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Beating the Winter Blues

by abby on February 20, 2015 | Comment

sky swatches of weather

Instead of feeling blue, I’ve been painting with blues! For awhile now, I have been looking for a daily painting or drawing project, but knowing me it would have to be pretty simple to add it into my mix of on going projects and teaching. What did I come up with? Weather Swatch paintings! They have been very fun and it has helped me to enjoy the winter weather.


I came up with this idea one day in early January. While sitting at my drawing table and I realized that the window in front of me offers a great square “swatch” of sky! Bingo!


I decided that I would paint a daily swatch of the sky and make a few notes about time of day or weather. It turned into a project I looked forward to creating. For almost the entire month of January I painted little squares of sky. I’ve been thinking of taking it up again for March and see how long I can keep it going.

What are you doing to keep the winter woes away?

And the winners are…

by abby on February 12, 2015 | Comment

Caldecott 2015 winners

Phew, it’s been a busy couple of weeks. I’m happy to be back to writing and sharing what’s happening in the land of book illustration! And there’s BIG news since the Caldecott winners were announced recently. This is THE award for children’s book illustration. Dan Santat is the top winner this year with his book: The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend. It’s an even greater award because he did it all—he wrote and illustrated it.

Behind Dan are a group of other fabulous illustrators and books. I’m sharing 2 of my favorite HONOR BOOKS: Nana in the City illustrated by Lauren Castillo and The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art illustrated by Mary Grandpre. Both have delicious illustrations. You might recognize Mary’s art from the Harry Potter series too!

To see the entire list of HONOR BOOKS and descriptions you can go right here.

Happy Reading!