently acquired an old (100+ year old) building in Covington, TX that I'm using for all my artistic passions. One part of it is my studio away... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Art & Soul
Thanks for letting me visit with your class!
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2014 on Covers for Chickies! at Art & Soul
Thanks, Charity! I had a lovely time chatting with your class. Can't wait to see your comics!
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2014 on Illustration Friday - Intention at Art & Soul
The Chickies are going on a Texas sized tour next week. They will cheep for joy if you can make it to one of our storytimes! Date City, State Venue Event Feb 1, 2014 12:00 PM Frisco, TX Barnes &... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2014 at Art & Soul
One of my favorite parts of the publishing process...opening that big box of pre-release author's copies!! Chickies will hatch one week from today! Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2014 at Art & Soul
BEDTIME FOR CHICKIES got a lovely starred review from Publisher's Weekly! The chickies and I have a lot to be thankful for this year! Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2013 at Art & Soul
A random Google search (because I'm not obsessive about it or anything) reveals that the first two Chickies books have covers up at the various on-line retailers! They're not due to publish until January, but there is something about seeing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2013 at Art & Soul
The PBJeebies and guest Jeebie, Leslie Muir, discuss the waiting part of the submission process. As I mention over there, I like the wait because I can free my mind (and desk) of the project and move on to something... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2013 at Art & Soul
Ever wonder when and how to use art notes in your picture book manuscripts? My critique group, the PBJeebies, tackle this question today. Find out how each of the Jeebies, plus honorary Jeebie Ame Dyckman, use and abuse them on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2012 at Art & Soul
I made my very first, non-sock, puppet - Zeke. Did I mention that I haven't sewn anything since I was 16? Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2012 at Art & Soul
The last week of every month is puppet show week at the Grapevine Library. This week, I've not only been performing in the show, but even more exciting, I wrote the script! So if you're in the area, stop by... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2012 at Art & Soul
I think there may be two very different intentions at work here. Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2012 at Art & Soul
I'm trying to update my portfolio. Working on new pieces and giving some old, tired ones the axe. Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2011 at Art & Soul
I'm thinking the upcoming holiday and everything I still need to do to get ready for it must be weighing on my mind right now. Otherwise, I'm not really sure what prompted this guy. Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2011 at Art & Soul
I'm still experimenting here. I enjoyed playing with digital cut paper yesterday. I expect I will explore this technique more. Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2011 at Art & Soul
I attended my local SCBWI conference this weekend, and came back recharged and ready to experiment. The message *I* took away from the conference was risk taking and going where you fear to go. With that in mind, I jumped... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2011 at Art & Soul
I recently attended a puppet making workshop given by Sandy Shrout at my local library. Ok fine, the workshop was meant for kids, but I had a blast anyway. With ordinary socks, some yarn, pom-poms, felt, a glue gun, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2011 at Art & Soul
The book launch was great – 100+ people came! My summer volunteering at the library really helped me get over the nerves for this event (and many of the small guests were children who had come to see our Readers’... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2011 at Art & Soul
I got to perform in my very first puppet show this week! Actually, my first FOUR puppet shows. My local library replaces the usual story times with a puppet show one week of each month. This time, they let me... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2011 at Art & Soul
Enter at Goodreads for a chance to win a copy of CAVEMAN, A B.C. STORY! Goodreads Book Giveaway Caveman, A B.C. Story by Janee Trasler Giveaway ends September 15, 2011. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter to win Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2011 at Art & Soul
I had just started mulling over an older idea I had stuffed in the back of the idea drawer - an idea about a hamster and a guinea pig. I was reading my notes and trying to decide if these... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2011 at Art & Soul
I know it's New Year's Day and Easter is probably the last holiday anyone else has in mind today, but I've suddenly come down with a big hankering for bright colors and chocolate bunnies. My book, BENNY'S CHOCOLATE BUNNY, came... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2011 at Art & Soul
I've talked a lot about Art on my blog, but haven't really touched on the Soul side of things. Today, though, is Carcinoid Awareness Day, and my beloved husband John has carcinoid. Despite the watered down name it's been given,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2010 at Art & Soul
Warm-up painting for a different project. Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2010 at Art & Soul
I like the way you have the cups and saucers stacked in that photo. I had the teeny little thimble sized china cups and teapot when I was a kid. I remember trying to use them with real tea. D'oh.
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