I’m about to start painting the new book for the fall. Sketches are done and approved and now a new level of work starts: painting. It’s a bit scary to start since I’m never really sure if it is going to work out, and if it doesn’t, I get to start all over again with the painting. That’s why I do small sketched like this one to try out colours and make my mistakes early.
I got silly with my pencils this evening.
I haven’t been keeping this site up to date, and for that I apologize. You see, I’ve been busy teaching and drawing and now working on a new book with Quilliam and friends.
I’ll be posting more in the next few weeks about where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing.
In the meantime I hope you’ll like this sketch I did for practice the other day.
Sketches done for the new book to be released this fall 2016
Congratulations to students at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Mount Forest!
They are the winners of the draw for a free full day in the school with me!
Draw was held at the Bookshelf Cinema on Saturday December 13th.
I’ll be spending a full day doing whatever they wish. I’ll even be principal if they want, but somehow I don’t think that will be happening!
Consolation Prize of books and Porcupine Box Set donated by Scholastic went to Victory Public School in Guelph.
Choosing a winner from the video entries wasn’t easy.
Winner of a visit to their class for singing of Dashing Through the Snow went to the choir of St. John’s Catholic School in Arthur. Congratulations to teacher Joyce Peloso and her group.
I’ll be sharing a drawing class with them in the New Year.
Runner up was St. Mary’s in Mount Forest.
Thanks to Scholastic there were prizes for those in attendance. Winners are pictured below with smiles and prizes.
Thanks to everyone for entering. Over 75 ballots from area schools were entered for the draw
Thanks also to all the teachers who at a very busy time of year took the time and effort to record and send their entries for the song contest. (One entry came all the way from Airdrie Alberta! Something special will be coming their way.)
A special thank you to the great kids in Grades 1 & 2 at Central Public School in Guelph who helped launch this contest by singing with me, and graciously continuing when I was the one making mistakes.
And a final thanks to both the Bookshelf in Guelph and Scholastic Canada for their enthusiastic support.
Merry Christmas Everyone!
Come join me this Saturday for a special event at the Bookshelf Cinema in Guelph.
We’ll be showing the winning video of a contest for the schools of Wellington County. Entries for a visit to a class singing “Dashing Through the Snow” will be shown on the big screen with the winner to be announced.
Winner of the contest for me for a day in a local school will be drawn.
Lots of Prizes and a sing along to the big screen.
See you there!
Bookshelf Cinema, Quebec St. Guelph.Scholastic Christmas Card 2014
Public libraries across Canada were invited by Scholastic to decorate a porcupine tree. This is just a small selection of some of the entries. So hard to chose the best. Contest is still open. A Porcupine in a Pine Tree Holiday Contest for Libraries | Facebook
Last night I drew the name of the person who’s school I will be visiting for a day in 2013. However I haven’t been able to contact her. If anyone knows who’s school Nicole Abrams child or children attend, please contact me or give Nicole a call. I’d love to announce the name of the school! Until then, please stay tuned. It could be your school in the Guelph area.
Over the years of writing and illustrating children’s books I’ve been fortunate to visit schools and libraries across Canada and into the high Arctic. Yet sometimes the places closest to home get left out.
Because I believe strongly not only in the beauty of books and the magic of reading, but also in the future of book stores, I want to, with the help of a lucky girl of boy, give a local school a present:
I will be giving away a Day in a School to any elementary school in the Guelph area.*
From now until December 20th, come in and fill out a ballot at the Bookshelf.
No purchase is necessary.
I will be at the Bookshelf Saturday Dec 8, noon until 3 to meet and sign copies of ‘A Porcupine in a Pine Tree’
Hope to see you there.
*Aberfoyle, Rockwood, Fergus & Elora included.
Presentation date to be arranged by mutual agreement between January and March 2012
Winning school will be notified 8:30 a.m. December 21st.
Farmer Joe is back!
Nancy Wilcox Richards and I are happy to announce the return of Farmer Joe! Reprinted by Scholastic in a new exciting format, the books are now available online and at your favorite book store. Stay tuned for Farmer Joe fun this summer! It just might be a hot hot summer of fun!
As I’m writing this at the Middle Beach Lodge in Tofino, waves are breaking over rocks outside my window and a receding tide is showing a beautiful beach below. A crow sits in the branches of a tree waiting for crumbs to be tossed on our balcony. They’ve been amusing company for the last few days and remind us of Edgar Alan Crow who used to visit us at 0ur home in Ontario. We are here taking a few days between my week in Nanaimo and visits next week in Edmonton.
I was in Nanaimo for a week prior to the Nanaimo Chidren’s Book Festival last Saturday May 5th. I visited great schools and beautiful libraries all week before a wonderful day at the festival. Nanaimo has always had the best festival and it was wonderful to return for what I think was my 4th time since 1991.
All festivals are great, organized by dedicated volunteers and attended by enthusiastic audiences, but there is something about Nanaimo that sets it apart. Perhaps it is the location: Nanaimo set beside Departure Bay and tucked in by Newcastle and Protection Island is a beautiful place for a festival. Or perhaps it is the people like Thora Howell who was the inspiration and guiding force behind the festival 26 years ago. Like Thora, there is a group of dedicated hard working volunteers who take on the task of bringing such an event to life, too many to mention, but to whom appreciation goes out to from authors and illustrators across Canada. I’m just one of many lucky enough to have been invited to share our work with young and old, and someone fortunate enough to be invited back.
This week I am charging my batteries on the beautiful far west coast of Canada in Tofino and Uclulet. Canada is stunningly beautiful from ocean to ocean to ocean. I wish there were a way to bring children from different parts of Canada to see what we have and to grow up appreciating the enormity and beauty of this amazing land.
Next week, thanks to Canada Council for the Arts and to private donors such as Dr. Alan Murdoch and parent donors of schools I will be visiting, I will be sharing my work once again in Edmonton. I’m excited to be returning to the library to share my work, meeting the Children’s Roundtable members and doing drawing workshops as well as an evening PJ presentation. Along with sharing the creative process and my love of books, it will be a time of drawing dragons, wearing pots and any other silly stuff that might happen. One just never knows. I guess that’s what makes it so much fun.
(I’ll post pictures just as soon as I get back from sketching on the beach!)