Yes what has been happening around here: a lot of bookish things, that's what!
First my friend Sandra Moreano asked me to help illustrating a chapter book "It's not Just a Dog!" by the author Pam Torres. It has been quite an experience to be part of the team. First reading the book then discussing among us what the characters should look like, designing the look for the jacket, finding creative ways to introduce each chapter, selecting the proper passages of the book to illustrate, what medium to use to do the illustrations and so forth. It has been a great experience and now that the book is ready and already on the shelves, we are already planning the reedition of the first book in this series with a new cover, etc. What an adventure it has been and I have learned a lot about how to work as a team and the intricacy of making a book. It really helped to have a seasoned author leading the team who knows what she wants for her story and a computer artist wiz like Sandra to keep it all in order. It has been challenging and interesting all around.
Then with the good weather coming back I have been spending some time digging in the dirt. Taking pictures of the beautiful blooms coming up as part of the reward. I so enjoy taking images and memorializing those ephemeral blossoms, just that moment in time that could not to be rekindled as well otherwise. It makes the present important and lasting.
I have been busy in the studio, also, working on finishing important projects that are long overdue. Some are coming along as they should, others are harder and puzzle me even more. Things that linger too long tend to loose the feel of what "they once were", and if not completed how can they have continuity. I should toss them out, start from scratch again. I might just do that, maybe, just keeping few important elements, but..... I am so stubborn sometimes and don't want to be self defeated. So more whining and very little progress... That statement alone should tell me something!!,
I have had the pleasure to go to many readings ( Jumpah Lahiri, Neil Gaiman, Billy Collins, Ruth Ozeki, Hannah, Kent, Lorrie Moore, Nick Bantock, Joseph Boyden). My collection of signed books is growing thanks to Elliott Bay Book Co, Powell's Bookstore, University Bookstore and the Seattle Main Library to offer such events.
I have also been part of a critique group for book illustrators, a member of a new book club ( just four friends getting together once a month to discuss a book over a glass of wine and some goodies related to the book we have read), and also a member of an Fiber/Quilt Art group (the "TARTS"). So even though life seems very serene, slow and stress free it is filled with pleasurable events.
Visitors have also come in and out of the house and that has been such fun to keep in touch with dear friends that way. Nothing like talking until late in the night or breaking bread at your table with your favorite people.
I have had a bit of frustration building over my Ipad and how it is limiting the way to publish my photos onto my blog. Too many steps and time that it takes to take to enter images to the text. So I take the easy way out "Facebook", which is not fast either when you have an Ipad. Anyway, more whining! Age is not going to improve that I am afraid...
So on and all all is well under the rain and occasional sunshine. I am planning on being more present on BITS and master the art of publishing photos more efficiently with my Ipad. Time will tell... It is all about time anyway.